Financial Aid and Scholarships

The financial aid process is a little bit different for each student, but here are a few things that hold true for high school students.  Even though you are still in high school doesn't mean you should not start thinking and planning about how you will pay for college.
The application cycle for school year, 2018-2019 opens October 1.  

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Financial Aid Process
The cost of college is a burden for many families and feel like there are no resources to help.  Finding financial aid can be an overwhelming task, but you can find help at .  
Federal Student Aid Eligibility

Most U.S. students will qualify for federal student aid. Here are the basic requirements:

You must...

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • be registered with Selective Service if you're male
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • be enrolled at least half-time in order to receive Direct Loans
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • sign statements on the FAFSA asserting you are not in default on a federal student loan, don't owe a refund on a federal student grant and that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
  • have a high school diploma, GED or completed high school in an approved homeschool setting
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Simply put, if you want financial aid you have to file the FAFSA, The information you supply on the FAFSA will be used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid including federal student loans. State aid programs and colleges use the information from the processed results of your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for their programs. Some private scholarships may also require you supply them with a copy of the Student Aid Report you receive once your FAFSA is processed to be considered for an award they offer.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Colleges use the processed data from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and, in some cases, the CSS Profile to determine your eligibility for financial aid. Whether you complete the FAFSA and, if required, the Profile, the basis for determining your award is a number referred to as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is determined by your household, demographic and financial data among other things.

The EFC is a measure of your family’s ability to pay for college based on the following:

  • student and parent income and asset information
  • state of residence
  • age of older parent
  • household size, and
  • number of household members in college

Scholarship Process     The Guidance Office is pleased to offer assistance to students who desire to apply for college scholarships.  It is important to pay close attention to deadlines and be punctual when submitting transcript requests and applications.  Many universities require that are be completed by December 1 of the senior year.  To process scholarships, students will need a variety of support documents such as letters of recommendations, transcripts, resume' or student activity list, essays, a personal statement, and in some cases a copy of the parents' or legal guardian's most recent income tax return.
Each college has their own college scholarship opportunities with listings from both academic, as well as, endowed.  You can check the college's website, and usually find the scholarship tab under the financial aid tab.

For other scholarship opportunities which may come through the guidance office, students will be notified by newsletters and our website.  Any student will be given the opportunity to apply.

A scholarship is given based on merit.  Following is a list of particular scholarships offered through a competitive application process:
  • Entering freshmen academic-based on ACT/SAT, GPA, and other academic factors
  • Entering freshmen leadership-based on leadership participation in school and community activities, also included can include an ACT/GPA
  • Athletic-based on athletic participation and recognition at the local, area and state levels
  • Music-based on musicality in playing an instrument through an audition
  • Music-based on vocal performance through an audition
  • Music-based on participation in marching and playing an instrument through purposes
  • Theater-based on auditions
  • Art-based on a collection of artwork provided either digitally, on film, or canvas through a portfolio
  (Any of these scholarships are contingent upon the student first having met the admission requirements and having been accepted into the college or university.)