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Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources

Thank you to all who attended our workshop. We hope you will find this supplemental 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.

For our workshop, we asked that parent/guardians be here today to go through information with their youth. 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 should you have follow up questions from the workshop or from this material.

Below is a brief outline of the agenda along with links to National, State and Regional, and Local Financial Aid and Scholarships

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

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.

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