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The worldwide web is an excellent source for financial assistance, scholarships and fellowships. Some suggested websites include:

Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)
This non-profit organization provides free information, assistance, counseling, and support to college-bound students and their families as they plan for college and apply for financial aid.

Iowa College Student Aid Commission
The Iowa College Student Aid Commission administers state of Iowa funded scholarships and grants.This website also contains valuable information about career planning, college preparation, and applying for financial aid. 

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of Education Programs. 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

College Board
This scholarship search is sponsored by the College Board and searches a database of more than 2,000 undergraduate scholarships, internships, and loan programs based on your education level, talents, and background.

Used by colleges and universities nationwide, Fastweb offers a free, searchable database of more than 180,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans.

CollegeNET MACH25
CollegeNET MACH25 is a free Web version of the Wintergreen/Orchard House Scholarship Finder database. It contains listings of more than 600,000 private-sector awards.

This free Web site is a comprehensive listing of financial aid resources including information on loans, scholarships, military aid, along with a free scholarship search.

Federal Student Aid
This comprehensive site by the U.S. Department of Education provides a wealth of inofrmation and resources for students from preparing for college all the way to managing/repaying student loans. 

FAFSA on the Web
Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online now. This is the fastest, most accurate and secure way of completing the FAFSA. Don't forget that Drake University has a March 1st priority deadline

GradReady is a free financial literacy tool provided by Drake University to promote financial well-being. It is tailored to college students and has several different tools including a Debt-O-Meter, Budget Creator, and an Electronic Loan Counselor.

Higher Education Tax Benefits
Did you know that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides tax benefits for education?

Tax benefits can be used to get back some of the money you spend on tuition or loan interest or to maximize your college savings.  

Order a Tax Return Transcript Online
Tax Return Transcripts are available for retrieval from the IRS website and are considered acceptable documentation for federal financial aid verification purposes. Select Get Transcript ONLINE, follow the login process and select Return Transcript to immediately view and print your transcript. An IRS Tax Account Transcript is NOT considered acceptable documentation for verification purposes.

Outside Scholarship Database
The Office of Student Financial Planning maintains a list of national and local scholarship opportunities. Details regarding these scholarships, including eligibility requirements and applications deadlines, can be found at the above link.

The following sites allow you do a general scholarship search:

The following sites offer scholarship information for specific ethnicities:




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