Financial Aid Resources
It’s never too early to begin looking for scholarships. You can start your search on free websites like Fastweb and the College Board. You may also be eligible for scholarships and grants specific to your college or university, and even some high schools will offer local scholarships and award them to college-bound students. When you find a scholarship for which you qualify, its application instructions should be included. For scholarships, you may need to write an essay. Be sure to pay attention to all the rules and guidelines, as well as any deadlines.
Most grants and loans simply require you to complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is used to determine your financial need and can qualify you for need-based loans and grants. Seniors can apply for Federal Aid using the FAFSA after October 1st of their senior year at http://www.studentaid.ed.gov. You will need your previous year tax information. Please see the FAFSA tab on the CHS Guidance page for more information.
BRIGHT FUTURES STATE SCHOLARSHIP AND GRANT PROGRAMS
Students may apply beginning October 1 of their Senior year at https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/SAPHome/SAPHome?url=home
Please see the Creekside Guidance Bright Futures page for more information regarding Bright Futures eligibility and policies.
Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) Scholarships Provide Housing at Florida Universities
For over sixty years, Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) has helped thousands of students with outstanding academic abilities, good character and financial need realize their dream of a college education. Foundation awards scholarships in the form of rent-free housing to live in one of twenty-seven, furnished scholarship houses that are adjacent to their college campus. SSF operates as a 501(c)(3) and is a privately funded non-profit business. Students must have good character, financial need, minimum 3.0 GPA and acceptance into one of the participating schools. www.southernscholarship.org. Deadline March 1 annually.
Local, State, and National Scholarships
The following scholarships are local scholarships. They are organized by their deadline month.
Scholarships for Military Families
Scholarship Search Engines
You can sign up and register to get a free account to view updated scholarships and get alerted of new scholarships on your Facebook account.http://www.studentscholarships.org/2015scholarships.php – HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Quest Bridge Scholarships
Quest Bridge – FOR JUNIORS –The QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship gives outstanding low-income high school juniors an early advantage in college admissions. College Prep Scholars are uniquely prepared to gain admission and full scholarships at top tier colleges through QuestBridge. The majority of College Prep Scholars are selected as Finalists for the QuestBridge National College Match program (see below) – Application opens in August and specific deadlines apply each month after. For more information and application , see website below. Applicants must be Juniors who plan to apply for college in the Fall of their Senior year. Students must be US citizens or permanent residents, high school students who show academic achievement, financial need, and personal circumstances.
Quest Bridge- FOR Seniors– The Quest Bridge National College Match is designed to high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite economic challenges. College Match Scholarship Recipients are granted admission to one of QuestBridge’s partner colleges with a full, four-year scholarship worth over $200,000 each.
www.questbridge.org. Deadline- Sept 27th annually