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The website of ACT, Inc., producers of the ACT test. The site includes information on the test, as well as information on choosing a college and financial planning.
The College Board produces the SAT tests. In addition to information on the tests, this site provides a glossary of financial aid terms, lists of resources and information on financial planning for students and parents.
College Illinois is a Section 529 Prepaid Tuition Program run by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The program is 100% state tax exempt, and will not affect student financial aid awarded by any Illinois state agency. Open to all Illinois residents, and to all non-residents buying for Illinoisans, regardless of income levels.
College is Possible
This site is sponsored by a coalition of colleges, universities, businesses, and government and community organizations to help make college possible for everyone. The site provides a step-by-step guide for college preparation, choosing the right school, and applying for admission and financial aid. (In English and Spanish.)
College Savings Plan Network
The College Savings Plans Network is an affiliate of the National Association of State Treasurers. Many state governments have created innovative college savings programs for their citizens. This site provides information on college savings programs throughout the nation.
CollegeNET lets applicants complete, file and pay for admissions applications entirely through the Internet. Over 500 colleges and universities, including Virginia Tech, Ohio State and the University of Washington make their applications available through CollegeNET. CollegeNET also provides a scholarship search service.
Department of Education Student Portal
The Student Portal as a comprehensive resource on student financial aid, updated every year by the U.S. Department of Education. The portal provides information on grants, loans and work-study programs available from the federal Student Financial Assistance programs, and how to apply for them.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online here.
Financial Aid Search through the Web. Founded in 1995, FastWeb includes a large database of scholarships, as well as a directory of colleges and information on admissions, financial aid and life after college.
The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid. An excellent resource for information on financial aid, from loans and scholarships to military aid, plus a wealth of resources for students, parents and educators.
Financial Aid Resource Center
A wealth of information on financing college, graduate education and adult education.
A free scholarship search service with a database of over 150,000 scholarships.
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Scholarship information for students attending or planning to attend college in Illinois. This site also includes a free online scholarship search which can provide a list of scholarships based on needs and interests.
Iowa College Student Aid Commission
The Iowa College Student Aid Commission provides information on such state programs as the Iowa Tuition Grant, the Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant, the Iowa Grant, the Iowa National Guard Tuition Aid Program, the Iowa Work-Study Program and the State of Iowa Scholarship.
Peterson's Financing Education
Resources on Financing education from the information services company Peterson's. Petersons.com brings together consistently organized information about educational opportunities at all levels, and gives individuals the ability to search Peterson's databases, as well as to request more information, apply to a school or program, and interact in other ways with faculty and administrators at educational institutions.
The Scholarship Page
A free resource page with a database of scholarship information.
Scholarship Resource Network. The site features private scholarships as well as loan-forgiveness programs.
The Student Gateway to the U.S. Government. This site includes government information and services for students planning to go to college or already in college. Includes financial aid information along with a wealth of other government information useful for students.