Financial Aid & Scholarships
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.
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