General Student Loan Information


FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools — on or off the web.





Borrowing has become a primary way to pay for higher education and The Project on Student Debt works to increase public understanding of this trend and its implications for our families, economy, and society.

Recognizing that loans play a critical role in making college possible, the Project's goal is to identify cost-effective solutions that expand educational opportunity, protect family financial security, and advance economic competitiveness.

A guide to what college students, their parents, and people already repaying their student loans need to know about the changes taking place on July 1, 2009.  















Student Loan Borrower Assistance (SLBA) is focused on providing information about student loan rights and responsibilities for borrowers and advocates. SLBA also seeks to increase public standing of student lending issues and to identify policy solutions to promote access to education, lessen student debt burdens and make loan repayment more manageable.






This resource is particularly useful for borrowers in repayment.  The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of ED programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.