Financial Aid for College
How do I pay for college? How do I get scholarships? These are some of the most frequent questions regarding financial aid for college. Below you will find general information about paying for college. Please contact your counselor or financial aid staff at the college you plan to attend for additional information. Please remember that we encourage students to apply to colleges without regard to cost of tuition; however, students and parents are encouraged to use their financial aid award packages for individual schools to help determine which college to attend.
How Do I Obtain Financial Aid?
First, students should begin in their freshman year making the best grades possible and be involved in extra-curricular activities. Many scholarships are awarded to students who have done well in school academically and who are well-rounded. Another extremely important step is to research financial aid. We hear over and over again about all of the money available to help students attend college, but students must advocate for themselves and work to find the aid available to them and then complete applications on time! While this sounds simple, many times we see a small handful of students awarded a lot of scholarships and gift aid (see below) simply because they were persistent and completed more applications than others. Scholarship applications, just like college applications, should be completed by the student. While parents are encouraged to help their children find scholarships, students need to complete the applications so that information submitted is an accurate reflection of the student.
There are multiple avenues for students to obtain financial assistance for college, but most will require students to complete applications and meet deadlines to be eligible for aid. Some aid will be determined automatically by college financial aid offices based on the FAFSA, while other institutional aid will require supplemental applications.
Please see below for the types of aid available.
What Types of Aid are Available?
Links for Financial Aid
Grants and Scholarships for NC Student http://www.cfnc.org
Federal Student Aid
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and all seniors should complete the FAFSA with their parents in the spring semester of their senior year. South Stokes counselors will host financial aid and FAFSA nights each year to help students and their parents complete this important step as they prepare for college.
Parents and their students can use the FAFSA4caster now to see how much aid they may qualify for from the federal government.
Click here for the FAFSA 4CASTER
This is money a student does not pay back ("free money")
Self-help aid is financial aid offered to students that students earn or pay back.