Government Resources for College

The U.S. Government offers a wide variety of resources for helping you decide whether college is right for you. Below are helpful government resources for perspective students.

Websites for Perspective College Students

USA.gov, College and Higher Education: The site was created to provide answers to common questions about colleges and universities. At USA.gov, you can find the college that best fits your needs, estimate the cost/payment for school, learn about health and safety at college, learn about educational programs for people with disabilities, file education related complaints, or locate school records.

U.S. Department of Education, Ed.Gov – This website has information and resources for parents, families, teachers, and young adults.   You can find out the current issues in education by reading their blog; learn about getting money for college; and learn about colleges to find out which one has the degree you want and how to apply.

U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid: The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school. Federal Student Aid provides an overview of the different types of aid, how to apply, and tips for repaying loans.

U.S. Department of Education, College Scorecard: College Scorecard allows you to compare schools/universities to help determine the best fit for you. You can identify programs with high graduation rates, programs that lead to high incomes, low cost schools, or search by state two year programs that offer higher salaries upon graduation. If you know you want to attend college, but are uncertain of the school or program you wish to pursue, check out College Scorecard.

National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator: Perspective students looking for statistical data to assisting with the decision making process would benefit from using College Navigator. College Navigator offers the latest data from the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core post-secondary education data collection program for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to help perspective students make the most informed decisions possible. The Department of Education has a nice little blog post on the benefits of College Navigator.

National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS: IPEDS provides statistical data for colleges and universities. You can search for a particular school or compare programs by enrollment, awards, graduation rates, retention rates, or financial aid. IPEDS also offers loan counseling and career planning.

Grants.gov, www.grants.gov: Visit Grants.gov to find possible funding opportunities for your education. Grants.gov provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities.