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FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web.

Access to FinAid is free for all users and there is no charge to link to the site.

FinAid has earned a stellar reputation in the educational community as the best web site of its kind. It's comprehensive, it's informative, it's objective -- and it's the first stop on the web for students looking for ways to finance their education.

Every major newspaper and personal finance magazine in the country has reviewed the site. The New York Daily News called FinAid "the hottest site on the Internet for financial aid tips." It is "the best place to begin a search" according to the Chicago Sun-Times, and "the grand-daddy of all Web sites" according to the Boston Globe. Yahoo Internet Life said to "make FinAid your first stop. This site offers some of the best 'how to' guidance on securing financial aid."

The site has won awards from the College Board, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students and the American Institute for Public Service.

Mark Kantrowitz, Founder

FinAid was originally founded by Mark Kantrowitz, a noted financial aid and college planning author. Mark is no longer involved with FinAid, it is now a sister site to, and managed by Fastweb, the largest and most popular free scholarship matching service.

As a nationally-recognized financial aid expert, Mark has been called to testify before Congress about student aid on several occasions. He is interviewed regularly by news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, MSN, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNBC, Bloomberg, Money Magazine, SmartMoney, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, US News & World Report, Newsweek,, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chronicle of Higher Education, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Reuters and the Associated Press. Mark is on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Financial Aid, the editorial board of the Council on Law in Higher Education, the board of trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education, and the board of directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). Mark writes the weekly Ask Kantro column for Fastweb as well as occasional columns for the New York Times, Huffington Post and other newspapers. He previously was the curator of the Student Loans topics page for the New York Times.

For More Information

For further information about the site, visit the following sections:

  • Contacting FinAid: To send feedback to FinAid or to submit a financial aid resource to FinAid.
  • Reviews: Excerpts from many of the newspaper, magazine and web articles that have praised the site.
  • Privacy Policy: The FinAid statement on user privacy.
  • Copyright and Permissions: Information about copyright, linking to the site, the appearance of advertising on the site, and the disclaimer.

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