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Scholarships, FAFSA, and Financial Aid

Scholarships
Click on the link below for a listing of scholarships I am aware of at this time.  This is not an exhaustive list; you should continue to search for scholarships outside of this list.
Please use the document below as a resource to complete your FAFSA* and TOPS Consent Form, as well as search for and apply to scholarships.
 
*The FAFSA application MUST be completed in order to satisfy graduation requirements.  Once you submit the FAFSA application, please email Mrs. Bergholtz (tristen.bergholtz@jpsbschools.us) a screenshot or copy of your submission page.  If you do not complete the FAFSA, you must complete a waiver form (located in the document below) and turn this form into Mrs. Bergholtz.  All items must be received no later than May 1, 2021.
 
Video on how to complete FAFSA (1 min. 30 secs)
FAQs from LELA
 
FAFSA Completion Events at J-HHS
10/22/2020  12:00-3:00
11/18/2020  11:30-2:30
2/8/2021  11:30-2:30
Where Should I Start When it Comes to the Scholarship Search Process:
1) FAFSA-This becomes available October 1st.  Don't forget to give Mrs. Bergholtz a copy of your FAFSA submission page.
Video on how to complete FAFSA (1 min. 30 secs) 
 
2) Use the scholarship listings document on this page.
 
3) Visit the financial aid pages of the colleges/universities you're interested in attending.  These scholarships will only be available to students interested in attending those specific schools.
 
4) Keep your eyes and ears open for any local scholarships that may be available through banks, churches, stores, etc.
 
5) Remember: You will get 0% of the scholarships you don't apply for.  Applying for scholarships is well worth the time and effort it takes to submit the applications.  You may not win them all, but some is better than none.  Follow the scholarship application's directions exactly as they are stated and turn them in before the deadline.  Build and save a file of essays you can use for scholarship and college applications; you can always re-use and amend these essays in order to fit the requirements of the various applications you're submitting.
 
6) Read LELA's College Planning Guidebook.  Call LELA's helpline at (844) 463-2372 for assistance with completing the FAFSA.  Bonus: You may win an iPad if you use LELA's helpline.
Seniors were given a copy of the guidebook, but it can also be accessed here.
General Information about various scholarships and loan terms: https://www.fastweb.com/content/download_free_materials
 

High school seniors and parents are invited to attend a free webinar entitled Paying for College to understand the college financial aid process.   Please invite your seniors and parents so they can register for the webinar.

 

Louisiana Paying for College Webinar

Monday, October 5, 2020

6:00 PM CST

 

Join Christie Smith, Director of Business Development, with Sallie Mae along with Career Compass of LA for this informative session.  We will cover the basics of college financial aid such as federal financial aid, state awards, scholarships and other options to consider in how to pay for college. We will also include tips on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which opens October 1, 2020.

 

Register today at: 

https://salliemaebank.webex.com/salliemaebank/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8dbbdbcb9c7c7d7b8ab361f8e905e257

More sites to search for scholarships:
  • Career One Stop - sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and a partner of the American Job Center network. This site searches through more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities. It has a filter which allows for searching for awards by type, location, levels of study, and more. 
  • Cappex - a database with more than $11 billion dollars in scholarship opportunities 
  • Chegg - a resource for scholarships and internships 
  • Crush College Debt - The College for Free paid platform educates families on how to S.E.N.D. their kids to college for FREE, minimizing student loan debt. 
  • Fastweb - a scholarship search website providing a comprehensive approach to helping students pay for school through a variety of resources like scholarships, grants, fellowships, student loans, and work-study programs. The site offers a database of 1.5 million college scholarships for students to access by creating a free profile. 
  • Good Call - has a mission to provide students and families the knowledge, tools, and tips they need to make Good Calls when it comes to post-secondary decisions. 
  • Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance - LOSFA is the gatekeeper of Louisiana’s state grants and scholarships. Many of these grants and scholarships can be received just by completing the FAFSA. There is no application fee or fees of any kind for these state scholarships. 
  • Peterson’s - a leading educational service company dedicated to furthering education after high school and beyond. 
  • Scholarship.com - helps students find money for college as well as learn about the entire financial aid process. 
Unigo - provides cutting-edge tools, compelling content, and essential information, empowering students to make the best decisions about their college experience.