The Student Financial Services (SFS) office suggests the following websites that provide helpful information about the financial aid process. Being informed will ensure that you are aware of additional available funding options and important safeguards against fraud. Please take a moment to review the sites that are relevant to your financial aid goals.
Benefits Access for students
Many students find that they need support beyond financial aid in order to afford food, utilities, and other basic needs. You may be eligible for programs that reduce your expenses and/or help you cover them.
- To explore your options, we encourage you to call BenePhilly at 1-844-848-4376, download MyCompass PA app, or visit COMPASS.state.pa.us.
- If you pay for utility bills, consider signing up for the gas and electric savings programs to help reduce costs. When you call, remember that for many programs only the income of your household matters—not your parents’ household—and often financial aid does not count as income.
This website provides important information for students/parents in regards to managing their federal loans. Visit this site to complete the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling requirements. Parents of depedent undergraduate students and graduate students interested in Federal Direct PLUS loans should review the site for loan information and the application process.
The US Department of Education websites offers essential information regarding all federal student aid programs. The website also offers useful information on how to recognize scams and safely give out personal information to schools and leders during the financial aid process.
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, provides grants, loans or work-study funds for college. To download or fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) online, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.
NSLDS is the US Department of Education's central database for federal student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Federal Direct Loan program and other Department of Education programs. Students may access the federal website anytime to view their federal student aid information.
If you're a male US citizen, age 18 - 25 years old, you can register with Selective Service by filling out the registration form online. Registration with Selective Services by your 26th birthday is madatory to be eligible for federal and state student loans and grants.
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