In general, college students have a difficult time finding financial aid for their respective colleges. Students from low- and moderate-income families do not apply for financial aid at community colleges far too often. During the 2007-08 academic year, 58 percent of Pell-eligible community college students, whether full-time or part-time, applied for federal financial aid. Despite the fact that community college students are more likely than other types of students to be eligible for need-based federal aid, they are less likely to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In general, 18 million Americans apply for FAFSA across the country. 8 out of 10 people say it's difficult to find obscure information about colleges.
What it does
It provides users with information on the ACT/SAT, financial aid, and scholarships. It enables you to review and revise your financial aid administration policies and procedures. The search bar can be found at the top right corner of the web app, where the user can use it to find their respective college and the necessary information.
How we built it
The project's foundation was built with Visual Studio code. We created the homepage and search page using figma, a software that allows users to visualize their website or app.
Challenges we ran into
We attempted to incorporate the college API into the software, but we ran into technical difficulties. Finally, for our web app, we resorted to using a hand-imputed database. We added the data to the result page using research that our team discovered online.
The API - https://collegeai.com/data
The alternative- https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/assets/FullDataDocumentation.pdf
Accomplishments that we're proud of
One thing we're proud of is how quickly we got this up and running. We weren't sure if we could get started on this project at first, but as time went on, we got a good head start. We connected well despite the fact that we were complete strangers to each other.
What we learned
We learned how to use react and incorporate it into our project, as well as how APIs work. We didn't get to finish this project because learning was such an important part of it, but we did learn a lot from research and other members of our team.
What's next for Umoni
We will continue to update the database as new colleges open across the country. We considered installing a College API - https://collegeai.com/data - Future plans include presenting this web app to the Georgia educational school board and other states, as well as expanding this project to help college students.
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