College and Financial Aid Resources

Available Resources

There are many resources that can help you in your search for colleges and financial aid. Some options are listed here. These sources are provided for your information and are not specifically endorsed by The Luzerne Foundation.

College Search & Information

National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator
Provides information about specific colleges/universities (e.g. costs, majors, etc.).

Education Planner
A one-stop college planning site that offers information on how to research careers, choose colleges, fill out electronic applications, and finance your education.

Federal Student Aid – U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid program ensures all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. Students must file a FAFSA each year to determine their eligibility for federal aid. Here are resources to help:

FAFSA School Code Search
Use the Federal School Code Search to search for colleges you are interested in including on your FAFSA.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The official site for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can apply for your FSA ID here.

FAFSA 4 Caster
Provides early estimate of federal aid eligibility (FSA ID is not required).

Federal Student Aid
Provides information on federal loans, forms and repayment options. Also includes information on preparing for and applying for college.

Other Resources

Please note that fees may apply if you are purchasing resources, registering for tests or applying for aid in the form of loans, etc.

Fastweb
Fastweb is a free scholarship database that matches you with scholarships using the information in their profile. The site also provides information about financial aid, college admissions and student life, as well as helpful calculators and tools.

FinAid
This site has a wealth of useful information about funding your education with scholarships, loans and savings accounts. It also offers tools to calculate college costs, loan payments, savings and expected family contribution.

ACT
ACT is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides assessment, research and information services in the areas of education and workforce development. The site also includes a free financial need estimator.

College Board
College Board is a trusted source of information about college readiness, academic testing and financial aid. Students can register for upcoming test dates and view practice questions for the SAT. The site also walks students through the process of planning for college and choosing a program of study.

GoCollege
One of the oldest resources to guide students on how to finance their education and succeed in college.

KnowHow2GO
A comprehensive site that helps students prepare and plan for college.

Heath Resource Center
The online clearinghouse on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities.

I’m First
An online community to provide first-generation college students with support, advice and encouragement.

Scholarship America
Scholarship America is the nation’s largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organization. It offers a resource center with information about test preparation, financial aid, admissions and career exploration. It also provides links to open scholarship opportunities.

Scholarships.com
Search more than 2.7 million college scholarships and grants worth more than $19 billion. Its College Directory has information about more than 7,000 colleges nationwide, including admission statistics, tuition and fees, and scholarships.

StudentMentor.org
This site matches you with a mentor who can help you determine your academic and career goals, as well as give you advice about interviewing, time management and applying for financial aid.

United Negro College Fund
UNCF’s mission is to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates and to ensure that our network of member institutions is a respected model of best practice in moving students to and through college.

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