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Evaluate your sites!
Because there is no review process or regulation for the public Web, you will need to judge for yourself the quality of the material you find. Keep in mind these questions:
Accuracy Does the information presented seem accurate? Are the facts verifiable?
Authority Who is the author? What expertise does he or she have on this topic? Who sponsors the site? Check the domain name to see if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.
Objectivity What is the stated purpose of the site? Check the "About..." link if there is one. What position or opinion is presented and does it seem biased? What kind of sites does this one link to?
Currency On what date was the page created? Do you need more current information? Do links on the site still connect to their destination?
Use Would you quote information from this site in a college research paper?
Sites to Get Started
The following sites have been selected and evaluated by a CCAC librarian.
CCAC's Paying for College
An introduction to the financial aid and scholarship resources as well as the processes here at CCAC.
The Department of Education maintains this web site, which provides access to free applications for federal student aid. The student must apply for a pin (a personal identification password) in order to use the website, but unlike other websites for federal student aid, the student does not have to pay for its use.
One of the several large scholarship databases on the web, Fastweb allows you to create a student profile, and matches you with potential scholarship information.
Finaid is the most comprehensive source of information about every kind of financial aid for college available. And - it's easy to navigate.
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency offers many services, including FAFSA and loan application assistance, and directly awarding grant money to students from Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Department of Education's Student Financial Assistance Programs website, a comprehensive resource for information about financial aid.
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