General Financial Aid Information
Following are some tips that may aid in your success in receiving a scholarship or financial aid assistance.
- Students must fill out a FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) the following websites are excellent sources for more information: www.StudentLoans.gov www.fafsa.gov www.finaid.org www.studentaid.ed.gov
- Make copies of all applications you send in. Keep a well-organized log of all your activities regarding college, financial aid, and scholarship applications. It is helpful to fill out a resume prior to filling out applications. It is a good way to have all of your information in one place.
- Be sure to attend the financial aid seminar that is offered on January 25th in the Media Center at 5:30 PM. This is really important if the student will be the first child to go off and attend college.
- Something else to think about when filling out scholarship applications: Try to be specific when relating future goals. Avoid “I want to help people”. Instead, state in what capacity, what type of job, what field, what major, etc.
- When filling out and sending in your applications, make sure it is all complete, with full name on each page, so that if it becomes separated, the person reading the applications will easily be able to reassemble it.....versus becoming lost on a desk with several other separated essays.
- If you are offered an award or a special opportunity to apply for an award, please accept this gracefully. It could lead to future scholarship opportunities. BE SURE TO ALWAYS SEND A THANK YOU NOTE!!
Mr. Janssen will host a Financial Aid Information meeting for 12th grade students and their parents on January 25, 201 in the Media Center. He will talk about how to file for financial aid and how to fill out the FAFSA.
Finding Scholarship Opportunities
The guidance counselor posts scholarships from outside sources as he receives them on the Mesabi East website under "High School -> Counselor-> Scholarships and on bulletin boards in school. The Local Scholarship Program kicks off in mid-April. However, there is an abundance of other opportunities for those willing to put in the effort to do the research.
Here are a few tips:
- Every college has their own scholarships that are only a valuable for students who attend that particular college. You must ask for the application -- they do not always give it out automatically!
- Ask your parents/grandparents about scholarships through their union or work site. Retired (in good standing) union members may qualify, please ask. Some work sites provide matching grants. Inquire about this also.
- Do an online search. An excellent website is www.fastweb.com, and there are many others. Never give out your social security number, and never pay money to apply for a scholarship. At the most you should only invest in a stamp and an envelope for a legitimate scholarship
- Keep checking in the Student Services Office for new information. When scholarships come in, we will post them on the bulletin board next to Mr. Janssen's office and in the Hallway near the small commons. Please check often, as scholarships opportunities arrive weekly.