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Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources

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We hope you were able to attend our recent workshop on Financial Aid and Scholarships for High School students and their families. Below you will find resources to help supplement the workshop and links to financial aid and scholarship opportunities nationally, from state and regional funders, and from the local level.

We hope you will find this information helpful. Regardless of what age high school youth you have, being prepared for applying for financial aid and scholarships, you can never begin preparing too soon. Below you will find a brief outline of our workshop along with some helpful resource links for when you get home that may assist in addition to the financial aid or admissions department for each particular school to which you are applying.

We have asked that parent/guardians be available to go through information with their youth during our workshop. This is important because financial aid and scholarship applications take both the financial insights of parent/guardians and the articulation of youth to be able to discuss their merits and goals. You are one another’s most valuable resource, so be sure to spend time together working through applications.

We are grateful for Mr. Dave Timberlake offering his expertise in this area. He and 4-H Youth Development Agent, Jenny Savely, will be happy to answer any questions you have, so feel free to ask during the session.

Agenda

  1. Understanding Financial Aid versus Scholarships
    1. Types of Financial Aid
      1. FAFSA – https://fafsa.ed.gov/
      2. Pell Grant – https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell
      3. Work Study
  1. Military Family assistance – https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/military
  2. Minority assistance – https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/minority-scholarships/ (see more resources below)
  1. Eligibility
  2. Cost of Attendance – https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/prepare-for-college/choosing-schools/consider/costs
  3. Tax Credits

Further explanation at http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnwasik/2014/08/18/five-top-secrets-to-college-financial-aid/#6abfba564a60  and  http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/hope-taxes.htm

  1. Loans
  2. Grants – http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grants-apply.html?src=ft
  3. Question and Answer
  1. Scholarships
    1. Preparing to apply
    2. Eligibility
    3. Competition
    4. Application Process
    5. Question and Answer

General Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources:

Big Future by The College Board: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college

U.S. News and World Report: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/financial-aid-101

How Stuff Works: http://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/college-planning/financial-aid/college-financial-aid.htm

Fastweb (scholarship database): http://www.fastweb.com/

CollegeNet.com (scholarship database): https://www.collegenet.com/mach25/app

Scholarships.com (scholarship database): https://www.scholarships.com/about-us/

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) – http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html?src=rn

GoodCall Special Report: The Real Cost of College

Reporting Financial Aid and Scholarships:

Tax Form 1098-E: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grants-college.html?src=pn

Tuition and Fees Deduction: https://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch06.html

NOTE: Always check with the college or university you are applying to for school specific scholarship and financial aid opportunities. The specific departments you are applying to may have funding resources as well. Any school’s department of financial aid or admissions department should be able to direct you.

You should also look into area specific scholarships and financial aid based on the field of study you are pursuing.

Remember, in rare occasions federal aid is not accepted at some schools. Be sure to check with your specific institution about their policies for accepting financial aid and external scholarship funds.

National Financial Aid and Scholarships

Florida Financial Aid and Scholarships

Local Area Financial Aid and Scholarships

Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/4h/financial-aid-and-scholarship-resources/