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GET TO KNOW YOUR CAREER CENTER COORDINATOR & ETS Outreach Counselor and start using YOUR CAREER CENTER today!

Also make sure you and your parents check into other resources:

  • Contact the financial aid administrator at the college of your choice for specific details on available financial aid opportunities
  • College/Tech Schools award aid
  • Your Church may offer a scholarship  
  • Your parent's employer
  • Local Service Organizations (Jaycees, Moose Lodge, Rotary Club, etc.)

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

One of the MOST IMPORTANT steps to take is to complete and submit the FAFSA. It is the way to apply for student financial aid from the federal government, including the Pell Grant, Perkins Loan, Stafford Loan and work-study. The FAFSA is also required by all state schools and most other school student assistance programs.

IMPORTANT!

Know the FAFSA deadlines. Each year, the FAFSA becomes available on Jan. 1 and the priority deadline is Mar. 1. This means that you must submit the FAFSA by Mar. 1 to have the best chance to receive financial aid.

Submit your FAFSA by Mar. 1 of your senior year in high school if you plan to start college the fall semester after you graduate. FAFSA periods run per academic year, from Fall Semester through Summer Semester. See examples below.

Examples of When to Submit Your FAFSA

Planned entry into
college

Submit your
FAFSA by

Financial aid received will be
available through

Fall 2012

Mar. 1 2012

Fall 2012 Semester-Summer '13 Semester

Spring 2013

Mar. 1 2012

Spring 2013 Semester-Summer '13 Semester

Summer 2013

Mar. 1 2012

Summer 2013 Semester

* Note: If you plan to start college the Summer Semester immediately following your senior year of high school, you will need to submit your FAFSA by the Mar. 1 of your junior year.

Also note that you must complete the FAFSA every year you wish to receive financial aid. For more information on FAFSA, visit the FAFSA Web site, talk with the financial aid administrator at the college of your choice, or contact your ETS Outreach Counselor.

More Scholarships

These sites will assist you with your scholarship search:

Ethnic background or ethnic studies scholarship websites:

 

Caution!

Applying for financial aid and scholarships should be free!  

If you come across an organization offering free money but for a service fee, first find out if they are legitimate.

More Information

See your ETS Outreach Counselor for more information.