There are numerous informational websites designed to help students determine which colleges they can afford, and how to obtain financial aid such as grants and scholarships. Here are some of the most useful:

CollegeData.com – A free “online college advisor” that allows students to calculate how much need-based financial aid they are eligible for, and how much aid a given college is likely to provide. The site requires a name, address and email to register.

CollegeToolkit.com – A one-stop-shop for information about colleges, scholarships, student loans and more. Some features require registration or Facebook sign-up.

CollegeBoard.org – A site dedicated to college readiness, covering everything from financial aid to SAT preparedness. Free registration requires sharing some personal data such as name and date of birth.

FinAid.org – A comprehensive guide to financial aid, including information about scholarships, loans, savings plans and military aid.

Downeaster Common Sense Guide to Student Loans – From the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, it is loaded with useful financial advice for students in Maine who are preparing to attend college.

Federal Student Aid – Contains a wealth of information about federal student financial aid and more, from the U.S. Department of Education.

FAME Scholarship Search – From the Finance Authority of Maine, a searchable database of scholarships available to students from the state.

Maine Community Foundation – Website of the non-profit organization that administers many of the scholarship programs in Maine. The site includes directories of grants and scholarships available to Maine students.

Fastweb! – A good online resource for finding national scholarships, internships and more.

Zinch – A service that matches students with scholarships, colleges and graduate schools based on detailed information provided by the student. Requires free registration.

Scholarships.com – A search engine for colleges and scholarships that requires free registration and disclosure of basic student information.