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Financial aid from private resources can be the most elusive of all aid programs.

Available From:

  • Local businesses; 
  • Civic groups; 
  • Churches; 
  • Private benefactors; and 
  • National organizations.

Where to Look:

  • High school guidance counselors;
  • Write, call, or visit businesses, civic groups, churches, etc.;
  • Public libraries; and
  • The Internet. A couple of good websites to start with are: Fastweb and FinAid!


  • Utilize all free options from local high school, college, and Internet services first.
  • Exercise caution when utilizing professional help and only after exhausting all other free options. There are many organizations and individuals that provide services for a fee. Unfortunately, some of them are not looking out for your best interests. 

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