Quick Reference Guides
Quick Reference Guides are short 1-4 page documents that provide
concise practical information and advice on particular topics.
College financial aid administrators and admissions personnel, high
school guidance counselors and teachers, scholarship providers,
nonprofit organizations and others involved in community outreach and
education efforts are welcome to distribute copies of these quick
reference guides to students and their families for free. They are
also welcome to link to them from their web sites and to use the
PowerPoint presentations in their outreach efforts.
Quick Reference Guides for Students and Parents
- Quick Reference Guide on Winning a Scholarship.
This two-page quick reference guide includes a list of the top twelve
tips on winning a scholarship, a list of common scholarship
application mistakes, a warning about scholarship scams, and a list of
key scholarship resources. It also includes lists of the top ten most
unusual scholarships, top ten most prestigious scholarships, top ten
most generous scholarships, top ten scholarships for children under
age 13, top ten scholarships for community service and top ten
scholarships that don't need an A.
Reference Guide on Choosing a Student or Parent Loan.
This ten-page quick reference guide includes information and
advice about choosing an education loan, minimizing student loan debt,
a list of key telephone numbers and web sites, and a variety of useful
charts. Topics include interest capitalization, loan amortization,
variable interest rates, the impact of increases in interest rates on
monthly loan payments, the risks associated with borrowing too much
money, It also describes Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Loans
(Subsidized and Unsubsidized), Federal PLUS Loans (Parent PLUS and
Grad PLUS), Federal Consolidation Loans, Private Student Loans,
Private Consolidation Loans, Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit,
Credit Card Debt and Borrowing from Retirement Plans.
An abbreviated 4-page version of the quick reference guide is also
- Quick Reference Guide
on Repaying Student Loans. A
are also available.
This four-page quick reference guide includes information and advice
about managing student loan debt, a list of key telephone numbers and
web sites, and a variety of useful charts. Topics include the student
loan interest deduction, consolidation loans, repayment plans,
income-based repayment, public service loan forgiveness, dealing with
financial difficulty, default, deferments and forbearances, loan
rehabilitation, budgeting tips and loan cancellation, and many
- College Power Bulletin.
A Spanish language version,
Boletin Acerca el Poder de la Universidad,
is available, as is a College is Power
The goal of the College Power Bulletin is to encourage all students to
consider pursuing a college education. It motivates students by
discussing why they should go to college and how to pay for college,
and also includes a who's who of famous college graduates and quotes
about the value of education. The College Power Bulletin presents
simplified descriptions that do not assume any prior interest in
college or familiarity with student aid terminology.
- Quick Reference Guide on Evaluating Financial Aid Award Letters.
This six-page quick reference guide helps students and parents
understand and compare financial aid award letters. It includes a
discussion of net cost and out-of-pocket cost, a summary of problems
and pitfalls with financial aid award letters, a list of questions to
ask college financial aid administrators and a glossary of common
terms used on financial aid award letters.
- Quick Reference Guide on Financial Aid Wisdom - Practical Tips on Paying for College.
This eight-page quick reference guide provides a collection of
hundreds of rules of thumb and practical tips about paying for college. It
includes tips about saving for college, tips about scholarships, tips
about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), tips about
negotiation and professional judgment, tips about comparing financial
aid award letters, a list of financial aid equations, tips about
student loans, tips about consolidating student loans, tips about
repaying student loans, tips about student employment, tips about
education tax benefits, tips about cutting college costs, tips about
graduating quicker (or on time) and tips about budgeting and managing
money. It also includes a list of the top ten financial aid tips.
Quick Reference Guides for Educators
- Quick Reference
Guide: Profile of Pell Grant Recipients.
quick reference guide provides information about the characteristics
of Pell Grant recipients and their college completion rates, as well
as historical information about the Pell Grant program.
- Quick Reference
Guide to Student Financial Aid Statistics.
quick reference guide provides information about sources of
statistics concerning student financial aid, including key student aid
data resources and tools at the National Center for Education
Statistics (NCES) and statistical data available from other
organizations. It also includes a list of tips for using the NCES data