Financial Aid & Scholarships
The first step to applying for financial aid is the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Each college also requires a separate application for aid that will ask for your FAFSA report. Go to www.fafsa.edu - you do not pay a fee.
Much aid, especially state aid, is awarded first-come-first-served, so finish your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible! Before Jan. 1, you can create your online PIN and complete worksheets and profile information that will save you time. Even if you do not think you qualify for a free federal grant through the FAFSA, applying is required to be eligible for many low interest loans, campus jobs for your student or even grants that you didn't know existed. The FAFSA site offers very good live, one-one help through their telephone number or online chat, also in Spanish. Contact Gardner Humphreys in the Career Center for more help.
Other important resources:
There is a lot of free money out there, but it takes persistence and time to get your share! Look at it like a part time job -- if you spend 10 hours to get a $1,000 scholarship, you just got paid $100 an hour!?! Come to the Career Center to get started, and visit the links below. Many of these favor GCM or county students. This Scholarship Mini-Handbook was created by county staff to help in your search. It has advice on searches, filling out applications, directions for using GCM’s scholarship list, a list of some of the best national sites, warnings on scholarship scams and a paper tracking form to see your progress.
Also for Hispanic students:
Also for African-American students: