1. FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid: All students seeking federal financial aid must complete a FAFSA each year. Many colleges and universities require the completion of this document for any student seeking financial aid. The form can be completed online. For more information, visit: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
  2. Scholarship Resources: You don't have to pay to find lists of scholarships for which you might be eligible. In fact, if you must pay for the last, the company is probably a scam. To get free information about scholarships that may be available to you, visit Fastweb:  www.fastweb.com
  3. Government Grants and Loans: To learn more about government grants, loans, and fellowships, Fedmoney.org offers a list of available fellowships, grants, traineeships, and loans and provides extensive information about who is eligible for these awards. Before you decide to pay for your college education, visit: http://www.fedmoney.org/
  4. U.S. Department of Education Database: Don't be fooled by a diploma mill seeking to take your money and leave you without a degree. For more information on the importance of accreditation and to learn whether a college or university is regionally accredited, visit the U.S. Department of Education and search to make sure the colleges or universities to which you are applying have accredited degree programs: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
  5. US Department of Education: This site explains why accreditation is so important for a college or university. It explains clearly why students who don't attend accredited universities are turned down for federal financial aid. For more information and to understand more about regional accreditation and the accrediting agencies available in the U.S., please visit: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html or http://www.chea.org/public_info/index.asp
  6. Most college degree programs accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation are regionally accredited and recognized. For a partial list of online degree universities that are not accredited, and to avoid getting a degree from a diploma mill, visit: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Non-accreditedSchools_78090_7.pdf
  7. For more information on current topics in distance learning degree programs, the European Journal of Open, Distance, and E-Learning (EURO-DL). It is free to online subscribers: http://www.eurodl.org/
  8. Are you a professor interested in distance learning positions available? Do you want to keep up with the current techniques used by professors at top online schools? Are you a student interested in current topics and controversies in online degree universities? Subscribe to an email or regular mail version of the Chronicle of Higher Education: http://www.eurodl.org/
  9. Curious about what it takes to begin an academic career at a degree university online? If you are an educational professional interested in pursuing distance learning employment opportunities, take a moment to visit: http://www.academiccareers.com/
  10. If you are in the military, earn a college degree at home wherever you are stationed. National Guard Service personnel can learn more about online education choices by visiting: https://www.nationalguardbenefits.com/Unsecured/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fEBOHome.aspx
  11. For military personnel interested in learning more about online education opportunities, please visit: http://www.rileyguide.com/vets.html.
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