Financial Aid & Scholarship Info
Seniors and parents/guardians of seniors: See here an informative video about the FAFSA (financial aid) process that opens on October 1st. This is an IL requirement for graduation.
www.managingcollegecosts.com This is one of the most comprehensive sites that allow families to view videos on a variety of financial aid topics. This site will show students and their parents what kind of colleges they can actually afford.
www.scholarships.com This is a huge scholarship search site that allows students to search very broadly or even by major.
www.collegeillinois.com Discover more about planning financially for a post-secondary education, including the 529 prepaid tuition plan, which allows one to lock in the current cost of tuition and fees for college.
www.collegenet.com Scholarship opportunities and academic resources with direct links to college home pages can be found here.
www.Collegezone.com Financial aid information, Illinois MAP Grant information, financial aid college estimator, and scholarships can all be found at this site.
www.fafsa.ed.gov The FAFSA site is the only online site that should be used to obtain a pin number and complete the FAFSA for financial aid, which is needed by colleges to help determine a student’s eligibility for financial aid.
www.finaid.org This all-inclusive site contains everything from college estimators to scholarships, savings plans, loans etc.
www.gocollege.com This website provides college and scholarship searches as well as practice ACT and SAT tests.
www.schoolsoup.com Scholarship search engine, test prep information, college search etc.
www.fastweb.com One of the most visited scholarship search websites that is available. Students create personal profile, and hundreds of scholarship opportunities will be e-mailed to them.
www.nelnet.com Financial aid tools and estimators, college search tools, resume builder etc
www.collegeanswer.com Everything from: preparing selecting, applying, paying, deciding, and financing college.
**Disclaimer: Be careful about applying for scholarships that you are unsure about. A good rule of thumb is: If they ask you to pay for the application, it could be a scam.