LEARN ABOUT FINANCIAL AID. When you’re a senior, you and your parent(s) will apply for federal financial aid to help you pay for college. 3 POSITION YOURSELF TO EARN SCHOLARSHIPS. There are several reasons why you might be eligible for scholarships…good grades, involvement in school activities, volunteer work, your racial or ethnic background…the list goes on and on. 2
SCHOLARSHIPS – Money awarded by private donors or your college that you don’t repay. Some are based on financial need while others are based on criteria such as academics, leadership, athletics, or other talents.
GRANTS – Money awarded to students who show financial need. Grants are not repaid.
STUDENT LOANS – Money you borrow and must repay after you’re done with college. Loans are also available for parents.
WORK-STUDY – Also based on financial need, this is money you earn from a college-based job to help pay expenses.
If you qualify for free or reduced price lunch, you may qualify for need-based financial aid such as grants, work-study, and some scholarships.
THESE IMAGES SHOW REASONS WHY YOU MIGHT GET SCHOLARSHIPS. PUT AN X THROUGH THOSE THAT DON’T APPLY TO YOU.
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