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Financial Aid
Office of Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education

For those who need financial aid to help pay for college, it is important to complete the FAFSA - the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Anyone can fill out the FAFSA -- for free -- on the official government web site at
www.fafsa.gov. Today’s FAFSA is simpler than ever! On average, it takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

To speed up the process, the Department's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) has penned a number of blog posts:

College Navigator Web site
The U.S. Department of Education's website for information about colleges and universities has been named by Money magazine as "the best first screen" for researching higher education institutions. Money notes that the website is not tied to any marketing department seeking students' personal information. It also credits the website for being one of the simplest to use and for providing a full set of the latest data on expenses, aid, enrollment, admission and graduation rates, majors, and more, along with a Google map pinpointing location.

TOP 10 Things I wish I would've known prior to College
If I Only Knew THEN, What I Know NOW

10 things high school students should know about or be able to do so they can get into and be successful in college. By Maritza T. Adonis
(pdf Download pdf)

College Board
College Board provides SAT registration with free sample questions, study guides, and information on local courses. It also provides guidance on how to find colleges, pay for them, and plan academic work to make student applications stronger.
Source: Education Week

Princeton Review
The Princeton Review offers SAT, ACT, and PSAT preparation guidelines including free practice tests and free events, along with registration for paid courses. It also includes other college-search advice and general guidance.
Source: Education Week

Common Application
The Common Application allows students to fill out a standard application and submit it electronically to as many member institutions (a total of 488) as desired. It also includes charts detailing deadlines and additional requirements of each member school.
Source: Education Week

Lumina Foundation
Lumina is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans who have high-quality, college-level learning. Our mission is defined by a specific goal: to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency to achieve this goal, known as Goal 2025.

Nursing Explorer
Our website offers information for students who are interested in learning more about nursing career and the different types of nursing education paths. We also offer information on nursing entrance exams, glossary, searchable nursing scholarships database, a directory of over 6,500 nursing programs and a lot more.

HackCollege
HackCollege is educating the students of the world about effective, open source software, putting techno-political arguments in everyday language, and creating a cult of “Students 2.0." Examples of helpful information found on HackCollege includes getting more out of your google search, how to write longer papers without working harder, and organizing your life for finals.

PhDs.org
Need help in finding the graduate school that is right for you? Try this helpful site to assist you in narrowing your search. Resources on this page include everything from graduate school rankings to information on what life is like after your PhD.

College Programs

First Wave Spoken Word & Urban Arts Learning Community
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bringing together young artists and leaders from across the U.S., the First Wave offers students the opportunity to live, study, and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community. Administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), the First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on spoken word and hip-hop culture.

"This is more than a program. The First Wave is a family, a community, a movement." - Willie Ney, First Wave Executive Director

Master of Homeland Security
A Master of Homeland Security prepares students to work in the public and private sectors of security by teaching students leadership skills, how to implement security plans, and the role technology plays in modern security measurements. This website helps answer questions about a degree in homeland security and has search engines to help you find the program that best fits your needs.

College Scholarship and Grant Information
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarship Programs
www.gatesfoundation.org/topics/Pages/scholarships.aspx#

School Grants, College Scholarships, Financial Aid and More
www.schoolgrantsblog.com

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
(Scholarships for undocumented students)
www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/index.html

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund for Black Students
(College Students)
www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net/v1/ams.html

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Scholarships
(College Students)
www.akaeaf.org/programsandinitiatives

Microsoft Scholarships for Undergraduates
(Specific programs for Women and Minorities)
www.microsoft.com/college/ss_overview.mspx

Harry S. Truman Scholarships for Public Service (College Juniors)
www.truman.gov

National Association of Black Journalist Scholarships
(College Students - journalism majors)
www.nabj.org/?page=scholarships

Saul T. Wilson Scholarships for Veterinary Students
www.aphis.usda.gov

Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
www.beanactuary.org/college/scholarships.cfm

Xerox Scholarships for Minority Students in Technical Fields
www.xerox.com

Siemens Foundation Scholarships for Minority Students
www.siemens.com and search "scholarships"

SIT Study Abroad Scholarships (College Students)
www.sit.edu/studyabroad/721.htm

INROADS Internships for Minority Students
ext1.inroads.org

Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford
www.rhodesscholar.org/info

