Student Resources

We hope you find the following resources helpful as you work toward your goals. We have compiled them for informational purposes. Their inclusion here does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement by The Community Foundation.

Federal Student Aid

The office of Federal Student Aid provides $150 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study programs. The website provides tools for preparing for college, and outlines the types of student aid available.

Students complete a FAFSA through the office of Federal Student Aid, which is the first step to applying for student loans and scholarships with a need-based component.

The Community Foundation uses the student's Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA to evaluate applicants for scholarships with need-based components. Students should complete their FAFSA at least one month before the Community Foundation scholarship deadline.

Additional Scholarship Searches


CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. The web site provides a searchable database of 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial opportunities. is an online scholarship search of more than 2.7 million scholarships and grants.


Cappex features a searchable directory totaling $1.1 billion in scholarships.


Fastweb matches students with scholarship opportunities based on skills and interests.

Local Resources

High school guidance officers are a great resource for researching scholarship opportunities. Additionally, local communities and organizations often offer scholarships for local residents. Research local opportunities through your town hall.

College/University Research

The Princeton Review enables students to research schools by educational programs, rankings, competitiveness and tuition.

College Board matches students with colleges and universities by intended major, test scores, school size, housing options, location, sports and activities, costs and more.

The College Navigator is an interactive program that enables students to explore colleges and universities by name, location, tuition and fees, test-score requirements and athletics. The College Navigator also enables students to compare colleges and universities side-by-side, create a favorites list, and export results into a spreadsheet.

Career Research

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information on careers, including descriptions of employment positions, median salaries, education requirements, and employment outlook.

My Next Move enables students to learn more about careers through keyword searches, browse career possibilities by industry, and narrow in on career interests through the "Tell us what you like to do" career quiz.

Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245 to discuss your charitable giving options and goals.