Helpful Links

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at a site maintained by the U.S. Department of Education.

By using FAFSA4caster, you and your family will receive an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. This Web site provides you with an opportunity to increase your knowledge of the financial aid process, become familiar with the various types of federal student aid that are available, and investigate other sources of aid, such as grants and scholarships.

FAFSA Worksheet
Use this FAFSA on the Web worksheet to collect all of the pertinent information before beginning your FAFSA. Then, simply enter the data online when ready to file the FAFSA.

Guide to Completing The FAFSA (pdf)
Line by line instructions for completing the FAFSA

Federal Student Aid PIN Website (PIN)
Students and parents should apply for a PIN as soon as possible The PIN will allow you access to your personal information on various US Department of Education websites. Because your PIN serves as your electronic signature, it should be kept in a secure place.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
Track the entire history of your federal student aid, from award through account closure, with The U.S. Department of Education’s central database for federal student aid.

Family resource for free information from the U.S. Department of Education regarding aid for education beyond high school.

The EFC Formula Guide (2014-2015) (pdf)
The methodology used for determining the Expected Family Contribution for 2014-2015

The EFC Formula Guide (2015-2016) (pdf)
The methodology used for determining the Expected Family Contribution for 215-2016

Funding Your Education: A Guide to Federal Student Aid (pdf) The complete handbook of student financial aid. Included are program descriptions and eligibility requirements for the federal aid programs: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and Federal Parent Loan programs for undergraduate students (PLUS) and former GSL, SLS, and Federal Stafford, current Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans.

American Opportunity Tax Credit
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), more parents and students will qualify for the American Opportunity Tax Credit to help pay for college expenses. The American Opportunity Tax Credit modifies the existing Hope Credit. The AOTC makes the Hope Credit available to a broader range of taxpayers, including many with higher incomes and those who owe no tax. It also adds required course materials to the list of qualifying expenses and allows the credit to be claimed for four post-secondary education years instead of two. Many of those eligible will qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student. The full credit is available to individuals whose modified adjusted gross income is $80,000 or less, or $160,000 or less for married couples filing a joint return. The credit is phased out for taxpayers with incomes above these levels. These income limits are higher than under the existing Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the AOTC for five years through December 2017.

PSU Financial Aid Videos
A collection of student produced videos on diverse financial aid topics and PSU processes.

SALT is a FREE program available to all PSU students that helps students and families navigate financing a higher education, successfully manage any resulting debt, and build money skills for life.

Educational and Training Vouchers for Foster Care Youth (pdf)
Are you currently in or have been in foster care and need help paying for college or career school? If so, you might be interested to know that the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program helps current and former foster care youth through the Educational and Training Vouchers (ETV) Program.

The Army National Guard Of NH
Learn how the Army National Guard of NH can help with your higher education expenses.

Financial Awareness Counseling
Financial Awareness Counseling provides tools and information to help you understand your financial aid and assist you in managing your finances.

This website provides a wealth of information on subjects such as Credit Cards, Loan Calculators, EFC Estimators, FAFSA and Scholarships.

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Higher Education Agencies and Financial Assistance Agencies

State Agency Address Phone
CT Connecticut Student Loan Foundation (CSLF) 525 Brook St
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
CT Connecticut Higher Education Student Loan Authority (CHESLA) 342 No. Main St , Suite 202
West Hartford, CT 06117
MA Massachusetts Education Financing Authority (MEFA) 125 Summer St, Suite 300
Boston, MA02110
ME Maine Educational Loan Authority (MELA) 131 Presumes St. Portland, ME 04103 1-800-922-6352
NH New Hampshire Higher Education (NHHEAF) P.O. Box 877
Concord, NH 03302
NH NH Division of Higher Education 101 Pleasant St
Concord, N.H. 03301
NJ New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Authority (HESAA) P.O. Box 545 Trenton, NJ 08625 1-800-792-8670
NY New York Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) 99 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12255
PA Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Corporation (PHEAA) 1200 N. 7th St
Harrisburg, PA 17102-1444
RI Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) 560 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 200
Warwick, RI 02886
VT Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) P.O. Box 999
Winooski, VT 05404

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