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FAFSA HELP GUIDE: GENERAL INFORMATION

IRS Transcript - When verification is required for a student, the IRS Transcript must be sent in by the parent and/or student.

Department of Education: Student Guide 2012-2013 - The Student Guide tells you about federal Student Financial Assistance (SFA) Programs and how to apply for them. Approximately two-thirds of all student financial aid
comes from federal programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. It is the official FAFSA help starting point. (PDF version only)

FAFSA4caster- This FAFSA help guide/tool is designed to allow families to receive an early analysis of their potential financial aid eligibility. Students considering payment options for postsecondary education would benefit
from using the FAFSA4caster as it not only provides an early estimate of financial aid eligibility but also reduces time required to submit the FAFSA by pre-populating nearly half of all questions asked by FAFSA. This tool is a
great FAFSA help.

FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page - A comprehensive, independent, and objective guide to student financial aid. College Cost Projector, Savings Plan Designer and EFC Calculator available here. Contains great information and FAFSA form help. You can also find every important federal financial aid form here. Dozens of FAFSA help tools and calculators available.

Cutting Your Costs - A concise, easy to understand guide from NASFAA to help you lower your college costs. Has FAFSA help and numerous tools.

Title IV Aid Information through NSLDS - Department of Education web site giving students internet access toinformation about any Title IV aid they have received. A Personal Identification Number (PIN) is needed to access the site. Students who already have an Electronic Access Code (EAC) can use that code as a PIN.

Department of Ed PIN web site - Beginning spring of 2000, any student or former borrower will be able to obtain a PIN by registering at this site.

Collegiate Funding - Scholarships, aid, grants, first-time FAFSA help, FAFSA filings, and other government deadlines are reviewed in detail. Additionally, a staff of counselors representing Collegiate Funding is available to discuss FAFSA help questions and options over the telephone.

College Board - Educational source provided for parents, students and educators aimed at providing up-to-date and useful information while preparing for your college experience. Has some FAFSA help documents.

www.college.gov - Designed by students for students, this site features first-person accounts of students who overcame challenges to going to college such as peer pressure, lack of family support, and financial barriers. It provides
relevant, comprehensive information about why to go, how to go, FAFSA help topics, and how to pay for college or other postsecondary education programs. Young people who may not have considered higher education a viable
option will be engaged, informed, and inspired to create their own "roadmap" to college. Great portal for FAFSA help.

Financial Aid Glossary - US News and World Report glossary of financial aid terms. Has a decently sized FAFSA help guide section.

Every Chance Every Texan - Texas resources offering guidance in seeking assistance or completing a post secondary degree

Texas State Financial Aid - Wayland participates in the Texas Tuition Equalization Grant state program that supplements financial need at a private university for students who are determined to be TX residents.

 

FAFSA HELP GUIDE: SCHOLARSHIPS

FastWEB - The Internet's largest free scholarship search.

SRN Express Free Scholarship Search - A comprehensive database for undergraduate and postgraduate students. This site also contains information on student loan forgiveness programs for those needing alternatives to repayment.

Scholarships Online - The Internet version of the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation publication, Compendium of Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar. A listing of all Texas colleges and universities, public and private,
with information on admission requirements, costs, financial aid, application deadlines and scholarships available to Texas students. A good FAFSA help source.

DegreeDirectory.org - scholarship opportunities for bachelor degree students.

 

FAFSA HELP GUIDE: LOAN INFORMATION

StudentLoans.gov - Access Department of Education Direct Loan information

SFA Ombudsman - You can contact the SFA Ombudsman, who is working with student loan borrowers to informally resolve loan disputes and problems. Get FAFSA help, rehabilitate a loan, or even discharge a loan.

Loan Entrance Counseling - Complete the entrance counseling required of all student borrowers. This will provide helpful information for you as a borrower regarding deferments, forbearance, cancellations, rights and responsibilities, and consolidations.

Loan Exit Counseling - Complete the exit interview required of all student borrowers. The information will assist you as you go into repayment by answering questions regarding deferments, forbearance, cancellations, and consolidations. Complete financial aid history may be accessed here (including federal student grants and loans).

Deferment Information- Sometimes even the best-laid plans to repay your student loans can be affected by life's changes. If you find it necessary to temporarily postpone repayment of your student loans, you can do so by applying for a deferment.

 

FAFSA HELP GUIDE: GRADUATE FINANCIAL AID

Collegiate Funding on Graduate Aid - A general overview description of graduate vs. undergraduate eligibility. Get FAFSA help for graduate degree-seekers.