Funding education beyond high school

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Funding Education

Beyond High School

U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid

The Guide to

Federal Student Aid




Student Aid on the Web

studentaid. ? Find information on federal student financial aid and access sources of nonfederal aid. ? Apply online using FAFSA on the Web (the online version of the Free Application

for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA]). ? Obtain a PIN (makes applying online faster). ? Look up the status of your federal student loan. ? Get information to help you decide on a career and locate schools offering majors in that field. Then apply to various schools online without leaving the site. ? Use "MyFSA" to create a personalized folder to record your interests, career and college searches and any relevant personal information. Track your progress in the college planning and application process. Store information in "MyFSA" to prepopulate fields on the FAFSA.

Free Help Completing the FAFSA


Direct Loan Web site (includes servicing center)


U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook

(information on various careers and their earning potential) oco

If you paid for a copy of this FREE publication, please write to the following address and give us the name and address of the organization that charged you.

Federal Student Aid Information Center P.O. Box 84 Washington, DC 20044-0084


Federal Student Aid Information Center

1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) TTY users (for the hearing-impaired) can call 1-800-730-8913. Callers in locations without access to 1-800 numbers may call 1-319-337-5665 (this is not a toll-free number).

The FSAIC staff can answer your federal student financial aid questions and can give you all the help you need--FREE--including

? information about federal student aid programs, ? help completing the FAFSA, ? help in making corrections to your Student

Aid Report (SAR), which contains your application results, ? information about the process of determining financial need and awarding aid and ? information about your federal student loans. You can also use an automated response system at this number to find out if your FAFSA application has been processed and to request a copy of your SAR. You can also write to the Federal Student Aid Information Center: Federal Student Aid Information Center P.O. Box 84 Washington, DC 20044-0084

Direct Loan borrower services

1-800-848-0979 TTY users can call 1-800-848-0983.

Direct Consolidation Loan information

1-800-557-7392 TTY users can call 1-800-557-7395.

Office of Inspector General Hotline

1-800-MIS-USED (1-800-647-8733) To report student aid fraud (including identity theft), waste or abuse of U.S. Department of Education funds:

E-mail: oig.hotline@.

Web site: misused.






The Guide to Federal

Student Aid

U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid


U.S. Department of Education Margaret Spellings Secretary

Federal Student Aid Theresa S. Shaw Chief Operating Officer

Students Channel Jennifer Douglas General Manager

January 2006

This report is in the public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or in part is granted. While permission to reprint this publication is not necessary, the citation should be: U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, Students Channel, Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid, Washington, D.C., 2006.

To order copies of this report, write to: ED Pubs, Education Publications Center U.S. Department of Education P. O. Box 1398 Jessup, MD 20794-1398

or fax your request to: (301) 470-1244

or e-mail your request to: edpubs@inet. orders@

or call in your request toll-free:

1-800-394-7084 or 1-877-433-7827 (1-877-4-ED-PUBS). If 877 service is not yet available in your area, call 1-800-872-5327 (1-800-USA-LEARN). Those who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a teletypewriter (TTY), should call 1-800-437-0833.

or order online at:

This guide is also available on the Federal Student Aid Web site at: FederalStudentAid.

On request, this publication is available in alternate formats, such as Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette. For more information, please contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243 (1-800-4-FED-AID). TTY users (for the hearing impaired) should call 1-800-730-8913.

This guide contains Web site addresses for information created and maintained by outside organizations. This information is provided for the reader's convenience. The U.S. Department of Education is not responsible for controlling or guaranteeing the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of information or Web site addresses does not reflect the importance of the organization, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered.


Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, plays a central and essential role in America's postsecondary education community.

F ederal Student Aid's core mission is to ensure that all eligible Americans benefit from federal financial assistance-- grants, loans and work-study programs--for education beyond high school. The programs we administer comprise the nation's largest source of student aid: during the 2004-05 school year alone, we provided approximately $74 billion in new aid to nearly 10 million postsecondary students and their families. Our staff of 1,100 is based in 10 cities in addition to our Washington headquarters.

Among our most visible and essential services are the development, distribution and processing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the fundamental qualifying form used for all federal and government-guaranteed commercial lenders' programs--as well as for many state, regional and private student aid programs. By filling out the online or paper FAFSA, applicants start the process of qualifying for aid. Each year our staff processes approximately 14 million FAFSAs.

Because we oversee $391 billion of outstanding student loans, it's our job to ensure that all of our partners in the student aid community--schools, lenders, servicers and guaranty agencies--operate fairly, honestly and efficiently. Another key role we perform is to make students and their families aware that financial aid is available and is a necessary first step to further education. As America's premier source of federal student aid information, we distribute numerous publications, host multiple Web sites and run several customer call centers. Most of these services are provided in Spanish as well.

The Federal Student Aid team is passionately committed to making education beyond high school more attainable for all Americans, regardless of socioeconomic status. By championing access to postsecondary education, we uphold its value as a force for greater inclusion in American society and for the continued vitality of America as a nation.

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