Education Finance Planning Calculators
Sallie Mae's college planning calculators are now available to help you with your specific questions about education finance.
United States Department of Education
Student Financial Assistance Home Page
The Student Financial Assistance Programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing over $40 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance. Here you'll find help for every stage of the financial aid process, whether you're in school or out of school.
Student Financial Assistance
The Department administers several major student aid programs, including Pell Grants and Stafford Loans, which provide over $42 billion a year to help millions of students pay for the costs of college. Whether you're ready to apply for financial aid or just interested in more information about the federal student aid programs, the starting point is…Information for Students and Parents.
Direct Loan - Financial Aid
Find out about applying for Direct Loans, learn about your options for repayment, use the interactive calculators, download Direct Loan deferment and forbearance forms, get information about Direct Consolidation Loans, and use FAFSA on the Web.
Welcome to Mapping Your Future!
This site is sponsored by a group of guaranty agencies who participate in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) and are committed to providing information about higher education and career opportunities.
Paying for School
Welcome to the guided tour of Paying for School. On this tour, I will take you through steps you need to consider or complete when planning to pay for your education. You can leave the tour at any time to find out more about a subject by clicking on the highlighted text.
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Pell Grants are only awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor or professional degree. Federal Pell Grants, which do not have to be repaid, are awarded to students based on need.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need, that is, students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions, and gives priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants
Undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships are forms of aid that help students pay for their education. Unlike loans, they do not have to be repaid. Hundreds of thousands of scholarships and fellowships from several thousand sponsors are awarded each year.
A loan is a form of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest. (Scholarships, on the other hand, do not have to be repaid.)
This page provides information about student financial aid resources for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the military and for veterans and their dependents. The information on this page is intended primarily for US citizens.
Financial Aid Applications
You should apply for aid every year, even if you think you don't qualify. There are many factors affecting eligibility for financial aid. For example, a student who didn't qualify one year might become eligible during the next year when a brother or sister enrolls in college. A change in family financial circumstances might affect your eligibility for student aid.
Other Types of Aid
In addition to the primary sources of financial aid (loans and scholarships), other kinds of aid are available to many students.
Paying for College
A college education is one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make. We can help you figure out what college really costs, and what you can afford. Our expert advice, information, and interactive tools will help you navigate the financial aid maze and figure out how to pay the bill.
Locate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from non-college sources that match your education level, talents, and background. Complete the profile form below and Scholarship Search will find potential opportunities from a database of more than 2,000 undergraduate scholarships, internships, and loan programs.
Mach 25 Scholarship Search
The Mach25 database contains over 600,000 awards totaling over $1.6 billion.