Scholarships (Links to an external site.) - Colleges and many nonprofit and private organizations offer scholarships to help students pay for college or career school. Scholarships may be based on academic merit, talent or program of student.
Seniors can apply for financial aid beginning on October 1st for the next school year. The application used is the FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov (Links to an external site.). Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after October 1st. Make sure you check with the colleges you are applying to for their deadlines. You may print a pre-application worksheet for Web filers from the website.
You and your parent/guardian can also prepare by applying for a US Department of Education FSA ID at www.fsaid.ed.gov (Links to an external site.). Your FSA ID enables both you and your parent/guardian to sign your FAFSA electronically. There is also information about federal student aid on this site. If you prefer to file a paper copy, you can download a form from the website or request a paper copy by calling 1-800-433-3242. This is a free application, be sure to go through the official website. Watch for websites wanting to charge you!