Online Financial Aid Resources
U.S. Department of Education
Student Aid on the Web
Source for free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for
and funding education beyond high school.
FAFSA on the Web
To compete or make corrections to your FAFSA electronically.
To apply for a PIN # (this is your electronic signature for FAFSA on the web.
U.S. Dept. of Education
The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes
policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to higher education.
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and
grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title
IV loans and/or grant data. You can also complete Exit Loan Counseling by accessing
Manage my Direct Loans
This site is your source for information about how to manage your student loans. From
this site you can also complete Entrance Loan Counseling, electronically sign a master
promissory note (MPN), complete a PLUS Loan request or endorse a Direct PLUS Loan.
Federal Direct Consolidation Loans
From this site you can apply for a Direct Consolidation Loan or track the processing
status of your online application throughout the consolidation process.
Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group
The Ombudsman is where individuals can turn after trying other ways to resolve a federal
student loan problem or dispute. They can also be reached by calling (877) 557-2575.
Office of Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General (to report identity theft that affects your federal
Thinking about college? Use this tool to help you understand your options for paying
for college, including estimates of financial aid eligibility.
State of Connecticut
Board of Regents for Higher Education
Connecticut's 17 state colleges and universities (ConnSCU) are governed by the Board
of Regents to offer higher education opportunities to Connecticut students of all
Connecticut Office of Higher Education
This office has oversight for financial aid programs funded by the State of Connecticut.
They also help students learn about and find ways to pay for college.
Other Government Resources
An independent federal agency created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds
with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation.
U.S Dept. of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook (information on careers and
their earning potential).
Federal Trade Commission
Information on scholarship scams and how to avoid them.
IRS Tax Transcripts
You can now order your IRS tax transcript or IRS tax account transcript online. All
FAFSA applicants who are selected for verification and cannot, or will not, use the
FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool are required to provide tax transcripts to validate
IRS Information Center for Education Tax Benefits
There are a variety of tax credits, deductions and savings plans available to taxpayers
to assist with the expenses of higher education.
Social Security Administration
Contact SSA to get or replace a SS card or to update citizenship status on SSA's records.
If you are a man ages 18 through 25 then you must register with SS. Status information
letters may be required when a man declares that he is not registered and applying
for federal aid.
Department of Veteran's Affairs website for veteran education benefits information.
National Credit Bureaus
Other Web Resources
The nation's largest free scholarship search engine.
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
College Scholarship Directory for the Greater Hartford Area.
Dollars for Scholars (a free scholarship service).
This non-government site offers a comprehensive source of financial aid information.