Scholarships & Financial Aid


ScholarshipsTop of Page

Naviance:

  • Under the College tab, select “Scholarship List”
  • National Scholarship Search

Popular websites:

College/University Scholarships:

  • Scholarships specific to the colleges/universities you are applying to.

Types of Scholarships:

  1. Merit-based
    • Based on a student's academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's extracurricular activities and community service record. The most common merit-based scholarships recognize academic achievement or high scores on standardized tests.
  2. Need-based
    • Based on the student and family's financial record and will require applicants to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify if the scholarship is a federal award. 
  3. Student-specific
    • Applicants must initially qualify by gender, race, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors.
  4. Community Service
    • Based on a student’s past involvement in his/her community.

Tips:

  • Be organized! Stay on top of deadlines, gather all relevant documents, and make copies of everything you submit. Use a month calendar to write down deadlines and plan the dates you are going to complete and submit your applications.
  • Follow instructions. Some scholarships may require letters of recommendation or a written essay. Proofread and review everything you submit. Typos and/or missing materials could cost you a scholarship!
  • Beware of scholarship scams. Scholarships don’t require application fees or your credit card/bank account information! Don’t believe them!!

Steps to Filling out the FAFSATop of Page

FAFSA = FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID

See what's new for the 2016-2017 school year

 •Mandatory application for federal and state aid

•No cost to apply (includes submitting information to six schools of your choice)

•For public and private schools

•Filing period Begins OCTOBER 1st.  The sooner you fill out the application the better. 

Step 1: Request a PIN - www.pin.ed.gov

If you plan to submit your FAFSA online, you (and one of your parents) can request a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education. With a PIN you can apply and “sign” the FAFSA online, check the status of your submitted FAFSA, and make corrections.

Step 2: Use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet -  http://www.fafsa.gov/ 

This tool will help you gather the information needed on the official FAFSA.

Step 3: Financial Aid Deadlines - http://www.fafsa.gov/deadlines.htm 

College and state deadlines tend to be earlier than the federal deadline (many are as early as February or March) and may require an application in addition to the FAFSA. Play it safe—collect these dates and information early.

Step 4: Access FAFSA on the Web

 Complete your FAFSA on the Internet. Apply as soon as you can (after October 1st) because funding can be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Information About FAFSA - http://studentaid.ed.gov/

 Learn more about applying to schools, exploring careers, types of financial aid, qualifying for financial aid, how it is calculated, prepare for college, and much more.

Financial AidTop of Page

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to obtain your PIN number in November/December.
  • File for financial aid between the dates of October 1st  – June 30th at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

CSS PROFILE:

  • This is an application distributed by the College Board allowing students to apply for financial aid. It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA.
  • Check the list of private colleges and universities on their website to see if this profile will be applicable to you.

Colleges and Universities

  • Check the websites of the colleges or universities you are applying to. There may be additional financial aid opportunities available.

Types of Financial Aid

  • Grants – are available on the basis of financial aid and do not have to be repaid. Grants are awarded to students who demonstrate the greatest financial need.
  • Loans – are funds that you must repay. Federal Loan programs offer a secure, government-regulated and reasonably affordable way to invest in yourself and your goal of a higher education. Even though some loans are based on financial need, there are programs available to all federally eligible students regardless of income. Types of loans include Federal Perkins Loan, Direct Stafford Loans, and PLUS Loans (for Graduate Students or Parents of Dependent Undergraduate Students).
  • Work Study – Federal Work-Study is a federally funded program that provides employment opportunities to students with the highest financial need. Placement is limited.
  • Scholarships – see back.

Tips:

  • Do your research. Apply for everything you are eligible for. Don’t miss out on free money!
  • Ask questions! See your counselor if you have questions regarding any steps during this process.
  • Pay attention to deadlines.