Below is information on sources for scholarships and loans that may be helpful. We also recommend that you look over The Federal Trade Commission’s website regarding scholarship and other student aid scams. Remember that some scholarships require that you must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
If you are intending to do some extended online searches, below are a couple of suggestions that may make that process a bit easier:
If the links below do not connect, copy and paste them into your browser. This book frequently revised for contact accuracy, but you may need to locate using a search engine (e.g., Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.)
The website that allows you to fill out and submit a FAFSA form: www.fafsa.ed.gov
The main US Government Website for Student Aid: studentaid.ed.gov
This is a Website of Student Aid resources maintained by the State of Texas: www.window.state.tx.us
Below are several good, free, unrestricted resources for scholarship information: www.fastweb.comwww.collegeboard.comwww.petersons.comwww.studentscholarshipsearch.comfinaidfacts.org/scholarships.htm
Below are two of the larger, secure, unrestricted, free Internet scholarship resources searching tools: fastweb.monster.comwww.adventuresineducation.org
A website that provides scholarships exclusively for college and university students attending a school using the Datatel Colleague Financial Aid Management System - Hardin-Simmons University is a qualifying school: www.datatel.com
According to the Better Business Bureau, billions of dollars in college scholarships are awarded to aspiring students every year. Given the sheer number and variety of scholarships, some families and students fall prey to scholarship search and match services that turn out to be scams. Tell-tale signs of a scam include false promises such as, “You can’t get this information anywhere else,” or “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.” Also, fraudulent scholarship companies often call themselves by official-sounding names that imply a connection to the federal government. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) offers materials to help college-bound students and their families spot scholarship scams. NASFAA teamed with other higher education associations, the Department of Education, and the Federal Trade Commission to develop the materials last year. The collaboration produced a flyer, pamphlet, poster, and presentation titled “Don’t Get Hooked.” Find out more about how you can use these resources on your campus.
(Reproduced with permission from TG, © 2009 Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, Round Rock, TX 78683-3100; www.tgslc.org/shoptalk)
The Federal Trade Commission’s website providing information regarding scholarship and other student aid scams is: www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams
Use the online Installment Plan Calculator to find out how much you will need for college.
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