Financial Aid and Scholarship Information
Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid is financial help for eligible students to pay for education expenses at an eligible postsecondary school (e.g. college, vocational school, graduate school). There are three categories of federal student aid: grants, work-study, and loans.
Step One: Complete the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA).
For FAFSA on the Web, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Using FAFSA on the Web is faster and easier than using paper. For the 2019-20 academic school year, it is essential that you complete your FAFSA between October 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019.
*For an estimate before official college enrollment, go to FAFSA on the Web and use the FAFSA4caster link.
Step Two: Review your Student Aid Report (SAR).
After you apply, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report, or SAR. Your SAR contains the information reported on your FAFSA and usually includes your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is an index used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid. Review your SAR information and make any corrections or changes, if necessary. The school(s) you list on your FAFSA will get your SAR data electronically.
Step Three: Contact the school(s) you might attend.
Make sure the financial aid office at each school, in which you are interested, has all the information needed to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible, each school’s financial aid office will send you an award letter showing the amount and types of aid the school will offer you.
Here are two files which may be helpful:
Senior Google Classroom or Website
As information becomes available to communicate, senior students who have subscribed to our Counseling Office Senior Google Classroom list will receive special senior announcements and/or scholarship information via the classroom or this website. Be sure to sign up to receive an access code to the classroom by contacting MaryAnn Blink at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Counseling Office, we keep a “scholarship file” that includes applications, deadlines, and contact information for the scholarships in the announcements. These announcements are also posted on our Information for Senior Year website blog.
Scholarships from individual colleges, universities or training programs
Once you know where you are going to continue your training/education, familiarize yourself with that program’s financial aid offerings. Visiting the institution’s Financial Aid link on the website and checking in with your school’s Financial Aid Office are the first steps. If your parents attended the college, check out the alumni offerings!
Scholarships offered by organizations or groups you belong to in the community
Examples include scholarships offered by one of your parent’s employers; or a 4-H group; a church or synagogue; Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts; your credit union, bank or insurance company; Lions, Elks, or Kiwanis Clubs.
On-line scholarship databases and On-line scholarship search.
Never pay money to get free money! There are plenty of free scholarship search engines and web sites that are available. It will take personal time and energy to find the scholarships that apply to you.
Local Scholarships are announced in the Counseling Office, usually in early May. These scholarships include those offered by clubs and organizations at PPHS (i.e., Sadd, Key Club) or community organizations (i.e., memorial scholarships, Kiwanis). *These are subject to change from year to year.