CET provides the following resources and links for students to explore different avenues for paying for school.  These represent only a small portion of the opportunities that exist.  Be sure to check your out all your local resources!

Federal Financial Aid Links:

www.fafsa.ed.govFree Application for Federal Student Aid application online as well as information about eligibility and deadlines for applying.

http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/  - College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about nearly 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States - such as programs offered, retention and graduation rates, prices, aid available, degrees awarded, campus safety, and accreditation.

www.studentaid.gov - Financial Aid information provided by the U. S. Department of Education.  Learn how prepare forqualify for and manage financial aid sources.

www.finaid.orgFinAid - Find information on all aspects of Financial Aid, from grants and loans, to education tax benefits. 

http://www.asa.org/  - Find information on all aspects of Financial Literacy. Created by American Student Assistance, students and alumni gain financial know-how that they can use throughout life. 

Glossary of Financial Aid Terms http://www.finaid.org/questions/glossary.phtml and a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.finaid.org/questions/faq.phtml.

 http://www.fc2success.org/Foster Care to Success is the largest and oldest national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to promoting success through higher education for foster youth. We award about $15 million private scholarships and government grants to more than 3,500 students each year.

http://www.fastweb.com/ - Fastweb is a free searchable database of available scholarships.

http://www.hsf.net/ – Hispanic Scholarship Fund.  In addition to scholarship opportunities for deserving Latino students, HSF  offers a broad range of outreach and educational programming to help students and their families navigate through the rigors of college life. 

www.nslds.ed.gov  - The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid.  NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.

http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/vocational-school.htm Vocational School Scholarships contains a data base of financial aid and eligibility to assist with vocational school tuitions. 

https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx  – Selective Service Registration: To obtain Federal Financial Aid, men born after January 1, 1960 will require a status information letter from Selective Service documenting that they have registered for the draft.  Register on line for the U.S. Selective Service at this site.

http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html  Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office. Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid tells you about the programs and how to apply for them. 

https://www.saltmoney.org/ SALT is a free membership program (paid for by schools and other organizations) that ASA® created to help you take charge of your finances during college and beyond.

California Financial Aid Links

www.calgrants.org – Provides information about California State grants.  Ask the CET advisor whether or not Cal Grant is currently available at CET California branches.

www.californiacashforcollege.org – Provides dates and locations of free workshops that provide line-by-line hands-on help to complete the FAFSA.

www.chafee.csac.ca.govCA Chafee Grant for Foster Youth - If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college, university, career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.

www.sbscholarship.orgScholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara provides information about available scholarships for local students.


North Carolina Financial Aid Links

https://www.statevoucher.org/state.shtml?state=NC - The North Carolina Education and Training Voucher Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program designed to help youth who were in foster care. Students may receive up to $5000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students. Applicants must complete the ETV application which includes documentation each semester that is sent directly from the school to ETV confirming enrollment, the cost of attendance (COA) and unmet need. (NC State Chaffee Fund)

http://selfserve.thebenefitbank.org/ - The Benefit Bank® or North Carolina (TBB™-NC) is a statewide anti-poverty initiative that is managed and operated by MDC, Inc. By combining grassroots outreach, powerful technology, and strategic partnerships, MDC is able to connect low and moderate-income individuals and families with work supports in the form of tax credits, public benefits, and student financial aid.  Services offered include the following:

• Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps)
• Federal and State Tax Filing
• Federal Tax Filing for Prior 3 years
• FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
• Veterans Educational Benefits
• Medical programs (adults and children)
• Work First cash assistance
• Voter Registration