Thank you to everyone who attended the Money for College Night last week with our Financial Aid Officers from Albion College and the University of Michigan.
In summary, the message is: Fill out the applications on time, apply for scholarships and look for a range of colleges that include “financial safety” schools. And note the scholarship deadlines, including some coming up soon!
Here is the Power Point that includes the information given at the meeting and also the Merit Aid handout. Additional hard copies and scholarship handouts are available in College Counseling!
Some scholarships coming up:
University of Cincinnati –up to full ride. Students must apply to the U of Cincinnati by December 1
Boston University—apply by December 1 to qualify for their Trustee Scholarship
Other scholarships with December 1 deadlines: http://collegeapps.about.com/od/grantsandscholarships/tp/college-scholarships-december-deadlines.htm
Western Michigan—apply by December 4 for consideration for their Medallion Scholarship;
U of M Dearborn—apply by December 15 to qualify for scholarships ranging from $6000-full tuition.
Burger King Scholarship—Deadline is December 15.
The Gates Millennium Scholars program www.gmsp.org
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship for minority students who are leaders and dedicated to community service. www.jackierobinson.org
Wayne State University Dept of Theatre and Dance Admissions and Scholarship Day.
www.collegeboard.com Register for the CSS profile on this site
www.collegedata.com There is a scholarship search engine, also many articles about searching for scholarships. Search by several difference keywords
www.college-scholarships.com a variety of college information, including sponsors that offer free scholarship searches
www.fafsa.ed.gov the site to register for the FAFSA. You can also find a worksheet (probably in December) to pre-register. Do not actually register until Jan 1, though!
www.fastaid.com a scholarship search that also give information on how to understand the SAR
www.finaid.org A really good all around resource for all things financial aid and scholarships
http://mappingyourfuture.org/FAP/ information about loan programs, financial aid, savings plans, etc.
www.salliemae.com Financial aid guidance, including forecasting colleges costs, etc.
http://www.guaranteed-scholarships.com/ Many scholarships offered by specific colleges
And don’t forget the financial aid office at your college!!!
Patricia Bostwick, MA, LPC
Director of College Counseling