The most up to date scholarship information can be found on the Counseling Center Google Classrooms for each graduating class. The majority of awards are for seniors and focus on local and regional scholarships. Applications can be printed directly from the google classroom. Please see your counselor if you have questions about the scholarship process.
2023-2024 Scholarship Bulletins
Students and parents are encouraged to check with their employers, community organizations, and financial aid offices of the colleges they have applied to for additional scholarship information. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of deadlines, obtain and complete scholarship applications, and attach required documents including resume, transcript, letters of recommendation, and essay. There are many scholarships awarded to students for their community service, extracurricular involvement, citizenship, character as well as specific fields of study.
Scholarship Search Websites
Financial Aid & Planning
College financial aid helps students and their families by covering higher education expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and other coursework supplies, and transportation.
How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?
FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA can be filed as early as October of senior year. This application is used by all colleges and many training programs and agencies to determine financial aid. FAFSA
CSS Profile – College Scholarship Service Profile. Some schools, mostly private colleges, use a supplemental form called the CSS Profile, to determine how to give out their own funds. This form is more detailed than the FAFSA, can be more time-consuming to complete, and there is fee to submit the CSS Profile. CSS Profile
NYS TAP – New York State Tuition Assistance Program. This program helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. TAP is a grant so it does not have to be paid back. NYS TAP
- Pay attention to submission deadlines for these financial aid programs. Different college may have different submission deadlines. Missing a deadline may result in missing out on money for college.
- Contact college financial aid offices directly if you have questions or more complicated financial situations.
What Are Different Types of Financial Aid?
Need-based: Federal need-based aid, for instance, is determined by a family’s demonstrated ability to pay for college as determined by household size and household income. This is calculated by the FAFSA.
Merit-based: Merit aid can be awarded by an institution, college or private organization to a student for a specific talent or an athletic or academic ability. These awards aren’t based on financial need.
Federal Grants: This federal money doesn’t need to be repaid. The most well-known higher education grant for college is the Pell Grant. Eligibility for a Pell is based on a family’s expected family contribution, or EFC, and is calculated on the FAFSA. Most Pell Grant recipients have an adjusted family income of $40,000 or less. The maximum Pell for the 2021-2022 school year is $6,495. A family with an EFC of zero, for example, will qualify for the full Pell.
Federal Student Loans: These are fixed-interest-rate loans from the government. The interest rate for each academic year is set on July 1, and that rate is secured for the life of the loan. The main program for federal student loans is the direct loan program. Under the program, undergraduate students can borrow direct subsidized or unsubsidized loans up to $31,000 in total if they’re a dependent. An undergraduate student classified as independent can borrow up to $57,500 in total.
Work-Study: This program provides part-time work, typically on campus, to help students cover college-related expenses. Not all students qualify for federal work-study. Students need to qualify through the FAFSA with demonstrated financial need. Under work-study, students earn at least $7.25 per hour, the federal minimum wage. The average amount of federal work-study earned in 2020-2021 was $1,510.
How do Colleges Award Aid?
While there are many similarities between how schools award aid, each has its own unique process for processing applications and awarding aid. Some schools offer larger financial aid packages than others, just like some institutions charge higher tuition rates compared with other schools. For example, although some schools claim to meet full financial need for the cost of attendance with aid, those packages may include loans.
When Will I Receive a Financial Aid Award Letter?
Students will receive a Financial Award letter from each college they have applied and been accepted to. Financial aid award letters typically arrive in early spring – usually after or at the same time as a college acceptance offer.
Additional Financial Aid Resources
- NYS Higher Education Services Corporation
Comprehensive financial aid information for NYS residents.
Your source for free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
A well-known site with everything you want to know about financial aid, including scholarship searches, information about scams and how to apply for aid.
- SUNY Smart Track
- Sallie Mae: Education Loans & College Planning
- www.savingforcollege.com – The internet guide to funding college and Section 529 college savings plans.