Education Department

Where can I get my local school district's report card?

CA Department of Education School Accountability Report Card
School district report cards are used to rate districts comparatively both statewide and nationwide using standardized tests and benchmark exams. Reports can be broken down to the individual schools within the district.

How do I prepare my child academically and/or financially for college?

Here are some resources to help your child make an informed decision about his or her college education:

Getting Ready for College Early
A handbook for parents of students in the middle and junior high school years.

Preparing Your Child for College
A resource book for parents.

Funding Your Education
General information about the U.S. Department of Education's federal student financial aid programs. It is designed for high school students and others considering entering a postsecondary school for the first time.

Looking for Student Aid
An online source for free information on federal, state and other sources of student aid.

The Student Guide
This guide tells you about federal student financial aid programs and how to apply for them.

Where can I apply for financial aid?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
In order for any student to receive federal financial aid, this form must be completed.

What happens if I default on my federal student loan?

It is extremely important not to default on any loan, and defaulting on a federal student loan will impact your credit history. Eventually, your wages may be garnished as a result of defaulting on a student loan.

If you feel you may have to default, or if you are already in default, you should contact your lending company for counseling. The U.S. Department of Education's Default Resolution Group can also help facilitate the debt repayment process.

What is a loan consolidation and am I eligible for one?

Consolidation loans allow you to combine different types of federal student loans to simplify repayment. Even if you have just one loan, you can also choose to consolidate it. Both the Federal Family Education Loans and Direct Loan Programs offer consolidation loans.

Federal Direct Consolidation Loans Information Center
Apply online for loan consolidation.