Financial Aid Tips and Resources

Federal and State Resources 2019-20


  1. You don't have to pay for assistance to find assistance! Please checkout for more information on financial aid and assistance.
  2. Federal Student Aid is money that helps a student pay for their education.
  3. Families may file a FAFSA starting October 1 of the student's senior year. FAFSA application is located at
  4. Types of Aid
  • Grants: money you don't have to pay back
  • Loans: money loaned must be repaid with interest
  • Work-study: money earned by student through a job on campus while attending the school
  • For details about federal aid program, including maximum annual amounts and loan interest visit
  • Questions or need assistance 1-800-4-FED-AID
5. Find Financial Aid estimates at

and an overview of college costs at


Types of Federal Student Aid

Creating a FSA ID

FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents

Completing a FAFSA ( Free Application For Federal Student Aid)

FAFSA Overview
How to Fill Out the FAFSA
After the FAFSA: What Happens Next

Finding Money In Michigan

The State of Michigan has been providing financial assistance programs for MIchigan students since 1964 and has helped over three million students with roughly $4 billion in scholarship assistance to achieve their higher education goals.

Michigan Financial Aid Programs at a glance. See full details at

  • Tuition Incentive Program: TIP-largest state program. Student must have received medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-month period between the ages of 9 and high school graduation. See TIP video Toll free number for questions. 1-888-447-2687
  • Michigan Competitive Scholarship: must have at least a 1200 on the SAT, submit FAFSA and demonstrates financial need at a Michigan college and list the the college your plan to attend on the FAFSA first on the application.
  • Michigan Tuition Grant: based on first college listed.
  • Fostering Future Scholarship:eligible foster youth in foster care after the 13th birthday.
  • Child of Veteran's: child of Michigan veteran who it totally and permanently disabled, decreased, or missing in action.
  • Police Officer and Fire Fighter's Survivor: child of Michigan police officer's and firefighter's killed in line of duty.
  • Michigan Nursing Scholarship: non-need award available to Michigan residents enrolled at least half time at an eligible institution in a program leading to a LPN, ADN, BSN, MSN.
Student Financial Services Bureau

Scholarship Tips

Setting aside time to explore scholarships opportunities and is necessary if one is interested in scholarship money.

50% of scholarships are available to student already in college. So scholarships search and exploration does NOT end after senior year.

1. Explore Scholarships through the colleges and universities you are considering.

Join their mailing list, check their financial aid and scholarship webpages, ask about scholarships on your campus visit, talk to the admission reps and financial aid officers etc.

2. Use a FREE search engine to help filter through the many scholarships available.

3. Check out scholarship folder on Counseling Webpage.

4. Consider applying to the Rochester Schools Foundation Scholarship. (For RCS students only)

Get Help with the FAFSA

College Goal Sunday

Paying for College: Understanding the Financial Aid Process for Senior Parents

Tuesday, Sep. 24th, 6-8pm

501 West University Drive

Rochester, MI

This presentation will be hosted at the district Administration Building. The FAFSA (free Application for Federal Student Aid) and other financial aid resources will be presented and discussed by a college financial aid adivsor. Bring a pencil to take notes!