Financial Aid Web Sites

Students pursuing a college education are making an investment in their future. This resource has been developed to provide Head Start staff, parents and students information on financial aid for higher education. There are three main kinds of financial aid: scholarships and grants; loans; and student employment or work-study aid. The web sites listed below explain the many financial aid programs and how to apply for them.

Federal Student Aid

http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/funding.jsp?tab=funding

The U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs are the largest source of student aid in America. This web site explains the factors that determine eligibility for FSA programs. Head Start staff and parents looking for financial aid can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line and learn their eligibility for aid in a few days. They offer aid through a variety of methods: as gift aid in the form of grants (money that does not have to be repaid), and as self-help aid in the form of work study (job earnings) and loans (money that must be paid back at interest). Head Start staff and parents will find this user-friendly web site explains campus-based financial aid programs such as Federal Work Study (FWS), Perkins Loans, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), as well as other FSA programs.

Applying for Financial Aid - FAFSA On the Web

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

Students can apply for financial aid on-line at FAFSA on the Web. There is a universal application form called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Need help filling out THE FAFSA? The help feature is built into the system, which allows students to receive results faster. FAFSA on the Web also has a list of documents applicants need to gather before filling out the FAFSA, and customer service representatives are available to chat on-line if students need personal assistance. This is all free.

Financial Aid Web Sites. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2012. English.

Last Reviewed: May 2012

Last Updated: December 11, 2015