Internet research can link you to an abundance of financial aid providers. Some examples of websites that offer information regarding college financial aid programs include the following: – College Foundation of North Carolina (described in previous section) – North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (described in previous section) ­ This financial aid page is provided courtesy of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. You may use this page to request college and university catalogues, admission applications, and information about scholarships and financial aid from North Carolina schools.­ FastWeb helps students select a college and find financial aid and jobs during and after college. The site claims to be the oldest and most popular free online scholarship matching service. Their calculation is that one of every three college-bound students utilizes the site each year. It has a database of over 600,000 scholarships totaling more than $1 billion.­ This website offers instant comparisons and online applications to numerous colleges and matches your specific needs with up to 12 loan programs from top lenders.­ An innovative way to save for college is explained at this website that details offers from thousands of companies to give you back money for college from the dollars you spend buying their products. Major companies, restaurants, and retailers are associated with the plan and, once you register, your recordkeeping requires little effort.