Scholarship BasicsSchool Specific Scholarships
Most schools review your application for their initial round of merit scholarships without a separate scholarship application. Each school bases the merit money they award on a combination of Grade Point Average, rigor of curriculum (difficulty of coursework, e.g. honors and/ or AP classes), SAT or ACT scores, class rank, completion of FASFA application and application essays (not all schools require an essay for admission).
Every school will have information about scholarships and financial aid on their website. Requirements, opportunities and due dates will vary, so check the website for each of the schools on your list. Schools have other scholarships you can apply for which will require an application; the application may include letters of recommendation, a brief essay, etc.
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Financial aid is based on completing the FAFSA, which becomes available October 1st. Once you have submitted the application you can expect to receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR will include eligibility and the types of financial aid for which you are eligible. Types of financial aid include:
Pell Grants: Based on financial need, does not have to paid back.
Loans: Needs to be paid back
Subsidized Loan: Based on financial need, undergraduate studies and no interest accumulation while attending school.
Unsubsidized Loan: not based on financial need, for undergraduate or graduate studies, always accrues interest.
Work Study: a way to earn to help pay for school through employment provided by your school.
Please visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/ for more information and application.