Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial Aid can help you afford college! With financial aid, many students who can’t afford the full cost of college are able to earn their degrees. In fact, most full-time college students receive some type of financial aid. As you go through the process of applying for financial aid, you will likely come across terms that are unfamiliar. Refer to this glossary of terms, as needed.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) season will begin earlier than previous FAFSA application cycles. Beginning on Oct. 1, 2016, your students will be able to fill out the FAFSA for the 2017–18 school year. (In the past, they had to wait until January 1). In addition, applicants will no longer need to estimate income and tax information and will be able to retrieve their data directly from the IRS, beginning the first day the FAFSA is available. Students also will have information about their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) earlier, helping them as they're going through the college application and selection process.
Last year's senior class reported earning over $2 million dollars in free money. It truly does pay to search and apply for scholarships! There are tons of scholarship search sites on the internet. Below are just a few to get you started...Remember, you should never pay to apply for a scholarship!
Scholarships: Clovis High Scholarship Portfolio
Free Money Exclusive to CHS Students. To be eligible for scholarships that are exclusive to Clovis High School, Class of 2017 seniors must submit their Scholarship Portfolio to their counselor by December 16, 2016. For your Scholarship Portfolio to be considered complete, you must submit the cover page, resume, two letters of recommendation, and short autobiography (no more than 2 pages). The December 16th deadline is firm. Late submissions will not be accepted. Don't delay, get started early!
Cougar Scholarship Bulletin
In January, the Cougar Scholarship Bulletin will be emailed to all seniors and their parents on a monthly basis. Make sure to check your email on a regular basis. You wouldn't want to miss out on an opportunity to earn money for college!
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE pronounced “woo-wee”)
Thinking about attending an out of state college but worried about paying non-resident tuition??? It's time you learn about WUE! California residents are eligible for consideration for reduced tuition rate offered at more than 150 participating WUE institutions. To be considered for the WUE rate (150% of resident tuition), apply directly to the WUE institution(s) of your choice. For more information, check out these Frequently Asked Questions.
Federal Student Aid Publications
1. FAFSA on the Web Worksheet
2. Federal Student Aid at a Glance
3. What's an FSA ID and Why do I Need One?
4. Financial Aid and Undocumented Students
5. Federal Student Loans: Basics for Students