Going away to college is exciting for most people today, that is until the bill comes due. Where can families today find the necessary funds to finance a college education? This page contains links to several sites that provide information about additional sources of financial aid such as scholarships and loans. These are easy to use sites and are for the most part FREE!
- College Board Online
When you think of the College Board, you probably think of the SAT, and you're right; however, this site also provides a financial aid calculator, a scholarship search feature, as well as a Financial Aid Services area that discusses tips on financial planning for students and parents. The site also provides useful background information about student loans.
- College Fund/UNCF
The College Fund/UNCF is an educational assistance organization. This site provides information about study abroad programs, scholarships, graduate studies, and other programs. All together, the College Fund offers more than 450 programs for students, faculty, and member colleges.
Indiana Youth Institute’s DriveOfYourLife.org - totally free, Indiana-specific career exploration resources for teenagers to learn about themselves, potential jobs, and the education to make their future possible.
- fastWEB(Financial Aid Search Through the WEB)
This is one of the best sites on the Web to start your scholarship search. fastWEB provides free, detailed information. Step-by-step instructions are provided, so this site is easy to use. You will also be prompted to create your own private account name with your own private mailbox. Any information you request will be sent to your fastWEB mailbox so no one will have access to your information.
- FinAid (The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid)
This is a very comprehensive site with information about all types of financial aid. In addition, you are provided with a glossary of terms to help decipher some of the confusion in the financial aid world. FinAid also provides links to other reliable financial aid sites on the Web.
- Hope and Lifetime Learning Education Tax Credit
There may be certain tax credits for which you or your parents are eligible. The Hope credit and the lifetime learning credit may reduce the amount of federal income tax paid based on the costs of college. Please see the information below for more details. This information is not meant to replace that of the IRS or other qualified tax advisor. Please see IRS Publication 970 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf) for additional information as well.
- Know How2Go
American Council on Education & Lumina Foundation for Education sponsor the KnowHow2Go web site. You know why to go to college; we’re here to tell you how. There are specific steps you need to take and this site can help you along the way.
- Learn More Resource Center, Indiana’s Pre-K to College Connection
Learn More Resource Center is Indiana's new, expanded Pre-K to College Connection. The successor to the Indiana Career and Postsecondary Advancement Center (ICPAC), Learn More was created to support the Indiana Education Roundtable's P-16 Plan for Improving Student Achievement. The plan's key principle is that in today's world, Indiana students need successfully to COMPLETE postsecondary education. With Indiana's P-16 plan as its foundation, Learn More Resource Center strives to be the most valuable and reliable source of information for Indiana's parents, students and school counselors. Learn More also serves adults who want to change careers or seek additional training.
- Indiana College Answer
Developed in cooperation with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana College Answer, combines college-planning information specific to Indiana with a set of comprehensive tools for college preparation and financing.
- Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.
ISM is Indiana's designated not-for-profit provider of student loan services. Its mission is to encourage Indiana students to participate in higher education by making the cost of borrowing more affordable. ISM offers low cost loans and exceptional service with Indiana as its sole focus. Since 1980, ISM has provided nearly $50 million to fund education efforts.
- MACH25 (CollegeNET)
MACH25 is a simple and fast way to find aid for school. Users are prompted to create a user account which is used to search for scholarships. Instructions are provided on-line for you to conduct your scholarship search. Results of those scholarships for which you may qualify are returned to you, and you can scroll through the information to get more detail.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is an association of 3,000 colleges, universities, career schools, and others with an interest in the effective administration of student financial aid. The Association does not provide financial aid to students; please contact the financial aid administrator at the college of your choice for specific details on available financial aid opportunities. However, with this website NASFAA provides information on the financial aid process and directs you to some of the more important and helpful financial aid guidance on the web.
- National College Athletic Association (NCAA)
This site is directed to those students who have participated in college athletics and/or are pursuing an athletics-related career. There are three scholarships for postgraduate studies and two for undergraduate studies, totalling over $1 million per year.
- State Student Assistance Commission in Different States
This site has a listing of different states' student assistance commission websites.
- Treasurer's 529
The Indiana College Choice 529 Investment Plan, an IRS Section 529 Plan, gives your family a convenient, tax-deferred way to save for your student's higher education. With a Plan account, you can save for almost any kind of post-high school education - college, university or vocational-technical school - any place in the nation.
Indiana Youth Institute’s website for parents of students in grades K-12 offering tips on planning and paying for college.
- US Department of Education
Information about federal programs to help students through college is available at this site. You can also fill out your FAFSA on-line at their site FAFSA on the web.