+ Expand All- Collapse All

Whether you’re working toward your high school diploma or applying to college, getting an education is often the best way to get ahead. This page provides resources for students, including information on exploring alternative education pathways, paying for school, picking a college, and more.


Are you a youth mentor in your community? You can make a lasting change in a young person’s life by helping them apply for financial aid for college or career school. This toolkit gives you all... Read more »

Starting with the 2017-18 school year, there will be big changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process that might affect you, including a new requirement... Read more »

Each year, 141 high school students are named ... Read more »

This blog post features high school and college students sharing how their involvement with student organizations gave them the chance to discover their passions and develop the skills they will... Read more »


Transferring your tax information to your FAFSA just got simpler. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and transfer your tax information instantly. 

If a company offers to reduce or cancel your federal student loans for a fee, it’s probably a scam. This short video blog offers trusted, free resources from the Department of Education that can... Read more »

From the first day at his internship with the Department of Education, Ernest was making a difference. In this blog post, he discusses the projects he worked on as an intern and how the... Read more »

If you submitted your FAFSA before filing your taxes, don’t forget that you need to update your application. This blog post walks you through how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to add... Read more »

A four-year university is not the only option for higher education. This blog post by Talla Hashemi, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and intern with the Department of... Read more »

When filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may need to give information about your parents, including their identity, living... Read more »

Figuring out when your FAFSA is due can be confusing because there may be different school, state, and federal... Read more »

Are you applying for federal student loans? If so, you’ll have to give the Department of Education your tax information in order to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).... Read more »

Do you have questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked ... Read more »


Check out these tips and resources that can help you apply, pay for, and complete college.

A wide variety of scholarships are available for talented African American students. Don’t skip the opportunity. 

Participate in challenging "hands-on, mind-on" activities in aviation, science, technology, engineering, math, and space exploration. The program provides you with 20-25 hours of stimulating... Read more »

Youthbuild provides an alternative education pathway that encourages youth to obtain a high school diploma or GED, while advancing toward employment while developing leadership skills and serving... Read more »


If an online company claims it will let you buy a high school diploma, make sure to do your homework before paying up. The federal government has charged many of these “diploma mills” for selling... Read more »

A group of students who graduated high school while facing many obstacles joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to share what made a difference. 

Watch out for scholarship and student loan scams when filling out the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA); here’s how.


See which high school seniors from your state made it.

If you’ve just gotten out of a juvenile justice facility, you’re ready to begin the rest of your life.

“Some practices are best practices no matter where you intern.” Get more advice from Marina, an intern with the Department of Education, on how to make the most of any internship. 

Congratulations, you’ve filed your FAFSA! What’s next? Five next steps here.

We’re all online almost all the time. Most of us use personal information like social security or credit card numbers online as well. It’s important to know how to protect that information in a... Read more »

Did you know the Department of Education changed the way users log in to Federal Student Aid websites? Students, parents, and borrowers are now required... Read more »

You and your parents can use these checklists to make sure you are on track to apply and pay for college. 

A group of young Native Americans recently met with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to share their thoughts on how to make their schools more welcoming, relevant, safe, and supportive for... Read more »

If you work for a public service organization — like a nonprofit or a school — you may be able to have your federal student loans forgiven. This... Read more »

Tools & Guides

This website from the Department of Education can help you see which colleges have the highest and lowest tuitions and net price, which is the cost of attendance after grant and scholarship aid.... Read more »

This blog provides tips for getting your student loans paid off faster while saving money at the same time.... Read more »

Yes, it is really possible for your student loans to be forgiven. Check out this blog post to learn more about... Read more »

You’ve been accepted to college, and your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA) is complete—now what? This blog entry provides tips from a school counselor on the final steps that... Read more »

This guide provides information to help Hispanic students get ready and pay for college. Available in English and Spanish, this guide helps students prepare a college application, choose the right... Read more »

Are you currently in foster care or an alumnus or alumna of care? Do you need help paying for college or career school? You may be eligible for the Educational and Training Vouchers Program, which... Read more »

“College prep” is about more than the classes that you take. It’s also about developing the skills that will help you succeed in college and life. Get helpful checklists to help you prepare... Read more »

Being in college was probably more fun than paying back your loans. These new loan tools from the Department of Education can help make paying them back easier.

Have you thought about your ideal college location? How about your ideal school size? Here’s a tool to help you score colleges and universities on the basis of key information and make your choice... Read more »

This search tool can help you search for more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other types of student financial aid and filter search results for opportunities specifically for... Read more »

The Department of Education’s College Navigator is an online tool that can help high school students like you find, organize, and keep track of the schools that will work best for them.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shares advice for students when picking a college, laid out in five steps.

