Scholarship opportunities can be found at Naviance, NHS Daily Announcements and on the Guidance Scholarship bulletin board. Check frequently for local, state and national scholarships.
INFORMATION TO ASSIST THE COLLEGE BOUND STUDENT
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID
- College scorecard
- College Confidential
- College View
- Lendedu Scholarship Info
- Personal Finance 101 (Lendedu Video)
- 2017-2018 Principia Financial Aid Presentation
- Principia Newsletter
- FAFSA 2017-2018
- NJFAFSA Go Filing Information and Tutorials
- View this IRS Data Retrieval Tool Tutorial
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA)
- State-Based Aid Programs
- NJ Stars
- College Financial Aid Navigator
- Lendedu Loan Info
FREE APPLICATION for FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
WHAT IS FEDERAL STUDENT AID & HOW DO I APPLY?
WHAT IS FEDERAL STUDENT AID? Federal student aid is financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Education available to eligible students enrolled in eligible programs at schools participating in federal student aid programs. Federal student aid covers school expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and transportation.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID?
- Get free information and help from the U.S. Dept. of Education, Federal Student Aid at www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov or 1-800-4-FED-AID or the financial aid office at the college or career school you plan to attend. Assistance is always free-you should never have to pay for help.
- Get a PIN (personal identification number). A PIN lets you apply, "sign" your online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), make corrections to your application information, and more-all online. Apply for a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. TIP - Both student and parent must apply for separate PINs!
- Collect the documents needed to apply, including income tax returns and W-2 forms (other records of income). TIP -If tax returns are not completed when you apply, you can estimate and correct the info later.
- Complete FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, 2016. TIP -You may also need FAFSA information to be considered for financial aid from your state government, schools you are accepted to or private scholarships. Be aware of deadlines which vary for each organization and complete your FAFSA early!
- Receive and review your Student Aid Report (SAR) which you will get from Federal Student Aid. Make changes or corrections if necessary. TIP - Your complete, correct SAR will contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) - the number used to determine your federal student aid eligibility.
- Watch for award letters from schools. Compare the aid being offered by schools you've been accepted to. Use the information to help you with your decision process!