Kenton County School District wants to assist students and parents in searching for Financial Aid and College Scholarship opportunities. Please see information on the Free Aplication For Student Aid (FAFSA) checklist and a list of scholarship links.
The first step in applying for financial aid is the completion of the FAFSA.
www.fafsa.ed.gov - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the fundamental qualifying form used for all federal and government-guaranteed commercial lenders' programs - as well as for many state, regional and private student aid programs.
You will need records of income earned in the year prior to when you will start school. You may also need records of your parents’ income information if you are a dependent student.
The following information will be needed.
1. Social Security card
2. Driver’s license
3. W-2 forms and other records of money earned
4. Federal Income Tax Return.
To organize your information, you can print and complete a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet before you begin entering your information online. However, you are not required to do so. FAFSA on the web will guide you through the questions that you must answer, and you can save your application and return to it later if you don’t have the information you need to answer any of the questions.
Keep these records! You may need them again. Do not mail your records to Federal Student Aid.
About Federal Grant And Loan Programs
The federal government sponsors numerous financial aid programs that may help students and their parents pay for college expenses. Below are brief summaries of the more common federal grant and loan programs. Grants do not have to be repaid, but loans do.
· Academic Competitiveness Grant: These grants provide up to $750 for college freshmen and $1,300 for college sophomores. Sophomores must have at least a 3.0 GPA to qualify.
· Federal Pell Grant: Pell Grants provide up to $5,350 for undergraduates.
· Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant: These grants provide up to $4,000 per year for undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need.
· SMART Grant: These grants are available to college juniors and seniors in certain areas of science, math and foreign language. SMART grants provide up to $4,000 a year.
· Federal Perkins Loan. These loans are for students with exceptional financial need. Undergraduates may qualify for up to $4,000 per year, while qualifying graduate students are eligible for up to $6,000 per year.
· Federal Stafford Loan. Stafford Loans are available to undergraduate and graduate students. The amount students may borrow depends on their year in school.
· Federal PLUS Loan. Parents of dependent undergraduate students may qualify for PLUS Loans, depending on the parents’ credit ratings. The loan amount depends on how much other financial aid the student receives. Graduate students may receive PLUS Loans after all of their Stafford Loan eligibility is exhausted.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for all of these programs. Parents or students seeking a PLUS Loan must also submit a separate application.
Students interested in Stafford and PLUS Loans and parents interested in PLUS Loans should be smart consumers. Lenders may charge different fees and have different repayment incentives. Picking the right lender may save students and parents thousands of dollars in fees and interest payments.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, visit www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602-0798; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.
Kentucky scholarship information
http://gohigherky.org/ - The Go Higher KY website is your complete guide to attending college in Kentucky. Go HigherKY allows a student to create an account that will insert his/her information into financial aid and college applications, visit college campuses virtually, and more.
http://www.kasfaa.com/ - Founded in 1966, the Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Inc. (KASFAA) is a dynamic professional organization established to serve practitioners, users, and providers of student financial aid programs. This effort occurs in an environment of shaping of ideas--thus promoting opportunities, equity, and access in and to higher education. KASFAA sponsors College Goal Sunday. College Goal Sunday offers help to students and families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application.
www.kheaa.com - The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) is a public corporation and governmental agency and instrumentality of the Commonwealth established in 1966 to improve students’ access to higher education. To that end, KHEAA administers several financial aid programs and disseminates information about higher education opportunities. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has several financial aid programs that are administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). The link will provide detailed information about the student financial aid programs administered by KHEAA which are the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship, the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, College Access Program, Kentucky Tuition Grant, KHEAA Teacher Scholarship, Early Childhood Development Scholarship, Mary Jo Young Scholarship, Osteopathic Medicine Scholarship, KHEAA Work-Study, Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust, and Kentucky’s Affordable Prepaid Tuition.
A list of college scholarships web sites has been prepared to assist students and parents locate scholarships opportunities. Below you will find a list of general scholarships and a list divided among disciplines.
To further help you in your scholarship search, contact the high school guidance counselor at the school you or your child attends. The high school contacts for scholarship information are:
Dixie HeightsHigh School Guidance Counselor Kelli Kennedy at Kelli.Kennedy@kenton.kyschools.us
Scott High School Guidance Counselor Dee Williams at Dee.Williams@kenton.kyschools.us
Simon KentonHigh School Guidance Counselor Heidi Atkinson at Heidi.Atkinson@kenton.kyschools.us
www.acs.org - Check this website for scholarship opportunities through the American Chemical Society.
www.admissions.louisville.edu/aid/ - To apply for any of the University of Louisville’s scholarships.
www.adventuresineducation.org - The Quick Search allows you to easily search our database of over 10,000 scholarships.
www.afrotc.com/scholarships - U.S. Air Force offers several different scholarships to help with tuition and other expenses.
www.axaonline.com- Scholarships of $2,000, $10,000, and $25,000.
