Why you should visit these federal financial aid websites
If you’re a college student receiving federal financial aid (such as a Pell Grant or Federal Direct Student Loan), or the parent to one, you’ll want to know about a few different websites we’ve highlighted below. Each one provides key details on the federal financial aid process, and many offer access to students’ personal financial aid data. As a student, it’s important to be aware of the federal aid you’ve received, especially the loans, so we recommend bookmarking each of these websites for easy access. If you have questions about any of your federal financial aid data, each website has a Help or Contact Us section that includes contact information for the appropriate customer service center. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need assistance or further details about your financial aid.
- fafsa.gov: Anyone wishing to apply for financial aid will need to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, every year. The FAFSA can be completed in full on fafsa.gov – students will be asked questions about family income, assets, and size, and need to list all college where they’re applying.
- StudentAid.gov: The main website for Federal Student Aid provides details on every type of financial aid offered by the federal government (grants, work-study, and loans) and explains the financial aid application process, aid eligibility, and loan repayment. It also offers helpful guidance on preparing for college, including a career search, tips on selecting a school, and steps to creating a budget.
- StudentLoans.gov: Students can access this website to complete loan entrance counseling and to sign Master Promissory Notes. These are requirements for new federal student loan borrowers – your financial aid office should have directives on completing these steps. It also includes a Repayment Estimator, which provides an estimate of monthly loan payments for different federal repayment plans based on the total amount borrowed.
- NSLDS.ed.gov: The National Student Loan Data System houses all of the information about the federal loans and grants a student has received while pursing higher education.
- FSAID.ed.gov: The FSA ID is a login name and password that allows a student to access certain federal financial aid websites: StudentLoans.gov, NSLDS.ed.gov, StudentAid.gov, and fafsa.gov. One parent will also need to secure an FSA ID to e-sign the FAFSA.
- MyEDDebt.ed.gov: If you have a defaulted federal education loan or grant, you can visit this resource to help resolve your debt. (As a side note, federal grants only require repayment due to an over-award or an early withdrawal from a program for which you received a grant.)
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