In today’s world, you can no longer blindly take on a ton of debt with the expectation that you will find a great job after you graduate. But how can you cover your tuition bills without taking on a mound of debt? Well, debt-free aid for college, like scholarships, financial aid and grants, is a great place to start and here are some of the best sites to help you do just that:
- Edulender.com is like a breath of fresh air on the financial aid scene. You can read articles about how to fill out the FAFSA, how to get a loan deferment, how to consolidate loans and lots more. There are also calculators and other tools that help match students to loans.
- myUsearch.com offers scholarships for students who use their site and features a ton of information about scholarships and other aid for college.
- CollegeMadeSimple.com offers videos and free reports to help you find aid for college.
- The U.S. Government’s Student Aid on the Web is a portal to sources of government scholarships and loans, including the FAFSA.
- The U.S. Government’s FAFSA Site is another must-visit site for all students who are seeking financial aid. And bear in mind, most colleges now require a FAFSA from all students who are applying for aid.
- Scholarships.com presents information on hundreds of scholarships, with links for checking them out. Plus, there are calculators and an online library of helpful articles.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a special website to help veterans take advantage of educational funding through the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
And don’t forget . . .
Talk to the colleges where you are applying to make sure that you haven’t missed any of the opportunities for aid that they make available, such as work study programs and research grants.
Josef Katz is Director of Marketing for StraighterLine, a leading provider of low-cost credit-worthy courses online.