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Cash for College
1996-97 edition, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), Washington, DC, 1996. This pamphlet summarizes basic information about getting financial aid for college. Available for free on the World Wide Web.

Digest of Education Statistics 1997
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), US Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, October 1995. This book is an annual compilation of statistics relating to education, including information about spending on scholarships and fellowships. Available for free on the Web.

Don't Miss Out: The Ambitious Student's Guide to Financial Aid
Anna Leider and Robert Leider, 21st edition, Octameron Associates, Alexandria, Virginia, September 1996. ISBN 1-57509-009-0 ($7.50). 144 pages. Revised annually. This book includes strategies for maximizing financial aid and a list of private aid sources. Densely packed with information. Available for free on the World Wide Web. To order this or other Octameron books, call 1-703-836-5480 or write to Octameron Associates, PO Box 2748, Alexandria, VA 22301.

Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents
US Department of Veterans Affairs, 1996. ISBN 0-16-041625-6 ($3.25). 92 pages. VA Pamphlet 80-93-1, CIC number 115C. Includes information about educational benefits available to veterans and their dependents. To order a copy, call 1-800-827-1000 or write to US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Publications (80D), 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20420 or US Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.

1996 Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
Dan Gardner and Rhona Hartman, HEATH Resource Center of the American Council on Education, 1996. This publication provides information on US federal student aid programs and other financial aid programs from the perspective of disabled students. It also includes a list of 29 sponsors of scholarships specifically designated for students with disabilities. Available for free on the World Wide Web. Single copies of the print version of this document may be obtained for free by calling 1-800-544-3284 or 1-202-939-9320 (both numbers voice/TTY), faxing 1-202-833-4760, write to HEATH Resource Center, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-1193, or by sending email to

Funding Your Education 1996-97
US Department of Education, Washington, DC, 1996. Free. A new guide to student financial aid from the US Department of Education. Available for free on the World Wide Web.

Preparing Your Child for College: A Resource Book for Parents
Elizabeth Eisner and Valentina K. Tikoff, US Department of Education, 1996. 57 pages. Includes 16 pages about financial aid. This booklet provides information about the benefits of a college education and how to prepare your children for college educationally and financially. The topics include choosing a college, how much college will cost, how you will be able to afford it, the most common sources of financial aid some ways to keep college costs down, setting up a long-range plan, and sources of further information. Available for free on the World Wide Web. Paper copies may be ordered by calling 1-800-USA-LEARN or writing to Catalog, Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, CO 81009.

A Selected List of Fellowships and Other Support Opportunities for Advanced Education for U.S. Citizens and Foreign Nationals
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC, 1993. NSF Publication 93-147. Lists fellowships. 76 pages. Available for free on the Web. Revised periodically; the previous edition was published in 1988.

The Student Guide: Five Federal Financial Aid Programs
Federal Student Aid Information Center, Washington, DC, 1996. Free. Revised annually. This guide provides definitive information about federal aid programs, including the Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Federal Perkins Loans. To order, call 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or write to US Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, or Federal Student Aid Information Center, PO Box 84, Washington, DC 20044-0084. (Also available for free on the Web).

Timely Information for Parents and Students: Selecting and Paying for Your Education Beyond High School
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), Washington, DC, 1996. $9.00, 84 pages. Revised annually. Provides a highly accurate and up-to-date overview of financial aid, including information about types and sources of financial aid, determining need and eligibility and applications. To order a print copy, write to National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), 1920 L Street, NW, Suite 200, Department TIPSWEB96, Washington, DC 20036-5020. (Also available for free on the Web).

Reference Service Press
Reference Service Press publishes the following booklets:

  • Alternatives to Financial Aid
  • Applying for Financial Aid
  • College Countdown
  • Comparing College Costs
  • The Core Financial Aid Library
  • Earn College Credits Without Ever Going to Campus
  • Fabulous Freebies
  • Getting Your Share of Federal Aid
  • Scholarship Search Strategies
  • Speaking the Language: Your Financial Aid Dictionary
  • Tuition Bargains.

Each booklet costs $4.50 (includes shipping), except for the Core Financial Aid Library and Speaking the Language booklets, which cost $5.50 each.

The Reference Service Press site includes RSP Funding Update, a free online newsletter.

For more information, send email to or To order any of Reference Service Press's publications, call 1-415-594-0743, fax 1-415-594-0411, or write to Reference Service Press, 1100 Industrial Road, Suite 9, San Carlos, CA 94070-4131.

US Department of Education
The USED offers a wide range of publications for students and parents. You can order these publications through their online ordering system at, or by calling 1-800-USA-LEARN.


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