Book: Baron’s Complete College Financing Guide - For practical, up-to-date information on federal, state, and individual college financial aid programs get this book, it can be found in local bookstores.
www.bu.edu/admissions/trustee - BostonUniversity, Ma., Trustee Scholarship competition is for students who rank in the top 5%, GPA of 3.5, SAT 1400/ACT 32, and have made significant contributions to their school or community.
www.business.uc.edu/honorsplus - University of Cincinnati Business Administration renewable scholarships of at least $7,200 annually, plus superior co-op and employment opportunities, in addition to mentors and networking opportunities. For students ranking in the top 10% with leadership experience/potential and a plan to major in Business Administration.
www.cincinnatischolarshipfoundation.org – The Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation Scholarships are need based and are meant for students for whom campus, state, and federal aid is not enough to meet college expenses.
www.collegeanswer.com - Your search will provide access to an award database that contains more than 2.8 million scholarships worth over 16 billion dollars, and is expanded and updated daily.
www.collegedata.com - Find the scholarships that are looking for students like you with your academic qualifications, interests, and other personal characteristics. To learn more about the scholarships in your results, view the CollegeData Scholarship Profiles. Find a scholarship you want to apply for? Save it to your Data Locker.
www.collegenet.com - is a free version of the Wintergreen Scholarship Finder database.
www.collegescholarships.com - New scholarships are posted monthly. This free quality information includes all of the details you need to apply now, including eligibility requirements, deadlines, amounts, contact name, address, phone number and website of the scholarship sponsor.
http://www.college-scholarships.com/free_scholarship_searches.htm – Many of the websites listed below can be found on this website.
www.collegetoolkit.com – scholarship search plus a $10,000 scholarship contest.
www.co-op.edu - 175 different awards for students intending to pursue a college cooperative education program who have a minimum GPA of 3.5. Only available at certain University’s including the University of Cincinnati and Johnson & Wales.
www.denison.edu - DenisonUniversity, Granville Ohio offers more than 1,000 merit-based scholarships to first year students. Visit the web site for more information.
www.depauw.edu/admin/financial-aid/ - To apply for scholarships at DePauwUniversity.
www.dar.org/natsociety/edout_scholar.cfm - Scholarships from the Daughters of the American Revolution for students pursuing an undergraduate degree in history, political science, economics, government, or nursing.
www.devry.edu – There are 17 Devry Institutes throughout the country. All students who apply with an ACT of 24 will be considered for a scholarship. Call 1-800-295-8694 or visit the web site.
filling out the online or paper FAFSA, applicants start the process of qualifying for aid.
www.ed.gov/programs/iduesbyrd/index.html - This program, which is federally funded and state-administered, is designed to recognize exceptionally able high school seniors who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education. The Department awards funds to state education agencies (SEAs), which make scholarship awards to eligible applicants. Students receive scholarships for college expenses.
www.elks.org/enf/scholars - The Elks Foundation awards scholarships to a total of 500 high school seniors nationwide. Judging criteria: scholarships, leadership, and financial need.
www.fastweb.com - This web site says it is the nation's largest, most accurate and most frequently updated scholarship database online.
www.financialaidofficer.com - Up to date, accurate, current listings, scholarships worth $1.45 billion, RSS feeds, email notification, and more make it easy to keep up with the latest.
www.financialaid.uc.edu/cincinnatus.html - Along with a minimum 3.2 un-weighted high school GPA, applicants must meet one of the following: top 5% of class, ACT composite score of 26, or SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1170. Award amounts range from $2,000 annually up to full tuition, room & board, and a book allowance.
www.Findtuition.com - Find Tuition is a subscription based scholarship search service that allows users to search and manage scholarship opportunities. It allows you to search for national awards, school sponsored awards, etc.
http://fconline.fdncenter.org/ - The Foundation Directory web page states it provides the most accurate details available on U.S. funding and grants.
www.hsf.net - Designed to assist high school students of Hispanic heritage. Available to graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time at a community college or institution during the upcoming academic year. Award from $1,000 - $2,500.
www.jwu.edu - Johnson and WalesUniversity scholarships of $7,500 up to full tuition are offered to high academic achievers. Application is automatic with admission application.
www.kyfb.com – The Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation will award 58 scholarships this year. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA or a minimum of 23 ACT score and be the child of a Kentucky Farm Bureau member.
