See the "Events" calendar for financial aid workshops
Here are the steps you must take to secure funding for Universities, colleges, community colleges, and technical schools.
Step 1. Create a FSA ID: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid. This ID should be created prior to starting your FASA application. Parent and student both need FSA IDs to complete the FASFA.
Step 2. Attend Financial Aid Night: See Newsletter dates and times. We will be going over the FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid: the federal form used in applying for financial aid).
Step 3. Complete your FAFSA Form: This U.S. government form is the beginning step in applying for financial aid from ANY school. Most post-secondary institutions urge students to submit this form before March. The official government website for submitting FAFSA is: www.fafsa.gov. You should never pay for the FAFSA application fee. If you are asked to pay a fee then you are on the wrong site. Also, please note there have been some major changes to the FAFSA application process. Here is a link to "What you need to know: http://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/2017-18-fafsa-updates-students-parents.pdf
Step 4. Receive your SAR (Student Aid Report): Based on your submitted FAFSA form, the U.S. Government will determine your EFC (Expected Family Contribution), the amount you and your family will be expected to pay for your education. In an email, they will send you a report verifying the information they received from you about your family’s financial situation. They will also send this report to the financial aid offices at all the schools to which you have directed.
Step 5. Receive your SAR (Student Aid Report): Based on your submitted FAFSA form, the U.S. Government will determine your EFC (Expected Family Contribution), the amount you and your family will be expected to pay for your education. In an email, they will send you a report verifying the information they received from you about your family’s financial situation. They will also send this report to the financial aid offices at all the schools to which you have directed.
Step 6. Receive Awards Letters: Each school will send you a letter outlining a “Financial Aid Package”, a presentation of how they propose that you fund your education at that school. It will include these kinds of funding:
- Your expected family contribution
- Grant money (gift money from various sources which you do NOT have to repay)
- Work study (a job, usually on campus, so you can earn money while attending school)
Step 7. Notify schools of the portions of the Financial Plan which you wish to accept: Working with the financial aid offices at the schools to which you have applied, you complete a final plan for funding your education.
How to Access Scholarship Applications
There are thousands of scholarships for which students may choose to compete.
No one person or agency knows where every scholarship application is to be obtained. Some ways to access scholarship applications are:
- The Woodland High School Career Center can assist you in your search using scholarship resource books and computer search services through the web (including fastweb.com and collegeboard.com)
- Some scholarship donors send applications to the Woodland High School Counseling Office. We make a list of these applications as we receive them. We post the list under the “Scholarships” link on the Counseling Center page located on the Woodland High School website. http://www.woodlandschools.org/whs. Students may check-in anytime at the Career Center for updated scholarships.
- The Financial Aid Office at the school you wish to attend will have lists of available scholarships through that particular school. When you apply to a school, ask to speak with a financial aid officer, and ask for their list of scholarships, and the correct applications. You should also fill out a separate scholarship application in addition to your application for admission. Please ask your counselor about this.
- The Woodland community generously awards local scholarships to Woodland High School graduates through a scholarship application process beginning in late February and ending at the Senior Awards Night in June. The "Woodland High School Scholarship Application" is a computer-generated document that must follow specified guidelines and be approved by either the counseling office or the career center before being submitted to local scholarship committees. These specific directions, along with due dates for local scholarship applications will be given to students at a mandatory information session in late February or early March. (Watch for announcement of exact dates in the Beaver News and the Daily Bulletin and on the Counseling web page.) Note: Each local scholarship donor sets the criteria for awarding its particular scholarship, so students may be expected to attach different pages of information to different applications as they are handed in to specific local scholarship committees.
Helpful financial Aid Resources