Can the U.S. Government Help You Pay for College?

Jaime Dalbke

"The future belongs to the nation that best educates its citizens."
- President Barack Obama's speech on education, March 10, 2009

Since President Barack Obama spoke those words nearly one year ago, has the U.S. Department of Education done anything to make it easier for Americans to attend college?

The short answer to that question is, yes it has! In fact, the government has significantly ramped up its efforts to help Americans access higher education. It's helping provide grants and loans to worthy students - and you can be the beneficiary.

If you want to learn about government sources of financial aid, here are some links to online sources of funding information:

  • The U.S. Department of Education's main Website gives an overview of government sources of financial aid.
  • The Department of Education's Guide to Student Aid Programs is a free downloadable PDF guide to sources of funding.
  • The Discretionary Grant Application Website lists Department of Education grant programs that are currently open, with links to application forms and information. (Content changes.)
  • The IES Funding Opportunities Website provides information on research funding opportunities from the Institute for Education Sciences. (Content changes.)
  • is a listing of government grant competitions - both education grants and others.
  • offers information on more than 1,000 government assistance programs for education and other purposes.
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a standardized financial aid application that is accepted by nearly every college and university in America.
  • is a portal to the Department of Education's online grant application system, with links to application packages for various programs.
  • EDPubs offers a list of downloadable application packages for a number of grant competitions. (Content changes.)

Many of these grants can help for online education too. If you start clicking on the links above, you could fund that the government really is waiting to help you pursue your educational goals.

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