Helpful Sources

 

The office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help you prepare and pay for college or career school.  Our resources are grouped by the following topics:

Hard copies of many of the publications are available for order from the U.S. Department of Education’s Publication Center (www.edpubs.gov) or by calling 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827). TTY/TDD callers can use 1-877-576-7734.

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Information on College Preparation and the Federal Student Aid Programs

See tips on getting ready for college.  Learn about the federal student aid programs as well as other sources of financial aid to help you pay for college or career school. Also, learn about the process for applying for and receiving financial aid.

Resource English Spanish Accessible Version
Booklets and Brochures
College Preparation Checklist PDF PDF Braille
2017–18 Do You Need Money for College? The Guide to Federal Student Aid (formerly Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid) PDF PDF Braille
2016–17 Do You Need Money for College? The Guide to Federal Student Aid (formerly Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid) PDF PDF Braille
My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College—A Workbook for Middle and Junior High School Students PDF PDF Braille
Federal Student Aid for Adult Students PDF PDF Braille
Financial Aid for Graduate and Professional Degree Students PDF Available only in English Braille
Comparing Colleges PDF PDF
Videos and Images
Financial Aid Process Video Video Adjust video settings to view Spanish captioning  
Financial Aid Process Graphic Image Image Text-only version (English)
Text-only version (Spanish)
Types of Federal Student Aid Video Video Spanish-captioned video
Types of Federal Student Aid Graphic Image Image Text-only version (English)
Text-only version (Spanish)
Responsible Borrowing Video Video Spanish-captioned video
Budgeting Video Video Spanish-captioned video
Myths About Financial Aid Video Video Adjust video settings to view Spanish captioning
Web Pages and Tools
Checklists for Academic and Financial Preparation Web Page Web Page  
Career Search Web Page Web Page  
College Search Web Page Web Page  
College Scorecard Web Page Available only in English
Scholarship Search Web Page Web Page  
Glossary Web Page Web Page  
Fact Sheets
2017–18 Federal Student Aid at a Glance PDF PDF  
2016–17 Federal Student Aid At A Glance (formerly “Do You Need Money For College”) PDF PDF Braille
Federal Student Aid: Find the Information You Need PDF PDF
Federal Student Grant Programs PDF PDF  
TEACH Grant Program PDF Coming winter 2017
Federal Student Loan Programs PDF PDF  
Scholarships for Military Families PDF Coming winter 2017  
Information for International Students PDF Available only in English
Financial Aid and Undocumented Students PDF PDF
Educational and Training Vouchers for Current and Former Foster Care Youth PDF PDF
Federal Student Aid and Homeless Youth PDF PDF
How Your Financial Aid Administrator Can Help You PDF PDF  
Internal Revenue Service fact sheet on education tax benefits—“Students and Parents: Why Form 1098-T Is Important to You”  PDF Available only in English
Federal Student Aid Eligibility for Students Confined in Adult Correctional or Juvenile Justice Facilities PDF PDF  
Fact Sheets—Early Preparation
Saving Early = Saving Smart! Watch Your Money Grow With Your Child PDF  PDF  
Fact Sheets—College and Career Preparation
Why Go to College? PDF PDF  
Choose a Career School Carefully PDF PDF  
Choosing a Career PDF PDF  
Other
Bright Future Native American Poster PDF Available only in English  
Federal Student Aid bookmark (one file: page 1 is English; page 2 is Spanish) PDF PDF  Braille

 


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Information

Get detailed information and help on completing the FAFSA®.

Resource English Spanish Accessible Version
Booklets and Brochures
2017–18 Completing the FAFSA PDF PDF
2016–17 Completing the FAFSA PDF PDF
2017–18 EFC (Expected Family Contribution) Formula PDF Available only in English
2016–17 EFC (Expected Family Contribution) Formula PDF Available only in English
Forms and Worksheets
2017–18 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet PDF PDF Braille
2016–17 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet PDF PDF Braille
2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) PDF PDF Braille
2016–17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) PDF PDF Braille
Videos and Images
Eligibility for Federal Student Aid Graphic Image Image Text-only version (English)
Text-only version (Spanish)
How to Create an FSA ID Video Video Available only in English
FAFSA Overview Video Video Adjust video settings to view Spanish captioning  

 

