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2017–18 Completing the FAFSA(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Detailed document that provides an overview of the FAFSA and the application process with a walk-through of each application question. [910KB]
Resource Type: How-To Guides, Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2017–18 Do You Need Money for College? 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. [633 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


2017–18 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. [168 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2017–18 FAFSA Screen Shots aka FAFSA on the Web Preview Presentation(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Presentation that provides screen shots of the 2017–18 fafsa.gov application. Feel free to use the screen shots as you compile your own presentations. [12.5 MB]
Resource Type: Presentations


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: How-To Guides, Other


2017–18 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. [84 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


2017–18 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 beginning October 1, 2016. [506 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2018–19 Completing the FAFSA® Form(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Detailed document that provides an overview of the FAFSA form and the application process with a walk-through of each application question. [479 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts, How-To Guides


2018–19 Do You Need Money for College? 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. [1.2 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts


2018–19 FAFSA Screen Shots aka FAFSA on the Web Preview Presentation(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Presentation that provides screen shots of the 2018–19 fafsa.gov application. Feel free to use the screen shots as you compile your own presentations. [7.39 MB]
Resource Type: Presentations


2018–19 FAFSA Updates webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Reviews important 2018–19 updates to the FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


2018–19 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® form. [171 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: 2018–19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)(Result Type: PDF)


2018–19 Federal Student Aid at a Glance(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet informing students what federal student aid is, who is eligible, how to apply, and provides an overview of aid programs. [74 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


2018–19 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 beginning Oct. 1, 2017.
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2018–19 Student Aid Report (Result Type: PDF)
Description: Sample SAR for financial aid office staff and college access counselors to familiarize themselves with what their students may receive. [881 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2018–19 Student Aid Report Acknowledgement(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Sample SAR Acknowledgement for financial aid office staff and college access counselors to familiarize themselves with what their students may receive. [550 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2018–19 Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Describes updates to the 2018–19 FAFSA® form and processing system. Written for college financial aid staff; some sections useful to counselors or mentors. [796 KB]
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)YouTube Link(Result Type: General)
Related: Responsible Borrowing Video(Result Type: VIDEO)Student Loans: Avoiding Deceptive Offers(Result Type: PDF)


Aligning Federal Supports and Program Delivery for College Access and Completion(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Letter issued jointly by federal agencies outlining federal benefits and resources to help support college access and completion for students.
Resource Type: Other


Am I Dependent or Independent on the FAFSA® Form? webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar covers how to determine dependency on the FAFSA® form, which parent to report on the FAFSA, and provides guidance for special circumstances regarding dependency.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


Am I Dependent or Independent?(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Worksheet to help students determine their dependency status when filling out the FAFSA form. [270KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(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)YouTube Link(Result Type: General)


Career Search Website(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Explore potential careers using this career search tool with info on typical duties, education needed, average salary, and more.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools


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)


College Access Professionals: Tools and Resources (Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar for college access advisors covers Financial Aid Toolkit sections: Learn About Financial Aid, Conduct Outreach, Get Training, Search Tools & Resources.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


College Navigator (College Search Website)(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: College Navigator, the Department of Education's college search tool, allows students to find colleges and career schools by location, degrees, tuition, etc.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools
Also Available in: Spanish(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. [7.3 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 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: http://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/choosing-schools#college-search(Result Type: General)


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 2018–19(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Explains federal student aid programs and how to guide students through the FAFSA process. September 2017 version. [615 KB]
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 the FSA ID(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Explains what an FSA ID is, how you get one, and what you use it for. Includes top tips for using an FSA ID. [117 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Creating and Using Your FSA ID: An Overview(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. [7.91 MB]
Resource Type: Presentations


Department of Labor Scholarship Finder(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


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 (Expected Family Contribution) Formula 2017–18 (Result Type: PDF)
Description: Guide explaining the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that results from the FAFSA. EFC formula worksheets are included. [713 KB]
Resource Type: How-To Guides


Effective Tips for Using Digital Engagement(Result Type: General)
Description: Provides tips on how to optimize and create better content, use platform trends, and digitally engage customers effectively.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


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)


FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents Video (Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Provides tips for parents who are helping their child complete the FAFSA. Includes info on the FAFSA process, signing the FAFSA using an FSA ID, and more. [55.6 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: YouTube Link(Result Type: General)
Related: How to Create an FSA ID Video(Result Type: VIDEO)


FAFSA Completion Data(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Counselors can use Federal Student Aid's Data Center to see information on FAFSA completion based on high school, postsecondary school, and state.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools


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 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®) form and the application process. [56 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish-captioned video(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: Applying for Aid(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Web page that provides information about the FAFSA form and applying for federal student aid.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools
Also Available in: Spanish(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)YouTube Link(Result Type: General)
Related: Am I Dependent or Independent?(Result Type: PDF)FAFSA Dependency Status Graphic(Result Type: IMG)


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 about the FAFSA process. [357 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Federal Student Aid and Homeless Youth(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Question and answer fact sheet for homeless youth seeking federal student aid. [60 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Related: Educational and Training Vouchers for Current and Former Foster Care Youth(Result Type: PDF)


Federal School Code Search(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Online tool for students to find the Federal School Codes for the schools they're interested in including on the FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)


