Paying for College

  • Financial Aid and Loans 

    FAFSA— Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Use also to apply for state and school financial aid. Submit online or by mail between January 1 and April 15 each year for Delaware colleges (deadlines for colleges in other states vary: check the FAFSA web page).

    U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid web site — FAQs, forms, programs, loans, publications, worksheet.

    CollegeBoard— Financial aid FAQs, step-by-step guide, your family’s expected contribution (EFC). Also loans: applying, options, comparing.

    Yahoo— Links to 125+ web sites with info about loans, financial aid.


    529 College Savings Plans

    Financial Aid—Articles and FAQs

    U.S. News and World Report— 15+ articles on topics such as •Top 10 Financial Aid Blunders •Make Your Case for Financial Aid •Compare Aid Offers • Tips for Working Students •Strategies for the Ages.



    At you'll find links to, and contact information for, all two and four-year colleges in your state, as well as information about career schools and colleges, and colleges offering online degree programs.  Similar pages exist for all the other states.

    Studentscholarships- Delaware's Leading Source for finding scholarship money.

    CollegeNet— 600,000+ awards totaling $1.6 billion; accessed by free keyword or personal profile search. Quick and easy; does not require entry of personal data.

    Careers and Colleges— 1.7 million awards worth $7 billion; accessed by personal profile search. Must register (free). 

    CollegeBoard— 2300 awards totaling $3 billion; accessed by profile search. Must register (free) to do some things, but can do a basic search without entering personal data.

    Wall Street Journal (— links to 3000 funding sources offering $3 billion in awards. Must register (free).


    Free Guide from Maryville University