College is an investment in your future, but it is expensive! Most families will need assistance covering the costs of college, so we’ve listed some information to help get you started.
My Financial Aid Applications Checklist & Resources
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): fafsa.ed.gov
Before each year of college, apply for federal grants, work-study, and loans with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Colleges use your FAFSA data to determine the financial aid package they will offer you.
CSS Profile: https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/
The CSS Profile is an online application that collects information used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal aid. College Board charges a $25 fee for the initial application and $16 for each additional application. Some colleges and universities require the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA when considering what financial aid package they will offer you.
UConn Connecticut Commitment: https://admissions.uconn.edu/connecticut-commitment
UConn is committed to keeping a top-notch education accessible and affordable for Connecticut students. Beginning with new undergraduate students for the fall 2020 term, the Connecticut Commitment promises to cover up to four years (eight terms) of full-time undergraduate study for entering first-year students from qualifying families with household incomes of $50,000 or less.
Westhill Scholarship Committee: Scholarship Form for Seniors
The scholarship committee is made up of parent volunteers. This committee assists seniors with finding scholarships they are eligible to apply for. When seniors complete the scholarship committee’s form, the committee will take the answers provided and match students to each scholarship’s criteria. When they find a match, they will notify the student via email with information on how to apply for that scholarship.
The WHS scholarship committee has no involvement in the selection of any scholarship recipients.
Other scholarship search links:
- CareerOneStop Scholarship Finder: www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Training/find-scholarships.aspx
- Scholarships.com: www.scholarships.com
- Fastweb: www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships
- Cappex: www.cappex.com/scholarships