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The Center for Excellence in Financial Counseling is not able to provide direct advice or counseling to borrowers, but has compiled the following list of additional online resources to help student loan borrowers access important information, advice and tools related to managing debt and building financial capability. 

Websites for Borrowers in Repayment of Federal and Private Student Loans


The National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project is a resource for borrowers, their families, and advocates representing student loan borrowers. The website includes a step-by-step guide to determine a strategy to solve loan problems. 


The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of Education programs.


U.S. Department of Education’s Student Financial Aid website is a resource to learn about federal student aid and how to apply using the FAFSA. The site also provides comprehensive information on managing repayment of federal student loans.


IBRinfo is a service of the Project on Student Debt. The website provides an independent, nonprofit source of information about the new federal student loan payment and forgiveness programs.


This site is the centralized web portal for any information and activities related to defaulted education debt for the U.S. Department of Education.


Federal Trade Commission-sponsored site. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months.

Websites for Information on Financial Aid and Student Debt; College Access


FinAid was created by Mark Kantrowitz, a noted financial aid and college planning author in 1994 as a public service. The site has grown into a comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools for students looking for ways to finance their education.

Project on Student Debt

The Project on Student Debt is an initiative of the Institute for College Access & Success, a nonprofit independent research and policy organization dedicated to making college more available and affordable to people of all backgrounds. This website raises awareness about rising student debt and developing practical solutions to increase college access for all students.