Financial Aid & Scholarships
What Type of Federal Student Aid Might I Get?
- 8 Steps to the Financial Aid Process -
•ü ü Grants - financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund).
•ü ü Work Study - allows you to earn money for your education.
•ü ü Loans - allow you to borrow money for school. You must repay your loans, with interest.
Seniors applying for scholarships and financial aid should plan to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) in January. If you choose to file the application on-line both the student and a parent will need to have a PIN number for their electronic signatures. You may apply for this at any time at www.pin.ed.gov and you will receive it through the mail within a couple of weeks. Having your PIN number in advance will simplify the application process in January. You will need estimated or final tax information for 2006 to complete the form. The priority filing deadline is February 14th .
FAFSA Forms -
"Financial Aid Basics" pdf file: https://financialaid.arizona.edu/podcasts/handouts/06-10-FinancialAidBasics.pdf
Financial Aid - www.financialaidtips.org
Student Loan Funding Resources, Inc. - http://www.studentloanfunding.com
Financing Your Child's Future: A Parent's Guide to Planning and Paying for College
Steps to Success: A Comprehensive Guide to Preparing and Paying for College
Tuition 101: A Comprehensive Guide to Funding your Undergraduate Education
Scholarships are a form of financial aid awarded to qualified students on the basis of academic performance (e.g. grades, test scores, course curriculum), competition, particular skills, financial need, or a combination of unique circumstances. These awards can come in the form of cash or a tuition reduction waiver. Usually, no repayment is required if academic obligations are met.
Where can I find scholarships?
•ü ü Scholarship Newsletter - scholarship opportunities that come to Agua Fria through the Career Center office. Many of these are local and are more applicable to our student population. The Scholarship Newsletter can be found in the Carrer Center in the library, on the Career Center webpage, and in your counselor's office.
•ü ü Internet - There are many free online scholarship search databases. Based on information that you provide about yourself, they will match you with those schoalrships that you may be eligible to receive.
•§ § www.brokescholar.com
•§ § www.fastweb.com
•§ § www.scholarships.com
•Ø Ø **Hint: Open a new email address solely for the purpose of scholarship searching via the web. This will help to avoid unwanted advertisements and spam being sent to your primary email account.
•ü ü Local Libraries - Vist the college resource section of your library. You should find a great selection of scholarship books in addition to other information related to the college application process.
•ü ü Your Employer/Your Parents; Employer(s) - If you work, your employer may offer scholarship opportunities that you can take advantage of. Additionally, many businesses and corporations also offer scholarships or loans to employees and their children.
•ü ü Public and Private Organizations - Many community service organizations, churches and national foundations offer scholarships. Some are based on financial need, but many others are based on academics, leadership, special talent, community service, or heritage. Others offer aid to students majoring in fields related to the company's products or services. Check out every option. Do your own search and don't forget to research those organizations with which you or your parents are affiliated.
•ü ü The College or University you plan to attend - Search your college's website/catalog and financial aid office for information on scholarships they offer. Many schools have an internal application that has to be completed each year. You may also want to check with individual departments on campus to see if they offer scholarships aside from the financial aid office.
Scholarship Scam Info - http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0082-scholarship-and-financial-aid-scams
Board of Regents High Honors Tuition Waiver Scholarship
Class of 2013 & Beyond
Qualified students will receive a 25% Fixed In-State university tuition scholarship for one year following high graduation. The scholarship is renewable for four years based upon university-determined criteria. The actual dollar amount of the scholarship will vary based upon the tuition charged by the state university in which they have enrolled.
In order qualify for tuition waiver, students must meet the following criteria:
Students must complete all 16 Core Competency Courses by graduation with a B* or better in each course OR receive an acceptable score (*See table 1) on the Advanced Placement (AP) Test OR on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Test for that subject area.
(16 Core Competency Courses: 4 units English; 4 units Math; 3 units Lab Science; 2 units Social Science; 2 units Foreign Language; and 1 unit Fine Arts, as defined by the Arizona Board of Regents Tri-University Admission requirements )
* A "C" in a weighted course (Honors or Advanced Placement course) does not convert to a "B". The grade is as reflected on the student's transcript.
Part 2 (GPA/Class Rank):
Students must meet at least one of the following academic requirements:
Part 3 (AIMS Exams - Reading, Writing and Math):
Students must meet at least one of the following assessment options:
AND (NEW FOR THE CLASS OF 2013 and beyond)
Part 4 (ACT/SAT1): Students must meet at least one of the following admissions test options and submit scores to the univerisities they apply to:
*Table 1 & Table 2 are available on the website at: http://www.azed.gov/endorsement-tuition-scholarship/
For more information: http://www.ade.state.az.us/asd/tuitionwaiver/
Friday, Aug 1, 2014