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2015–16 Completing the FAFSA(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Detailed document that provides an overview of the FAFSA and the application process with a walkthrough of each application question. [430KB]
Resource Type: Handouts, How-To Guides
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: 2015-16 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet(Result Type: PDF)2015–16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)(Result Type: PDF)


2015–16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)(Result Type: PDF)
Description: The Department of Education's official application for federal aid. Students can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. [478 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: 2015-16 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet(Result Type: PDF)2015–16 Completing the FAFSA(Result Type: PDF)


2015-16 Do You Need Money for College? Federal Student Aid at a Glance(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet informing students what federal student aid is, who is eligible, and how to apply, as well as providing an overview of the aid programs. [704 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: Federal Student Grant Programs(Result Type: PDF)Federal Student Loan Programs(Result Type: PDF)Overview of the Financial Aid Process Graphic(Result Type: IMG)


2015-16 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Worksheet that provides a preview of the questions students and parents may be asked while completing the FAFSA. [177 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2016–17 Completing the FAFSA(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Detailed document that provides an overview of the FAFSA and the application process with a walkthrough of each application question. [220KB]
Resource Type: How-To Guides, Handouts


2016–17 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Worksheet that provides a preview of the questions students and parents may be asked while completing the FAFSA. [175 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2016–17 FAFSA Screen Shots aka FAFSA on the Web Preview Presentation(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Presentation that provides screen shots of the 2016–17 fafsa.gov application. [7.8 MB]
Resource Type: Presentations


2016–17 Federal Student Aid at a Glance(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet informing students what federal student aid is, who is eligible, and how to apply, as well as providing an overview of the aid programs. [1.33 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts


2016–17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)(Result Type: PDF)
Description: The Department of Education's official application for federal aid. Students can complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov. [530 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2017–18 FAFSA Messaging and Planning Calendar(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Document that provides suggested outreach activities and resources to help you plan communications to students and parents for the 2017–18 FAFSA. [234 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


2017–18 FAFSA Talking Points(Result Type: DOC)
Description: Messages for counselors to use with colleagues, students, and parents to inform them about the changes for the 2017–18 FAFSA. Feel free to copy and paste! [142KB]
Resource Type: Other, How-To Guides


About Federal Student Aid Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: An overview of the Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid and its role in providing financial aid to help pay for college or career school. [33.9 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish Captioned(Result Type: VIDEO)


Advising Undocumented Students Webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Provides educators and advisors some tools to better support undocumented students and parents to access financial assistance for higher education.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)PowerPoint Slides(Result Type: PPT)


After the FAFSA: What Happens Next Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Learn what happens after you submit the FAFSA. Includes information about the Student Aid Report, EFC, the role of schools, award letters, and receiving aid.
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish Captioned(Result Type: VIDEO)
Related: Responsible Borrowing Video(Result Type: VIDEO)Student Loans: Avoiding Deceptive Offers(Result Type: PDF)


Am I Dependent or Independent?(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Worksheet to help students determine their dependency status when filling out the FAFSA. [137 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: FAFSA Dependency Status Graphic(Result Type: IMG)FAFSA: Determining Dependency Status Video(Result Type: VIDEO)Who Is My ''Parent'' When I Fill Out the FAFSA?(Result Type: PDF)


Are Your Students Thinking About College?(Result Type: PDF)
Description: IRS fact sheet intended to raise counselors' awareness of education tax benefits such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit. [97 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Budgeting Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Provides an overview of how budgeting can help students make smart financial decisions, as well as information on creating and maintaining a budget.
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish Captioned(Result Type: VIDEO)


Career Search Website(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Explore potential careers using the Department of Labor's career search tool with info on typical duties, education needed, average salary, and more.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools
Related: Choosing a Career(Result Type: PDF)


Changes to the FAFSA Process for 2017–18 - Graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Table showing changes to FAFSA application cycle dates and tax year the FAFSA asks about. [66KB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: Text Version(Result Type: General)