www.legion.org - $1,500 - 1,800 awards for an 8-10 minute speech on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution.
www.mckelveyfoundation.org/entrepreneurial/ - The scholarships are available to all high school seniors who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit by owning and operating their own business while in high school.
www.misskentuckyusa.com - To win money and prizes, visit Miss Kentucky USA.
www.moreheadstate.edu/scholarships/ - Six different scholarships are offered, valued at $1,000 per year up to full tuition plus housing. Minimum GPA of 3.5 and minimum ACT score of 21.
www.scholarshipexperts.com - This website has been helping parents and students find scholarships for over five years. We constantly update our database to provide the most accurate scholarship information available. Forget sorting through books and other websites -- just fill out our free scholarship profile and instantly find out which scholarships fit your unique needs, interests and background.
www.scholarships.eku.edu - To apply for any of EasternKentuckyUniversity’s scholarships.
www.schoolsoup.com - SchoolSoup brands itself as having more scholarships than any other source in existence.
Dale E. Fridell Memorial Scholarship
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http://www.studentloanpeople.com/index.html - The Student Loan People’s mission is to promote Kentucky’s higher education opportunities by providing the lowest cost loan programs and related services. The Student Loan People is the sister agency of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and is the state’s only public, nonprofit student loan provider. The Student Loan People offers the lowest cost student loans in Kentucky and provides millions of dollars annually for additional student awards for the College Access Program (CAP) Grant, Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG), and other KHEAA.
http://students.sae.org/awdscholar/scholarships/engscholar/ - Offers several scholarships to students who are interested in studying engineering and other related sciences.
www.suntrusteducation.com/sweeps/default.asp - High school seniors can win a $1,000 scholarship for first year expenses at an accredited college or private career school, plus a $100 Sun Trust gift card.
www.uky.edu/academicsscholarships - The Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club will award one four-year $10,000 and two or more one-time $2,500 scholarships to the University of Kentucky to 2011 graduates of area high schools. All area students who apply must have a minimum ACT score of 28 or SAT score of 1240 and minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale. Once an application is submitted to the University Of Kentucky Office Of Academic Scholarships the student is automatically eligible for selection as a recipient of the club scholarship. The deadline is January 15. For questions, you may contact the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club scholarship through Dan Gibson email@example.com or call 859-341-2284.
www.transy.edu - TransylvaniaUniversity scholarships.
www.walmartfoundation.org - Sam Walton Scholarship Foundation $1,000 award.
www.wellsfargo.com/collegesteps - If you register for this informative program, you are eligible for a chance in a random drawing for a $1,000 prize.
http://www.zinch.com/ - Free scholarship search engine. Over a billion dollars in schlarships and four million student users.
LAW, EDUCATION, HEALTH, AND HUMAN SERVICES
http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net/v1/index.php -The $10,000 Law Scholarship will be awarded to minority students developing a career in intellectual property law.
http://www.mensafoundation.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Scholarships1 - The Mensa Education & Research Foundation college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need.
www.uky.edu/AcademicScholarships/ - The University of Kentucky Academic Scholarship Program.
www.xerox.com - In demonstration of our commitment to the academic success of minority students and to the cultivation and recruitment of qualified minority employees in technical fields, scholarships are available in the amount $1,000 - $10,000 (depending on tuition balance, academic excellence and classifications.)
http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/it-students.htm - Information Technology is a broad field of study that encompasses everything from network basics to web design, data analysis and systems infrastructure.
http://www.edfoundation.org/ - Welcome! The Foundation for Information Technology Education serves as the research and development arm of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).
BUSINESS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
http://www.knowledgematters.com/scholarships/ - The Virtual Business Scholarship will be available during the 2011 school year. Please watch the site for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be notified when more information becomes available.
http://www.straightforwardmedia.com/business-school/ - Welcome to StraightForward Media's Business School Scholarship program! We offer four scholarships a year exclusively to business students.
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND MEDIA
http://www.ijnet.org – International Journalists’ Network may be the right place to find scholarships for the aspiring journalist.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH (STEM) SCHOLARSHIPS
www.pheaa.org - The SciTech Scholarship and the Technology Scholarship are both awarded through the New Economy Technology Scholarship (NETS) Program. These scholarships make financial aid available if you are an undergraduate studying in approved science or technology fields.
www.siemens-foundation.org - The Siemens Foundation provides nearly $2 million in college scholarships and awards each year for talented high school students in the United States.
http://students.sae.org/awdscholar/scholarships/engscholar/ - SAE is proud to be able to offer a number of scholarships to qualified students who are interested in the study of engineering and related sciences. These scholarships are made possible by the support of the corporate and academic community.
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