• What to do with college loans during COVID crisis

    What's the Price Tag for A College Education?

    College Savings Information: 

    • College Saving Tutorial
    • CollegeInvest - Saving for College with 529s

      Where to find Financial Aid Information:

    • FAFSA -- The first step in finding money for college should be applying to see if you qualify for federal aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -- FAFSA Overview video -- click here.
    • ACT Financial Aid Information
    • 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA -- Student's guide to Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    • Financial Aid Shopping Sheet -- is a consumer tool that participating institutions will use to notify students about their financial aid package. It is a standardized form that is designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so that they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school. The Shopping Sheet will be available for use beginning in the 2013-2014 award year.
    • Federal Student Aid -- This provides tons of resources in how to locate funding for your postsecondary education.  View the video here.
    • FinAid -- The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
    • GAcollege411 on Financial Aid
    • Texas Financial Aid Information Center

      Where to find Federal Grants:

    • Federal Pell Grants
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
    • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
    • FedMoney.org -- is the most comprehensive free full-text online resource on all U.S. government grants and student financial aid programs. Here you will find detailed and up-to-date information about who can apply how to apply + contact info for over 240 government loans and grants (scholarships, fellowships, traineeships) related to education!
    • College Answer from Sallie Mae -- Sallie Mae has helped thousands achieve their dreams of higher education by providing funds for educational loans, primarily federally guaranteed student loans originated under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). This free site allows students and parents to learn about ways to pay for college, guides them through loan, scholarship, and financial aid applications, and offers instruction in managing their debt afterwards.
    • Income Based Repayment -- is designed to reduce monthly payments to assist with making your student loan debt manageable. If you need to make lower monthly payments, this plan may be for you.
    • Pay As You Earn -- helps keep your monthly student loan payments affordable, and usually has the lowest monthly payment amount of the repayment plans that are based on your income. If you need to make lower monthly payments, this plan may be for you. 
    • Public Service Loan Forgiveness -- In 2007, Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their eligible federal student loans after they have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full time by certain public service employers.
    • Ultimate Guide to Student Loan Resource--A comprehensive list of informational websites that give you the most in-depth information on taking and repaying student loans to help finance your college education.  

      Source:  www.achievetexas.org

      NOTE: YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO PAY TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION! For more information, click here.