Choose a Career School Carefully(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet with points to keep in mind when exploring career schools. [114 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Related: Comparing Colleges(Result Type: PDF)College Search Website(Result Type: General)


Choosing a Career(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet with tips for helping students find a career. [115KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Related: Career Search Website(Result Type: General)


College Preparation Checklist(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Checklist that helps students (elementary, middle, and high school), as well as adults and parents prepare financially and academically for college. [1.05 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


College Scorecard(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Students can use this interactive tool to find and compare colleges with info on college costs, graduation rates, and the average amount students borrow.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools
Related: Comparing Colleges(Result Type: PDF)


College Search Website(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Use the Department of Education's college search tool to find colleges and career schools by location, degrees, tuition and fees, and more.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)
Related: Choose a Career School Carefully(Result Type: PDF)Comparing Colleges(Result Type: PDF)


College Students and Parents: What You Need to Know About the 2017–18 FAFSA(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Details for college students and parents about changes to the FAFSA launch date and the tax year the FAFSA asks about. [56KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Comparing Colleges(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Brochure that highlights tools and resources to help students compare colleges. [642 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: College Search Website(Result Type: General)Choose a Career School Carefully(Result Type: PDF)


Comparing Federal and Private Student Loans Graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic for students considering getting a loan to help cover the costs of college. Explains the differences between federal and private student loans. [708 KB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: Text Version(Result Type: General)PDF(Result Type: PDF)


Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid 2015-16(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Explains the federal student aid programs and how you can guide students through the FAFSA process. [1.19 MB]
Resource Type: How-To Guides


Counselors and Mentors: What You Need to Know About the 2017–18 FAFSA(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Both the FAFSA launch date and the tax year about which the FAFSA asks are changing for the 2017–18 FAFSA. Get details and outreach tips. [61KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Creating and Using Your FSA ID(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Presentation that provides an overview of the FSA ID, including how to create it, where it can be used, and how to troubleshoot some common errors. [3.3 MB]
Resource Type: Presentations


Department of Labor Scholarship Search Tool(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Students can use the U.S. Department of Labor's free scholarship search tool to find scholarships along with information on how to apply.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools
Related: Scholarships for Military Families(Result Type: PDF)


Digital Outreach Resources(Result Type: General)
Description: Web page with resources (tweets, blog posts, videos, etc.) to help you promote FAFSA completion and FSA ID awareness as well as student loan repayment.
Resource Type: Social Media Content


Direct PLUS Loans and Adverse Credit(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet that answers common questions about how an adverse credit history affects Direct PLUS loan eligibility. [42 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Don't Get Scammed on Your Way to College(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Tips to avoid scams and identity theft while looking for scholarships and other financial aid to pay for college. [210 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Educational and Training Vouchers for Current and Former Foster Care Youth(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet with information about the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program's Educational and Training Vouchers for current and former foster care youth. [66KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


EFC Formula, 2015–16(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Guide explaining the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that results from the FAFSA. EFC formula worksheets are included. [621 KB]
Resource Type: How-To Guides


Eligibility for Federal Student Aid Graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that lays out the criteria that determine a student's eligibility for federal student aid. [360 KB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Text Version(Result Type: General)Text Version - Spanish(Result Type: General)


English-Spanish Glossary(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Helpful resource when creating Spanish-language materials, this glossary covers terms relating to student financial aid for higher education.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools, Glossaries
Also Available in: Downloadable Files(Result Type: General)


FAFSA Completion Social Media Resources(Result Type: DOC)
Description: Document providing resources to promote FAFSA completion. Includes Facebook posts, tweets, blog posts, and online links. [274 KB]
Resource Type: Social Media Content


FAFSA Dependency Status Graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that helps FAFSA applicants determine their dependency status. [202 KB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Text Version(Result Type: General)Text Version - Spanish(Result Type: General)
Related: About Federal Student Aid Video(Result Type: VIDEO)


