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Congressman Mike Thompson

Representing the 5th District of CALIFORNIA

Student Resources

My office has many resources for students. Whether you are looking for opportunities to volunteer or serve, completing a research project, or applying for financial aid, my office may be able to assist you.

Looking for Opportunities to Volunteer or Serve?

Congressional Internships
Eligible students and recent graduates can apply for internships in my Washington, D.C. and district offices.

Military Academy Nominations
High school graduates can request an appointment to a U.S. military academy.

AmeriCorps offers national service opportunities to adults of all ages and backgrounds.

USA Freedom Corps
USA Freedom Corps works to strengthen our culture of service and help find opportunities for every American to start volunteering.

Peace Corps
Peace Corps volunteers serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries.

Need Help on a Research Assignment?

How Laws are Made
This publication, written by the Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives, describes the legislative process.

The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves.

National Archives
A gateway for resources about primary sources, activities and training for educators and students.

National Atlas
One of the best sources of national maps and geographic information.

Want to Know More about Your Educational Opportunities?

A comprehensive information portal providing answers to your questions on education, career, government, and more.

Postsecondary Accreditation
The U.S. Department of Education's list of accredited education institutions.

Find the Right College for You
College Finder is a quick and easy way to identify campuses by selecting preferences such as college type, location, size, cost, campus life, and academics. You can also click here to learn about colleges and universities in California's First Congressional District.

Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. To learn about additional opportunities to help pay for college, keep reading below:

Financial Aid for Students

Guides students through the process of locating and applying for financial aid. Prepared by the Congressional Research Service for Members of Congress, updated April 2015.

The basics: getting started


Student aid and where it comes from


Basic assistance categories:

  • Financial need-based
    Remember that students and their parents are responsible for paying what they can -- financial aid is a supplement, not a substitute, for family resources.

  • Non need-based
    Factors include academic excellence, ethnic background, or organization membership. Corporations may also offer assistance to employees and children.

Federal Student Aid:

States offer residents a variety of scholarships, loans, and tuition exemptions.

Colleges and universities provide some 20% of aid, most need-based. Check university Web sites and the institution’s financial aid office when you apply for admission.

Private foundations, corporations, and organizations offer scholarships or grants:
College Board Scholarship Search
Grants for Individuals

Targeted aid for special groups


Interested in public service?

Federal assistance programs seek to encourage people to work in geographic areas or professions where there’s a particular need (such as doctors in underserved areas); encourage underrepresented groups to enter a particular profession; and provide aid in exchange for services provided (such as military service).

Aid for private K-12 education: No direct federal assistance, check with schools themselves:

Repaying your loans


After college, the federal government has ways to help you repay your loans.