Scholarships / Financial Aid Information
The financial aid process is daunting, especially when going through the process without help from a reliable source. Fortunatley, we are here to help you navigate obscure financial aid acronyms with ease. Always start out with the Free Application for Student Aid, known as FAFSA. Once you application is processed, you will know what federal assistance programs, grants, and loans you qualify for, and how much will have to be through private lending agencies. This process is the same for graduate students, however graduate students may not be eligible for undergradate programs, including Federal Pell Grants.
Once you've completed FASFA, look for ways to cut your college costs. Apply for early action to maximize your financial aid package and apply for scholarships. Below, you'll find more information and tips on navigating the financial aid process, including articles on the latest news from the financial aid industry.
The best way to supplement your financial aid package is to apply for scholarships. COllege scholarships minimize student loan debt. You do not need to be a star athlete or valedictorian to win scholarships. Many scholarships are based on financial need, community serivce and your intended field of study. Highlight your unique attributes to search for more specific college scholarships.
College Savings Accounts
From 529 Plans- offering tax savings over taxable accounts- to Coverdell Accounts- optimal for families looking to invest $2000 or less per year- every parent should be able top find a savings plan that meets their needs. Have a reference point when looking for savings plans. Estimate howmuch college will cost using a college financial aid caluclator. Always start with a conservative number because some savings plans come with stipulations, where funds can only be used for college expsenses.
Federal aid comes in the form of federal grant, federal student loans, and federal work-study programs. Federal Aid is subject to change based on government funding policies. Eligiblity guidelines for FASFA are available online for a quick application and fast processing, starting January 1st of every year. FASFA will answer the majority of your questions, determine how much funding you can receive, and what federal funding programs you qualify for. You may find that you're eligible for Stafford Loans. Although Stafford Loans are not as desirable as greants, they do have lower interest rates than any privae loan.
Financial Aid Information
Research will help you understand financial aid information, and dispel popular misconceptions about the process. Many students believe they are either ineligible for scholarships, or that applying for scholarships is a waste of time. Truthfully, the financial aid process is the most important step you will take in the college application process. More than $130 billion is awarded each year to college-bound students. And while it helps to have an impressive academic record, much of the funding is needs-based. Once you've filled out your FAFSA, conduct a free scholarship search to find awards, and boost your financial aid package with money from scholarships and grants.
Find Money for College
The optimal way to navigate the financial aid process is conducting thorough research.
Fastweb- Set up a personalized profile and receive scholarship opportunities and updates that are specific to you. www.fastweb.comMerit Aid- A comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges around the country.Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universiites - The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities. We hope that we will be able to assist you in defraying some of your college expenditures. Please review each scholarship’s criteria carefully to see if you qualify. www.hacu.netScholarship Experts.com - This is a national website that each month will provide you with scholarship based off the information you provide for them. Take advantage of this site you will be surprised how much you can get from them, not as many students apply as you would expect. We recommend JUNIORS to start using this site NOW. https://www.unigo.com/scholarships#/fromscholarshipexpertsStudent Scholarships.org - This is a national website that each month will provide you with scholarship based off the information you provide for them. Take advantage of this site you will be surprised how much you can get from them, not as many students apply as you would expect. We recommend JUNIORS to start using this site NOW.Adventures in Education - The Quick Search allows you to easily search our database of over 15,000 scholarships. Simply enter one or more keywords into the search bar, click the "Search" button, and a list of scholarships related to your keyword(s) will appear. www.aie.orgCollege Net - CollegeNET, Inc. is the world's leading 'virtual plumber' for higher education internet transactions. We provide here for your convenience over 1500 customized Internet admissions applications built for college and university programs. When applying to more than one program you save redundant typing since common data automatically travels from form to form. www.collegenet.com/elect/app/appScholarships.com - We'll help you find free scholarships, grants and financial aid. In just a few minutes, you could find tens of thousands of dollars in free college scholarship money! Spend a little time, save a lot of money and attend the college that is the best fit for you! www.scholarships.comFin Aid - Every year, several hundred thousand students and parents are defrauded by scholarship scams. The victims of these scams lose thousands, if not millions, of dollars collectively on an annual basis according to multiple sources. Scam operations often imitate legitimate government agencies, grant-giving
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- Junior League of Galveston County, Inc Scholarship: Deadline is March 15th. Ten to Twenty $1,000 to $2,000. Applicants must be FEMALE students graduating from Galveston County High Schools Seniors who have exhibited a strong commitment to volunteer work in their communities. Please mail all applications to: The Junior League of Galveston County, ATTN: CAF/Scholarship Committee 210 Kemper Avenue Galveston, TX 77550. Feel free to contact Jessica Martinez with any questions. 409-370-8090 firstname.lastname@example.org
- SP Scholarships- $10,000 - 10 Awards ( DEADLINE: October 31, 2017) To be eligible you must: be a high school student planning to attend college Septemeber 2018 and answer the Essay question on the sponsers website go to http://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/14186/sp_scholarship_scholarship.php
- VIP Voice Scholarships-$5,000 -1 Award (Deadline: October 31, 2017) To be eligible a student must: 13 years or older, submit your entry by 11:59 pm ET on the day of the deadline, you can submit multiple entries by following the instructions on the sponsors website. http://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/14185/vip_voice_5_000_scholarship_scholarship.php
Student Insights (DEADLINE APRIL 22,2018) this scholarship program is offering $11,000 worth of scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school. The program includes: one $4,000 scholarship, two $1,000 scholarship, and ten $500 scholarships. it's quick and easy to apply: there is no minimum SAT/ACT score or grade point average, no essay required, no lengthy application forms and no application fees. Go to http://www.student-view.com/ complete a 15-20 minute application survery about colleges in your area. This scholarship will be awarded via a randon drawing of all completed applications. The scholarship winner will be announced in May 2018
College/University Specific Scholarship Deadlines:
(Always check the Colleges Finacial Aid website for campus Scholarships)
- Baylor Univeristy: As a small way to help, Baylor has luanched a new $7,500 scholarship for students who were directly impacted by a natural disaster this year. Fill out the form as soon as possible to see if you're eligible. Funds will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis and this offer will close on Feburary 1, 2018. If you are accepted to Baylor, we will review and foloow-up with you upon acceptance. Baylor's application is free and our Early Action deadline is Noember 1. However, if you areneeding an extension, please reachout to your Admissions Counselor and we will work with you individually.
