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FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

www.fafsa.ed.gov
Students can use this site to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid - (FAFSA). Be careful many search engines will give the wrong site. Do not use a .com or a .org. Go directly to www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid.

1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)

Federal Student Aid PIN Web site

www.pin.ed.gov
Students and parents can use this site to request their PIN. You and your parents can use your PIN to sign and review your FAFSA, sign a Master Promissory Note and complete Entrance Counseling. 

Student Aid on the Web

www.studentaid.ed.gov
Student gateway to the US Government, delivering government information to services across your campus and around the world.

College.gov

www.college.gov
Learn how to pay for college, why you should go, what you need to do to get there and how to talk to your family about college.

FAFSA4caster

www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov
See how federal student aid can help you pay for college!

Loan Repayment Calculator

www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/DirectLoan/RepayCalc/form1.html

LOAN RESOURCES:

StudentLoans.gov

www.studentloans.gov
Provides online access to information on your existing Direct Loan(s). You may access and manage your account, complete entrance counseling and exit interviews or change your demographic information. This site contains details on annual and aggregate loan limits. You may also download deferment and forbearance forms, change your payment plan, and review your payment history.

Complete the electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN). You and your parent(s) can complete and sign a MPN over the web. You will be required to use your U.S. Department of Education PIN to complete an electronic MPN.

DIRECT LOAN APPLICANT SERVICES: 1-800-557-7394

DIRECT LOAN SERVICING CENTER: 1-800-848-0979

LOAN CONSOLIDATION NETWORK: 1-800-557-7392

TAX RESOURCES:

Internal Revenue Service

www.irs.gov
Request a copy of your tax return at this site. Three different types of tax data are available: tax return transcripts, tax account transcripts and photocopies of tax returns. The Tax Return Transcript is usually sufficient for financial aid purposes and it’s free. IRS Forms and Publications can also be downloaded from this site. 1-800-829-1040

Publication 970 —Tax Benefits for Higher Education
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf
This publication explains tax benefits that may be available to you if you are saving or paying education costs for yourself or, in many cases another student who is a member of your immediate family. Most benefits apply only to higher education.

What is in this publication. Chapter 1 explains the tax treatment of various types of educational assistance, including scholarships, fellowships, and tuition reductions. Two tax credits for which you may be eligible are explained in chapters 2 and 3. These benefits, which reduce the amount of income tax you may have to pay, are:

• The American Opportunity Credit, and
• The Lifetime learning credit

Ten other types of benefits are explained in chapters 4 through 12. With these benefits, you may be able to:

• Deduct student loan interest;
• Receive tax-free treatment of a canceled student loan;
• Receive tax-free student loan repayment assistance;
• Deduct tuition and fees for education;
• Establish an contribute to a Coverdell education savings account (ESA)m which features tax-free earnings;
• Participate in a qualified tuition program (QTP), which features tax-free earnings;
• Take early distributions from any type of individual retirement arrangement (IRA) for education costs without paying the 10% additional tax on early distributions;
• Cash in savings bonds for education costs without having to pay tax on the interest;
• Receive tax-free educational benefits from your employer; and
• Take a business deduction for work-related education.

LOAN FORGIVENESS RESOURCES:

Loan Forgiveness

www.finaid.org/loans/forgiveness.phtml

Loan Cancellation and Forgiveness Program

http://studentaid.ed.gov
Choose the “repaying your loans” menu option for information on loan cancelation and forgiveness options for teachers and public service employees.

STATE OF WASHINGTON RESOURCES:

Higher Education Coordinating Board

www.hecb.wa.gov
Provides information on state programs such as the Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG), Washington Promise, Washington Scholar, and Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET).
1-360-753-7800

theWashBoard.org

http://www.thewashboard.org

College Success Foundation

http://www.collegesuccessfoundation.org

OTHER RESOURCES:

National Student Loan Data System

www.nslds.ed.gov
Provides information about Title IV loans and/or Pell grants. The site displays information on loan and/or grant amounts, outstanding balances, loan status and disbursements.
1-877-557-2575

Federal Student Aid Ombudsman

fsahelp.ed.gov
The student financial assistance Ombudsman site can informally help borrowers resolve loan disputes. Problems with Direct Loans, Perkins Loans, Guaranteed Student Loans and other programs are covered.
1-877-577-2575