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.
Lets Talk FAFSA!
Senior Financial Aid Night
Thursday, Nov. 19th, 6pm
5401 West 71st Street
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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.
STOP NOW AND CREATE YOUR FSA ID
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:
- the financial aid office at a college or career school
- a high school college counselor system (Naviance)
- the U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool
- federal agencies
- your state grant agency
- your library’s reference section
- foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
- organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
- ethnicity-based organizations
- your employer or your parents’ employers
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
You can get to this list by clicking:
-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.
Notable Scholarships - Check them out
Ron Brown Scholars Program
AXA Achievement Scholar Program
Jackie Robinson Scholarship Program
USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
Norman Brown Diversity & Leadership Scholarship @ IUPUI
Central Indiana Community Foundation Scholarship Guidebook
Apply for Colleges / Requesting Transcripts
To request a transcript on Naviance:
From the Home Page-
- Click on the College Tab
- Click on "transcripts" (on the left side of the page)
- Click "request transcripts for my college application"
- "Look up" each school you want your transcript sent to
- 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
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
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.