Financial Aid & Scholarships

The West Point High School 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 applications be completed by December 1 of the senior year.  This means that students will need recommendation letters, applications, transcripts, resumes, etc. in the mail in November.
As scholarship opportunities arise, students will be notified and given the opportunity to apply.  Please be sure to listen for announcements and check our website frequently for deadlines and new information.  

As a rule of thumb... scholarship applications will be due to the guidance office 2 weeks prior to the college deadline.  This allows time for the applications to be proofed and transcripts to be sent as well.

Financial Aid Process


Applying for college requires applying for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Read more about it at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ .



Be sure to watch the AnnouncementsNotes from My DeskGuidance Office Calendarand Home pages for information and deadlines on available scholarships.
Popular In-State College Info https://www.achievealabama.org/



For a list of publications and resources for Alabama students seeking a post-secondary education go to KHEAA .



Sources of Aid
FastWeb Scholarship Search                                       www.fastweb.com
FAFSA (Free App. for Federal Student Aid)             www.fafsa.ed.gov
Direct Loans                                                                    www.ed.gov/DirectLoan
Hope/Lifetime Learning Credit                                      www2.ed.gov/offices/OPE/PPI/HOPE
JobCorps                                                                          www.jobcorps.org
AmeriCorps                                                                      www.americorps.gov
City Year                                                                           www.cityyear.org

College Admissions
FastWeb College Search                                             www.fastweb.com
FastWeb College Prep Information                            www.fastweb.com
College prep calendars, helpful articles, etc.           
 
Information about Financial Aid
U.S. Department of Education                                www.ed.gov
FAFSA (Free App. for Federal Student Aid)       www.fafsa.ed.gov
FinAid                                                                        www.finaid.org
Mapping Your Future                                             www.mapping-your-future.org
Office of Postsecondary Ed.                                   www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope
Project Scholarship Scam                                        www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams
Student Guide to Federal Aid                                www.ed.gov/pro9_info/SFNStudentGuide
 
General Information
Access America for Students                               www.students.gov
Adventures in Education                                      www.aie.org
Campus Safety                                                        www.securityoncampus.org
American Council on Education                          www.acenet.edu
U.S. Department of Education                              www.ed.gov
Think College                                                          www.ed.gov/thinkcollege.gov
Trio Programs                                                         www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio
 
Calculators
College Cost Projector                                          www.fastweb.com
Loan Calculators                                                   www.fastweb.com
Savings Calculators                                              www.finaid.org/calculators
 
Choosing a Major/Career
Career Planning                                                     www.fastweb.com
Monster Job Search                                             www.monster.com
America's Career Infonet                                     www.acinet.org
Bureau of Labor Statistics                                   stats.bls.gov
Occupational Outlook Handbook                      www.bls.gov/oco

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