To assist you throughout your current and/or future work as a college advising professional, we have included a list of various college advising resources and handouts for you to use in your respective educational contexts.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) provides professional development for financial aid administrators; advocates for public policies that increase student access and success; serves as a forum on student financial aid issues, and is committed to diversity throughout all activities.
Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.
Almost every state education agency has at least one grant or scholarship available to residents, and many have a long list of student aid programs. Eligibility is usually restricted to state residents attending a college in-state, but that's not always the case. Click on your state to find out what financial aid programs may be available to you through your state education agency. Also check out state and regional tuition exchanges and keep in mind that other state-sponsored aid may available through non-profit organizations in your area.
Many states have programs that allow residents to attend university in another state, without having to pay out-of-state tuition.
Pell Abacus is a free search site that helps students get financial aid estimates directly from schools. Pell Abacus lets you compare the “net prices” of any school in their system. Pell Abacus is created and maintained by ECMC Innovation Lab. The Lab is part of the non-profit, ECMC Group, which offers Pell Abacus as a free public resource. ECMC seeks to help students succeed.
Student loans are often a significant part of a financial aid package. Some schools want to help students leave school without debt, and have introduced “no loans” financial aid policies. This article explores what that really means and where these programs exist.
An independent, nonprofit organization, the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) works to make higher education more available and affordable for people of all backgrounds. By conducting and supporting nonpartisan research, analysis, and advocacy, TICAS aims to improve the processes and public policies that can pave the way to successful educational outcomes for students and for society. One of TICAS’ initiatives is the Project on Student Debt, which works to increase public understanding of this student debt and the implications for our families, economy, and society.
Matriculate’s mission is to empower high-achieving, low-income high school students to make the leap to our best colleges and universities. Matriculate trains talented college students at top institutions to connect remotely with high-achieving, low-income high school students, providing the information, guidance, and support that these high school students need to navigate the college process.
College Point individual advisors use text message, phone, email, Skype and Google Hangouts to help students from low and moderate-income families apply to, enroll in, and graduate from top colleges.
ScholarMatch provides free college counseling resources and services for aspiring college students from low-income families.
Bottom Line helps low-income and first-generation-to-college students get to and through college. We are committed to building strong connections with our students, providing them with individual support, and ensuring they have the guidance they need to persist and earn a college degree.
College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.
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Half the FAFSA: Cutting the Red Tape to Postsecondary Student Aid, January 2017