Important Websites

Federal Resources

National Center for Education Statistics
www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator
Helps students prepare for education beyond high school. Students can build a list of schools and compare them side-by-side, apply for financial aid, and plan their careers.

College.gov
www.college.gov
A site designed by the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with students to help make the dream of college a reality.

U.S. Department of Education
www.ed.gov
This government agency establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education. The site provides information about the popular Student Guide to Financial Aid and how to apply online to federal programs.

FSAPubs.gov
www.sfapubs.gov
Information and publications about the FAFSA.

FAFSA
www.fafsa.ed.gov
Allows students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.

SFA Ombudsman
www.ombudsman.ed.gov
The SFA Ombudsman works with student loan borrowers to informally resolve loan disputes and problems with Stafford, PLUS, Direct, and Perkins loans. The Ombudsman can also be reached by calling (877) 557-2575.
*Please note, this is not a contact for general loan questions.

Selective Service Registration
www.sss.gov
Allows students to check registration and register for Selective Service.

Department of Veteran's Affairs
www.gibill.va.gov
Provides information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
www.nslds.ed.gov
Allows students to track their student loans.

State Resources

Connecticut Department of Higher Education
www.ctdhe.org
Information about state programs and links to college and university websites in Connecticut.

Connecticut State Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority
www.chesla.org
Provider of the Connecticut Family Education Loan Program (CHESLA).

Congress
www.congress.org/congressorg/home/
Contact or e-mail your federal or state representative.

Outside Resources

College Board
www.collegeboard.org
Includes an online financial aid calculator and information on scholarships.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
www.nasfaa.org
Consumer scholarship tips for parents and students as well as financial aid tools for complete required applications.

Financial Aid Information Page
www.finaid.org
Lists a variety of grants, scholarship, and consumer information along with e-tools such as a family contribution calculator.

FastWEB
www.fastweb.com
A highly popular, customized financial aid search listing over 300 references.

Scholarships.com
www.scholarships.com
Free scholarship search

Dollars for Scholars
www.scholarshipamerica.org
Dollars for Scholars chapters for Scholarship America mobilize support for students getting into and graduating from college. This national organization has helped more than 1.7 million students achieve their dreams of going to college.

American Savings Foundation
www.asfdn.org
An independent charitable foundation dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting education, human services, and the arts, with a special emphasis on the needs of children, youth, and families through grants to community organizations and college scholarships.

Federal Trade Commission
www.ftc.gov
Protects America's consumers by providing information on scholarship scams and how to avoid them.

Student Lending Analytics
www.studentlendinganalytics.com
A list of private loan options for undergraduates to serve schools and their students who need a focused and neutral resource for help in finding a private student loan.

Mapping Your Future
www.mappingyourfuture.org
A resource for career, college, financial aid, and money management information. Provides free, web-based information and services.

Affordable Colleges Online Guidebooks
www.affordablecollegesonline.org/financial-aid/
A resource for in-depth guidebooks to help students and parents better understand the challenging world of financial aid.