Financial Aid

There are different ways to pay for college.  

1.  Family Savings

2. Grants and Scholarships:

Looking for and applying for grants and scholarships is a part time job.

  • Sources: Government, College, Private (business, organizations)
  • Based on specific requirements
  • Do not have to be paid back

Follow the steps below to make sure you are as successful as possible when searching/applying:

  • Apply early and often
  • Put together a resume and prepare a personal statement so you are ready to apply
  • Create a notebook to keep track of all information
  • Start local
  • Check with your employer and your parent’s employer for different scholarship opportunities
  • Check the emails we send you through Naviance for application opportunities.  But feel free to explore the following bulletin filled with scholarship opportunities  as well (it is a very long list, courtesy of Harrison High School).

3.  Student Loans:

  • Must pay back - with interest
  • Each loan has a different set of terms and conditions
  • Pay attention to how much you'll need for college, monthly payments, and how much you'll have to pay on interest

4.  Work Study:

  • Students have a job on campus
  • ​Money earned helps to pay for school

The following are other types of aid. 

Find out more at this  financial aid website.

Here is a short video with extra info.

 Examples of other types of Aid:

1.  Aid for military Families:

  • There are special aid programs or additional aid eligibility for serving in the military or for being the spouse or child of a veteran.

2.  Aid for international studies:

  • Federal student aid may be available for studying at a school outside the United States, whether you’re studying abroad or getting your degree from an international school.

3.  Aid from College or Career School:

  • Many schools offer financial aid from their own grant and/or scholarship funds. Find out what might be available to you:
  • Visit your school’s financial aid page on its website, or contact the financial aid office.
  • Ask at the department that offers your course of study; they might have a scholarship for students in your major.
  • Fill out any applications your school requires for its own aid programs, and meet your school’s deadlines.

You need to know:

  • Students and parents should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid beginning October 1 of senior year.
  • FAFSA Information:
    • Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of your senior year!
  • Students without a social security number can still go to college and have financial aid opotions.