Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial Aid & Scholarships

 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is money that is earned, given, or lent to students to pay for post-secondary education.

Four categories of financial aid are grants, scholarships, loans, or work study.

A grant is money that is given to students that does not have to be repaid. Scholarships are given to students based on merit and they are normally not repaid. Students acquire loans (borrowed money) that usually must be paid back with interest. Work study is a form of financial aid where students earn money on campus. Work study funds are not repaid.

Students can apply for federal and state financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. The state aid deadline is May 1 in Pennsylvania for state grants. All other applicants are due August 1.
 

Scholarships
Check with your perspective colleges for merit scholarships and the procedure for applying for them.

Our guidance department assists various local organizations in our community with local scholarships.

The local scholarship package contains all of the local scholarship applications. It is distributed to each of our seniors each year around May 1.

Each senior may apply for as many local scholarships that they want provided that they meet their qualifications.

Students are encouraged to access our guidance department's national scholarship file, located in Mr. Kinek's office.

Any scholarship information that is received in our guidance office is filed in the national scholarship file alphabetically.

National scholarships may range from scholarships from Pittsburgh, through the United States and throughout the world.

Each scholarship is posted on the national scholarship list with their respective deadlines. In order for students to be aware of new scholarships, students may view an updated list of national scholarships on the guidance bulletin board outside of the guidance office.

 

Recommended sites to assist with postsecondary planning:
 
PHEAA Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
 
FAFSA  Federal Student Aid
 
Scholarships Free College Scholarship Search
 
Studentscholarships.org Large Selection of Scholarships
 

Post-Secondary Financial Aid Support

PHEAA Financial Aid 101

Just a Reminder

As you are completing your FAFSAs, please remember you must use 2016 tax information for the 2018-19 FAFSA. You cannot use any other tax year, nor can you update the information once you file 2017 taxes. If your income is less in 2017 than it was in 2016, contact the school the student will be attending and also contact PHEAA to complete a reduced income form. 

Beginning 2017-2018

Changes to FAFSA
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PHEAA

FAFSA Tipsheet
see attached file
 
Funding Your Future
see attached file 

When to file your

FAFSA
see attached file

FSA ID Bookmark
see attached file

Counselor Compass

Financial Aid Timeline
see attached file
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