Financial Aid Web Resources
Financial Aid Information
• lsac.org Financial Aid Resources
Law School Admission Council (LSAC) financial aid area of their website.
The home page for the U.S. Department of Education
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a requirement to apply for Federal Stafford Loans. Here, find information on the FAFSA, complete it online, and follow up on its status.
You need a Personal Identification Number from the U.S. Department of Education to complete the FAFSA. Get more information, apply for your PIN, and activate it at this site.
A general portal for students about federal student financial aid.
Access Group is a nonprofit student loan provider that specializes in graduate and professional student lending. Their Web site features many articles and tools for students and those advising them.
Calculators and an online loan ledger to determine how much student loans will cost and to help plan for successful repayment before a student takes out a loan.
Billing itself as "The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid," this site contains articles and links to other resources on a variety of financial aid topics, including scholarships, federal loans, and private loans.
Information on Borrowing, Debt Management, Personal Finance, etc.
Information about credit
It is important to be informed about your credit and your credit score. FICO scores are your credit rating. Most lenders base approval for credit, and often the rates at which they will lend, on your FICO score. You have three FICO scores, one for each credit bureau.
Free credit reports are available under a new provision in the FACT Act. If you are ever denied credit, a free report is also available from the credit bureau that was the source of the information on which the credit decision was made. Credit reports and a credit score can be also obtained for a fee from the three major credit bureaus.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has a lot of information for consumers about identity theft and credit, as well as financial decisions in general
- From their home page, click on "For Consumers"
• www.annualcreditreport.com/cra - The FTC's site with information about how to obtain your free credit report
The three major credit reporting agencies:
Learn more about credit scoring and purchase your credit score from this site.
Just about all topics related to personal finance are addressed in some manner on this site, including rate comparisons, articles, calculators, and a special tab for College Finance.
The Motley Fool has an irreverent name but solid financial information and advice on personal finance, including credit and debt management, and investing.
- From their home page, click on Finance a Career, to find information on Loan Repayment Assistance Programs for law school, and on research about law school debt and career choices.
- From their home page, click on Choose a Law School to find advice and research information for those who are thinking about a career in public interest law
There is a "Craig's List" for most of the major cities in the U.S. and several abroad, serving as a virtual showcase for classified ads. Listings include housing, jobs, items for sale, carpooling, and more.
A roommate finder and roommate search service nationwide. You must be a member, but membership is free.
Online help finding apartments: