Helpful links

Please print out the lists below for your reference. Visit these sites the next time you are online.

Government Resources

Comptroller of the Currency – Consumer Protection News
News from a federal agency dedicated to a safe and sound U.S. banking system

FAFSA on the Web
How to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
The independent governmental agency that regulates U.S. banking

  • Insurance on your deposits
  • Consumer news

Federal Reserve Board

  • Consumer information
  • Comparing credit card offers

Federal Student Aid
Information on federal student financial aid programs and a link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Consumer protection laws
  • Fraud prevention

Fraud Reporting
Report all suspicious or fraudulent activity to the Federal Trade Commission

Identity Theft Fact Sheet
Helpful links related to identify theft provided by the Social Security Administration

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Federal income tax

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Bank regulations

Online fraud prevention
Don’t Be an Online Victim: information from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Social Security Administration
Learn about your Social Security benefits

U.S. Department of Education
Federal education initiatives and student financial aid programs, including federal grants

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Buying and selling homes
  • Housing discrimination

U.S. Department of Justice – Internet & Telemarketing Fraud
Internet and telemarketing fraud prevention

U.S. Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division

  • Employment law
  • Workers’ rights

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Patent and trademark laws and procedures

U.S. Postal Service Inspectors – Identity Theft
Collection of helpful tips and links related to identify theft

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • Starting, financing, and managing a small business
  • Finding new business opportunities

National Resources

ACT standardized test

American Bankers Association Consumer Connection
Information and advice on banking

Anti-Phishing Working Group
A global law enforcement association focused on eliminating fraud and identity theft

College Answer
Steps in the financial aid process
Web site sponsored by the American Bankers Association and the U.S. Postal Service

Scholarship database

Fight Identity Theft
Web site dedicated to raising awareness of the risks and presenting clear steps consumers can take to protect themselves

Free Credit Reports
The jointly run site of the three largest credit bureaus in the United States: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. The Fair Credit Reporting Act allows you to receive one free copy of your credit report once a year from each company.

Homeownership Preservation Foundation
Advice, assistance and support to help individuals and families who are struggling financially to stay in their homes.

National Consumer’s League Fraud Center
Information and tips for avoiding fraud
Web site dedicated to protecting consumers from scams

The College Board
SAT I & II standardized tests