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. [4.3 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: Federal Student Loans: Basics for Students(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 FAFSA® Outreach(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Document listing Federal Student Aid resources that can be used to support FAFSA® outreach. [150 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Federal Student Aid's YouTube Channel(Result Type: General)
Description: Videos to inform students and parents about the financial aid process, including applying for aid and repaying federal student loans.
Resource Type: Videos, Social Media Content


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. [375 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. [122 KB]
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. [156 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 basic information on Direct Loans, including eligibility, repayment, and responsible borrowing. [2.2 MB]
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. [4.39 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Update and Federal Student Aid Training webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Federal student aid policy update aimed at those who train school counselors and college access professionals in financial aid.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


Financial Aid 101 webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar introducing types of federal student aid, the application process, the FSA ID and other resources.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


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 or Professional Degree Students(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Brochure providing information on federal student aid for students pursuing a graduate or professional degree. [1.1 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Related: Federal Student Aid for Adult Students(Result Type: PDF)


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 use this document. [240 KB]
Resource Type: Templates, Handouts


Financial Aid 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. [3.8 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts


Financial Aid Toolkit: A Walkthrough of the Toolkit and Available Resources Webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar goes through the site's four main sections: Learn About Financial Aid, Conduct Outreach, Get Training, and Search Financial Aid Tools and Resources.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


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 Knowledge for College webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar offering financial tips and resources to help student aid applicants and borrowers make well-informed choices.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


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. [592 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. [6.59 MB]
Resource Type: Presentations


Finding Money for College or Career School(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. [152 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 Updates webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: An overview of the changes to the FSA ID including the use of text messages to reset passwords and recover usernames.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)



How to Create Your FSA ID video(Result Type: General)
Description: Explains what an FSA ID is and why you need one, and provides the step-by-step process of creating an FSA ID. [55.9 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: YouTube Link(Result Type: General)
Related: FAFSA Overview Video(Result Type: General)


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®) form. [62.1 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish-captioned video(Result Type: VIDEO)


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)YouTube Link(Result Type: General)


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


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


Money Management Checklist for College Students(Result Type: PDF)
Description: This checklist helps students manage their financial lives while in school. [45 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


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. [8.2 MB]
Resource Type: Handouts
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. [176 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


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® form, and the process for applying for and receiving aid. [46.6 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: Spanish-captioned video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Related: Overview of the Financial Aid Process Graphic(Result Type: IMG)


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 webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar highlights the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF), criteria for PSLF and information on the loan forgiveness process.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


Repayment Checklist(Result Type: Web Resources and Tools)
Description: Checklist that helps borrowers manage and repay their federal student loans.
Resource Type: Web Resources and Tools


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 Programs Webinar(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar covers how repayment programs work, how to use the repayment calculator, how to apply, and where to go for more information.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)PowerPoint Slides(Result Type: PPT)


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)YouTube Link(Result Type: General)
Related: How to Manage Your Student Loans Video(Result Type: VIDEO)Financial Awareness Counseling Tool(Result Type: General)


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. [40 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)


Scholarships for Military Families(Result Type: PDF)
Description: This fact sheet provides resources and contact information for finding college scholarships for military families. [100 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Related: Department of Labor Scholarship Finder(Result Type: General)


Signs of a Student Loan Debt Relief Scam(Result Type: General)
Description: Web page that provides information on how to spot and avoid deceptive loan practices from private companies.
Resource Type: Article or Email Content
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)


Simple Steps to Transfer Tax Information Into Your FAFSA® Form graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that explains how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax information into the FAFSA form. [366 KB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: 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 Loan Repayment Checklist: Manage Your Federal Student Loans(Result Type: PDF)
Description: This fact sheet provides tips student loan borrowers should take to manage their federal student loans; before and after they graduate or leave school.
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


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 Federal 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.
Resource Type: Webinars and Audio Files
Also Available in: Transcript(Result Type: DOC)


Suggested Email Language About Loans and Repayment for Undergraduate Borrowers(Result Type: DOC)
Description: Document that provides email language financial aid administrators and counselors can use in messaging to graduating students with loans. [58 KB]
Resource Type: Article or Email Content


Suggested Email Language About the IRS DRT and Income-Driven Repayment Plan Request(Result Type: DOC)
Description: Suggested email language that financial aid administrators and counselors can use with student loan borrowers who may be interested in an IDR plan. [31 KB]
Resource Type: Article or Email Content


TEACH Grant Program(Result Type: PDF)
Description: This fact sheet provides details on the TEACH grant program including eligibility. [154 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Related: Federal Student Grant Programs(Result Type: PDF)Types of Federal Student Aid Graphic(Result Type: IMG)


The EFC Formula, 2018–19(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Guide explaining the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that results from the FAFSA form. EFC formula worksheets are included. [699 KB]
Resource Type: How-To Guides


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. [752 KB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: PDF(Result Type: PDF)Text Version(Result Type: General)


TRIO Contacts 2017(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. [210 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)


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 to Do If I Forgot My FSA ID Password video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Explains how to reset your forgotten FSA ID password by a secure code received via text message or email or by answering challenge questions. [12.9 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: YouTube Link(Result Type: General)


What to Do If I Forgot My FSA ID Username video(Result Type: VIDEO)
Description: Explains how to retrieve your forgotten FSA ID username by a secure code received via text message or email or by answering challenge questions. [18.3 MB]
Resource Type: Videos
Also Available in: YouTube Link(Result Type: General)


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)