Resources for College (FAFSA & Others)

posted Sep 9, 2016, 12:57 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 1:01 PM ]
GOVERNMENTAL

FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid (An office of the U.S. Department of Education)

Federal Student Aid - Minds can achieve anything. We make sure they get to college.  At Federal Student Aid, we make it easier to get money for higher education.

Financial Aid Toolkit - Help students and parents prepare for college or career school.  The Financial Aid Toolkit provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and others.

Has Your School Closed? Here's What To Do. - If your college or career/trade school closed while you were enrolled, or soon after you withdrew, we can help. For each school listed, we’ve provided information outlining options such as:
  • transferring to another school,
  • obtaining your academic transcripts,
  • determining whether you qualify for a discharge of your federal student loans (and how to apply for a discharge), and
  • contacting your loan servicer for assistance.
Home Room - The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education.  There are countless ads online from companies offering to help you manage your student loan debt…for a fee, of course. But, did you know that you can get help with your student loans for free?  If you’re a federal student loan borrower, the U.S. Department of Education provides free assistance to help:
  • Lower Your Monthly Payment;
  • Consolidate Your Loans;
  • See If You Qualify For Loan Forgiveness; and
  • Get Out of Default 
Indiana Career Explorer - Whether you're an adult looking for a new career or a student trying to figure out career and college options, this powerful online tool provides all the career and educational resources you will need to make it happen for you.

JAG - Jobs for Americas Graduates - Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based, national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. JAG's mission is to keep young people in school through graduation and provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities, or to enroll in a postsecondary institution that leads to a rewarding career.


ORGANIZATIONS: 

Affordable Colleges Online - Many of America's top colleges have launched online degree programs. Investments in technology have allowed colleges to create affordable and flexible programs for students. Online classes have significantly improved over the past 10 years and are more respected and accepted by top academics

Big Future -  Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Job Outlook for Medical Assistants - If you’re thinking of training to be a medical assistant, this could be a great career path to follow. The team at MedicalAssistantDegrees.net has done some research into recent trends and changes in the healthcare field and examined the implications for medical assistants in 2016 and over the next few years.

On Line College Datebase - The College Database has updated tuition, enrollment, and accreditation data to ensure readers have the best and most reliable information out there.  While this link is set up to take you to Indiana colleges, you can easily find information for every state. 

Private Student Loans Guide - There are two types of educational loans—federal and private. Each of these have their own perks and downfalls but both can help students and their families pay for their higher education. It is important to understand both before determining which is best for you. 

RN to BSN - In pursuit of their nursing degree, every nursing student will be financially and mentally challenged. Our Online RN to BSN section seeks to help current and prospective nurses understand and explore the best online RN to BSN programs.

Weird Scholarships - Weird Scholarships was founded by college students, for college students.  It is dedicated to helping students reduce the costs of higher education through unique, and sometimes weird scholarships. All of the scholarship guides created on this website are property of Weird Scholarships.


COMMERCIAL:

Affordable Colleges - Our mission is to help you earn your degree without taking on thousands of dollars in debt. Our site is a free resource designed to help everyone address the costs of college while pursuing their goals. We can show you the path to a reasonably priced higher education.

Affordable Online Colleges - More than ever before, students are choosing to attend college online. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than two million college students are enrolled in entirely online degree programs. 

Affordable RN to BSN Online - If you’re already a registered nurse but interested in expanding your career options, an RN to BSN online program is a practical option that allows you to continue working in healthcare while simultaneously gaining the skills to advance your career. The schools on this list offer some of the top online RN to BSN programs in the country, giving you a quality education that will increase your earnings potential without exorbitant tuition costs.

BestColleges.com - We seek to empower students by providing the information needed to make informed higher education decisions. Through proprietary research, we build user-friendly guides and rankings that lead students of all ages on their personal path to a college degree. We are dedicated to helping students find the school that best meets their needs.

Best Scholarship Search Platforms - Scholarships are one of the best ways to reduce growing college costs and scholarship search platforms exist to help students find the most relevant ones. These platforms compile large databases of available scholarships and provide filters to allow students to maximize their searches.

Chegg - Began as a student job and textbook-trading website but today has great student resources and loads of scholarship resources to search though.

CollegeNet -   Use CollegeNET's five key internet admissions services to help yourself get into college and change the world.

EduTrek -  A comprehensive and neutral college search engine; information on test prep, dates, etc., for ACT, SAT, GRE, & LSAT.

FastWeb - Maybe the biggest of these sites, with over a billion dollars in scholarships listed. Fastweb is an acronym for Financial Aid Search Through the WEB.

Homeless and low income student resources - Tuition is often a major obstacle to low-income students, but it is not the only significant cost. Housing, meals, transportation, textbooks and school supplies, and health care also must be managed. Fortunately, there are many resources available to defray costs for low-income students.

Indiana Master's in Education Degree Programs - A guide to M.ED and MAT degrees in Indiana. 

Indiana Teaching Degrees & Programs - There are several online teaching programs at universities in Indiana, including Master of Arts programs in both elementary and secondary education, as well as an online Transition to Teaching (T2T) certificate program that can help a bachelor degree holder earn a teaching degree by completing online courses and a 10-week teaching experience. The MAT program at Ball State University is also offered 100% online.

Nursing Degree Guide - What once could be obtained with two years of school now requires four years at minimum, making the choice to return to school a popular choice for associate’s level nurses. RN to BSN programs provide an outlet for current associate’s level nurses to gain a higher degree.

Rn to BSN Programs - Online RN to BSN programs are common in the nursing industry, and are designed specifically for current Registered Nurses that are employed now, but want to get their BSN for career advancement opportunities and other benefits.

RN to BSN DegreeThe RN-to-BSN degree is a response to the call for more educated nurses. While ADNs were the norm for many years, the BSN is becoming more common—and sometimes required—as efficiency and improvements in healthcare are needed.

Tuck Sleep Scholarships - Many scholarships today are geared toward specific candidates, including those who struggle with sleep-related issues. Some of these awards target sleep-deprived individuals, while others are available to students pursuing degrees in sleep science and other areas of psychology and mental health.

SmartScholar - Whether you’re a student or a parent, it’s important to go in with eyes wide open and to consult only trustworthy resources in your research. Use the trusted sites in this guide to help you navigate the FAFSA and the world of federal student aid.

Universities.com - An online college prep resource providing university rankings, tuition costs and in depth information on more than 8,000 colleges and universities.  They also publish numerous guides and articles on everything from campus safety to choosing the right major. 
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