Financing a College Education

Financial aid programs provide support for students to help meet the costs of obtaining a college education. Funding is provided by the federal and state governments, the individual colleges and universities, and a variety of other public and private sources. Financial aid is split up into two categories: achievement based aid and need based aid. Read more...

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FinancialAidTV (FATV) - The Office of Financial Aid at Moorpark College is offering an online video service available 24/7, in hopes of communicating complex financial aid information to current and prospective students. Topics include: Financial Aid, Financial Literacy, Loans, Grants, and more.

CollegeAnswer - A guide to college admissions & financial aid. It offers advice & tools to expedite, simplify, and optimize the admissions & financial aid processes.

FinAid - the SmartStudent guide to financial aid

Kaarme - A networking and information site for students and student athletes to connect with colleges, universities and scholarships.

SimpleTuition - offers tips, advice, interactive tools & deals to ensure students plan better for the cost of college, pay less for college-related expenses and are smarter about how they manage & pay back their student loans.

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CA Student Aid Commission - Making education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians.

Cal Grants - (State aid) are free money guaranteed to every high school senior that applies on time and meets income, eligibility and GPA requirements.

ECMC -  Financial Awareness Basics (FAB) provides everything you need to make smart decisions about your financial future.

FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

FastWeb - scholarships, financial aid, student loan search web

Federal Student_Aid - core mission is to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance—grants, loans and work-study programs—for education beyond high school

WICHE - WUE (pronounced “woo-wee”) is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, and it is coordinated by WICHE. WUE is a regional tuition-reciprocity agreement that enables students from WICHE states to enroll in some 145 participating two- and four-year public institutions at 150 percent of the enrolling institution’s resident tuition.

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Collegetoolkit - advice on scholarships, college admission & careers

GoodCall- one of the largest scholarship resources

Hispanic Scholarship Fund - The nation’s largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students.

MeritAid - The Web's first comprehensive directory of merit scholarships from colleges.

Scholarships.com - Regularly updated proprietary database allows students to search 2.7 million college scholarships & grants.

Scholarshiphunter - information on current  scholarships & financial aid for college bound students

Studentscholarshipsearch - provides students & parents with a free searchable database of scholadatabases in the worldrships