College: Financial Aid

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FAFSA Deadlines :
    

State Deadlines:   Each state has a different deadline. Connecticut February 15, 2015. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Additional form may be required. Contact your college’s financial aid administrator or your state agency.

College Deadlines:   Each college may have a different deadline. Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline – whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

Federal Deadline:   Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2016. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 17, 2016.

More information about deadlines can be found here: https://fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm

What is FAFSA? All college bound students will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Their  web site, www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov,  explains the purpose of the FAFSA questions. This site also contains a section that provides answers to several frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you have additional questions about federal student aid or how to complete an electronic  after you review this site, you can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or contact your financial aid administrator (FAA). You can also go to the U.S. Federal Student Aid's Student Aid Gateway site at http://studentaid.ed.gov .

WHAT is the CSS/PROFILE? The PROFILE is an online application that collects information used by certain colleges and scholarship programs to award institutional aid funds. (All federal funds are awarded based on the FAFSA, available after Jan. 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov.) Some colleges may require additional information, such as tax returns or an institutional application. If your parents are divorced, some colleges will also require your noncustodial parent to complete the Noncustodial PROFILE.

WHEN do I file the PROFILE? You may file the PROFILE as early as Oct. 1, 2011. However, you should file no later than two weeks before the EARLIEST priority filing date specified by your colleges or programs. You can begin the PROFILE by going to the web site at  https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp

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Calculator to help families plan college expenses.
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AIE visitors can specify relevant criteria and receive a list of matching scholarships.
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This site is a good resource for students interested in receiving admissions and financial aid application forms from schools, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S. and the world.
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Features scholarship and grant databases as well as a free search for colleges and universities.
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Helps prepare students and families for the world of continuing education, with pointers on the entire "Going-to-College" process and interactive tools that analyze the affordability of schools, compare financial aid award letters, and search for scholarships.
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A searchable database of scholarships, loans, internships and other financial aid programs from non-college sources.
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A free program that helps families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and find financial aid.
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A database of scholarships that can be searched with the user's specified profile information; allows users to save a generated list of scholarships or even create a letter to send to scholarship coordinators.
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This free scholarship search allows students to search through up-to-date information on thousands of scholarships (formerly Lunch-Money.com).
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This free online program guides students and parents through the process of completing and submitting the FAFSA. Video clips are available in English and Spanish.
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U.S. Department of Education Free Application for Federal Student Aid Web Site.
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Provides access to a database of over 275,000 scholarships.
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The FTC developed this alert to help families and students avoid scholarship fraud.
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Provided a wide range of financial aid information, including sections devoted to sources of aid, loans, special interests, and government and school information.
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Anyone not yet enrolled in a postsecondary school should visit this Web site, an introductory publication that gives an overview of the Student Financial Assistance Programs and how to apply for aid. This site provides general information about the U.S. Department of Education's federal student financial aid programs.
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HSF provides the U.S. Latino community college scholarships and educational outreach support programs.
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IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad.
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"A guided tour of paying for school." The tour takes you through steps you need to consider and complete when planning to pay for your education.
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Peterson's Scholarship Search asks visitors to offer a profile and then matches responses to available scholarships.
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Program provides comprehensive, cost-effective assistance to improve the academic achievement of students from low-income backgrounds.
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A free scholarship search site that also offers financial aid advice and application tips. No registration is required.
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Free and trusted scholarship search engine. Since 2003, ScholarshipExperts has been named, "The best scholarship search tool" by Forbes.com.
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The goal of this Web site is to educate students about scholarship access and the necessary requirements for achieving maximum financial aid. In addition, it provides information free of charge to help students avoid scholarship scams and misleading financial aid information.
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A comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of student financial aid available through the federal Student Financial Assistance Programs. Updated each award year, This publiction describes the programs and how to apply for them.
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Student and family information and resources is provided by TG, a non-profit loan guarantor and sponsor of AIE.
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Helps children from low-income areas reach their educational and career goals by providing mentoring, tutoring, and enrichment opportunities.
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The UNCF Web site contains information on thousands of scholarships and grants, some of which are administered by the UNCF.
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