FAFSA Facts for Students With Drug-related Convictions(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet that explains how drug-related convictions may impact a student's eligibility for federal aid. [240 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


FAFSA Line by Line Demo Webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar that provides an overview of the FAFSA process and line-by-line demo of the 2016–17 FAFSA.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)PowerPoint Slides(Result Type: PPT)


FAFSA on the Web(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: The official application for federal student aid for college or career school. Submit application online, make corrections, and check application status.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)
Related: FAFSA Overview Video(Result Type: VIDEO)How to Fill Out the FAFSA Video(Result Type: VIDEO)


FAFSA Overview Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Provides an overview of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the application process. [41.8 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish Captioned(Result Type: VIDEO)
Related: http://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/how-to-fill-out-fafsa.wmv(Result Type: VIDEO)http://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/after-the-fafsa.wmv(Result Type: VIDEO)


FAFSA4caster(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Financial aid calculator that gives an early estimate of eligibility for federal aid and helps students understand their options for paying for college.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)
Related: FAFSA on the Web(Result Type: General)


FAFSA: Determining Dependency Status Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Walk through the criteria for determining whether a FAFSA applicant is an independent or dependent student. [48.1 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish Captioned(Result Type: VIDEO)
Related: Am I Dependent or Independent?(Result Type: PDF)FAFSA Dependency Status Graphic(Result Type: IMG)


Federal Student Aid and Identity Theft(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet for students that provides tips on safeguarding student aid information and contact information for reporting identity theft. [83 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: Don't Get Scammed on Your Way to College(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Student Aid Bookmark(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Bookmark with Federal Student Aid contact information in both English and Spanish. [693 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Student Aid Eligibility for Students Confined in Adult Correctional or Juvenile Justice Facilities(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet providing information for incarcerated individuals on federal student aid eligibility. [162 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Student Aid Financial Literacy Resources(Result Type: PDF)
Description: List of resources that school counselors and other college access mentors can use in setting up a financial literacy curriculum. [69 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Federal Student Aid for Adult Students(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Publication for adults considering college with information on the types of federal student aid available, how to apply, important deadlines, and more. [177KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Student Aid Glossary(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Federal Student Aid's online glossary with definitions of frequently used terms in federal financial aid.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools, Glossaries


Federal Student Aid Outreach Card(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Business card size publication that's easy to carry/hand out. Includes info on federal student aid with links to StudentAid.gov and our social media sites. [167 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Federal Student Aid Poster(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Poster that helps spread the word to students and families that federal student aid is available to help pay for college (size is 17 inches by 22 inches). [257 KB]
Resource Type: Other
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Student Aid Resources for the 2017–18 FAFSA(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Document listing Federal Student Aid resources that can be used to support outreach for the 2017–18 FAFSA. [412 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Federal Student Aid: Find the Information You Need(Result Type: PDF)
Description: List of financial aid topics and where to find information about them. Includes FAFSA, types of aid, repaying loans, grad school, parents, and more. [373 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Student Grant Programs(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet listing federal student grant programs with program details and award limits. [1.29 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Student Loan Programs(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet listing federal student loan programs with loan details and award limits. [725 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Student Loans: Basics for Students(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Brochure providing students with information on Direct Loans. Includes overview of eligibility, application process, and repayment. [4.97MB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Related: Federal Student Loans: Direct PLUS Loan Basics for Parents(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Student Loans: Be a Responsible Borrower(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Booklet providing info on how to borrow responsibly for college. Includes budgeting, loan types, determining borrowing needs, and understanding loan terms. [342 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Student Loans: Direct PLUS Loan Basics for Parents(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Brochure providing parents with information on Direct PLUS Loans for parents. Includes overview of eligibility, application process, and repayment [4.89 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Related: Federal Student Loans: Basics for Students(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Student Loans: Repaying Your Loans (Result Type: PDF)
Description: Guide providing information about federal student loan repayment plan options, finding loan history and loan servicers, and making payments. [4.24 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Fill Out the FAFSA – Michelle Obama Video(Result Type: General)
Description: Michelle Obama presents a message on the importance of completing the FAFSA and doing so as early as possible to maximize aid.
Resource Type: Videos


