collegefund1. File the FAFSA soon after January 1. Read this quick guide to filling out the FAFSA. Don’t feel like reading? Watch this. (Be sure to go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Scamers use similar web addresses to trick people into purchasing services they don’t need.)

2. Complete the CSS/Profile, if required. Most private colleges and universities require the CSS/Profie. By filling out one form, you can apply online for nonfederal financial aid from almost 400 colleges and scholarship programs.

3. Check with college financial aid offices to see if they require other forms.

4. Search and apply for private scholarships. For information on finding private scholarships go here and here.

Five Outstanding web resources:

1. Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. It is the first place to go for all topics related to financial aid.

2. The Financial Aid Toolkit provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and others.

3. The Federal Student Aid YouTube Feed provides outstanding short videos about all aspects of the federal student financial aid process. If you’d prefer watching a quick video to reading a publication, this is the place for you.

4. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.

5. Funding Your Education provides a description of Federal Student Aid programs and the application process . You will find information on federal student aid as a source for funding postsecondary education, and know where to go for more detailed information.

International students, check this out.

More financial aid resources

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