SAVE THE DATE... Northwest Financial Aid Seminar. December 1. 6:30 pm. Presentations in English and Spanish.
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
FAFSA filing Tips from Teen Life!
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 the school year!
2016 Gates Millennium Scholars Program is open for application! Eligible high school seniors must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American. Applicants must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the US with a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale). Applicant must be able to demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities. Applicant must be able to meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria (determined after application through the FAFSA). To apply and for details on the individual award information, visit gmsp.org. The deadline to apply is January 13, 2016 11:59 pm EST. |web post August 20|
Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards! Rising Latino high school seniors can apply for the 17th annual Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards. Program information and application are available at HispanicHeritage.org. Select Programs and then select Youth Awards. To apply you must be a current high school senior of Hispanic/Latino descent and plan to enroll in college in 2016-2017. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Awards up to $3,000. The deadline to apply is October 15. |web post August 17|
The 2016 Horatio Alger Scholarship is available for current high school seniors. Applicants should have a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited non-profit pubic or private institution in the US (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and transfer to 4-year). Applicants must be able to demonstrate critical financial need and be involved in extra-curricular and community service activities. Minimum 2.0 GPA and US citizenship required. The application is online at scholars.horatioalger.org. The application and supporting documents must be submitted by October 25. |web post August 14|
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is ready to launch their 2016 Scholars Program. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a high school senior. Applicants are evaluated on their demonstrated leadership in school, commitment to community and academic achievement. Awards begin at $1,000. Application and additional information can be found on the Scholars web site. The deadline to apply is October 31 |web post August 14|
The University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars Nominations are open for Northwest High School seniors. High schools are invited to nominate one to two seniors for this competition who are planning to apply to UVA. Scholars are selected based on leadership ability, scholarship ability and responsible citizenship. You must be nominated by your high school to compete. Click here for the NW Nomination Form | Click here to download program guidelines | The deadline to submit your Nomination Form is October 12 |web post August 10|
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 will begin posting in September! 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 an August deadline:
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