|The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid suggests the following websites that provide helpful information about the financial aid process. Being informed will ensure that you are aware of additional available funding options and important safeguards against fraud. Please take a moment to review the sites that are relevant to your financial aid goals.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid www.fafsa.gov
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, provides grants, loans or work-study funds for college. To download or fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) online, please visit www.fafsa.gov.
Selective Service System www.sss.gov
If you're a male U.S. citizen, age 18 through 25, you can register with Selective Service by filling out the registration form online. Registration with Selective Service by your 26th birthday is mandatory to be eligible for federal and state student loans and grants.
Direct Loan Promissory Note and/or Entrance Counseling www.studentloans.gov
Studentloans.gov is a Federal Student Aid website that provides information about managing your student loans. Students and parents can read a Direct Loan overview and receive financial awareness counseling online.
Federal Student Aid: Avoiding Scams www.studentaid.ed.gov/types/scams
During the financial aid process, it is important to protect your identity and avoid fraud. The website above has information on how to recognize scams and safely give out personal information to schools and lenders. If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, steps for filing a complaint are available on this site.
Department of Education PIN Registration www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp
Visit this website for information on the Federal Student Aid PIN. Your PIN can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online. Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, so you should never give your PIN to anyone, including commercial services that offer to help you complete your FAFSA.
NSLDS Student Access Website www.nslds.ed.gov
The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program and other Department of ED programs.
College Board www.collegeboard.org
The College Board provides practice tests and registration information for the SAT. The site features a new interactive tool called BigFuture™. Log on for step-by-step advice on navigating the college planning process, exploring career paths and paying for your education.
Complete a free profile on FastWeb to search for scholarships from a database of over 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion.
Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid www.finaid.org
Undergraduate and graduate students can use this website to estimate costs, explore types of loans and learn about the financial aid process. If you're an international student, the EduPASS contains information about financial aid and studying in the U.S.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board www.collegefortexans.com
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board supplies information about testing, applying to Texas colleges, understanding financial aid, and estimating college costs.
U.S. Department of Education www.ed.gov
The U.S Department of Education’s website has information on funding for college and grant opportunities.