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Financial Aid: Scholarships and Loans

Use this guide to find more information on general sources of education funding. See the subject-specific career guides for funding sources in a particular discipline.

Scholarships & Loans: Government Resources

Scholarships & Loans: More Federal, State and Regional Resources

There are many federal, state and regional programs that can help you to secure financial aid.  Explore the resources below for more.

Help! How do I fill out the FAFSA?

Watch this video for help in filling out your FAFSA.  Or try one of the resources below for more help in different formats:

  • FAFSA Tutorial
    As you complete the FAFSA, refer to this EducationQuest tool for a user-friendly explanation of each FAFSA question. (The tutorial opens in a separate window allowing you to access the online FAFSA and the tutorial at the same time.)

Scholarships & Loans: General Resources

In addition to the funding portals listed below, many programs provide information on scholarships and loans. Check out Simmons College's Financial Aid page for more on what's available at Simmons!

College Scholarship, Grant and Loan Scams

From Consumer Fraud Reporting, following are the warning signs of a college scholarship scam.  See their section on Scholarship Scams for more.

Warning signs of a college scholarship scam:

  • "The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
  • "You can't get this information anywhere else."
  • "I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
  • "We'll do all the work."
  • "The scholarship will cost some money."
  • "You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship" or "You're a finalist" in a contest you never entered.
  • "Millions of dollars in aid go unclaimed every year; don't you want some of that money?"
  • "Buy now or miss this opportunity."