Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities

FIRST, check the institutions to which you are applying for admission. Each College and University does their financial aid and scholarship applications and offers differently, so it is always best to ask questions of the Financial Aid Offices at the prospective schools.

Additional Scholarship Search Engines:

  1. Fast Web
  3. Redkite
  5. Scholly
  6. NAVIANCE: Under the Colleges tab, there is a section devoted specifically for scholarships. You will need to sift through the many opportunities, but there are many right at your fingertips.

Parents, reach out to your work corporations and see if there are any scholarship opportunities that they may provide.

Financial Aid and filling out the FAFSA: This year students and parents can start filling out the FAFSA with 2015 tax information on October 1st. (FAFSA gives students access to grants, loans and some scholarships.)

Every month, university or local scholarships come across the counselors’ desks here at VHS.

  1. For specific university scholarships, we email these opportunities directly to students who have reported via Naviance (“Colleges I am applying to”) that they are planning to apply to that school. If students have not updated this information in their profile, they will not receive these opportunities.
  2. We post all local scholarship opportunities below under "Highlighted Local Scholarships." We encourage students to check this page frequently as it is updated as new scholarships come in.

FAFSA - Opened October 1st

We encourage seniors and their parents to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students applying for the 2018-2019 school year can begin filling out this application annually on October 1st to determine financial aid eligibility and often as a requirement for institutional merit-based scholarships. Each school will have their own priority deadline, however financial aid is first-come, first-served. Filing the FAFSA is easier than ever since it will be relying on 2016 income and tax information, allowing access to the IRS Data Retrieval that should automatically import your tax information.

Students and Parents may also reach out to the Texas Financial Aid Information Center for help with filling out the form at home. The hotline number is: 1-888-311-8881

Local Scholarships

Kid's Chance of Texas Scholarship - Deadline ongoing

(Dependent of a parent who was catastrophically or fatally injured in a work-related accident) Criteria and Application

Four Points Middle School PTSA Scholarship- May 11, 2018, 4 p.m.

The FPMS PTA will provide funding each academic year for a scholarship for a graduating high school senior from Vandegrift High School who attended FPMS. Application

Ozarka "Every Drop Counts" Scholarship - May 25, 2018

$10, 000 to students intending to pursue a degree in earth/environmental science. Information and application.

College Covered Scholarships - January 31, 2019

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Young Women's Alliance League Scholarship

5,000 dollar scholarship for a female student with strong leadership skill and strong academics

Young Women's Alliance Information APPLICATION

Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA & FSA ID Tips for Parents

Myths About Financial Aid

Determining Dependency

11 Common FAFSA mistakes: great information on why to fill out the FAFSA and some tips and tricks.