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Scholarships: Tips & Resources

The financial aid and scholarship processes can be overwhelming and confusing. Following are some suggestions we hope will be helpful.

 

Begin planning early
Parents and students should become familiar with the admission requirements of different institutions of higher learning. It is never too early to begin this process.

Fill out the Indiana College Cost Estimator
This free resource to all Indiana students is amazing. You can find out the net cost of going to college and compare up to 3 colleges side by side, have experts review your essays and even find out what questions to ask during college visits. A treasure trove of information and all of the services are FREE to Hoosier students.

Learn where to find the money
Here are two great resources for finding scholarships (money) are:

FastWeb- www.fastweb.com

Indiana College Costs- www.indianacollegecosts.org/learn-where-the-money-is

Talk to a high school guidance counselor
High school guidance departments will provide information regarding the courses, tests, and applications that are necessary for admission and financial aid for higher education.

Plan for a career and chart a course
Find answers about school, careers, college, financial aid and more at the Learn More Resource Center via the Internet: www.learnmoreindiana.org or their helpline: 1-800-992-2076.

Check out the Knoy Resource Center
Call 765-3795-2495 x 5562. Located in Cloverdale High School across from the football field.

Talk to college and university financial aid departments and admissions offices
After identifying several colleges you are interested in, contact them. They will be happy to provide information and guidance.

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
This is required by many scholarship applications. The application may be accessed and completed via the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Submit Scholarship Applications on time
Scholarship deadlines are generally at the beginning of the year, prior to the fall semester in which assistance is desired.

Use the Community Foundation Scholarship Application Form
By completing one application form, you may apply for multiple Community Foundation Scholarships.

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