Scholarships / Financial Aid
There should be no reason to pay a fee to apply for any scholarship - usually scholarships asking for a fee are a hoax - don't fall victim to this!!
Need Help Finding Scholarships?
- Local / State Scholarships
- National Scholarships
- Other Resources
- FastWeb!: Search Over 1.3 Mil. Scholarships Free & Easy Registration. FastWeb is the largest, most accurate and most frequently updated scholarship database. If you supply an email address, they will notify you when new awards that match your profile are added to the database. You can even submit an electronic application to some of the scholarships listed in the FastWeb scholarship database, saving you time and money. FastWeb also includes a college search and numerous other student resources.
- Scholarships: This site offers a free search after registration and profile development. The search results include an indication of the value of the scholarship, maximum awarded, due date and relevance to your situation as well as a way to select offerings that are placed in a "my scholarships" folder.
- Student Scholarships: This site has an option for parents and counselors you can view some scholarships immediately OR you can register for free to search over 24,000 scholarships.
- Scholarship Experts: They are one of the most comprehensive free online scholarship searches available to students, parents, and educators.
- Go College: Comprehensive resource covering college admissions, financial aid, educational options, and surviving college.
- Continually watch and apply for scholarships posted.
- Check with the financial aid office at the college/university you plan to attend to see what available scholarships they have available early on in the year.
Your FSA ID can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online. The parent AND the student BOTH need to apply for separate FSA ID before you can fill out your FAFSA online.
FSA ID Website
Electronically submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students interested in financial aid for college will need to complete this form.
Need Help with your FAFSA?
- Call 1-800-4-FED-AID
- Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time)
- Saturday, (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Additional help...... Go go: http://www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/fafsa/
DEADLINES vary from school to school and state to state, but a good rule of thumb is to have it done by the end of February of your senior year.
Hints for Completing Scholarship Applications:
- If you meet the basic requirements for an award……… APPLY!
- ALWAYS include a COVER LETTER specifically tailored to the scholarship. It’s a good rule-of-thumb to include a résumé even if they don’t ask for one.
- Always read the application form completely before you start filling it out. Make sure that you’re complete and concise, but also creative! Many forms that are not complete are thrown out.
- Clearly emphasize your ambitions, goals, and what makes you DIFFERENT from other applicants -“TOOT” your horn!
- ALWAYS have someone proofread your letters AND applications.
- If you are required to send an application letter make sure they are neat AND clean! Write legibly or type the application form - it looks more professional.
- Keep copies of your cover letters, applications, essays, and letters of recommendations and make a list of those scholarships you applied for.
- NEVER become discouraged- NEVER talk yourself out of applying. You have just as good of a chance to receive the scholarship than any other applicant.
Need additional help? Contact the counselor: Mr Ward.