Class of 2016 College News

Cash for College Edition

How will you pay for college?

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FAFSA is Key!

Before a student can receive a federal grant, state grant, subsidized loan, or work-study, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be completed. After you have filed your FAFSA, the Department of Education will submit your income information to the colleges you select on the form. The colleges will send you award letters that will specify the total cost of attendance at that institution.

The State of Indiana's deadline for FAFSA submission is March 10 but the earlier you complete your FAFSA the better. Some colleges have earlier deadlines so be sure to check with the financial aid office of the college(s) you are attending or considering. The following video will take you through the process of filing your FAFSA.

What is the FAFSA and How Does It Work?

Ready to get started? This link will take you to the FAFSA!

Help is Available

FAFSA Completion Dates

We have partnered with ISM College Planning and LaPlaza to provide two free opportunities for FAFSA help. Be sure to bring your id and income information to the FAFSA completion event. The checklist below lists everything you will need.

Thursday, February 25 - 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Ben Davis High School Media Center

Thursday, March 3 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m - Ben Davis High School Media Center

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Community Scholarships

The link below will take you to a spreadsheet which includes some of our current local scholarship opportunities. The latest updates can be found in the scholarship section of Naviance. There are a limited number of paper applications in the student services office.

Here are some tips to help you submit a winning application.

  1. Read and follow all instructions.
  2. Submit a clean and neat application.
  3. Submit a well-composed essay that makes a positive impression.
  4. Be aware of and meet all deadlines.
  5. Mail applications to the proper address with the proper postage affixed.
  6. Give your application materials a final review.
  7. Seek assistance if you need it.
Local Scholarship Opportunities

This link includes several of our local scholarships. The spreadsheet will be updated. Additional scholarships can be found in Naviance.

The Local Scholarship Search in Naviance

How to find state and national opportunities

It would be impossible for us to notify you of every scholarship opportunity. We post most opportunities that we know of but you should do your own research to find even more opportunities. These websites and resources are a great place to start.

  1. In Naviance for a national database of scholarships and a locally managed scholarship bank. Both are under the colleges tab towards the bottom of the screen.
  2. Listen to the morning announcements every day
  3. Student Services Twitter
  4. College Board's scholarship search
  5. Fast Web
  6. United Negro College Fund
  7. Zinch

Ben Davis High School Evening of Excellence

The 2016 Evening of Excellence is scheduled for May 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. During the ceremony, students will be recognized for their academic achievements and for the scholarships they have received.

To include recognition of an award or scholarship in the program, students should submit a copy of the scholarship award letter or certificate to the student services office. The deadline to submit this documentation is April 15. Only documented scholarships will be included in the Evening of Excellence program.

For questions about the Evening of Excellence, please contact the Student Services office at 988-7360.

Ben Davis High School Office of Student Services

Rodney Smith, Associate Principal

Sherman Woodard, Director

Anna Coyne, College Admission Coordinator

Mike Horning, Counselor

Andrea Norcross, Counselor

Jamika Jones, Counselor

Chelsea Zimmerman, Counselor

Susan Williams, Counselor

Brian Abney, Counselor

Sonya Hicks, Counselor