Financial Aid


Best Online Scholarship Searches

LendEDU - 
In an effort to help students afford their higher education, LendEDU's guide to college scholarships allows students find relevant opportunities specifically for them, based on their grade level, GPA, the scholarship amount, and the requirements of the scholarship.

College Loan Calculator
Select your major and college of choice and find out the max amount of loans you should take out.

Swift Student If you are a college student receiving federal financial aid to attend school, you can submit an appeal or a request to your school to adjust your financial aid package. A financial aid appeal or request is available to qualifying students at all types of institutions (Graduate, 4-year, 2-year and trade) offering federal financial aid. This is a FREE service.

Scholarships for Minority Students

Scholarships for Minority, Women, Students with Disabilities, and LGBTQ Students 

African American Scholarships and Grants

Ultimate Guide to the FAFSA 

10 Steps to a Successful Student Loan Application 

Graduating Without Debt

With prudent planning, it’s still possible to keep your debt burden to manageable levels. 

College Savings Plans

Evaluating each college savings plan can identify the best fit for your family’s needs. General topics of consideration include income level, number of children, savings amount, career trajectory and time. 
Iowa College Planning Center 
Everything you wanted to know about financial aid in one place! 

National Scholarship Search 

Weird Scholarships

Gear Up College Scholarships

This is a link to the colleges that will offer the GEAR UP students a $4000 scholarship. They are the non-profit private colleges and universities.

Nursing Scholarships 

$2,500 Cosmetology Scholarship 

Scholarships & Grants for Vocational Students 

A Guide to Scholarships and Grants for Vocational Students 

Career One Stop

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and features over 7,000 scholarship, fellowship, loan and other financial aid opportunities. 

Student Loans: An Overview

If you are considering taking out student loans, make sure you understand the different loan types and the costs before you borrow. The loan decisions you make today will likely affect your finances for many years to come. 

Unfair Student Loan Practices

Unfortunately, students and new grads often bear the cost of mistakes by loan servicers ranging from administrative error to outright illegal activities such as harassment. 

Student Loan Consolidation and Refinancing

Americans have amassed more than $1 trillion in student loans, a debt load that has squeezed the budgets of tens of millions of former students. Fortunately for indebted borrowers, there are some strategies for simplifying — and even lowering — monthly payments. 

DACA and the FAFSA

This video outlines the process for completing a FAFSA when you are an undocumented or DACA student. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an American immigration policy that allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation.