Scholarships are gifts and they do not need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations. You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you are planning to attend or by checking their website.
Make sure scholarship information and offers that you receive are legitimate. NEVER pay to find scholarships or other financial aid.
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Students should be actively searching for ways to finance their post-secondary education through scholarships.
To get organized, make a separate file for scholarships, sort list by due dates and gather all the items you may need ahead of time (transcript, test scores, financial aid forms, essay, letter of recommendation etc.). Below are some quick tips to help you in the scholarship application process.
- Research – start early, completing applications takes time. Pay attention to the deadlines as you may have to gather more information.
- Eligibility Requirements & Instructions – if you have questions about whether you qualify, it is always best to contact the scholarship sponsor. Make sure you include everything that is required.
- Double Check – before you send your application make sure you have filled in all the blanks, check to make sure your answers are readable and proofread your essay.
- Copies – having copies makes it easier to resend quick if materials get lost.
For students to be considered for financial aid in Washington, one of two applications need to be completed: the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid). To help you decide which application is the best for you, be sure to use the following link:
APPLICATION FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR OPENS OCTOBER 1ST
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a free application form completed by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.
What will I need to fill out the FAFSA?To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:
- Your Social Security number
- Your Alien Registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
- Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
- Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
- Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
- An FSA ID to sign electronically
The Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) is a free application for state financial aid for students who are not eligible for federal aid because of immigration status, including undocumented students.
Eligibility requirements for the WASFA include:
- Must have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED® (or will do so before beginning college)
- Must have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since, earning a high school diploma or equivalent
- Sign an affidavit (written promise) to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply*
- Must meet Washington State Need Grant Program Requirements
*Students granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) must also complete and sign the affidavit. To ensure you are applying on time, and you are meeting all eligibility requirements, please visit the ReadySetGrad website regularly.
Below is a list of scholarship search websites that might help you in your scholarship search.
Every senior on track for graduation should fill out an FPHS Scholarship accplication. You could be eligible for thousands of dollars in scholarships. Selections are made by the FPHS Scholarship Committee. This application is also used by community organizations for local scholarships. CLICK HERE for the online 2018-2019 FPHS Scholarship Application. It is recommended that you complete the application online, but there will be sample copies of the application available in the CCC. See Mrs. Price (College & Career Specialist) in the CCC if you have any questions. Application closes 2/28/19 at 3pm.