Paying for college can come in many forms. Some of these forms include:
Savings: Money you and your parents may have saved for College
Federal Student Aid: This comes from the U.S. Department of Education. This money can help a student pay for Tuition and other fees associated with a college, university, technical, or vocational school. There are four main types of Federal Student Aid:
- Grants- This form of aid generally does not have to be repaid and is usually given to students based on financial need.
- Scholarships- This form of aid is given to students based on a student's academic or other achievements in school and does not have to be repaid.
- Work-Study- This form of aid comes from a job a student works throughout the year on campus, and does not have to be repaid.
- Loans- This form of aid has to be repaid with interest.
In order to qualify for Federal Student Aid, students and parents must complete the FAFSA.
Students can also apply for outside scholarships. For a list of scholarships available and scholarship search tools for MHS students, log into Naviance, click on the "colleges" tab, and follow the links in the "Scholarships and Money" section. Students should also refer to the following resources:
CSS/Financial Aid Profile (CSS)- Profile is a program of the College Scholarship Service, the financial aid division of the College Board – a national nonprofit association of schools and school systems, colleges and universities, and educational organizations. Many colleges, universities, and scholarships use the information collected on the profile to help them award non-federal student aid funds. The PROFILE can be found online or see your counselor for the paper version.
StudentAid.gov-This site is intended to be the go-to source for information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for postsecondary education (such as 2 or 4-year colleges and universities, and vocational or career schools).
Tuition Break for New England Residents - Through this program, students are eligible to pay a lower, regional tuition when they enroll at out of state public colleges and universities within New England and pursue degree programs not offered by their home state public colleges and universities. In some cases students may be eligible if the out-of-state college is closer to home than an in-state college.
Call Me Mister-A collaboration between Clemson University and other leading edge colleges and universities to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the lowest performing public elementary and middle schools. Student participants are largely selected from among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.
Financial Aid Guide for Hispanic Students- Many Hispanic students are the first in their families to go to college, with some even being undocumented or the children of migrant workers. This guidebook shows these students that their special circumstances do not exclude them from a college education. This resource strives to help Hispanic students and their families better understand some of the unique challenges they face and how to overcome them. The guide includes a close look at a wealth of online and on- and off-campus resources available to Hispanic students.
Financial Aid Resources for Hispanic students from onlinecolleges.net
Helpful tips on financial aid from the College Board
Connecticut Students for a Dream is a helpful resource for undocumented students who my need additional support/ guidance in the college application process. Included on the website are scholarship opportunities, resources and tips for students and much more!
My College Dollars is partnership between MTV, Collegeboard and Get Schooled, their website features many helpful resources that help students pay for college, they also have a section called "Scholarship of the Day" right on the home page!
Financial Aid Available to Manchester High School Students