Seniors, it's time to start solidifying your plans for next year and begin applying for scholarships. Many are due starting in October, so plan to apply for these ahead of time!
Link to Google Slides senior presentation SLIDES LINK
Links to Financial Aid / Scholarship Information
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid, US Dept of Education: www.fafsa.ed.gov
The FAFSA website is a first step in the financial aid process. Three years ago there were new changes to the FAFSA. In past years, students could not submit a FAFSA until January 1st. Beginning two years ago, students can submit a FAFSA on October 1 rather than January 1 of the new year. Therefore, seniors can begin their FAFSA on October 1, 2022. More information is provided on this website in addition to the introduction to financial aid link below.
Financial Aid Presentation: Fall
This presentation will be held by M-State representatives to explain more about FAFSA, the process and more beneficial information about higher education.
More Financial Aid Information: www.iseek.org
This website provides an easy way to plan your future. You can explore careers and colleges, plan your education, and also learn more about the financial aid process.
Minnesota Office of Higher Education: www.ohe.state.mn.us
MOHE is very similar to the iseek website. There is information on how to choose a college, how to prepare for college, and how to pay for it.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form OR Minnesota Dream Act Application if you haven’t already done so for the 2022-2023 school year. Completing the applicable form will serve as the application for receiving a Minnesota Future Together Grant, as well as other grants and financial aid resources. Access the FAFSA form. Access the Minnesota Dream Act Application.
Madison Trust Company: A Guide to Scholarships and Financial Aid- https://www.madisontrust.com/client-resources/articles/money-for-college-guide-to-scholarships-and-financial-aid/
Below are numerous online scholarship websites that provide information about scholarships from all over the country. Generally, you create an account and the website generates scholarships that you may be eligible for. Fastweb is one of the most well known and is the largest free online scholarship website in the United States.
- https://www.raise.me/ - a number of schools offer "microscholarships" for things you're already doing in high school
- Chegg Scholarships
- College Board
- Scholarships offered by Minnesota insitutions
- NCAA Scholarships and Awards
- Going Merry
- University H
- Free Scholarship searches and Resources
- Largest Collection of Scholarships on the Web
- Resources for Scholarships, College, Careers and the Community
- Minnesota Scholarship Directory
Warnings signs of a scholarship scam
- Application fees
- Other fees
- Guaranteed winnings
- Everybody is eligible
- We apply on your behalf
- Unsolicited opportunities
- Failure to substantiate awards
- Typing & spelling errors
- No telephone number
- Mail drop for a return address
- Operating out of a residence
- Masquerading as a federal agency
- Claims of a government, Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau approval
- Suggesting that they are a non-profit, charitable organization when they are not
- Suggestions of influence with scholarship sponsors
- Time pressure
- Unusual requests for personal information
- Notification by phone
- High success rates
- Excessive hype
- The unclaimed aid myth
- Disguised advertising
- a newly-formed company
- A Florida or California address
- Gives you a runaround or nonspecific information
For further information on scholarship scams see www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml