Financial Aid Tips and Resources

Federal and State Resources 2021-22

Virtual Financial Aid Presentation for Seniors & their Parents hosted by Oakland University

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 6pm

This is an online event.

RCS high school counselors welcome Gregory Ashe, Senior Financial Aid Outreach Advisor from Oakland University's Student Financial Services. Please join Gregory for a virtual presentation on the different types of financial aid, the financial aid application process (FAFSA) and scholarships. For those who are unable to attend the live presentation, it will be recorded and posted on this link.

Greg from the Oakland University financial aid office will be with us to present on FAFSA and the financial aid process for senior students.

Students or parents will need to sign up for the presentation with the link below and then the Zoom link will be sent to your email address.

Register in advance for this presentation using this link!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

View the recorded Financing Education Beyond High School presentation


  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

How to Create an Account Username and Password (FSA ID)

Completing a FAFSA ( Free Application For Federal Student Aid)

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. TIP video. TIP sheet 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 scholarship opportunities is necessary if one is interested in scholarship money.

50% of scholarships are available to students already in college. So scholarship searches 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. Some scholarship search engines will ask for information to help filter scholarships that may be specific to you. There are so many scholarships available, it takes time to research and sort through. Please, it is advised to NEVER pay for a scholarship search engine.

3. Consider applying to the Rochester Schools Foundation Scholarship.

(For RCS students only)

Additional Resources