Financial Aid 101: Tips on Getting Money for College Webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar introducing the types of federal student aid, the application process, and the FSA ID, as well as resources for more information.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)PowerPoint slides(Result Type: PPT)


Financial Aid and College Preparation Resources for Native Americans(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet providing list of resources that Native Americans can use to learn about preparing for and paying for college. [50 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Financial Aid and Undocumented Students(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet that provides answers to frequently asked questions about financial aid for undocumented students and DACA students. [327 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Financial Aid for Graduate and Professional Degree Students(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Brochure providing information on federal student aid for students pursuing a graduate or professional degree. [424 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Related: Federal Student Aid for Adult Students(Result Type: PDF)


Financial Aid for Military Personnel and Families(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Presentation describing federal student aid programs, loan repayment, and benefits for military service members and their families. [12.4 MB]
Resource Type: Presentations


Financial Aid Shopping Sheet(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Consumer tool that can be used to help students understand and compare school aid offers. Many colleges and career schools have begun using this document. [115 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts, Templates


Financial Awareness Counseling Tool(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Interactive counseling tool that helps students understand the basics of financial management and financial aid for college (including loan management).
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools


Financial Literacy Guidance from Federal Student Aid(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Document that helps mentors advise postsecondary students in developing skills to make informed financial decisions, especially regarding student loans. [580 KB]
Resource Type: How-To Guides
Related: Federal Student Aid Financial Literacy Resources(Result Type: PDF)


Financial Literacy Resources Presentation(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Provides an overview of financial literacy resources available to help students prepare financially for college and borrowing. [13.0 MB]
Resource Type: Presentations


Finding Money for College Presentation(Result Type: PPT)
Description: This presentation provides a basic introduction to types of financial aid and how to apply for federal student aid using the FAFSA. [547 KB]
Resource Type: Presentations


FSA ID Digital and Social Outreach(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Document providing resources to help encourage students and parents to get FSA IDs. Includes tweets, Facebook posts, blog posts, and other resources. [548 KB]
Resource Type: Social Media Content


FSA ID Webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: This webinar covers how to create an FSA ID, including information on linking a PIN to an FSA ID, and answers common questions about the FSA ID.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Publication that provides information on preparing for college, types of federal student aid and eligibility, the FAFSA, and student loan repayment. [430 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)



How to Create an FSA ID Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Encourage students to watch this video before starting their FAFSAs, so they understand how to create an FSA ID—a username and password. [71.3 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Related: FAFSA Overview Video(Result Type: VIDEO)


How To Fill Out The FAFSA 101; A Guide to Completing the FAFSA Online(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Presentation that describes how to create a new FSA ID, so that students and parents can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. [9.1 MB]
Resource Type: Presentations


How to Fill Out the FAFSA Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Learn about the steps for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish Captioned(Result Type: VIDEO)
Related: 2016–17 Completing the FAFSA(Result Type: PDF)


How to Host a Financial Aid Event in Your Community(Result Type: PDF)
Description: An easy-to-follow outline that walks through considerations when hosting a financial aid event in your community. [149 KB]
Resource Type: How-To Guides


How to Manage Your Student Loans Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Get info on how to manage student loans, including changing repayment plans, and options for students who are having trouble making payments. [41.6 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish Captioned(Result Type: VIDEO)


How Your Financial Aid Administrator Can Help You(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet that describes the role of a financial aid administrator along with the types of questions an administrator can help answer. [43 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Income-Driven Repayment Plans for Federal Student Loans(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet describing the three income-driven repayment plans for federal student loans with details on eligibility, benefits, and how to apply. [115 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Information for International Students Wishing to Attend College in the United States(Result Type: PDF)
Description: International students wishing to study in the U.S. should be aware of financial aid eligibility rules, visa rules, and required standardized tests. [172 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Introduction to the Financial Aid Toolkit Audio File(Result Type: General)
Description: Use this conference call recording to guide yourself through FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov. Walk-through begins at 11:38 on the audio file and runs for 30 minutes. [10.9 MB]
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files, How-To Guides
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


