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• Investing in America’s Future: Why Student Aid Pays Off for Society and Individuals (May 2004)
“This report reviews and synthesizes a vast array of studies and analyses conducted in recent years to paint a more complete portrait of the bene. ts that result from investment in student-based support.” This report is from The Institute for Higher Education Policy and Scholarship America.

• Trends in College Pricing, 2003
This report, based on the College Boards Annual Survey of Colleges, provides up-to-date information on tuition and other expenses associated with attending public and private nonprofit institutions of postsecondary education in the United States.

• NCES – Student Financing of Undergraduate Education: 1999-2000
“This report begins with a discussion of the percentage of undergraduates receiving various types of financial aid, the sources of the aid, and the average award amounts in 1999-2000…The report also includes a compendium of tables that describe tuition, total price of attendance, and the various types and sources of financial aid in more detail by institutional and student.”

• U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Homepage
The U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing nearly 70% of all student financial aid. Here you’ll find help for every stage of the financial aid process, whether you’re in school or out of school.

• Workforce Contigent Financial Aid: How States Link Financial Aid to Employment (February 2004)
“This report takes a necessary first step toward understanding workforce-contingent financial aid programs by describing their scope and characteristics as well as their administration at the state level.”

• Managing the Price of College
“This handbook shows how families in various income groups manage to pay for college. The handbook is based on real experiences of a large number of actual families, as described by national surveys.” Published by the U.S. Department of Education.

• The Impact of Paying for College on Family Finances (2000)
This news release describes a new study examining “the dramatic effect college costs have on consumers’ quality of life, standard of living, and retirement security.” There is a link to the full report available in pdf.

• Big Loans Bigger Problems: A Report on the Sticker Shock of Student Loans
This report analyzed students understanding of their own student loan debt, and students’ understanding of interest accrual and ability to plan for repayment and borrow accordingly. There is a link to the full report available in pdf.

• The Burden of Borrowing: A Report on the Rising Rates of Student Debt (March 2002)
This report examines the levels of debt faced by college graduates. Published by the State PIRG’s of Higher Education Project.

• Creating Options: A Resource on Financial Aid for Students With Disabilities (2001)
“This resource paper provides an overview of student financial aid and discusses the roles and responsibilities of those who play a significant part in the process of providing aid to students with disabilities.” Available in pdf.

• Student Gateway to the U.S. Government
Includes sections on planning and paying for a college education.

• The Scholarship Page
Database of scholarships, searchable by subject.

• The HOPE Scholarship and Lifetime Learning Credits
This proposal would make 14 years of education — at least two years of college — the standard for all Americans. Here you will find The HOPE Act as well as updates, press briefings, news releases, and other information.

• eStudentLoan
Comparison shop and locate information about student loans, including Private loans, Alternative loans, Stafford loans, Parent PLUS loans, and K-12 Prep Loans using their LoanFinder feature. Information about the preferred lender of various schools is also included in their database.

• fastWEB: Financial Aid Search Through the Web
Free financial aid research service, based on variables such as gender, religion, heritage, hobbies, career objectives, work experience, or others. Utilizes a database of over 275,000 awards.

• College Savings Plan Network
Information on savings plans (an alternative to loans) for college.  Includes links to each state’s college savings programs.

• Nellie Mae LOAN LINK:  Resource for Student Loan and Financial Aid Information
Essential financial aid information center for high school, college students, graduate students, parents and financial aid officers. Nellie Mae makes it easy to compare student loan programs, check interest rates, request applications, research special financing options, and plan a budget.

• FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page
Extensive information includes topics such as aid for the disabled, international students, government info., discussion groups, links to financial aid department home pages, more.

• Adventures in Education
Sponsored by the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, Adventures in Education contains extensive information on how to finance an education. http://adventuresineducation.org/college/ccs_finance.cfm

• Black Excel
A college admissions and scholarship service for African-American students.

• Collections Guide to Defaulted Student Loans
From the U.S. Department of Education’s Debt Collection Service. Find out which agency holds a defaulted loan, how to repay, consequences of non-payment, loan consolidation, resolving disputes, more.

• ERIC Digest: Financial Aid for Lifelong Learning (2001)

• ERIC Digest: Why Do Students Borrow So Much? Recent National Trends in Student Loan Debt (2001)


• National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs
“NASSGAP is dedicated to the promotion, strengthening, encouragement and enhancement of high standards in the administration and operation of student grant and aid programs so that these programs shall be available to students in all the states in order to expand and further postsecondary educational opportunities.”
Email: nassgap@nassgap.org

• National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs, Inc.
1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 822-2106
Fax: (202) 822-2142
E-mail: info@nchelp.org