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American Education Service ( is a one-stop career and college planning website.It provides practical and easy to understand advice to help prepare students for important decisions they will face in the future.

Find Grants and Scholarships
Search for federal and state grants, as well as, academic, athletic, music, and unusual scholarships.

Career One Stop (
Career One Stop is a website sponsored by the US Department of Labor and provides tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and professionals.

Scholarship Search
Search over 7000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other aid programs.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) (
Established by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, the CFPB is charged with enforcing federal consumer financial laws, research, and promoting financial education.

Know Before You Owe
Learn more about the CFPB’s initiative and tools available to help make informed decisions about how to pay for college including comparing financial aid offers and repayment of student debt.

Federal Trade Commission (

Student Loans
This article discusses the difference between Federal and private student loans, and how to spot deceptive student loan practices.

Internal Revenue Service (

Tax Incentives for Higher Education
The federal tax code provides a variety of tax incentives for families who are saving for, or already paying, higher education costs, including student loans.

National Endowment for Financial Education (
NEFE is an independent non-profit organization providing financial literacy and education materials, research, and public policy advocacy for consumers, communities, and social services professionals.

Right on the Money:Financial Know-How for Financial Freedom
A collaborative effort of NEFE and the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, this publication provides guidance to college students.

PA Commission for Community Colleges
Learn about the 14 community colleges and their 122 instructional sites serving all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.They offer two-year associates degree programs, career degree and certificate programs, and non-credit personal and professional development courses.

PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) (
PHEAA’s website provides information on planning and financing and helpful tools to help you get organized and prepared for higher education.

FAFSA Adds Up!
Filing out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is your link to federal, state, and school financial aid. The application is easier than you think, and it's free!

State Grant Program
Learn about the State Grant programa available to Pennsylvania residents that demonstrate need and meet the other requirements.


PA Treasury Department (

PA 529 College Savings Program
Learn more about the Pennsylvania college savings and bonus programs.You can also enroll directly online from this site.

The College Board (
The College Board is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting students to college success and opportunities.Learn about the SAT, advanced placement, college search and planning, and professional development.

Big Future
Prospective students can create a customized step-by-step plan to explore career options, find and apply to the right college and pay for it. The plan advises what to do when and allows students to track their progress in the process.

US Department of Education (

College Affordability and Transparency Center
This website provides information on searching for the right college, the costs to attend, and its affordability factor and value.

Federal Student Aid
The office manages the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.Their website provides information on all types of financial aid including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study jobs.

US Department of Veterans Affairs (

Education and Training
Not only can veterans benefit from the GI Bill to pay for college, the ‘Bill of All Trades’ provides access to on-the-job training, non-college degree programs, and apprenticeships.