Opportunities for Minority Students in Health Services
www.ahrq.gov/fund/minortrg.htm

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting
Scholarships
www.alpfa.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=354

United Negro College Fund/Merck Science Scholarships
(College Students)
www.uncf.org/portal/Default.aspx?tabid=93

American Geological Institute Minority Geoscience Scholarships
(College Students)
www.agiweb.org/mpp/MPP05app1.pdf

American Institute of CPA's Minority Scholarships/Fellowships
(College Students)
www.aicpa.org/members/div/career/mini/smas.htm

AT&T Labs Research Program for Women & Minorities in
Computer Science (PhD Students)
www.research.att.com/index.cfm?portal=20

Development Fund for Black Students in Science & Technology
(College Students)
dfbsst.dlhjr.com/dfb_sch.html

Tylenol Scholarship for Health Care & Life Sciences Students
(College)
www.tylenol.com/page.jhtml?id=tylenol/news/subptyschol.inc

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarships for
Research Careers (College Students)
ugsp.nih.gov/home.asp?m=00

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation for Science & Engineering
Students (College)
www.astronautscholarship.org/scholarship.html

NACME Scholarships for Minorities in Engineering
(College Students)
www.nacme.org/NACME

American Psychological Association (APA) Scholarships and
Fellowships (College Students)
www.apa.org/students/funding.html

Search Tools/Listings for College Scholarships
(Download PDF)

Find Scholarships While Colleges Recruit You
www.scholarships.com/

Student Gateway to US Government Scholarship Info
www.students.gov/STUGOVWebApp

Information on Athletic Scholarships
www.collegescholarships.org/athletic.htm

College Fund/UNCF Scholarship List
www.uncf.org/forstudents/scholarship.asp

NAACP Scholarship Listings
www.naacp.org/youth/scholarships/information

Historically Black Colleges & University Scholarship Search
hbcuconnect.com/cgi-bin/scholarships.cgi

Student Gateway to U.S. Government Scholarship Information
www.students.gov/STUGOVWebApp/Public?topicID=15&operation=top

School Grants Blog
www.schoolgrantsblog.com

EducationGrant.com
www.educationgrant.com/

Information on Tax Credits

American Opportunity Tax Credit
http://www.irs.gov/uac/American-Opportunity-Tax-Credit

High School Scholarships
(Download PDF)

Kohl's Cares Scholarship
www.kohlscorporation.com

Gates Millennium Scholarships for Minority Students
www.gmsp.org

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship for Minority High
School Students
www.jackierobinson.org

Ron Brown Scholarship Program for African-American Seniors
www.ronbrown.org

Hispanic College Fund Scholarships
www.hispanicfund.org/scholarships

League of Latin American Citizens Scholarships
www.lulac.org/programs/education/scholarships/index.html

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority
Students
www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/nonprofit-philanthropy/ leadership-initiatives/hearst

Black Alliance for Educational Options School Choice
Scholarships (K-12)
www.baeo.org/programs?program_id=2

Roothbert Scholarship Fund for Students from Eastern U.S.
www.roothbertfund.org/scholarships.php

Union Plus Scholarship for Union Workers' Families
www.unionplus.org/college-education-financing/union-plusscholarship

Siemens Foundation Merit Scholarships for Employee Families
www.siemens-foundation.org/en/merit_scholarship.htm

Rotary Scholarships for Study Abroad
www.rotary.org

QuestBridge College Prep and College Match (4 yr) Programs for Low-income Students
www.questbridge.org

Federal McNair Scholars Program for Low-income or 1st Generation Students
www.ed.gov/programs/triomcnair

Ronald MacDonald House Charities Scholarships
rmhc.org/what-we-do/rmhc-u-s-scholarships/

Coca-Cola Scholarships (2 and 4 year)
www.coca-colascholars.org

Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship for High School Juniors
www.discoverfinancial.com/community/scholarship.shtml

Intel Science Talent Search for High School Seniors
www.societyforscience.org/sts

US Institute of Peace Essay Contest for High School Students
www.usip.org/ed/npec

Americorps: Presidential Freedom Scholarship for High School
Students
www.learnandserve.gov/about/programs/pfs.asp

Providian Medical
www.providianmedical.com/providian-medical-scholarship/