Friday, October 29, 2010

FAFSA Scams?

Most people wouldn't believe it but did you know there are actually FAFSA scams?  That's right, there are people who claim to get you FAFSA money, will take your personal information and sell it for their gain.  It's similar to identity theft. Beware of these scams and read all about them on the FAFSA site:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Did you know?

Thousands of schools, individuals and corporations give out scholarships every year for everything you can think of.  From sports to community service to GPA, you can find a scholarship for just about anything you can think of these days! is the best free scholarship database around...check it out to search for scholarships based on YOU!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Where can I get information about Federal student financial aid?

Call the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-800-730-8913 (if hearing impaired) and ask for a free copy of The Student Guide: Financial Aid from the US Department of Education. This toll free hotline is run by the US Department of Education and can answer questions about federal and state student aid programs and applications. You can also write to Federal Student Aid Information Center
PO Box 84
Washington, DC 20044

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What's the difference between a Scholarship and a Grant?

S. No. Scholarship Grant
1 Scholarships are provided by organizations not necessarily non profit organizations A Grant is a financial aid provided by non-profit organizations.
2 A Grant is a financial aid provided by non-profit organizations. Grants are generally tax exempt
3 A student is required to fulfill certain requirements before and after the scholarship is granted, like maintaining a required GPA. Students are required to provide a details about the project for which grant money was awarded to them.
4 Scholarships are granted to those students who fulfill a specific academic performance, and should apply for the same in order to avail the benefits of scholarship. For receiving a grant the student/individual/organization is first required to apply to the donor along with the details of the project that requires funding.
5 Scholarships are not necessarily issued by government organizations. Sometimes, money is given out by government in the form of grants to correct financial imbalance that arise between taxation and spending.
6 Scholarships are specifically granted for gearing up college education. Grants are given under a variety of circumstances namely financial assistance to students, entrepreneurs, small business people, and victims of natural disaster.
7 While some scholarships are based on gender, others are based on the field of study the student is majoring in. Grants are generally issued for a cause.
8 After the scholarship is granted, the student is expected to maintain certain level of academic performance to qualify for the scholarship program. Individuals and organizations receiving grants are required to present a detailed report on the project for which the grant was issued in order to ensure proper utilization of funds given by way of grants.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Great Link!

Below is a link to the step by step process you go through in order to get Federal Student Aid.  With all of the info on the FAFSA government site, I found this link to be very informative and easy to follow:


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