This resource provides information about the educational benefits available to people who have served in the armed forces and their families.

The Financial Awareness Counseling Tool has five interactive tutorials that will help students better understand financial aid. 

Videos & Podcasts

Do you know if you are a financially independent or dependent student? Before you complete your FAFSA learn how to determine your dependency status since your status greatly affects how you will... Read more »

With a mother in prison and little support for his education at home, Russhaun Johnson always felt behind in school. As he describes in this video, the support of caring teachers allowed him to... Read more »

With a mother in prison and little support for his education at home, Russhaun Johnson always felt behind in school. As he describes in this video, the support of caring teachers allowed him to... Read more »

Worried about managing your student loans? You have options! Learn about the variety of payment plans and options available like forbearance, deferment, and loan consolidation. Also, know that you... Read more »

Taking out a federal student loan is a big commitment. Learn how to be an informed, responsible borrower and what factors to consider before you take out loans.

So, you filled out the FAFSA — now what? Get informed about the next steps. Learn how to check your status online, what a Student Aid Report (SAR) is, what to do if you receive a federal loan, and... Read more »

Did you know that the Office of Federal Student Aid offers more than $150 billion in the form of grants, loans, and work-study funds? Find out what federal student aid pays for and the different... Read more »

Ever wondered what the FAFSA is and how it can help you pay for college? Get a quick overview of what the FAFSA is, what you need to know about it, and how your college decides how much financial... Read more »

College is expensive. Learn to be mindful of your daily expenses by creating your own budget and being prepared for emergencies!

President Obama joined David Karp, founder of Tumblr, for a live Q&A session, answering questions submitted by Tumblr users about education, college affordability, and more. Hear the President... Read more »

Why do you think technology is important? How will it change education for kids in the future? President Obama asked young people across the country to create short films that answered these... Read more »


With only five clicks, figure out the best student loan repayment plan for you and get on your way to pursuing your dreams!

Starting your college search? Use the College Scorecard to find reliable information on the things that matter to you in a school. Search for colleges and universities and then compare items like... Read more »

First Generation Student is resource for kids who will be the first in their family to go to college. Learn about how to find the perfect campus for you, the admissions process, how to pay for... Read more »

College Affordability Guide ranks how afforable colleges are by looking factors like cost, graduation rate, and if students can pay back loans. They consider affordability not only for the average... Read more »

Durrell, an intern with ED, shares how his internship gave him the opportunity to be a role model and  thoughts on the importance of helping men of African-American and Latino decent reach full... Read more »

Shannon, an aspiring teacher and ED intern, shares how the lessons she’s learned during her internship have inspired her to fight against inequality in education.

Read this blog post before you turn to a debt relief company to manage your student loans. Written by a representative from Federal Student Aid, the post provides tips for avoiding scams and... Read more »

Having a career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field can help you be part of exciting discoveries and technological innovations... Read more »

Increase the chances of receiving money for your education by applying for the right scholarships. This scholarship database offers more than 12,000 scholarships that may be taking applications... Read more »

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan invited a group of 15 high school and college students to the Department’s headquarters to discuss college accessibility and affordability. The students... Read more »

HBCU Connect is the largest social network for Historically Black College students, alumni, and supporters! Access scholarships, thousands of internships and jobs, and connect with the HBCU... Read more »

Did you know that there are colleges and universities, foundations, and organizations dedicated to providing an equal opportunity for African Americans to achieve a higher education? Learn about... Read more »

17 college students met with Education Secretary Arne Duncan meeting to provide policy recommendations related to work study, college affordability, and financial aid. 

Explore the world through books, hear from leading authors, and even access classic books online!

Choose the right school for you! Here, you can access information about more than 200,000 public, charter, magnet, and private schools, serving grades K-12 across the country.

This blog entry from the Department of Education answers common questions that students and parents may have as a result of the increased interest rate on new subsidized Stafford Loans.

This blog entry explains why students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to help you access the more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study ... Read more »

The American Indian Graduate Center is a national organization that provides educational assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students throughout the country... Read more »

Join the live #AskFAFSA Office Hours Q&A session on Twitter to get your... Read more »

This website connects American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian youth to resources that will help them learn about their culture.

This information from the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth can help unaccompanied youth apply for federal financial aid in order to attend college.

Youth Voices

"My advice is to get involved with Year Up or a program like it."

“Campus brochures and websites weren’t enough for me to fully grasp the reality of college,” says De’Rell Bonner, special assistant and youth liaison for the Department of Education. De’Rell... Read more »

"I owe the self-confidence to even apply for higher education to supportive adults…in my life."