The Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship is open to all college juniors and seniors planning to pursue a career in a health-related field. I’m featuring this scholarship because it’s broad (open to just about any major that’s even somewhat related to health), and offers a large award ($5,000) to a group of students (6 students will win this scholarship).
The Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) form is essentially part II of the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile financial aid application process. It’s a document verification tool managed by the College Board. Basically, a school may need more information than what the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) requests in order to calculate your financial need. The IDOC collects important documents (such as your tax returns and other financial documents), and sends that information to your school.
The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile is a financial aid application used by some private colleges and universities. It requires more asset information than the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—such as what kind of car your parents drive and how much they have saved in their retirement accounts—in order for the school to get a better picture of your financial circumstances.
The CSS Profile is used by private colleges and universities to help them determine how much non-federal financial aid to award. Basically, the government uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine how much aid you can receive, while private colleges use the CSS Profile. So, if you want to receive financial aid from both your college and the federal government (and your school requires the CSS profile), then you’ll have to complete both applications. The good news is that the CSS profile requires the same documentation as the FAFSA—so there isn’t a lot of additional work.
Even though the school year is coming to a close, that doesn’t mean that scholarships stop giving away money. There are tons of scholarships with deadlines during the summer months. Because most students are off on summer vacation or generally not thinking about school during the summer, you may face less competition for scholarship contests offered during the “off-season.” To get you started, I found a few scholarships with upcoming deadlines in May.
Sometimes a scholarship is worth more than just the cash award. Some scholarship organizations provide their scholarship winners with resources such as internship opportunities, mentoring, and other awesome perks. When you win a scholarship like this, you are winning a supportive network of individuals who will work tirelessly to help you to succeed. For this Scholarship of the Month post I will be highlighting a scholarship organization that provides awesome resources for their winners: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship!
Contrary to popular belief, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) does not automatically mean that you’ve applied for financial aid from your college. The FAFSA is how you apply for money from the federal government (and colleges use this information as a part of their award process). However, often you’ll have to complete another separate application in order to be considered for money from your school and/or your state. You do not have to do anything else to be considered for federal financial aid. Make sure that your school’s financial aid office knows that is your intent, otherwise they may think your application is incomplete.
Agonizing over your college major? Nearing graduation and thinking you’ll never land a job with an arts degree?
Well, you can stop worrying, because according to a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, only 27.3% of college graduates have a job related to their undergraduate major.
And if you think about it, it’s no surprise that this is true.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens on January 1 and closes on or around June 30 each year. While a 6-month window may seem like a lot of time, that doesn’t mean that you can wait until the last minute to file your application.
At least three other organizations might have deadlines for you to submit the FAFSA that are significantly earlier than the FAFSA application window. Missing these key deadlines could mean missing out on a large chunk of financial aid—something many of us cannot afford to attend college without.