Funding and Scholarships ::
 
Before receiving funding you need to file a FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • The FAFSA provides a complete and official calculation of the estimated financial contribution (how much you would pay for your tuition) and an idea of your financial need.
  • The FAFSA also determines your eligibility for a variety of grant and loan programs with just one form.
  • Before completing the FAFSA, both you and a parent or guardian will need to get a Personal Identification Number or PIN.
    • The PIN acts as your electronic signature and is required to complete the FAFSA application.
    • You will then use the same PIN to complete the FAFSA every year.
    • Go to pin.ed.gov to get your PIN.
  • File after January 1st but before February 14th your first year attending college
    • After filling out a FAFSA once, reapply each year by March 1st if you will still be attending school
  • Website: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm
Types of Funding for Education:

ScholarshipsScholarships are monetary assistance awarded on the basis of merit and/or need that do not have to be repaid.

Scholarships can be based on:
  • Family Income Level
  • Ethnicity
  • Family Situations – ie: being a foster youth
  • First to graduate high school or go to college in your family
  • Etc.
Use these websites for scholarship information: A list of scholarships can be found below. To qualify for most scholarships, you will need to fill out the FAFSA
GrantsGrants are gift assistance awarded to qualified undergraduate students demonstrating exceptional financial need. Grants do not need to be repaid as long as enrollment for the semester in which you receive the grant is maintained

A list of grants can be found below.

To qualify for a grant, you will need to fill out the FAFSA
Student Employment – “Work Study”On- and off-campus employment opportunities are available to students who wish to work in order to meet education expenses and/or believe the experience can be a valuable part of their education.

ASU’s Tips on Completing a Job Application
LoansLoans are funds provided to a student (or a student's parent in the case of a PLUS loan) for educational expenses. Loans require repayment.

Student loans are funds provided to a student for educational expenses and are considered self-help financial aid because you must repay the money loaned to you. Loans are the last type of aid for which you are considered, after gift aid and Work-Study. Student loan programs offer favorable terms reserved for students. Interest rates are lower than typical consumer rates and you may have an interest-free grace period before repayment begins.

To qualify for loans, you will need to fill out the FAFSA
ETV – Educational Training VoucherFinancial assistance for youth that were in foster care at age 16 or 17. Up to $5000 per school year More information is below

Help with Applying for Scholarships and Financial Aid
University of ArizonaArizona State UniversityNorthern Arizona University
Arizona Western College, Yuma County Central Arizona College, Maricopa and Pinal CountiesChandler-Gilbert Community College, Maricopa County
http://www.emc.maricopa.edu/swsc
City Colleges Center, Maricopa CountyCochise College, Cochise and Santa Cruz CountiesCoconino Community College, Coconino County
Eastern Arizona College, Gila, Graham, and Greenlee CountiesEstrella Mountain Community College, Maricopa CountyGateWay Community College, Maricopa County
Gila Community College, Gila CountyGlendale Community College, Maricopa CountyMaricopa Skills Center, Maricopa County
Mesa Community College, Maricopa CountyMohave Community College, Mohave CountyNorthland Pioneer College, Apache and Navajo Counties
Paradise Valley Community College, Maricopa CountyPhoenix College, Maricopa CountyPima Community College, Pima County
Rio Salado College, Maricopa CountyScottsdale Community College, Maricopa CountySouth Mountain Community College, Maricopa County
Yavapai College, Coconino and Yavapai Counties  

