The following are internet sites that can be used to obtain information about financial aid for post-secondary education:Organizations and Agencies
The Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (PASFAA)www.pasfaa.org
The Pensylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)www.pheaa.org
The United States Department of Education (USDE)www.ed.gov
The College Boardwww.collegeboard.com
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)www.ncaa.orgServices and Forms
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)www.fafsa.ed.gov
Federal Student Aid PINwww.pin.ed.gov
fastWEB (a sholarship search)www.fastweb.com
Financial Aid Information Pagewww.finaid.org
Pennsylcania Tuition Account Programwww.patap.orgApplying for Financial Aid
Important Things to Keep in Mind When Applying for Financial Aid
1. Apply. If you do not complete the Application Process you may miss out on sources of financial aid that can assist you in meeting your educational costs. Contact the Financial Aid Counselor at the school you plan to attend for information on the Application Process and deadline dates. You should complete the financial aid applications as early as possible regardless of your acceptance to a particular school. This will ensure you maximum consideration for all aid available.
2. You are not alone. The financial aid process can be confusing for a first time applicant. Take the time to make an appointment with your guidance counselor or the financial aid counselor at the school you plan to attend. The counselors are available to assist you and your family through the financial aid application process.
3. Explore all sources of financial aid. Financial aid funds can be obtained from many different sources. In addition to Federal Financial Aid Programs there are state programs, institutional programs, and private scholarships and grants. Students should investigate local, regional, and national sources of private funds and how to make application for these funds
4. Pursue your educational goals. The purpose of financial aid is to provide access to education. Students sometimes feel that cost is a barrier to attending the institution of their choice. The difference between what a school costs and what the family is expected to contribute may be available in financial aid funding, thereby allowing a student to consider attending any school, regardless of cost.
5. Everyone can apply for Financial aid! Some families feel that they have too much income to be eligible for financial aid. Not every family will qualify for grant assistance. However, regardless of income, they can borrow funds to pay for educational costs under the Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan Program and the Federal Parent Loan Program
6. Keep copies of all forms you use in applying for financial aid. Maintain copies of all correspondence that you receive from the Financial Aid Office, as well as from all other agencies dealing with financial aid. You may need to refer to these documents at a later date.College Codes for Financial Aid
* For more information, or other school codes, please call or stop into the Guidance Office.
Financial Aid Award Letters
Seniors must bring copies of financial aid, scholarshp and award letters to the guidance office to be included in the booklet at graduation.
The Language of Financial Aid Award Letters