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FINACIAL AID and SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Below are many web resources for college/university information, most related to scholarships and loans, and some addressed specifically for under-represented groups. Remember to be cautious when accessing any of the links, keeping in mind that you should never pay for any search service nor give out your social security number online. For further information on scholarship scams, go to the Federal Trade Commission's Web site.

Letters of Recommendation

Standard format for requesting Letters of Recommendation.

FINACIAL AID and COLLEGE PLANNING RESOURCES

FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid Federal Student Aid

Informs students and families about the availability of the federal student aid programs and the process for applying for and receiving aid.

Three methods to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  1. Login to apply online (Recommended)
  2. Complete a PDF FAFSA (Note: PDF FAFSAs must be mailed for processing)
  3. Request a paper FAFSA by calling us at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.

CSULB Financial Aid

Explore the variety of options available in making CSULB affordable.

Financial Aid Overview - U.S. Department of Education

Explore options for paying for college. Learn about the various kinds of financial aid (loans, grants, and work-study), how to apply, common myths, and more.

National Association of Financial Aid Administrators - (NASFAA)

Learn about financial aid providers, eligibility, state specific aid, tuition discounts by region, tax breaks and more.

Direct Loans

Apply electronically for a Direct Consolidation Loan.  Includes financial aid calculators and other useful information.  The US Department of Education’s Online Counseling Session is required before receiving a Federal Direct Loan.  Download deferment and forbearance forms.

FinAid - The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid

Independent site listing a variety of links, scholarship searches & FAQ’s (frequently asked questions).

EStudent Loan

Research and compare private and alternative loans for international and adult students.


College Planning Network - (CPN)

A non-profit organization that provides students and families with information on college selection, admission, financial aid and scholarship.

U.S. News & World Report

Navigate the Knowledge Center to help you with what you need to know about when looking at colleges. It includes information on how to pay for school, colleges, and careers, best value rankings for colleges, and hot jobs, and college rankings.


CNN MONEY

CNN Money's College 101 guide on topics such as the cost of college, getting the financial aid you need, what to know about student loans, and saving for college.

U.S. College Search 

Search for colleges, financial aid, and occupation guide

College Tax Tips

TurboTax informational guides and videos on tax tips for college savings plans, tuition and tax credits.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

 

CSULB Center for Scholarship Information

The Center for Scholarship Information (CSI) is the official clearinghouse for scholarship information at CSULB. Search their database with over 600 on- and off-campus scholarships

Phoenix Scholarship Database

Council for Opportunity in Education

Valuable links to scholarships and internships

FastWEB Scholarship Search

Establish your own private mailbox at this free scholarship search of more than 180,000 private scholarships and loans from more than 3,000 sources

International Education Financial Aid

Search the database for a scholarship and check the message board for tips on funding a study abroad program.

 

The College Board

College Board Online provides information to aid in your transition to college and the “ExPAN” Scholarship Search.  Try the SAT “Test Question of the Day” and get information about other College Board tests, programs, and services.

Sallie Mae’s Online Scholarship Service

This database offers free access to the College Aid Sources for Higher Education (CASHE) database and contains listings of private sector awards from more than 3,600 sponsors. You can also determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

CollegeNET MACH25

Contains listings of more than 600,000 private sector scholarships and awards.


FreSch

Free scholarship search & information.

College Scholarships.Com

A list of scholarships from around the country.

Embark

One-stop shopping for financial aid, scholarships, colleges, and careers.

Scholarships.com

Free scholarship search engine.

UNCF/The College Fund

Scholarships for students attending participating historically black colleges.

 

Black Excel  

Minority Scholarship Gateway Lists

American Indian College Fund

Foundation started by 32 tribal colleges.

 

Scholarship America

Formerly Citizen's Scholarship Foundation of America.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

 

Graduate scholarships and undergraduate transfer scholarships.

Peterson's and Thomson Learning

Financial aid and scholarships; Apply to over 1299 colleges.

Hotels Cheap

Need-based scholarships awarded by HotelsCheap.org

Free-4U

Scholarship Information Search Newsletter

College-scholarships.com

Search for scholarships and online degrees.

Coca-Cola

Scholarships sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company.