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Scholarships & Financial Aid

SCHOLARSHIPS

Many schools have automatic scholarships. This means that if you complete the application for admission, you will automatically be considered for scholarships. Be aware that some schools will have a separate scholarship application in which you must complete by the deadline to be considered for scholarships. Other schools will simply have a list of their various scholarships (ex: departmental, service, etc) on the website which also require a separate application. Be sure to visit the college website to find out how to apply for these. 

In addition to college/university scholarships there are also scholarships available to students from outside organizations and companies. Examples are: Coca-Cola, VFW, Land’s End, etc.

Here are some great websites to explore and access scholarships and applications: 

www.myscholarshipcentral.com - STL Scholarship database

www.goingmerry.com - One stop shop for thousands of scholarships

www.scholarships.com - National Scholarship database

www.fastweb.com - National Scholarship database

www.hsf.net/scholarship - Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Parents/guardians should check with their employer, bank, credit union, church, organization, etc to see if they offer scholarships to employees/members.

CLICK HERE for a list of scholarships compiled by the Nerinx College Counselors

 

FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid is money to help pay for college or career school. Grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships help make college or career school affordable. A variety of financial aid sources are available to help you pay for college or career school. Financial aid can come from federal, state, school, and private sources to help you pay for college or career school. 

For more detailed information about the types of financial aid, please visit: https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types

How to apply for financial aid: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education.

Lots of states and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine which students get financial aid—and how much they’ll get. The FAFSA asks for information about you and your family’s finances, including tax returns, so you’ll need your parents’ help to complete it.

******Please note, the FAFSA application opens October 1st of each year. Seniors/parents should not fill it out prior to October 1st.

 

CSS PROFILE

In addition to the FAFSA, a few schools will also ask that families complete the CSS Profile. The CSS Profile is an online application used by colleges and scholarship programs to award Institutional (their own) aid. (For federal aid you must complete the FAFSA). For a list of schools using the CSS Profile, click HERE

 

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Students interested in playing sports in college should register with the NCAA and/or NAIA depending on where they want to play. Student-Athletes must be cleared by one of these organizations to be able to play in college. For more information and to register, visit:

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