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This website provides links to financial aid resources and information maintained by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.
Alabama Possible is a statewide nonprofit organization that breaks down barriers to prosperity through advocacy, education, and collaboration. They support and create educational equity through several program areas including Alabama Goes to College. Alabama Goes to College provides resources for students and families to explore college options, find financial aid resources, and successfully transition from high school to college.
The Blueprints College Access Initiative is a college access program sponsored by Alabama Possible. It connects 21st century high school students and their families with resources and relationships so that they are equipped to graduate from high school college and career ready. The Blueprints webpage includes information about preparing for college, applying for college, and paying for college.
Birmingham Promise wants to insure that every graduating senior at a Birmingham City School has an opportunity to get financial help to go to college. If you are a senior who is enrolled in the Birmingham City School system, you can apply for a Birmingham Promise scholarship. Birmingham Promise scholarships can be used to help pay tuition and mandatory fees at any public two-year or four-year college in Alabama.
The CollegeCounts 529 Fund is a qualified tuition program under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code that is offered by the State of Alabama. CollegeCounts makes it easy for parents, grandparents, family and friends to invest in the next generation. The program is simple, offers significant tax advantages, requires no minimum contribution and allows for easy to set up automatic contributions.
The current edition of Affording Higher Education contains information about thousands of different financial aid programs for Alabama students. Sources of aid include the federal government, state government, universities and colleges, and Alabama companies and organizations.
National Resources was created to be a comprehensive accreditation resource for anyone in the process of selecting a college. The purpose of the website is to help prospective students make informed decisions about which college to attend and avoid being saddled with student loans and worthless degrees from “diploma mills.” At the top of the homepage, there is a link to resources on "Financial Aid."
The website, which is maintained by the staff of U.S. News and World Report, provides tips, tools, and expert advice can help students navigate student loans, scholarships, grants, the FAFSA, and overall financial aid planning.
Created in 1995, Fastweb has become one of the premier online resources for paying and preparing for college. Fastweb works by matching website users with relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge. With roughly 1.5 million scholarships worth more than $3.4 billion, there are scholarships for every student’s educational goals, activities and interests. In addition, users can depend on Fastweb for insider financial aid tips, advice on high school and college life, as well as job and internship matches in their area.
Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs of the U.S. Department of Education. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school. The agency's website is an excellent source of information about all aspects of the financial aid process.
FinAid was established in 1994 as a public service. This award-winning website has grown into one of the most comprehensive sources of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web.
The International Education Financial Aid website,, is the premier internet resource listing financial aid information for students who wish to study in a foreign country. Here, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs and other information to assist students in their quest to study abroad.
The Khan Academy website offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

The website includes several resources that can help users understand how the financial aid process works.
The Peterson’s databases includes over 50,000 accredited Schools and Programs, and over 5,000 Scholarships. Use the search tools to find the school, program, or scholarship that’s right for you. You can focus your search on the categories important to you.
Whether you’re a high school student, college student, nontraditional or adult-learner, the website lets you complete a free profile then get matched to scholarships and grants you're qualified for from colleges, universities, organizations, foundations, corporations, government & more.
TFS Scholarships (TFS) is the most comprehensive online resource for higher education funding. A free and independent service, TFS links students to more than 7 million individual scholarships and to more than $41 billion in aid.

The TFS program also provides students with a career personality test, and detailed career information. Students using TFS can determine what careers suit them best, find schools that offer degree programs in those fields and then discover scholarships and other forms of financial aid to help pay for college tuition and expenses.
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