Loan Repayment Social Media Resources(Result Type: DOC)
Description: Document providing resources to promote responsible borrowing and student loan repayment. Includes Facebook posts, tweets, blog posts, and online links. [113 KB]
Resource Type: Social Media Content


My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Workbook for middle and junior high school students with information on how to prepare for and how to pay for education beyond high school. [2.51 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: College Preparation Checklist(Result Type: PDF)Saving Early = Saving Smart! Watch Your Money Grow With Your Child(Result Type: PDF)


Myths About Financial Aid(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet debunking common myths about federal financial aid: parents make too much money, too old, or need good grades. [45 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Myths About Financial Aid Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Address common myths about financial aid: having too much income, not having good enough grades, or needing to file taxes before completing the FAFSA. [50.8 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish Captioned(Result Type: VIDEO)
Related: Eligibility for Federal Student Aid Graphic(Result Type: IMG)Overview of the Financial Aid Process Video(Result Type: VIDEO)


Order Federal Student Aid Publications(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Learn how to order free materials so you can help your students learn about federal student aid for college or career school.
Resource Type: How-To Guides


Overview of the Financial Aid Process Graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that reviews the availability of federal financial aid for college, the FAFSA, and the process for applying for and receiving aid.
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Text Version(Result Type: General)Text Version - Spanish(Result Type: General)
Related: Overview of the Financial Aid Process Video(Result Type: VIDEO)College Preparation Checklist(Result Type: PDF)


Overview of the Financial Aid Process Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Get an overview of the availability of federal financial aid for college, the FAFSA, and the process for applying for and receiving aid. [35.4 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish Captioned(Result Type: VIDEO)
Related: Overview of the Financial Aid Process Graphic(Result Type: IMG)College Preparation Checklist(Result Type: PDF)


Poster Template(Result Type: DOC)
Description: This poster template can be used by organizations to create fliers for upcoming financial aid events. [8.94 MB]
Resource Type: Templates
Related: Print Ad Template(Result Type: DOC)Presentation Template(Result Type: PPT)


Presentation Template(Result Type: PPT)
Description: This presentation template may be used by organizations to create their own financial aid presentations. [311 KB]
Resource Type: Templates, Presentations
Related: Print Ad Template(Result Type: DOC)Poster Template(Result Type: DOC)


Print Ad Template(Result Type: DOC)
Description: This print ad template can be used by organizations to create advertisements for upcoming financial aid events. [4.16 MB]
Resource Type: Templates
Related: Poster Template(Result Type: DOC)Presentation Template(Result Type: PPT)


PSA: Print(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Help spread the word about the availability of federal student aid for college by sharing these print public service announcements (PSAs). [375 KB]
Resource Type: Public Service Announcements
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: PSA: TV / Video(Result Type: VIDEO)PSA: Radio(Result Type: General)


PSA: Radio(Result Type: General)
Description: Help spread the word about the availability of federal student aid for college by sharing these audio public service announcements (PSAs). [2.29 MB]
Resource Type: Public Service Announcements
Also Available in: 60 Second Radio – Spanish(Result Type: General)30 Second Radio(Result Type: General)30 Second Radio – Spanish(Result Type: General)15 Second Radio(Result Type: General)15 Second Radio – Spanish(Result Type: General)Live Read(Result Type: DOC)Live Read - Spanish(Result Type: DOC)
Related: PSA: TV / Video(Result Type: VIDEO)PSA: Print(Result Type: PDF)


