Scholarships and financial aid can be obtained through three major components:
Federal and State Aid (FAFSA), specific colleges/universities, and merit based
Federal and State Aid: To receive any Federal or State funding for
post-secondary education parents/students must complete the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid or the FAFSA. The FAFSA will be available for
parents/students beginning January 1st of the senior year. The FAFSA cannot be
filled out any earlier as it is based on the previous year’s tax records and
income. To be considered for State Aid the FAFSA must be filed by March 10,
2012. Hamilton Southeastern HS will host a FAFSA information night and financial
aid workshop for parents on January 11th 2012 at 7p.m. in the Leonard
Auditorium. The FAFSA can be filled out electronically at
Specific Colleges and Universities: Just about every post-secondary
institution that you apply to will offer scholarships and financial aid for
incoming freshmen. These opportunities are not available through the high school
guidance office but rather by contacting the college or universities’ Office of
Financial aid. The webpage of the college or university that you are considering
should have a link to incoming freshman scholarships and the steps needed to
apply. These scholarships are going to be more competitive at the major state
universities (IU, Purdue). Private colleges/universities tend to offer more
opportunities for scholarships to help offset the much higher tuition costs.
Bottom line: Contact the college or universities Office of Financial Aid.
Merit-based Competitive Scholarships: These scholarships are funded
through numerous organizations, some local and some national. The number of
scholarships out there are far too numerous to list here. The best way to find
out which scholarships fit your resume best is to go to either www.fastweb.com
or www.scholarships.com these two sites have over 800,000 different scholarships
for high school seniors. Basically, these sites have you fill out a personal
profile that will include your GPA, extra-curricular activities, community
involvement, and everything else from gender to ethnicity. The database will
catch the scholarships that you would be competitive with. Remember, these are
open competitions, available to students throughout the country so just filling
out the application does not mean you will win it. Scholarship searches can be a
daunting task but very manageable if you get started early on during senior
year. Never use a site or service that charges any fee to locate scholarships
for you and never apply for a scholarship that charges a fee. If you are
skeptical about any service or scholarship that you come across, always contact
your counselor. Local businesses and organizations will have some opportunities
as well and they will always be posted on the Naviance advising system.
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Uniform Application for Community Scholarships
Online Application (FAFSA) for Scholarships and Financial Aid
Indiana College Cost Estimator
– The new web site lets you compare the estimated net
price of attendance of Indiana Colleges using a net calculator. It also
contains great information about how the FAFSA is computed and what types of
finances weigh heavier in the formula. It also is a very comprehensive
site about coast and comparisons for Indiana Colleges.
The links below are non-HSE websites that offer helpful information about
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