How to Fill Out the FAFSA Video Video Adjust video settings to view Spanish captioning
FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents Video Spanish-captioned video
The FAFSA Process Graphic Image
PDF
Image
PDF
Text-only version (English)
Text-only version (Spanish)
Changes to the FAFSA Process for 2017–18 Graphic Image Image Text-only version (English)
Text-only version (Spanish)
FAFSA: Determining Dependency Status Video Video Spanish-captioned video
FAFSA Dependency Status Graphic Image Image Text-only version (English)
Text-only version (Spanish)
Who’s My Parent When I Fill Out My FAFSA? Graphic Image Image Text-only version (English)
Text-only version (Spanish)
Simple Steps to Transfer Tax Information Into Your FAFSA Graphic (Information about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool) Image
PDF
Image
PDF
Text-only version (English)
Text-only version (Spanish)
After the FAFSA: What Happens Next Video Video Spanish-captioned video
Web Pages and Tools
Online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Web Page Web Page  
Federal School Code Search Web Page Web Page  
FAFSA Online Help Web Page Web Page  
FAFSA4caster Web Page Web Page  
Fact Sheets
What’s an FSA ID and Why Do I Need One? PDF PDF  
Am I Dependent or Independent? PDF PDF  
Who Is My “Parent” When I Fill Out the FAFSA? PDF PDF  
College Students and Parents: What You Need to Know About the 2017–18 FAFSA® PDF PDF  
The 2017–18 FAFSA®: Get Your Dates Straight PDF Coming winter 2017
2017–18 FAFSA Updates and Resources Webinar Webinar
Transcript
Available only in English
Myths About Financial Aid PDF PDF  

 


Loan Information

Learn about federal student loans—what they are, how to get them, and why to get them. Understand your options for repaying a federal student loan.

Resource English Spanish Accessible Version
Booklets and Brochures
Federal Student Loans: Basics for Students PDF PDF Braille
Federal Student Loans: Direct PLUS Loan Basics for Parents PDF PDF Braille
Federal Student Loans: Be a Responsible Borrower PDF PDF Braille
Federal Student Loans: Repaying Your Loans PDF PDF Braille
For Members of the U.S. Armed Forces: What you need to know about your federal student loan benefits PDF Available only in English
Videos and Images
Getting a Federal Student Loan Graphic Image Image Text-only version (English)
Text-only version (Spanish)
Comparing Federal and Private Student Loans Graphic Image
PDF
Image
PDF
Text-only version (English)
Text-only version (Spanish)
Repayment: What to Expect Video Video Spanish-captioned video  

 

Repayment: How to Manage Your Student Loans Video Video Spanish-captioned video
Trouble Making Your Federal Student Loan Payments? Graphic Image
PDF
Image
PDF
Text-only version (English)
Text-only version (Spanish)
Web Pages
Financial Awareness Counseling Tool Web Page Available only in English  
Student Loan Debt Collection Assistant Web Page Available only in English  
Repayment Estimator Web Page Web Page
Fact Sheets
Federal Student Loan Programs PDF PDF  
Why Get a Federal Student Loan? PDF PDF  
Income-Driven Repayment Plans for Federal Student Loans PDF PDF  
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program PDF PDF  
Direct PLUS Loans and Adverse Credit PDF PDF
Student Loans (Avoiding Deceptive Offers) PDF Web Page  
Peace Corps and Repayment of Your Federal Student Loans PDF Available only in English

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Consumer Protection and Financial Literacy

Read important information about protecting yourself from scams and getting the most from your money.

Resource English Spanish Accessible Version
Fact Sheets
Choose a Career School Carefully PDF PDF  
Don’t Get Scammed on Your Way to College PDF PDF  
Federal Student Aid and Identity Theft PDF PDF  
Student Loans (Avoiding Deceptive Offers) PDF Web Page  
Money Management Checklist for College Students PDF PDF

 


Braille Publications

Braille and audio publications, in addition to our other publications, are available for order from the U.S. Department of Education’s Publication Center (www.edpubs.gov) or by calling 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827). TTY/TDD callers can use 1-877-576-7734.

 

 

U.S. Government Websites

http://www.nslds.ed.gov

https://studentloans.gov

http://www.direct.ed.gov

http://studentaid.ed.gov

http://www.myfedloan.org

http://ifap.ed.gov

https://myeddebt.ed.gov

http://collegecost.ed.gov

 

Private & Independent Websites

http://www.studentloanborrowerassistance.org

http://projectonstudentdebt.org

http://www.ibrinfo.org

http://ticas.org