Funding and Scholarships


Specific Funding for Foster or Low-Income Youth
  • Arizona DES Education and Training Voucher (ETV)
    • About
      • Young adults must have been in foster care at the age of 16 or 17 and must enroll in a post-secondary program recognized by the Arizona Department of Education prior to their 21st birthday to be eligible to receive ETV funds.
      • Young adults may receive financial assistance until they reach the age of 21 and if they are making satisfactory progress, may continue to apply for ETV funds until their 23rd birthday.
      • Recognized post-secondary education and training programs include: community colleges, public or private colleges and universities, private technical and vocational schools, and public vocational schools.
      • The amount of ETV award is based on need.
      • Application requests, submissions, and questions should be directed to your area coordinator.
      • If you are currently in care, review your application with your case manager or ILP Specialist.
      • Receipts will be required for larger expenditures (tuition, computer, car repair, etc.).
    • Up to $5000 per school year
    • Website: https://www.azdes.gov/dcyf/ilp/app.asp or https://www.statevoucher.org/state_not_in_service.shtml?state=az
    • Application
  • Darko Rapotez Memorial College Scholarship
    • Offers between 5,000 and 10,00 dollars in tuition fee assistance to current or former foster youth
    • Recipients must be between 18-24 years old and live anywhere in the United States
    • Recipients must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • For application information visit http://www.loveourchildrenusa.org/scholarship_appl.php
  • Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation: Blavin Scholarship
    • Provides scholarships to students who have lived in or are currently living in foster care
    • Requirements:
      • They have been accepted by, are in the process of applying to or are attending a post-secondary school.
      • They have lived, or currently live in foster care.
      • Minimum GPS: 2.5
    • They are either:
      • Seniors in good standing who will graduate from an accredited Arizona high school and have applied to a post secondary school; or
      • Already enrolled in post-secondary studies
      • They have demonstrated leadership and academic promise.
    • Website: http://www.blavinscholarship.org/
    • Application
  • Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation: McLaren Scholarship
    • Requirements:
      • Former foster care youth who are just completing high school
      • Arizona resident
      • Have been admitted to attend one of the three public universities in Arizona (ASU, NAU, U of A)
      • Have clear career goals for an occupation that requires a college education / degree.
    • McLaren Scholarships may be renewable for up to four years, and will be based upon demonstrable student academic progress. Accepted students will be required to submit a mid-fall “progress letter”
    • Website: http://www.azfoundation.org/scholarships/index.xpl#current or http://www.affcf.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=62749&orgId=affcf
    • Application unavailable at this time.
  • Orphans Foundation of America/Casey Family Scholarship Application:
    • Offers between $500 and $5,000 dollars to current or former foster youth
    • Requirements:
      • Recipients must be unmarried and under the age of 25
      • Recipients must have a high school GPA of 2.0 or better
      • Must be pursuing a college degree or vocational training
    • Website: https://scholarships.orphan.org/index.shtml
    • Application not available at this time
  • Hildegard Lash Merit Scholarship
    • $5,000 per academic year for current or former foster care youth
    • Recipients must be either currently in foster care or were in foster care at the time of their high school graduation or 18th birthday.
    • Recipients must be entering there sophomore, junior or senior year at a 4 year college or university.
    • Website: http://www.orphan.org/programs/hildegard.html
  • National Foster Parents Association (NFPA)
  • University of Phoenix First Chance Scholarship Program
Grants
  • Early Graduation Scholarship Grant (EGSG) – This non-need-based grant is designed to encourage Arizona high school students who graduate early to promptly attend an accredited public or private Arizona Postsecondary Institution. Maximum grant is $2,000.
  • Peg Grant Award (PEG) - $2,000 annually for a maximum of 4 calendar years to be used for tuition, books and fees. Students seeking a baccalaureate degree from a private postsecondary institution
  • Arizona Private Post-Secondary Education Student Assistance Program (PFAP) – $2,000 annually for a maximum of two calendar years. Students who already have an Associate's degree from an Arizona community college seeking a baccalaureate degree from a private postsecondary institution
  • Applications
Other Scholarships
  • The Ortiz Family Foundation
  • Horatio Alger Scholarship
  • Arizona State University
    • Maroon & Gold Scholarship
    • ASU Advantage Program
      • ASU will cover 100% of the left over estimated direct costs of attending ASU after the student's Expected Family Contribution
      • Requirements:
        • Arizona Resident
        • Immediate, full-time enrollment for the Fall after Spring Arizona high school graduation
        • Demonstration of total family income of $25,000 or less on the FAFSA
      • Website: http://students.asu.edu/asu-advantage
    • Nina Pulliam Legacy Scholars Program
    • Armstrong Family Foundation Scholars Program
      • Scholarship to AZ residents that are an orphan, ward of the court, or are in foster care
        • Must be accepted to ASU prior to enrolling
        • Minimum GPA: 3.0
        • Must be attending ASU directly after high school
      • Website: http://students.asu.edu/node/187
      • Application
  • Maricopa Community Colleges
    • Nina Pulliam Legacy Scholars Program
      • Provides full, in-state tuition to individuals who would not normally receive traditional academic scholarships and who would be unable to attend college without full, long-term financial support.
      • Contact:
        • Susan Taffer @ 480-731-8619
      • Website: www.maricopa.edu/resdev/NMPLS/Nina/elig.htm
      • Application
  • Western Union - Institute of International Education
    • Western Union Family Scholarship Program


 
 

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