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Financial Aid & Scholarships

FAFSA
All graduating seniors should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)! It opens October 1st and each college will have a different priority filing date, so check each college's website to be sure you are making deadlines. 
 
New this year is MyStudentAid, a mobile-friendly application (available on iOS and Android),so you can apply for the FAFSA from your phone or iPad.
 
View and download resources on applying for aid
 
From not getting an FSA ID before filling out the FAFSA to forgetting to sign the form — it’s easy to make missteps when applying for federal financial aid. But the US Department of Education wants to help students avoid the most common mistakes.

CSS Profile 
The CSS Profile is an online application that collects information used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal aid. (For federal aid you must complete the FAFSA, available Oct. 1 at fafsa.ed.gov.)
 
A Net Price Calculator gives families a personalized estimate of net price (a college's sticker price for tuition and fees minus the grants, scholarships, and education tax benefits you may receive). While each college has its own Net Price Calculator, this site explains how they work.

Steps to follow to get a clearer picture of college costs.
 
Compare Your Aid Awards
Compare awards from colleges to determine cost of attendance.

Did you sign the pledge in middle school? Check out the resources available to you and what you need to do to receive the scholarship.
 
CSO College Center
CSO is an online clearing house of college programs and information for first-generation college,low-income,and minority students. 
 
Search for scholarships, learn about loans, and other helpful information about the how to finance your education. 
 
Earn micro-scholarships for your grades, club involvement, sports, volunteer activities, and more as early as 9th grade.
 
Connects Washington students of all types with Washington scholarship providers
 
Get matched to colleges and scholarships
 
Fastweb is your connection to scholarships, financial aid, and more! They even have an app!
 
With WUE, out-of-state students pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at participating schools, compared with nonresident rates that can exceed 300% of in-state rates.
 

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Starts with the Class of 2020 - 

The more effort you put in, the more chances you get to earn a scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000. If you complete all six steps, you’re eligible to earn a $40,000 scholarship. Scholarships are awarded—through monthly drawings—to students who complete each step.

Eco & Environmental Scholarships, Internships, & Activities

 
ROTC 

Air Force 
Army 
Navy/Marine Corps 

 

Military Academies

United States Air Force Academy                 
United States Coast Guard Academy 
United States Military Academy - West Point 
United States Merchant Marine Academy  
United States Naval Academy                              

                            

                                         

 
 

SCHOLARSHIPS

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Heisman High School Scholarship 
 
The Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance is proud to continue its 26-year tradition of honoring the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors and supporting high school academic and athletic programs across the country. The program recognizes and rewards high school seniors who accomplish tremendous feats in the classroom, on the field, and most importantly, within their communities.
 

100 scholarships awarded.

The Heisman Trophy Trust and Acceptance Insurance are proud to reward male and female community-minded scholar-athletes at the state and national level.
  • 88 State Winners receive a $500 scholarship.
  • 10 National Finalists receive a $1,000 scholarship.
  • 2 National Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship.
 

They’ve done the hard work. Now, they just need to apply.

Winning a Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance requires a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one school-sponsored sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community. You have students who have worked hard for years to make the grade. Now help them get the recognition they deserve:

 
 

 

Varsity Tutors College Scholarship

Write a 200-900 word essay based on the website’s prompt for a chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship.  Visitors to the Varsity Tutors website vote for the best essays monthly via social media.  For eligibility and other details, visit the website.

 

 

 

SCHOOL SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Boston College Trustee Scholarship

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered for a Trustee Scholarship:

  • Submit the Common or Coalition Application and all required materials for admission to one of the undergraduate degree programs at BU by December 1.
  • Complete the Trustee Scholarship essay on the Common or Coalition Application as part of your application to BU.

The Trustee Scholarship Essay:

Please choose from one of the two prompts below and submit one essay, in 600 words or less, as part of your application through the Common or Coalition Application.

  1. The Trustee Scholars at Boston University form a diverse and inclusive community of students. Please tell us about a time where you proactively advocated for, or experienced, inclusivity in your school or community. What did you learn and how would you put that into practice at Boston University?
  2. Howard Thurman, who was the dean of BU’s Marsh Chapel from 1953-1965, once wrote: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Can you describe a particular experience you have had or an activity that you participate in that makes you come alive? How would you try to integrate that experience or activity into your time at BU?

