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U.S. Department of Education
Source for free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
To compete or make corrections to your FAFSA electronically.
To apply for a PIN # (this is your electronic signature for FAFSA on the web.
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.
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 this site.
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.
From this site you can apply for a Direct Consolidation Loan or track the processing status of your online application throughout the consolidation process.
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 the Inspector General (to report identity theft that affects your federal student aid).
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
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 ages.
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. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook (information on careers and their earning potential).
Information on scholarship scams and how to avoid them.
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 application data.
There are a variety of tax credits, deductions and savings plans available to taxpayers to assist with the expenses of higher education.
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 ot 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.
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.