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Financial Aid Resources | Scholarship Resources | Scholarships from Midwest Colleges/Universities

 

Financial Aid Resources

   The Student Guide - This government publication is one of the best, most concise and well-organized explanations of the financial aid process anywhere. Check it out to find out the answers to all your financial aid questions!

   FAFSA PIN - Before you can apply for financial aid online, you need to register for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for you and your parents. This serves as you electronic signature when you fill out the FAFSA online.

   FAFSA On the Web  They promise quicker turnaround time if you fill out the FAFSA on the web. It's a good idea to pick up a hard copy of the FAFSA in the counseling center so you know ahead of time what information they are going to require.

   Title IV School Codes - You'll need these school codes when you fill out the FAFSA. Very quick way to the code numbers!

   FAFSA Help – Here you will find the answers to your questions about filling out the FASA.  There are even photos of the form with very exact instructions on completing the questions.

   Education Quest - Formerly the Educational Planning Center, they provide this superb local website. If you have any questions about financial aid, this is the place to start. Call their Lincoln office (1300 “O” Street) at 402-475-5222 or 800-303-3745 to make an appointment for FAFSA help.

   FinAid!  - Everything you need to know about financial aid. One of the most comprehensive sites on the web!

   FastWeb.com - This is a free scholarship search site. You fill out an online profile and they look for scholarships that fit your profile. They give you a "mailbox" and as time goes by they'll put scholarship applications (or letters about them) in your mailbox. Pretty cool deal!

   Financial Aid Estimator - This online form will tell you your estimated "family contribution" in the college funding process.

   Financial Aid Calculators - The most popular calculators are the College Cost Projector, Savings Plan Designer, Financial Aid Estimation Calculator and Loan Payment Calculator.

   Financial Aid for Students - Department of Education

   Sallie Mae's Main Website  - Lots of loan information here. Also has a good scholarship search.

   Office of Post Secondary Education   (US Dept of Ed) 

   Financial Aid Tips from NASFAA - The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' site and it is full of tips on financial aid.

   Americorps  - This explains the volunteer programs of service to America, like VISTA and The National Civilian Community Corps. Americorps workers also work for Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross and Boys and Girls Clubs. It is a great program for those who are really interested in doing something for the country as a civilian.

   Selective Service Registration  - In order to receive any government backed loans, all 18 year-old males must register with the selective service.

 Scholarship Resources

     College and University Scholarship Offices - This is where you will find scholarships that these institutions award each year. Get the scoop straight from the source.

   Midwest Student Exchange Program   - If you are interested in attending schools in states surrounding Nebraska, be sure to check out this program to save money!

   Education Quest - Formerly the Educational Planning Center, they provide this superb local website. If you have any questions about scholarships, this is the place to start. Fill out the scholarship search information online or visit their office in Lincoln at 13th and “O” Street (across from Walgreens downtown) and explore their books and computer-based resources.

   UNL Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid  - Learn all you need to know about what it takes to get scholarships and loans at UNL.

   Scholarships.com - This is a free scholarship search and financial aid resource. This is a very comprehensive site that has membership in the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators, which is a professional organization that sets the standards for Financial Aid professionals.

   Wired Scholar - This is a reputable scholarship search program, some say the best online. It takes 15 - 20 minutes to fill out the profile, but for a national scholarship search it does the job. (You must have an email address)

   Scholarship News - This site breaks scholarships down into categories and then gives you links to dozens of scholarship opportunities within each category. Categories include: by major, by state, minority scholarships, athletic scholarships, etc.

www.WeeklyScholarshipAlert.org - Scholarship search can be overwhelming.

Listed below are college and university scholarships (from the Midwest) arranged by states

Nebraska | Iowa | Missouri | Kansas | Oklahoma | Minnesota

Nebraska

University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Scholarship Information and the Office of Financial Aid

University of Nebraska-Kearney - Freshman Scholarship Information and Financial Aid Information

University of Nebraska-Omaha - Scholarships and Financial Aid Programs at UNO

Creighton University - Freshman Scholarships

Metro Community College - Scholarships and Financial Aid

Peru State College - Scholarship Page

Wayne State College - Scholarships at Wayne and Financial Aid Info

Bellevue University - Scholarships at Bellevue

Clarkson College - Scholarships and Grants - Scholarships by ACT score and GPA

Dana CollegeFinancial Aid & Scholarships Includes freshman scholarship info

Hastings College - Scholarships & Financial Aid Info

Midland Lutheran College - Scholarships

Nebraska Wesleyan - Scholarships

SE Community College-Milford - Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships - it's all here

 

Iowa

Iowa State University - Freshman Scholarships  and Office of Financial Aid - (Detailed scholarship information)

University of Iowa  - Over 300 scholarships listed for prospective, and current, students.

University of Northern Iowa - the Financial Aid Page - includes Scholarship Booklet download

Iowa Western Community College - Financial Aid at Iowa Western

 

Missouri

Northwest Missouri State - Freshman Scholarships

Truman State University - Scholarship Information and Financial Aid

Southwest Missouri State - Freshman Scholarships and Financial Aid Info - very comprehensive!

University of Missouri-Columbia - Financial Aid & Scholarships - Check out this site!

University of Missouri - Rolla - Scholarships and Financial Aid - very comprehensive!

Missouri Western State College - Scholarships

Rockhurst College - Scholarships and Financial Aid

Washington University - St Louis - Academic Scholarships and Fellowships

 

Kansas

University of Kansas - KU Office of Admissions and Scholarships - application can be downloaded (pdf format)

Kansas State University -  K-State Student Financial Assistance - online applications

 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University - Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

University of Oklahoma - Financial Aid (awesome!)

 

Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Freshman Scholarships Financial Aid ...under "Costs and Aid"

 

Miscellaneous – National Scholarships

Yahoo's List of Scholarship Programs – Many of the national scholarships are included

Financial Aid Resources| Scholarship Resources | Scholarships from Midwest Colleges/Universities 

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