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Costs of higher education are rising sharply. Because of these spiraling costs, colleges have many of their students on some kind of aid. Cost alone should not prevent the student from applying to college because money is available from various sources. Although competitive or merit scholarships continue to be available, much of the financial assistance awarded to students is granted on the basis of financial need. Counselors can assist students in finding information and in applying for financial aid.
Following are some links to websites with information about college financial aid, student loans, scholarships, federal student grants and federal student aid:
Financial Aid 101 Overview of the FAFSA application process
State Guide to Financial Aid Provides a complete overview of the financial aid process for higher education, with information on most of Pennsylvania's financial aid programs and services.
Federal Student Aid A government web site - Follow the road to education beyond high school - great informational source!!
Funding Your Education Excellent Department of Education resource for information about funding for a college education (PDF booklet is available for printing).
FinAid A great site to guide you through the financial aid process with simple to understand descriptions of the different types of aid available.
Collegeboard Financial Information about paying for college, CSS Profile online (some colleges require this in addition to the FAFSA.
Fast Web Search over 600,000 scholarships worth $1 billion, expert tips on the financial aid process.
FAFSA on the Web The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required by every accredited school in the country. It must be filled out to receive any government aid.
To view a list of scholarships available to students, click here.
Berks County Community Foundation administers more than 100 scholarship funds for Berks County students. Most of the scholarships have very specific eligibility criteria. The complete list of scholarships administered by Berks County Community Foundation is available online at www.bccf.org. Interested students should review available scholarships online now. With a few exceptions, most countywide applications will be accepted beginning January 15 through April 3.
The following links also contain scholarship information: