We know paying for college is can be a struggle for most students. So we put together a round-up of sites to help you out. Remember you should never pay to apply for scholarships or to sign up for a financial aid site.
Students should always file their FAFSA first when it opens on October 1 of each year. This federal application is completely free and will use your prior prior year’s tax information. Even if you think your family makes too much money you should file your FAFSA just in case. Many scholarships also require students to have a FAFSA on file so it never hurts to just submit it. Aid is awarded based on availability so applying as early as possible is the best way to be eligible for aid.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) https://fafsa.ed.gov
CSS Profile (like FAFSA but for private schools) https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org
Federal Student Aid for Students www.studentaid.gov
Mapping Your Future www.mappingyourfuture.org
FTC Project Scholarship Scam www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams
Office of PostscondaryEducation www.ed.gov/ope
Guide to Federal Student Aid www.studentaid.ed.gov/guide
Financial Aid Calculators www.finaid.org/calculators
When is the FAFSA due? https://www.bankrate.com/loans/student-loans/fafsa-deadlines