Below, please find some important federal student financial aid documents and/or websites for student and parents.
U.S. Department of Education website
Contains many resources to help prepare for college.
Student Aid on the Web
In-depth information on student aid programs, applying for financial aid, and repaying loans.
College Prep Checklist
How to get ready academically and financially.
Do You Need Money for College: Federal Student Aid at a Glance
Basic overview of aid and application process.
Funding Education Beyond High School
Detailed info on federal aid programs.
Your Federal Student Loans
Federal loan and debt management information.
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet
Preview some of the FAFSA questions.
Paper FAFSA and PDF FAFSA
Free application for federal student aid.
Completing the FAFSA
Detailed instructions for every FAFSA question.
Direct Loan Basics for Students: Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans
Provides students with information about Direct Loans.
Direct Loan Basics for Parents: Direct PLUS Loans
Provides parents with information about Direct Loans.
Entrance Counseling Guide for Direct Loan Borrowers
Intended for use in counseling first-time borrowers.
Exit Counseling Guide for Direct Loan Borrowers
Intended for use in counseling students who are about to leave college.
Tax Benefits for Education
Find out how the Hope and Lifetime Learning Tax Credits can help with education costs.
College for Texans
An excellent resource for Texas residents to learn more about preparing for, applying to, and paying for college.
The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
Helps estimate a student’s eligibility for need-based financial aid. It also contains links to information on scholarship opportunities (FastWeb!).
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of ED programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.
Loan Repayment Plans
The Federal Student Aid website provides information regarding repayment of student loans and access to valuable loan calculators to get an idea of what monthly loan payments will be, depending on the repayment plan chosen.
Department of Education Financial Awareness Counseling
This Federal Student Aid website provides additional information about financial aid, including specific loan information to the recipient.