Step #1 - Do not be afraid to begin! Once you begin, it is not so bad. Your counselors are happy to help you through this process.
Step # 2 - Apply for a PIN # (www.pin.ed.gov) a couple of weeks before you plan to file for financial aid. Once you have this number, keep it secure and write it down! This will be a difficult password to retrieve and can delay your financial aid process.
Step # 3 - Gather all information that you will need to file your tax return. File your tax return as soon as possible in preparation for filing the FAFSA (free application for federal student aid). You will be using LAST year's (2012) tax return.
Step # 4 - Students, file for your FAFSA as soon after January 1st as possible. If your taxes are not completed, please consider estimating the income based on the previous year's tax return. We recommend this over waiting. Some sources of financial aid are depleted early and you don't want to miss out. You can make corrections on your FAFSA if you need to later on. If doing so, indicate "to be filed".
Step #5 - Those students who are attending college in New York State should fill out the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application. This should be the last step of the FAFSA, if it is not, visit HESC.org to apply. You must apply for TAP by completing teh FAFSA every year.
Step #6 - Apply for aid from the specific college you are planning on attending, known as insitutional aid, which includes their scholarships, grants, fellowships, assistantships and stipends.
National Scholarships -
Please see your counselor for available scholarships and additional information regarding college expenses. Local scholarship information will be available to all seniors early in February.
National scholarships will be frequently updated and posted in the guidance office and announced on the morning and afternoon announcements. Periodically check with your guidance counselor for scholarships that may apply to you.
A little work can go a long way!
Scholarship applications and further info linked to the name.
Buick Achievers - Open to high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in a four year program studying engineering, technology, design or business, with an interest in the automotive industry. Student must demonstrate financial need. Up to $100,000. Deadline is February 2015. Visit www.buickachievers.com.
BigSun Scholarship- Open to high school seniors who are involved in at least one sport at their current high school and who plan to pursue post secondary education. $500.00 award. Deadline is June 2015. Go to www.bigsunathletics.com.
Create-A-Greeting-Card -Chance to win $10,000 towards education plus a $1,000 award for their school. Entering the contest is easy! Students must submit a unique photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. The student with the best design will win a $10,000 scholarship and have his/her design made into an actual card to be sold in our line. Deadline January 2015.
NYCOSH Youth Safe Contest - Design a poster, create a public service announcement/video to convey a message about workplace safety and health to your peers. Enter NYCOSH 2015 YOUTHSAFE CONTEST.
Burger King Scholars - High School seniors, BURGER KING employees, their dependent children, spouses or domestic partners are eligible to receive up to $50,000 in scholarship awards. Apply by January 2015.
Empire State Potato Growers -$500 per academic year, for up to four undergraduate years, provided to a NYS student pursuing college in NYS in the field of agriculture. Forms can be downloaded online or accessed through the guidance office. Deadline is January 15th.
AMC Scholarship - Available for any seniors accepting into an accredited nursing program. The application is available on their website and in the guidance office.
A packet containing local scholarships will be distributed to all seniors. A copy will be attached above, and applications will be available in the guidance office. Most completed applications are due to the guidance office in March. Please see your school counselor with any questions.
Town of Franklin Scholarship - The Town of Franklin Scholarship Committee a scholarship for individuals who have completed one semester (12 credits) of post-secondary education wtih AND who live in the town of Franklin. Call the guidance office at 891-4450 to get an application.
www.fafsa.ed.gov - FAFSA on the Web: Streamline the financial aid process by filing online.