Additional Financial Aid
The first stop in your search for student financial
assistance should be with your high school counselor or your
college's financial aid office. This guide describes the
major sources of financial assistance that are generally
available to large numbers of students. There are many
other sources of financial aid. Using the Internet is the
easiest, fastest, and most comprehensive way to search for the
thousands of scholarships and grants not described in this
guide. We have included several Internet search sites for
your use that are free, comprehensive, and easy to use.
The Maryland State Department of Education
MSDE administrators the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
program. For information, please visit the web site or
contact your principal, headmaster, or the School and Community
Outreach Office at (888) 246-0016 or (410) 767-0484.
Maryland Prepaid College Trust
If you would like information about saving for
college and reducing your dependence on student loans, visit the
web site or call (888) 4MD-GRAD or (888) 463-4723.
Sources of Federal Student
U.S. Department of Education
If you need information about federal student financial aid
programs or wish to complete the electronic version of the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may visit the
Education Department's web site. If you need help completing the
FAFSA, want to check on the status of your FAFSA, or request a
copy of your SAR, call the Federal Student Aid Information
Center at (800)4FED-AID, (800)433-3243 or TTY; (800)730-8913.
You may also call these numbers if you would like a Federal
Methodology Workbook, the Title IV codes, or a campus security
If you need more information about federal
student loans, call the financial aid office at the school you
plan to attend. You may also get information on federal
student loans by contacting USA Funds at (888)272-5543.
Department of Veterans Affairs
If you are a veteran, a member of the
reserves, or an eligible dependent of a veteran who is
permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related
condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a
service-related condition, you may qualify for VA assistance.
(888)GI-Bill-1 or (888)442-4551.
Department of Health and Human Services
Bureau of Primary Health Care
If you are interested in financial assistance
to pursue a health professional career, visit the web address
above or call (301)594-4400 or (800)435-6464.
AmeriCorps rewards individuals for volunteer
service to the community with money for education. (800)94-CORPS
Sources of Private Student
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Gates
The Foundation seeks to increase the number of
African Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives, Asian
Pacific Americans, and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and
completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
(877)690-GMSP or (877)690-4677.
United Negro College Fund
UNCF oversees more than 400 scholarship
Employers and Membership Organizations
Many employers provide educational assistance to employees
and their dependents. Membership organizations, such as
credit unions, religious organizations, clubs, affinity groups,
etc., also offer educational grants and scholarships.
Free Resources to Help
Locate Other Sources of Student Aid
The National Association of Student
Financial Aid Administrators sponsors this financial aid
information page. It is comprehensive, independent and
objective and contains information on thousands of scholarships
Financial Aid Search Through the Web is a free scholarship
service with a personal online mailbox for answers to financial
The Peterson Education and Career Center covers everything
from financial aid to admissions tests to graduate studies.
It is complete and easy to use.
The College Entrance Examination Board and Educational
Testing Service provides information about college entrance
requirements, the financial aid process, and other educational