- Baylor University annually awards scholarships through Carr P. Collins Scholars Program to students who have demonstrated leadership through service. Collins Scholars are awarded a minimum of $5,200 their freshman year, renewable for three additional years. To be considered for the program, applicants must meet all university requirements for unconditional admission; have a minimum combined math and evidence based reading and writing score of 1310 on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or a minimum of 28 on the American College Test (SAT) have completed a balanced college preparatory program including history, science, and a foreign language; be in the top quarter of their graduating class; and be a resident of the State of Texas. To check for eligibility go to baylor.edu/admissions/carrpcollins
- Boston University: Deadline is Dec. 1st. Earn a four-year, full tuition scholarship to BU
College of the Mainland
- College of the Mainland Carl Perkins Child Care Grant: Deadline for Fall is Aug. 1st, Spring is Dec. 1st, Summer is May 1st. Need Child Care Assistance while attending College of the Mainland, if so you might qualify for this Grant. Stop by the Student Financial Services Office A-149 at COM
- College of the Mainland: Several 100 scholarships are available for all areas of study, please click on the link so that you can begin applying today. If you do not have a COM ID that is ok just enter it in as your 7 digit phone number (ex. 9273124) and you will be able to access all scholarships prior to having a COM ID. For additional information contact Tammy Stafford email@example.com
Dorst has a wide variety of financial aid resources to offer students. The Dordt College academic scholarship program does not require an application. Any student accepted for admission that meets theacademic criteria of GPA and test score will automatically qualify and be awarded an academic scholarship. Recipients can recieve either a Collegiate, Honors, or Presidential Scholarship. There are many other scholarships available wich do require a seperate application. The deadline to be considered for these is January 1, 2018. Details about any of our Dordt College scholarships may be found on their website, dordt.edu/admissions/financial_aid/. You can find Dordt College on Naviance as well, at connection.naviance.com
Lamar University: Deadline is Feb. 1st. This scholarship is for Lamar University only, be sure to include a copy of you most recent academic transcript with your application.
2. Lamar University: Deadline is March 7th. This scholarship is for studetn interested in pursuing the courswork necessary to enter healthcare - related professions. Application needs to be picked up at High School Career Center E103
3. Texas Tech. Freshman Scholarships: Students should apply for adminmission and scholarships prior to December 1st for fall 2018
4. C.W. Conn, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund: Deadline is Feb. 7th. Students interested in entering Lamar University as a Freshman seeking a four-year degree in the College of Business at Lamar University. Must score atleast 900 on SAT or 20 on ACT.
5. Smith-Hutson Scholarship: Deadline is March 21st. Students interested in entering Lamar University as a Freshman seeking a four-year degree in College of Business at Lamar University. Must score atleast 900 on SAT or 20 on ACT.
San Jacinto College
- San Jacinto College Foundation: Deadline is April 15th. Open to ALL Majors, Standard award $500 - many available, must complete the FAFSA application. Contact the SJC foundation for more information 281-998-6104
- EHCMA Scholarship Program: This scholarship will be awarded $1,000 to six students at San Jacinto College and six students at Lee College, applicants must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher. San Jacinto contact: Michael Speegle 281-478-2716 and Lee College contact: Craig Beskid 281-334-9091
Univeristy of Texas
- Univ. of Texas Permian Basin: All students graduating in the top 50% of their class adn meet admission requirements are eligible for a Freshman Grant of $2,000. The top 25% could recieve between $3,000 to $5,000 each year. Visit website for more details and applications.