Websites, social media offer treasure trove of information

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Lots of information about higher education choices can be found on college websites, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.

Here are some useful websites:

nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator — A federal government site of the National Center for Education Statistics that includes cost, admissions and other statistics for every postsecondary school that participates in federal programs.

collegecost.ed.gov — This site, the result of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act, provides information on state spending and college costs.

studentaid.ed.gov — A federal government site that explains federal loan and grant programs.

fafsa.ed.gov — Provides an online form of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is the formal application for federal grants and loans. Also typically required by colleges for any need-based aid awarded by the institution.

finaid.org — An online guide to financial aid.

edtrust.org/issues/higher-education/college-results-online — Includes a tool comparing graduation rates of similar postsecondary schools.

projectonstudentdebt.org — Lists average student debt levels for more than 1,000 postsecondary schools.

securityoncampus.org — Nonprofit organization keeps a campus crime log and posts campus crime statistics.

fastweb.com — Student scholarship search site.

StudentScholarshipSearch.com — Student scholarship matching site.

savingforcollege.com — Focuses on 529 savings plans.

studentloanborrowerassistance.org — Resource for borrowers from the National Consumer Law Center.


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