FAFSA on the Web Worksheet-—Available for you to print as you prepare a draft of your application responses before entering them online.
FAFSA Tip Sheet---This tip sheet helps students and families avoid common errors when applying for aid. It also provides links to free resources
Tax Breaks for Education-—There are a number of federal tax credits and/or deductions available to families who are paying college tuition bills and/or repaying education loans. As there are income limitations for eligibility as well as some other parameters, your tax preparer may offer the best plan for your own situation. Tax benefits related to educational expenses include:
- American Opportunity Credit, may qualify for up to $2,500 per student.
- Lifetime Learning Credit (also a tax credit), for qualified tuition and related expenses.
- Student Loan Interest Deduction, up to $2,500 per year
- Tuition and Fees Deduction, up to $4,000 per year
A tax benefit guide is available for you to print.
Education Planner-—Career and college planning with extensive financial aid information and a massive scholarship search engine. This site is a service of AES/PHEAA.
Federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculator-—This form is used to calculate an estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and help you determine your financial need. This is a free service. This site does not retain any record of the information you submit using this form.
Loan Repayment Calculator-—This tool can be used to estimate payments at various funding levels, interest rates, and repayment plans.
FastWEB.com-—The largest free scholarship search on the Internet. After setting up a profile, you can begin searching for free money for college.
PA Higher Education Assistance Agency/American Education Services-—AES provides tools to plan for higher education and find money for school, and gives its customers the ability to manage their student loan accounts online.
Federal Student Aid-—Information on all federal aid programs, including loan deferments and repayment.
Selective Service-—Men ages 18-25 are required to register for Selective Service in order to be eligible to receive federal financial aid. If you have not yet registered, please click here to do so.
Social Security Card Application-—Instructions and application to request a new/duplicate Social Security Card or to change or correct your information with the Social Security Administration.
The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)-—The site displays information on loan amounts, outstanding balances, loan statuses, and disbursements for alumni and current students.
Mistakes to Avoid When Filing for Student Aid---This tip sheet helps students and families avoid common errors when applying for aid. It also provides FAFSA tips and links to free resources.
Annual Free Credit Report- Before borrowing for educational expenses, request your annual free credit report through one or each of the 3 consumer credit reporting companies, Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.