A Guide to College Savings Plans - There are special college savings plans available to help whatever you can set aside grow into substantial savings. This guide is intended to help financial supporters of tomorrow's college students determine the best way to save money for college expenses.
Debt by Degrees - Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows how much federal student loan debt college students from low-income families are being saddled with. Use this interactive database to search among 6,000 schools in the U.S. to see how much they support their poorest students financially.
Debt Collective - Student debtors and allies organizing to renegotiate and resist their debts.
FastWeb - Uses the Internet to help students find scholarships for college. Matches each student's background
with eligibility requirements for scholarships from around the country and advises them about scholarship opportunities tailored to them.
Pay As You Earn Plan - If your student loan debt is high
relative to your income, you may qualify for the Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan. Most Direct Loans-except for Direct PLUS Loans for
parents and Direct Consolidation Loans that repaid PLUS loans for parents-are eligible for Pay As You Earn.
PLUS Loans - PLUS loans are federal loans that graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay for college or career school. The U.S. Department of Education makes Direct PLUS Loans to eligible borrowers through schools participating in the Direct Loan Program.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness - If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
Repaying Your Loans - If you have federal loans, this Department of Education web
page will give you a sense of your options.
FinAid - A comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools.
Journal of Student Financial Aid - A peer-reviewed outlet featuring works of significance in all areas of postsecondary student financial assistance. The official journal NASFAA, the largest postsecondary education association with institutional membership in Washington, D.C.
National Consumer Law Center: Student Loans - Proovides information about student
loan rights and responsibilities for borrowers and advocates. Also seeks to increase public understanding of student lending issues and to
identify policy solutions to promote access to education, lessen student debt burdens and make loan repayment more manageable.
Project on Student Debt - Recognizing that loans play a critical role in making college
possible, the Project's goal is to identify cost-effective solutions that expand educational opportunity, protect family financial security,
and advance economic competitiveness. The Project on Student Debt is an initiative of the Institute for College Access & Success,
a nonprofit independent research and policy organization dedicated to making college more available and affordable to people of all backgrounds.
SavingForCollege.com: The Internet Guide to 529 Plans - 529 plans are investment plans
operated by a state to help families save for future college costs. Federal tax law provides special tax benefits to plan participant (Section
529 of the Internal Revenue Code). This site describes how 529 plans work - tax rules, planning strategies, and impact on
college financial aid.
Scholarship America - A nonprofit with a mission to mobilize America through scholarships and other educational support to make postsecondary success possible for all.
Student Loan Borrower Assistance - This site from the National
Consumer Law Center provides valuable information about repayment options, avoiding and getting out of default, dealing with collections agencies,
and much more. It also includes policy briefs, legal case studies, sample documents, and promissory notes not found elsewhere on the web.
Student Loan Stress & Mental Health - A guide to help the growing number of people dealing with issues that may result from overwhelming debt, including: anxiety, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, and more. Also provides links to additional related resources.
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