For more information, please contact us at 617-353-2320.

Spokane Community College

The Spokane Community College Science Scholars program, with support from the National Science Foundation, is now accepting scholarship applications for fall quarter 2020. Students accepted to the program receive a scholarship to cover all tuition at Spokane Community College as they complete their two-year transfer degree. You must be planning to attend SCC full-time to pursue a two year transfer degree and be majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Environmental Science.

 

Montana State University Scholarships

Montana State University will be offering millions of dollars in merit scholarships and awards to non-resident freshmen who apply for admission for the fall of 2020. Please click the link above for more information.

 

St. Francis University Roundstone Scholarship for Catholic High School Graduates 

If you are interested in attending St. Francis University, please email your counselor about being nominated for the Roundstone Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years for a total award of $76,000. 

 

St. Louis University Scholarship

A Jesuit High School Award now has a value of $5,000 per year and is stackable with any other merit scholarship a student may receive. 

In addition, below you will see a list of SLU's merit scholarships and their updated value per academic year.

Billiken Scholarship

$8,000 per academic year.

Ignatian Scholarship

$12,000 per academic year.

University Scholarship

$19,000 per academic year.

Deans' Scholarship

$21,000 per academic year.

Vice Presidents' Scholarship

$23,000 per academic year.

If you have additional questions about scholarships, please feel free to contact your admission counselor at St. Louis University. You can find your admission counselor using the FIND YOUR SLU ADMISSION COUNSELOR page.

 

University of Redlands - The Richard and Virginia Hunsaker Scholarship Prize
This Prize is the most prestigious scholarship available for incoming freshmen students at the University of Redlands. Qualities emphasized in the selection process include a student’s ability to effectively communicate how he/she has: made a difference in the community; taken initiative and shown commitment to an issue or organization(s); successfully collaborated with others; reflected upon and grown from past experiences; and applied experiences in one arena to another context.

Seton Hall University

Incoming freshmen currently enrolled in a Catholic high school who have a minimum of an unweighted 3.0 GPA and a 1350 SAT or 29 on the ACT, as well as a strong record of involvement in high school, community or church are eligible for an $8,000 award(distributed annually in $2,000 increments over four years). In addition, students can qualify for need-based aid and apply for other scholarships.

 

University of Dayton

The Leader in Service Scholarship is offered to students who meet the admission standards as well as have an innate desire to learn and grow in service to others. This scholarship is worth $10,000($2,500 per year for four years), and recipients will also be considered for a merit scholarship, worth up to $98,000 over four years.

 

Notre Dame: Merit Scholarships

A full list of merit scholarships that Notre Dame offers is available at www.meritscholarships.nd.edu

 

Montana State University: Nonresident Freshman Scholarships

Montana State University will offer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to non-resident freshmen who apply for admission. To be eligible, you must complete the following as soon as possible:

Apply for admission to Montana State University

▪Have your official ACT and/or SAT test scores sent to Montana State University directly from the testing company.

Apply early!  MSU's school code for the ACT is 2420 and MSU's schol code for the SAT is 4488.  These scholarships and awards may only be available for a limited time. If you have any specific questions, you can email Ronda Russell, director of admissions, directly at rondarussell@montana.edu

Details at www.montana.edu/admissions/scholarships/nonres.html.

 

 

Brescia University:Catholic Connection Grant

50% tuition discount for new students who graduate from a private Catholic high school. Find out more at www.brescia.edu

  

Santa Clara University: Johnson Scholars Program 
The Johnson Scholars Program provides outstanding students with comprehensive merit awards that include full coverage of tuition, room, and board; invitations to enroll in the University Honors Program; and support and guidance to develop further as leaders and scholars.  Award is renewable annually for up to four years. 

 

Gettysburg College:STEM Scholars Program

Through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, Gettysburg is pleased to offer monetary awards to qualified First-Year students who intend to earn a bachelor’s degree in one of the following STEM disciplines: Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, and Physics. In selecting members of this cohort, the college will take heightened interest in academically-promising, underrepresented minority, and first-generation students with demonstrated financial need. More information at visit our website