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FINANCIAL AID:

PRESENTATIONS

Click here to view the presentation from a national expert on strategies to help families navigate the complicated college process and save tens of thousands of dollars.  from College Inside Track presentation on 10/30/2017

FAFSA
To start completing the FAFSA, visit www.fafsa.gov
 
List of ALL Walk-in FAFSA Workshops in Minnesota:
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DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS (DFS):

The mission of District 883 Dollars for Scholars is to provide scholarship opportunities to graduates from District 883 (Rockford, MN) as they further their post-secondary education. Their vision is to partner with students, families, local business, and community organizations to help students meet their educational goals.
 
Every senior at Rockford High School is eligible to apply.  The high point of each scholarship year is the Senior Awards Ceremony held annually in May where they announce the Dollars for Scholars recipients.  All scholarships awarded are valid for redemption for three years and are paid directly to the school the student will be attending.  Below are links to directions and tips for your students to complete his/her profile.
 


SCHOLARSHIPS:
  • Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Scholarships:  6 scholarships available (for MN and ND students - one for $5,000; three for $2,500; two for $1,000).  Deadline to submit is September 21, 2017.  Click here for more information.
  • Horatio Alger Scholarships: Find links to National Scholarships, State Scholarships, Career & Technical Scholarships, and Targeted Scholarships at https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/.
  • Wendy's Heisman Scholarship. The Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship application is open for students graduating with the class of 2018. Click here for details.
  • Reunion Student Loan Finance/iHELP Student Loan. Three - $1,000 scholarships and an iPad are given away in Minnesota. These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors attending a college, university or technical institute for the 2018/2019 academic year. Scholarship recipients will be awarded from a random drawing in April. All winners plus their school counselor will be informed. Submit your scholarship online: http://ihelploan.com/blog/2016-mn-scholarship-application/
  • 2017 Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities. Empowering people with disabilities to obtain the education or training necessary to succeed in their chosen career path. To show that commitment, Wells Fargo is providing renewable scholarships of up to $2,500 for full-time students and up to $1,250 for half-time students. Applications are being accepted at scholarsapply.org/pwdscholarship through November 28, 2017 or until 700 applications are submitted, whichever comes first. 
  • Rove Pest Control in Minnesota Scholarship. $500 scholarship available to Class of 2018 graduates seeking a higher education. Only online applications will be accepted. To apply, click here: http://www.rovepestcontrol.com/rove-pest-control-scholarship/. The deadline to submit your application is December 31, 2017.
  • Minnesota Concrete Council Scholarship - $3,500. The Minnesota Concrete Council is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a $3,500 scholarship on an annual basis to construction management, construction engineering, estimating and construction administration students. Click here for more information. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2017.
  • Minnesota Concrete Council Scholarship - $1,500. The Minnesota Concrete Council is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a $1,500 scholarship on an annual basis to community college / technical institution students. In addition, MCC will provide a complimentary one year MCC student membership and complimentary registration for all continuing education opportunities to the scholarship winner. Click here for more information. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2017.

StudentScholarships.org
By clicking here, you will find a list of 10 scholarship programs that will give out more than $1 million to students in the 2017-18 school year.  Students from Minnesota school districts are eligible for all awards.


ANNUAL ACADEMIC AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS:
 


HELPFUL SCHOLARSHIP TIPS:

Eight Steps To Winning A Scholarship
(Taken from the NASFAA website (www.nasfaa.org)
Families often hear about the millions of scholarship dollars that go unused each year, an anecdote that has been repeated so many times that it is accepted as fact. Unfortunately, this pot of scholarships at the end of the rainbow is a myth: While some scholarships go unused, much of the money included in that figure comes from employers' tuition remission programs. There are scholarships out there, however, and you can increase your odds of winning one by following these eight steps:
  1. Consult the financial aid office: The largest amount of financial aid comes from federal, state, and institutional grants and tuition discounts. Your financial aid office can help you find information on available scholarships, grants, and loans according to your needs and background.
  2. Contact your academic department:If you have already decided on a major, your academic department may be aware of awards designated for students in your area of study. The student aid office does not always have information on these highly specific programs, so be sure to check both.
  3. Ask the student aid office to recommend free scholarship search sites other students have found useful. Online searches let you focus on scholarships that fit your personal characteristics, helping you target your search to only those scholarships for which you are most likely to qualify. Some sites bombard users with promotional scholarships that may turn out to be advertisements in disguise, however, so make sure you know what you are signing up for when and if you give out your personal information.
  4. Never assume:Don't believe that because you don't have straight A's and can't shoot a 3 pointer, there's nothing available to you. There are scholarships available based on hobbies, interests, background, financial need, etc. According to FinAid.com, there's even a $1,000 scholarship for a left-handed student. Seek out local and national organizations and associations in your areas of interest to see whether any scholarship opportunities exist.
  5. Write the essay:No one likes to write essays, so use that fact to your advantage. Scholarships that require essays receive fewer applicants, giving you a better chance of qualifying. Keep copies of all the application materials you submit; often essays and other application materials can be tweaked and used again for future applications. Be sure to thoroughly proofread before submitting each application.
  6. Stack up the small scholarships:Studies show that families often overlook scholarships that are less than $500. You may be thinking that these awards won't even make a dent in your college costs, but adding up multiple small awards can prove to be a benefit in your scholarship quest.
  7. Apply early: The best time to apply is NOW! Waiting too long will result in missed deadlines. Seniors should start filling out applications to meet the early or mid-fall application deadlines. Don't wait to be accepted to a college to research and apply for private scholarships. If you don't receive a scholarship the first time around, don't get discouraged. Most scholarships are not limited to freshmen; you may have better luck the following year.
  8. Don't get scammed:The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers about scholarship scams, which promise that, for a fee, they can help the family access more student aid. Similar scams charge students high scholarship search or application fees. According to the FTC, "[M]ost scholarship sponsors do not charge up-front fees to apply for funding, and no legitimate scholarship sponsor can guarantee that you will win an award." The financial aid office at your school can help you apply for student aid, and free scholarship searches are available online.
Even without scholarships, families can still find ways to afford college. Start by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and contact your school's financial aid office to find out what federal, state, and institutional aid you might qualify for. Finding money for college is a lot like taking classes: The way to succeed is to do your homework.

Scholarship Search Websites
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