Financial Aid Information

Introduction

GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS & LOANS
The largest portion of financial aid is from government grants, loans and the Federal Work-Study Program. The next major source of financial aid, especially for private colleges and universities, is from the schools themselves. Finally, there are many scholarships and grants available from organizations and businesses. A scholarship is usually based on merit and a grant is based on need, but very often the words scholarship and grant are used interchangeably.

Internet Links
FastWEB
The Internet's largest free scholarship search. User must complete a personal profile, which then prompts the site to produce an individualized list of appropriate scholarships.
 
FEDERAL AID
The Student Guide The U.S. Department of Education’s 40-page booklet explains all aspects of federal financial aid in detail. Includes facts about the Pell Grant, Stafford Loan and other federal programs.
 
FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page
Free, comprehensive, independent and objective guide to student financial aid.
 
INSTITUTIONAL AID
College Opportunities On-Line Search database of more than 9,000 institutions of higher learning. Entries for schools include detailed information on costs for undergraduate freshmen. Click on “Financial Aid” to find percentages of students who receive aid and average amounts of aid received.
 
NEW YORK STATE AID
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYHESC) contains Facts about the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grant and state-guaranteed loans.
 
NRC Research Associateships
Catalog of postdoctoral research opportunities in numerous U.S. government laboratories.
 
Sallie Mae
Information about the financial aid process. Includes an interactive calculator, a glossary of financial aid terms and a step-by-step application process.
 
SCHOLARSHIPS/OTHER RESOURCES
CollegeNET Financial aid information for 4-year and 2-year colleges, and technical and vocational schools. Search directly by college name, or make a profile of colleges that meet personal specifications.
 
The Princeton Review
Click under Scholarships & Aid for your level of education.