FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES AND FACTS

Timing is very important when searching for financial assistance. If you are to tap into available financial resources, you must know where to look, and you must begin your search well in advance of the anticipated date of entry into school. All forms must be completed as requested and returned in a timely manner - well before the deadline.
 
Be sure to explore all avenues of aid. A good place to start your search is your own church, your parents‚ places of employment, community foundations, your school and public library, and the school you are considering attending. Resource books are available at most public libraries. These resource books contain thousands of lists of funding sources from all across the nation. Included are stipulations on who can apply, amount of money available, duration of the funding, how to apply, and the deadline for application. Examples of financial aid resource books include:

The Student Guide - The most comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the US Department of Education. Grants, loans, and workstudy forms of student financial aid available from the Department of Education’s Student Financial Assistance office are detailed. The guide is updated annually.
 
Kaplan's Scholarships 2002 by Gail Schlachter, R. David Weber, Douglas Bucher - Includes a comprehensive listing of scholarships valued at $1,000 and above that do not require repayment.
 
The Black Student's Guide to Scholarships, Revised Edition, Barry Beckham, editor - Gives information about private money sources for Black and minority students including eligibility, amount available, and contact addresses.

Directory of Financial AIDS for Women 1999-2001: A List of Scholarships, Fellowships, Loans, Grants, Personal Grants-in-Aid, Awards, and Internships Designed Primarily or Exclusively for Women - Describes about 1,700 funding programs for women. Includes sponsoring organizations, contact information, purpose of the award, eligibility, financial data, duration, special features, limitations, number awarded, and deadlines.
 
How to Find a Scholarship Online by Shannon R. Turlington - Includes listing of over 3,500 website addresses for private, state, and federal scholarships and covers such subjects as how to put your best skills forward and impress the judges; tips on avoiding scholarship scams and common pitfalls; how to submit electronic applications; eligibility requirements; lesserknown scholarships; and details on deadlines, award amounts, and sponsoring organizations.

Other important sources of financial assistance are community, state, or national foundations, often established by corporations, individuals, or interest groups. Examples of community foundations located in the twelve counties within which CODE BLUE operates include the following:



Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
330 South Green street
Greensboro, NC 27420
Phone: 336-379-9100
Fax: 336-378-0725
www.cfgg.org
 
Salisbury Community Foundation, Inc.
520 South Fulton street
Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone: 704-633-8896
Fax: 704-637-3172
www.fftc.org/affiliates/community/nc/salisbury
Thomasville Community Foundation
P.O. Box 2283
Thomasville, NC 27360
919-472-6730
www.cof.org/Locator/SearchResults.cfm?state=34
 
The Winston-Salem Foundation
860 West Fifth street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101-2506
Phone: 336-725-2382
Fax: 336-727-0581
www.wsfoundation.org



A listing of community foundations in North Carolina with web links can be found at www.tgci.com.

Planning and preparing for college, selecting the right match for you, and finding the best financial aid solutions can be daunting. Two state agencies can help smooth out the difficulties. The College Foundation of North Carolina, a non-profit partnership of Pathways of North Carolina, College Foundation, Inc., and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, was created to help you plan, apply, and pay for college. The website at www.cfnc.org allows you to compare over 100 North Carolina colleges and link directly to their websites. You can apply online and explore financial aid options. Counselors, including financial aid administrators, are available to discuss your problems and plans. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) administers grants, loans, work-study, and other financial aid programs. Their website at www.ncseaa.edu offers a wealth of information.
 
Scholarships, grants, and loans usually are available from healthcare professional associations both at the state and national levels. These organizations are listed in the Lending Library and Additional Resources section of our notebook as well as this website
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