There's more to applying for financial aid than just filling out some forms and looking for scholarships. You need to determine how much college will cost, how much you need to live on, and how much debt you can afford to have when you leave. Start with some of these general resources to get a grasp of what it means to get money for school:
- This not-for-profit site offers a wealth of information on strategies for maximizing your financial aid, information on college savings programs, and descriptions of different types of loans. There is also a scholarship search engine.
West Virginia Mentor
- If you want to go to college in West Virginia, this is the site for you. Information on everything from choosing a school to getting financial aid, to filling out the application.
West Virginia EducationPlanner
- In addition to providing information on loans and scholarships, EducationPlanner will help you choose a school, put together a competitive application, and analyze your financial aid package once you are accepted.
Student Aid on the Web
- The best place to find information on federal student aid—straight from the horse's mouth, the U.S. Department of Education. You can find all of the information you need on applying for college money from Uncle Sam, from what kind of loans are available to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Send Your Child To College
- Compiled by a librarian, this site offers links to financial aid sources, as well as timelines for the college application process and other helpful hints for parents of college-bound students.