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Jan. 12, 2021
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Summary
The Student Financial Aid subject page serves as a guide to library resources that may be used to help you locate, evaluate, and utilize information about grants, scholarships, and loans. The page is divided into three sections - library catalog subjects, library databases, and internet websites. The library catalog subjects will lead you to books owned by one or more of the public libraries in Jefferson County. Library databases may be accessed in a public library or from your own computer if you have a valid library card. Internet websites, which include both Alabama and national resource, can be accessed from any computer.
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Career Cruising is a self-exploration and planning program that helps people of all ages achieve their potential in school, career and life. The program enables patrons to complete personal assessments, explore career and school options, and build a portfolio of their interests, experiences, and skills. The result is a customized plan aligned to the user’s inputs, and reflective of their unique personality and attributes. With a robust career and school database, financial aid information, an embedded resume builder, and age appropriate exploratory activities, CareerCruising can be used by students for their post-secondary planning, or by job seekers to discover best-suited career options. The program is secure, requiring a username and password to access. It is suitable for all ages (Audience: Middle School/High School/Adults)
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Requires a JCLC card and residence in Birmingham, AL.
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Help Center  Career Cruising Online Help and Tutorial Center
Description
Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.
Availability
Publicly Available.
Alabama Resources
This website provides links to financial aid resources and information maintained by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.
Alabama Possible is a statewide nonprofit organization that breaks down barriers to prosperity through advocacy, education, and collaboration. They support and create educational equity through several program areas including Alabama Goes to College. Alabama Goes to College provides resources for students and families to explore college options, find financial aid resources, and successfully transition from high school to college.
National Resources
AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was created to be a comprehensive accreditation resource for anyone in the process of selecting a college. The purpose of the website is to help prospective students make informed decisions about which college to attend and avoid being saddled with student loans and worthless degrees from “diploma mills.” At the top of the homepage, there is a link to resources on "Financial Aid."
The website, which is maintained by the staff of U.S. News and World Report, provides tips, tools, and expert advice can help students navigate student loans, scholarships, grants, the FAFSA, and overall financial aid planning.
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