Helpful Links and Resources

Financial Aid Information from the U.S. Department of Education

Studentaid.ed.gov
U.S. Department of Education website with information and resources about preparing for and funding higher education.

Financial Awareness Counseling
An online counseling session that includes information and tools to educate you about financial aid and managing your finances.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

FAFSA on the Web
Use this online federal form to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal and state financial aid assistance. View your Student Aid Report, access the renewal FAFSA and make FAFSA corrections on this website.

FSA ID
Create a FSA ID (user name and password) to electronically sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and access other online tools related to financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Direct Loans

Federal Direct Loan Program
Homepage for the Federal Direct Loan Program.

Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling
First time borrowers at Harper College must complete this Entrance Counseling Session before receiving federal loan funds.

Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note
Borrowers must sign a MPN for subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford and Federal Direct PLUS loans.

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
Access a history of your federal student loan and grant information in a central database for federal student aid.

Federal Direct Loan Exit Counseling
Borrowers at Harper College must complete the Exit Counseling session when graduating, leaving their educational program, or dropping below half-time enrollment of less than 6 hours in a term.


Financial Aid Information

College Illinois!
Information about the State of Illinois financial aid programs and services administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

FinAid! The SmartStudent Guide
Financial aid information and advice from FinAid!, a free resource for college students and their parents.

Mapping Your Future
Comprehensive website with information about preparing for college, paying for college, money management, and career planning.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
Financial aid information provided by NASFAA, an association of over 3,000 colleges, universities, career schools, and others who work together to deliver sources of financial aid to students.

Calculators

Direct Loan Repayment Plans
Calculators from the U.S. Department of Education: calculates the monthly payment and repayment terms for various plans, and offers a loan consolidation calculator.

FAFSA4caster
Calculator from the U.S. Department of Education: review options for paying for college including estimates of your Expected Family Contribution and eligibility for federal financial.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)
Calculators from ISAC: College Savings; estimates your Expected Family Contribution and federal and state financial aid; and seven Student Loan tools including different loan payment options, estimating the cost of deferment and forbearance, monthly interest charges, and loan consolidation.

Mapping Your Future (MYF)
Calculators from MYF: Budget; Bank Balancing; Student Loans; Loan Consolidation; and Savings.