Nolan Catholic College Counseling

Class of 2022 - January 2022

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Senior To Do List - January 2022

  • Check Application Portals - Early Action application admission decisions will be coming soon. Check your emails and application portals! You might have good news in your in box!

  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Awards - Check application portals for financial aid and scholarship awards! Most schools will post awards online prior to mailing award letters.

  • College Applications! - Do you have a Regular Application deadline of January 1 or January 15? Check Naviance for regular application deadlines. Follow the steps listed below to request a transcript.

  • Admitted! We love to hear about your accomplishments! Please let us know about college admissions decisions by completing a Senior Survey And stop by the Guidance Center so we can cheer you on!

  • Student Loans -- see below for valuable information about student loan debt.

  • FAFSA - If you haven't already -- Complete the FAFSA! See below for tips. This is required for all federal and state financial aid, federal student and parent loans, and most scholarships!

  • CSS Profile - Do you need to complete this financial aid form too? Some schools require it -- check your school's financial aid websites. See below for resources.

  • Scholarships - Get serious about looking for and applying to scholarships! Check out the scholarships and scholarship search engines listed below!


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4 Sources of Student Financial Aid

  • Institutional Aid - This varies by college. The admission application might not automatically trigger consideration for institutional aid. Always read the college's materials to find out about the aid offered and if additional forms or applications are needed for consideration. When in doubt, contact the college's financial aid office. The FAFSA is often required to be eligible.

  • State Aid - State-supported financial aid varies by state. In some states, grants cover tuition only and are based on financial need. Some state scholarships are based solely on merit and are measured by academic achievement. Others are designed to support students interested in certain professions to help fill a shortage within the state. Some states also have loan and work programs. The FAFSA is often required to be eligible.

  • Federal Aid - Federal aid is the largest source of money for students who can demonstrate that they have financial need. The federal government has also committed a great deal of money in the form of non need-based assistance. The FAFSA is required!

  • Private Aid - Private aid typically is awarded by sources other than colleges and the federal government. Filing a FAFSA is often required to be eligible for consideration. See below for scholarships, scholarship search engines, etc.

It's Not Too Late to Apply for Financial Aid - FAFSA

  1. Student - Create an FSA ID - HERE. FSA ID's are needed in order to sign and submit your FAFSA.
  2. Parent - One parent must also create an FSA ID (separate from your student's) - HERE
  3. Use 2020 Federal Tax Return data!
  4. Use the IRS Retrieval Tool if you are eligible
  5. Complete the FAFSA for the 2022-2023 school year.
  6. Add all the colleges to which you're applying! If you add colleges to your list after you have completed the FAFSA -- just edit it and add!
  7. Use your legal name!
After the FAFSA

What happens after you submit the FAFSA?

How to Complete the CSS Profile

See here for directions on completing the CSS Profile

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Scholarships Awarded by a College or University

Most Colleges award admitted applicants automatic scholarships. The criteria for these scholarships are as varied as the school's themselves. Many of these scholarships are automatically awarded upon admission and are based on the student's admissions application. So, there is nothing else for you to do -- except make sure your application for admission is strong!

Check the Financial Aid and Scholarship webpages of each college you're applying to! Are there any additional applications needed (besides the admissions application)? Are there any scholarships that fit your profile and need an additional application?

Complete a Net Price Calculator for every college on your list! Net Price Calculator's, available on every college's website, are an easy tool to use to estimate how much each college might give you in scholarship money!

Scholarship search engines