What to Do to Get Ready for College Series
Part 3: Financial Aid
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With college tuition prices on the rise, the need for financial aid is more prevalent than ever before. When applying to schools, it is necessary to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile if required. Being aware of additional scholarship opportunities is also beneficial. These scholarship opportunities are available and can be accessed through the school guidance page, under the monthly bulletin. Also, such opportunities can be accessed through the scholarship bin in the guidance office, as well as through e-mail.
The FAFSA can be accessed through fafsa.ed.gov, however, both the student and the parent must first receive their FSA ID, which is through pin.ed.gov. When filing for the FAFSA, you will be using your 2015 tax report.
Most private schools require the CSS Profile, which can be accessed through the College Board website. This allows for the school to look even further into one’s financial abilities, therefore, slightly more detailed than the FAFSA.
Here are a few of the current scholarship opportunities:
- Horatio Alger Scholarship
- Prudential Spirit of Community Service Awards
- Elks National Most Valuable Student Scholarship
- United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship Program
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Rhode Island Chapter’s 2017 Student of The Year Fundraising Campaign
- National Co-Op Scholarship Program
- Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship
Keep in mind – all scholarships have specific requirements and deadlines that need to be met in order to be considered! See guidance for further information.
Continue checking The Barker’s website for more information on the college application process
Megan is a senior at Westerly High School who is happy to be part of this year's Barker.