Information on Paying for College

Information on Paying for College
Scholarship, Loans, and Saving Plans

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).


Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid — Free, downloadable U.S. Department of Education . pdf booklet.


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


Delaware Higher Education Commission — 15 state-sponsored financial aid and 9 private scholarship programs for Delaware students are listed and explained. Also a schedule for DHEC-sponsored College Nights and Financial Aid Nights.


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.


Peterson’s— Links to loan providers Sallie Mae (on College Answer), Citibank.



529 College Savings Plans

Financial Aid—Articles and FAQs


Academic Common Market— If your program of study is not offered at the University of Delaware or Delaware State University, you may be eligible for in-state tuition at a public college that participates in the Academic Common Market and does offer that major.


Peterson’s— Financial Aid Terms Defined •Overview •Federal and State Aid: Types of Awards •Estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator.


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.


CollegeNet— U.S. Department of Education financial aid info, Fulbright Scholars info, CollegeNet scholarship info.






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.

On you can find a list of more than 50 no-cost scholarship search websites.  I can't swear to it, but I'm pretty certain it's the largest list of scholarship search sites anywhere.
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Studentscholarships- Delaware's Leading Source for finding scholarship money.


UCLA Links to Outside Agency Scholarships— Links to 1500+ scholarships offered by outside agencies can be used at other schools: these are grouped by discipline (engineering, health science, humanities, life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences),  qualification (ethnicity, women, other),  deadline. Also, clicking back to the Scholarship Resource Center finds links to 65+ databases of free online scholarship search services that provide thousands of listings.


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.


Peterson’s— 1.7 million awards totaling $8 billion; accessed by profile search. Also, an International Scholarship Search with a database of 420,000+ awards worth $2 billion for international students studying in the U.S. Must register (free).


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).


Yahoo— Links to 100+ organizations sponsoring and/or sites listing scholarships.— $55 million in ACS Scholars Program scholarships in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or chemical technology for African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian students.


Black Excel— Extensive directory with links to 50+ sites with scholarships for minority students, financial aid info. Sites include 200 Free Scholarships for Minorities, 100 Minority Scholarships Gateway List; United Negro College Fund; Gates Millennium Scholarship Program; McDonald’s Education Scholarships; Hispanic Scholarship Fund; 101 Top College, University and Scholarship Web Pages.


Microsoft— (note for the future!) $500,000 to be awarded for the upcoming year to about 30 current undergrads—women, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities, and general students—to pursue studies in computer science and related technical disciplines.