FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. The results of the FAFSA are used in determining student grants, work study, and loan amounts.
The FAFSA application is critical because it is used for Federal Pell Grants as well as Arizona State Grants and other financial aid offered by colleges and universities. You must apply separately for many scholarships.
Fill out the application completely and accurately, and be sure to get it in on time. Even a minor problem with the form could result in delays or the loss of financial assistance.
Help with the FAFSA Application
ASU's General Financial Aid Phone Number: (480) 965-3355
MCC's General Financial Aid Phone Number: (480) 654-7000
San Tan Financial (Hefer Group) - They offer a free College Funding Services: (602) 396-7840
Challenge yourself academically (Take weighted and AP courses)
Strive for A's and B's
Strive for top scores on college entrance tests (SAT, ACT, PSAT)
Shoot for EXCEEDS on your AIMS tests
Get involved and stick with it! (music, athletics, clubs, activities, etc.)
VOLUNTEER your time
What is the difference between Scholarships, Grants, and Loans?
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, academic achievement and/or special talents and do not require repayment. Some scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need.
Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need and do not require repayment.
Loans are financial aid awards that require repayment. They offer the opportunity to defer the cost of your educational expenses by borrowing now and repaying later. Some loan programs are based on financial need, but there are loan programs available to all students regardless of income.
Things to know...
When searching for scholarships students want to think about where/who the money is coming from. For example, students cannot accept both the Merit Based Scholarship from ASU and also the High Honors Tuition Waiver. These both come from ASU's "wallet", and they will have the student choose the higher amount. However, if a student is awarded the High Honors Tuition Waiver and also is awarded the T.W. Lewis Foundation Scholarship, they would be able to bring both of those scholarships to the university of their choice since they are coming out of two different "wallets".
So, it is a good idea to look at the University's website for scholarships they offer, and also apply for Private Scholarships from Private Foundations.
Where do you find Private Scholarships?
Gaining entrance to just about any college continues to get harder as more and more applicants are applying for a limited number of spaces. How can you improve your chances to being admitted to the college or university of your choice? By writing a stellar personal essay as part of your college application.
MPS Scholarship Bulletin has great links and resources for scholarship searches
Cappex.com - college admission made easy
Create a Cappex profile to find your college admissions match. Get messages about unique college opportunities. Instantly learn your chances of admission to almost any college in the country. Apply for scholarships with one click. And it's all free.
Fastweb – Scholarship Search.
This is a great tool that will search for scholarships all over the nation based on the criteria that you select. Tip: Use a different email account that you can delete when you are done looking for scholarships. Fastweb is a great tool, but they send lots of email! Although they filter through millions of scholarships to send you the ones that they believe best fit you, be prepared to filter through the ones that they send to you. Didn't we mention searching for scholarships is a full time job?!
Link to Scholarship Search Tips
TIP: Looking at a particular school? Go to their website and do a Scholarship Search!