PHS College & Career Center

Financial Aid Edition

Types of Financial Aid

The U.S. Department of Education awards about $150 billion a year in grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans to more than 15 million students. Federal student aid covers such expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Aid also can help pay for other related expenses, such as a computer and dependent care.

Federal student aid includes:

  • Grants—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund)
  • Loans— borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest
  • Work-Study—a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school

Apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

And remember, the first F in “FAFSA” stands for “free”—you shouldn’t pay to fill out the FAFSA! Never, ever pay to fill out the FAFSA.

Types of Federal Student Aid

Lets Talk FAFSA!

Review the video below to sort out information about the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
FAFSA Overview

Senior Financial Aid Night

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 6pm

5401 West 71st Street

Indianapolis, IN

This event will be held in the PHS Cafeteria. Parents and students should come together so that you get the most out of this session.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Federal Student Aid ID

The Federal Student Aid Identification (FSA ID) allows students and parents to identify themselves electronically to access FSA Web sites. A FSA ID is made up of a username and password and can be used to log into FAFSA on the Web.

The FSA ID is the fastest way to sign your online application and have it processed. It is also the only way to access or correct your information online.


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All About Scholarships!!!

Scholarships are gifts. They don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

What kinds of scholarships are available?

Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need. Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or high school seniors. And some are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families). A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education.

How do I find scholarships?

You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online. But be careful. Make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate; and remember that you don't have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid. Check out our information on how to avoid scams. Try these free sources of information about scholarships:

When do I apply for scholarships?

That depends on each scholarship’s deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, others start in the fall/winter so continue to research and apply for scholarships all the time. Just remember......don’t give up! Look at scholarship information to see which ones you can still apply for now.

How do I apply for scholarships?

Each scholarship has its own requirements. The scholarship’s website should give you an idea of who qualifies for the scholarship and how to apply. Make sure you read the application carefully, fill it out completely, and meet the application deadline.

How do I get my scholarship money?

That depends on the scholarship. The money might go directly to your college, where it will be applied to any tuition, fees, or other amounts you owe, and then any leftover funds given to you. Or it might be sent directly to you in a check. The scholarship provider should tell you what to expect when it informs you that you’ve been awarded the scholarship. If not, make sure to ask.

Naviance Scholarship List

The College & Career Center (CCRC) has developed and expanded the scholarship in our office and is available on your PHS Naviance account.

You can get to this list by clicking:
-college tab
-under "Scholarship & Money" click on the scholarship list tab
-you will be able to sort and review all the scholarship information we have

Please check this link weekly as it is updated regularly.
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Apply for Colleges / Requesting Transcripts

ALL TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FOR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PROCESSED THROUGH NAVIANCE. You will apply to the college of your choice on the college website which you can access through Naviance.

To request a transcript on Naviance:

From the Home Page-
  1. Click on the College Tab
  2. Click on "transcripts" (on the left side of the page)
  3. Click "request transcripts for my college application"
  4. "Look up" each school you want your transcript sent to
  5. Click on "request transcript"

You will also be able to track the status of your transcript from this page. Please allow 3-5 business days for your request to be processed so don't wait until the last minute to request your transcript.

7th semester (Fall Semester) transcripts may be requested or needed by the college your are applying to. If your grades or test scores have improved, please make sure you send an updated transcript to the college. This may reverse a denial or waitlist decision, or it may get you more scholarship money!!

Remind 101 - Class 2016

PHS CCRC would like you to join PHS CCRC 2016!

I have a Remind 101 account for important reminders and updates for students and parents for the Class of 2016. Remind is a free, safe and simple messaging tool that helps educators share important updates and deadlines with anyone for free!

To receive messages via text, text @ccrc2016 to 81010. You can opt out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @ccrc2016'.

Trouble using 81010? Try texting @ccrc2016 to (309) 753-7076

Naviance Passwords & Email Addresses

Your Naviance password is :

Username: Pike Student ID#
Password: Birthdate (with the slashes)
example: 11/4/1998 or 6/13/1998

Please make sure your email address is up to date in Naviance. Click on the "About Me" tab and then click on "Profile". On the top right you will see the email address we have listed. If it is not an address that you use on a regular basis, please click on the pencil icon and change it. You could be missing out on a lot of information.