PSA: TV / Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Help spread the word about the availability of federal student aid for college by sharing these TV and video public service announcements (PSAs). [13.2 MB]
Resource Type: Public Service Announcements
Also Available in: 60 second version in WMV, MOV, captioned, and/or in Spanish.(Result Type: General)30 second version in WMV, MOV, captioned, and/or in Spanish.(Result Type: General)
Related: PSA: Radio(Result Type: General)PSA: Print(Result Type: PDF)


Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet describing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, including eligibility and employment requirements. [277 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Repayment Estimator(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Online tool borrowers can use to compare loan repayment plan options using either their actual or estimated loan data.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)


Repayment Plans Graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that provides an overview of the federal student loan repayment plans. [1.41 MB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Text Version(Result Type: General)Text Version - Spanish(Result Type: General)
Related: Repayment: What to Expect Video(Result Type: VIDEO)Repayment Estimator(Result Type: General)


Repayment: What to Expect Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Learn about loan repayment options and selecting a repayment plan, the role of loan servicers, and looking up student loan history in the NSLDS system. [30.9 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish Captioned(Result Type: VIDEO)
Related: How to Manage Your Student Loans Video(Result Type: VIDEO)Financial Awareness Counseling Tool(Result Type: General)


Reporting Same-sex Marriage on the FAFSA(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet that explains how a same-sex couple who is legally married should fill out the FAFSA. [96 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: Am I Dependent or Independent?(Result Type: PDF)Who Is My ''Parent'' When I Fill Out the FAFSA?(Result Type: PDF)


Responsible Borrowing Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Learn about responsible borrowing, loan repayment, and carefully weighing the costs of college and potential income after graduation. [42.0 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish Captioned(Result Type: VIDEO)YouTube Link(Result Type: General)


Saving Early = Saving Smart! Watch Your Money Grow With Your Child(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet for parents with tips on saving money for college or career school. [106 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Related: College Preparation Checklist(Result Type: PDF)


Scholarships for Military Families(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet that provides resources and contact information for finding college scholarships for military families. [88KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Related: Department of Labor Scholarship Search Tool(Result Type: General)


Simple Steps to Transfer Tax Information Into Your FAFSA Graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that explains how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax information into the FAFSA—and when the tool is available. [101 KB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: Text Version(Result Type: General)Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Spanish Text Version(Result Type: General)


Student Loan Forgiveness Programs Webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar looking at how the student loan forgiveness process works, what repayment programs qualify, how to apply, and where to go for more information.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: PowerPoint Slides(Result Type: PPT)Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


Student Loans: Avoiding Deceptive Offers(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Booklet that provides information on how to spot and avoid deceptive loan practices from private companies. [311 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)


Students and Parents: Why Form 1098-T Is Important to You(Result Type: PDF)
Description: IRS fact sheet intended to raise families' awareness of education tax benefits such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit. [64 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Successfully Managing Your Student Loans(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Presentation that helps borrowers learn how to deal with debt and repay their loans.
Resource Type: Presentations
Related: How to Manage Your Student Loans Video(Result Type: VIDEO)


Successfully Managing Your Student Loans Webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Presentation that covers student loan basics, repayment plans, what to do if you're having trouble making payments. [5.97MB]
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Power Point Slides(Result Type: PPT)Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


Suggested E-mail Language About Loans and Repayment(Result Type: DOC)
Description: Document that provides e-mail language financial aid administrators and counselors can use in messaging to graduating students with loans. [75 KB]
Resource Type: How-To Guides


TEACH Grant Program(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet that provides details on the TEACH Grant Program including eligibility. [57 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Related: Federal Student Grant Programs(Result Type: PDF)Types of Federal Student Aid Graphic(Result Type: IMG)


The FAFSA Process Graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that walks through the process of preparing for, completing, and submitting a FAFSA. Includes info on what happens after a FAFSA is submitted. [2.16 MB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: PDF(Result Type: PDF)Text Version(Result Type: General)Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Spanish PDF(Result Type: PDF)Spanish Text Version(Result Type: General)


