Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) August 19, 2014
As the summer winds down, college searches ramp up for families across the country. State and regional aid offerings mean they most likely won’t have to go far to find scholarship and grant opportunities to help pay for college – and free online resources can get them started.
Almost every state has its own higher education grant or scholarship program for residents. Eligibility is usually restricted to state residents attending a college in-state, but that's not always the case. There are annual deadlines for most programs (if you miss a deadline, be sure to try again next year). An interactive map, compiled by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), helps students easily connect with state funding options near them. Click on your state to find out what financial aid programs may be available to you through your state education agency. Keep in mind that other state-sponsored aid may available through non-profit organizations in your area.
Prospective students looking local can also find cost-saving information in NASFAA’s State and Regional Tuition Discount Program Directory. Many states have regional tuition break programs that allow residents to attend university in another state, without having to pay out-of-state tuition. By staying in state or nearby, students could save thousands of dollars on college costs, depending on their field of study.
Students in every region of the country could be eligible for at least one of these college cost savers. In addition to the resources above, NASFAA experts can provide additional local information for consumers. To interview a NASFAA spokesperson, please contact news(at)nasfaa(dot)org or (202) 785-6959.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents nearly 20,000 financial aid professionals at approximately 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the U.S. Based in Washington, DC, NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit http://www.nasfaa.org.