Financial Aid Resources

Help with College Financial Aid

With forms to complete and deadlines to meet, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the whole idea of financial aid and paying for college. Good news! We’ve compiled a list of the best all-around resources to help you get through the entire student aid process. 

Student Financial Services

Financial Aid


Access information and interactive tools at Federal Student Aid's comprehensive website.
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Compare your financial aid offers.
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Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education

Find information about federal aid programs, new tax benefits, career information and more.
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Glossary of Financial Aid

Get definitions for commonly used financial aid terms.
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International Education Financial Aid

Find information about scholarships, loans and other programs that are available to international students.
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Private Education Loans for International Students

Find information on private student loans for international students since most cannot qualify for federal student loans.
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Resources on Social Media

Learn more about the student aid process at, and on’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media channels.


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Loans & Repayments

Official Cohort Default Rate

Franklin University's most recent (fiscal year 2016) 3 year official Cohort Default Rate (CDR) is 8.2%. The FY (federal fiscal year) 2016 national cohort default rate is 10.1%. For more information regarding the official default rate, please click the link below.
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Loan Servicing Centers for Students

Get a list of loan servicers and their contact information.
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National Student Clearinghouse

Get help tracking your student loans and verifying your in-school status.
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Debt Resolution

Find information and help resolving defaulted loans or grants assigned to the U.S. Department of Education’s Default Resolution Group.
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National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

Search the U.S. Department of Education's central database for information about Title IV loans and/or grant data.
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Get information about income-driven repayment plans and other repayment options for federal student loans.
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Estimate your loan repayment amount.
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Additional Resources

Higher Education Tax Benefits for the 2019 Tax Year  

Download this annual guide to federal tax benefits for higher education costs.
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Annual Credit Report

Request your free credit file disclosure (credit report) every 12 months from the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
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FastWeb - a scholarship search function

Search scholarship opportunities fast -- and for free.
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Selective Service Registration

Complete your required registration online if you’re male, ages 18-25.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics

See how much you could earn in your future career.
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Funding Education Beyond High School

Get information about funding your education through federal programs, such as grants, loans and the Federal Work-Study program.
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Get insight on how to pay for college, and hear first-hand accounts of students who’ve overcome the challenges of going to college, including peer pressure, lack of family support and financial obstacles.
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Important Phone Numbers

Ohio Department of Higher Education
Phone: 614.466.6000
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FSA Student Loan Ombudsman Group
Mail: U.S. Department of Education
FSA Ombudsman Group
830 First Street, NE, Fourth Floor
Washington, D.C. 20202-5144
Phone: 1.877.557.2575
Fax: 202.275.0549

FAFSA Customer Service
Phone: 1.800.433.3243

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