When any scholarship opportunities are received by High School Guidance throughout the school year, these are posted in the Guidance Gazette that is sent out weekly to students and parents. If, though, a certain scholarship allows 9th– 11th grade students to apply this is noted in the Gazette.
Hard copies of scholarship information are also posted for students in the Scholarship File Box which is always located outside of room #114. The RCS Guidance Department isn’t the only place to look for scholarships. There are many opportunities out there that students can find by looking online. Two sample websites are www.fastweb.com and www.schoolsoup.com. Additionally, most colleges and universities offer merit-based and need-based scholarship programs and students should check with individual college/university admissions representatives or financial aid offices for specific information about scholarships offered by an institution.
FAFSA® Changes for 2017–2018
On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. Starting with the 2017–18 application cycle, the following changes will be put in place:
- Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early asOctober 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available January 1 as in previous years.)
- Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.
If you’d like more details about the upcoming changes, you may read the fact sheet called College Students and Parents: What You Need to Know About the 2017–18 FAFSA® and you can access it at the following link: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/2017-18-fafsa-updates-students-parents.pdf