The U.S. Department of Education 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, this is a great starting point.
The Student Guide is the most 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, The Student Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them. Also look at Funding Your Education, an introductory publication that gives an overview of the Student Financial Assistance Programs and how to apply for aid.
To apply for federal financial aid, and to apply for many state student aid programs, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Electronic versions of the FAFSA make applying for financial aid faster and easier than ever.
The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid. This site helps you find the scholarship or loan that’s right for you and has an easy-to-use calculator for figuring out how much money you will need. This site was rated #1 Financial Aid Resource by Yahoo!’s Wired Life online magazine.
College Foundation of North Carolina
The College Foundation of North Carolina’s website is loaded with information and resources to help you and your family.
- Make smart decisions as you plan for college and a career
- Compare over 100 North Carolina colleges and link easily to their websites
- Simplify the college application process by applying online
- Find the best way to pay for college with scholarships, grants, loans, and savings programs
Through eCashier you can make a full payment immediately or arrange a payment plan which drafts from your checking account, debit or credit card.
My FACTS allows you to view your account balance and payments, update your banking or credit card information, update your demographic information (i.e, address and phone number).
Fraud Hot Line
Reporting student aid fraud (including identity theft), waste, or abuse of U.S. Department of Education funds 1-800-MIS-USED (1-800-647-8733)
U.S. Department of Education PIN
Your PIN is an electronic access code that serves as your personal identifier and can be used every year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your U.S. Department of Education records online.
Receive an early estimate of aid eligibility.
SALT is a free educational program that provides ways for every student who wants a college degree to get it in a financially responsible way. SALT’s neutral advice, practical information, and interactive lessons help students gain money knowledge for college and beyond, keeping them on the path to success.