Toolkit Fact Sheet(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Highlights of FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov, a site for school counselors, college access advisers, and others who help students find money for college. [4.02 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts


TRIO Contacts 2015(Result Type: XLS)
Description: If you're working with a student who is eligible to participate in a TRIO program and want to find a program for him/her, refer to this list of programs. [200 KB]
Resource Type: Other


Trouble Making Your Federal Student Loan Payments? Graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic for federal student loan borrowers that provides information on what to do if they are having trouble making their student loan payments. [3.95 MB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: PDF(Result Type: PDF)Text Version(Result Type: General)Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Spanish PDF(Result Type: PDF)Spanish Text Version(Result Type: General)
Related: How to Manage Your Student Loans Video(Result Type: VIDEO)


Types of Federal Student Aid Graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that walks through the three types of federal student aid along with info on other aid sources and the FAFSA. [276 KB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Text Version(Result Type: General)Text Version - Spanish(Result Type: General)
Related: Types of Federal Student Aid Video(Result Type: VIDEO)


Types of Federal Student Aid Graphic (Short Version)(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Simple graphic showing the three types of federal student aid (grants, loans, work-study) for college or career school. Lists URLs for details and FAFSA. [109 KB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Text Version(Result Type: PDF)Text Version - Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: Types of Federal Student Aid Graphic(Result Type: IMG)


Types of Federal Student Aid Video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Information on different types of federal aid available, including loans, grants, and work-study jobs. [36.7 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish Captioned(Result Type: VIDEO)YouTube Link(Result Type: General)


Understanding Financial Aid and the FAFSA Webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar presented by CollegeWeekLive, featuring U.S. Department of Education staff debunking myths about financial aid and sharing FAFSA basics.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files


Web Banner: Applying for Financial Aid(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Help share information about applying for financial aid with potential college students or parents visiting your website. [19 KB]
Resource Type: Public Service Announcements
Also Available in: Square Size(Result Type: IMG)Horizontal Size(Result Type: IMG)Vertical Size – Spanish (Result Type: IMG)Square Size – Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Horizontal Size – Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Visit StudentAid.gov for HTML Code and More Web Banners(Result Type: General)


Web Banner: Grants, Work-Study, and Loans(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Help share information about federal grants, work-study, and loans with potential college students or parents visiting your website. [19 KB]
Resource Type: Public Service Announcements
Also Available in: Square Size(Result Type: IMG)Horizontal Size(Result Type: IMG)Vertical Size – Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Square Size – Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Horizontal Size – Spanish (Result Type: IMG)Visit StudentAid.gov for HTML Code and More Web Banners(Result Type: General)



What's an FSA ID and Why Do I Need One?(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet explaining what an FSA ID is, how you get one, and what you use it for. Top tips also included. [115 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


What's New for the 2017–18 FAFSA? Basics for High School Counselors and College Access Mentors(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Training presentation, explaining changes for the 2017–18 FAFSA cycle and highlighting resources counselors can use to educate students. [1.1 MB]
Resource Type: Presentations


What's New for the 2017–18 FAFSA? Basics for Parents and College Students(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Presentation explaining that the 2017–18 FAFSA will launch earlier and ask for earlier tax and income information than in previous years. [1.1 MB]
Resource Type: Presentations


Who Is My ''Parent'' When I Fill Out the FAFSA?(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet that helps answer common questions about determining which parents information to report on the FAFSA.
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: Am I Dependent or Independent?(Result Type: PDF)



Why Get a Federal Student Loan?(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet with important points when considering using federal student loans to help cover the costs of college.
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Why Go to College? Fact Sheet(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Reasons to attend college including unemployment rates and mean earnings for college degrees. [70 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: Why Go To College? Graphic(Result Type: IMG)


Why Go To College? Graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that shows average earnings and unemployment rates by education level. [466 KB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: PDF(Result Type: PDF)Text Version(Result Type: PDF)
Related: Why Go to College? Fact Sheet(Result Type: PDF)