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.
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.
About Finaid’s Founder, Mark Kantrowitz
Finaid was created by Mark Kantrowitz, a nationally recognized financial aid expert and college planning author. Mark also was a Publisher of Fastweb, the largest and most popular free scholarship matching service. Previously, he was a Research Scientist at Just Research, the US software laboratory for Just system Corporation of Japan. Mark earned the praise of numerous college administrators, journalists and students and families for his dedicated work on the Finaid site; also, not surprisingly, he managed to fund his own schooling without spending a single cent of his parents’ money.
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, Smart Money, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, US News & World Report, Newsweek, Bankrate.com, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chronicle of Higher Education, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Reuters and the Associated Press.
Mark is the author of Secrets to Winning a Scholarship (2011) and FastWeb College Gold: The Step-by-Step Guide to Paying for College (2006), both bestsellers on Amazon.com. He also holds seven patents, with several more patent applications still pending.
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