The FAFSA filing season is from January 1 to June 30. Families should be aware of both state and college deadlines in preparation to file the FAFSA. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to begin the process and check your state deadline. Be aware of scams! The FAFSA is a free application!
Tips for FAFSA filing: Basic FAFSA info - what it is; how do you fill it out | Dependency status for FAFSA purposes | Determining which parent's info to report | How aid is calculated | web post December 9 |
FAFSA filing Tips from Teen Life! | web post January 9 |
The University of Maryland College Park offer the Maryland Pathways and State of Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant to provide academically qualified students with ways to help defray college cost. The Maryland Pathways program offers grant funds to cover tuition, fees, room, board and books. The Pathways program offers an affordable and a debt free education to students who otherwise would not be able to attend college. The first step for program consideration is completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The State of Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant also has an application requirement. For more information on both programs, families should visit www.financialaid.umd.edu.
Maryland Public Television... You Can Afford College usually airs beginning in November of each year. To view what is currently streaming online, visit the MPT web site.
Check out the MC Financial Aid TV! A series of short videos on financial aid topics, including scholarships made available through the Montgomery College Office of Student Financial Aid. Click here.
STAR Scholarship Information for Winners!
Are you a recipient of the STAR Foundation Scholarship? If so, click here to find out how to receive your award. [Updated June 2014]
Conquering the Financial Aid Process... the Jaguar way!
Knowledge is power - know the terms and time lines of the financial aid process! Click here to download information to help in your scholarship and financial aid planning.
The JAG Scholarship Forecast Bulletin
Click here to preview many of the scholarship opportunities that may be available during the coming school year! Opportunities are posted for all grades. The listing includes scholarship criteria and anticipated deadline information. Forecast your scholarship future!
JUST IN SCHOLARSHIPS (listed in the order received)... Remember to look at the current month's posting below and download the complete JAG Scholarship Bulletin with scholarship opportunity listings through July 2015!
The Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala has announced an extended deadline for the Maryland Hispanic Achievement Scholarship. Recent high school graduates have until July 15 to apply. Application is open to ALL. Click here for more information and to begin the application process. |web post July 8|
The Herb Block Foundation announces that applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 Herb Block Scholarship. This scholarship program provides financial assistance to graduating seniors in the Washington DC area for full or part-time attendance at select community colleges in the MD/DC area. Interested seniors can visit www.herbblockfoundation.org for additional information and to download the application. Applications confirmed as complete after July 7 through November 10 could be considered for fall or spring semester awards. |web update July 8|
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Scholarship Opportunities for the current school year are posting NOW! Click here to download the entire JAG Scholarship Bulletin with postings through the end of the school year and additional scholarship resources! Post date refers to the JAG Scholarship Bulletin original publication date. Scholarship opportunities with June & July deadlines:
MARYLAND HISPANIC ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP: offered to SENIORS (students do not have to be of Hispanic or Latino descent); applicant must be US citizen, resident or Dreamer (as defined by the Maryland Dream Act); $2,000 award; 2.5 or higher GPA requirement; applicant must plan on attending a Maryland college or university and must submit proof of financial need; visit www.montgomeryhispanicgala.org to apply; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
JUNE 30 Extended to JULY 15 (ONLINE)|web update July 8|
CONSOLE & HOLLAWELL’S LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP 2015: offered to SENIORS planning to pursue a legal studies or major in the field of law; $1,000 award; visit www.consoleandhollawell.com/law-scholarship-2015 to apply; DEADLINE TO APPLY: JULY 15 (ONLINE) |Posted October 23|
COLLEGE FOUNDATION ‘ACADEMIC WORKS’ SCHOLARSHIP: available
to students planning to attend Montgomery College; students apply by using
their MC ID; https://montgomerycollege.academicworks.com/;
MC Foundation offers over 300+ scholarships from various donors/organizations; FINAL DEADLINE TO
APPLY TO FALL: AUGUST 31 (ONLINE)
|web update July 8|
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Additional Scholarship & Financial Aid Resources:
Scholarships for International Students: The Inst. of International Education | NAFSA | Smart Student Guide for Studying in USA | Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute | United Negro College Fund | Organization of Chinese Americans | American Indian College Fund | web post January 2015
From the American Educational Guidance Center is a link to United States colleges and universities which offer comprehensive programs for students with learning disabilities and/or students with special needs. Links to scholarship sites and opportunities are available as well. Click here for quick access! |web post August 4|
Educators for Fair Consideration have published a list of Scholarships That Don't Require Proof of US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency. This document includes national scholarships, a list of colleges that offer scholarships without SSN requirement, tips on applying for scholarships and more. Visit the Educators for Fair Consideration web site for more information and to download the most recent scholarship guide. [web post November 27]
"Getting the Most out of Financial Aid" aired on the Today Show. A great 5 minute overview for parents and students on the financial aid process, what you need to look.
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) College & Career Information web site includes scholarship listings and important information to assist with post-secondary planning.
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities: Please note: This listing is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Board of Education of MCPS, the superintendent, or this school. Please research each opportunity and make your own decision when using this resource. Resource provided by Transition Support Services. Click here to download listing.
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Assistance with the FAFSA...
FAFSA filing tip: Remember to check the state's FAFSA deadline for the schools you are applying to. File the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Check out this new tool from FAFSA on the Web! Students and parents can now op to transfer tax data directly from the IRS. Visit FAFSA FAQs for more information.
FAFSA 4caster! The FAFSA4caster presented by Federal Student Aid. Preparing for college takes planning and organization. Paying for college takes financial aid. The FAFSA4caster will help you get an early start on the financial aid process.
FREE of charge. Appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling (240) 567-5644. Montgomery College Educational Opportunity Center, 7600 Takoma Avenue HC 135, Takoma Park, MD 20912
College Goal Maryland held in February each year. Look for the 2015-2016 dates to post early next school year. Registration to attend will be online at CollegeGoalSundayMD.org or call 1.877.632.4709. FREE to families. |updated post February 2015|
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Scholarship and Financial Aid Web Sites!
StudentScholarships.org - Several opportunities with varying criteria and deadlines.
Valuable information for Maryland residents - Click on the Education link
Great resource for scholarship searching - search by several categories.
Scholarship opportunities for all students. Search for information on colleges and universities and hundreds of careers
The Scholarship List (click on 'scholarships') published by the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF). An extensive list of scholarships that may not inquire about immigration status or require a valid social security number to redeem the award.
From the Maryland Higher Education Commission: Use the College Aid Calculator for Maryland students and families