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WBHS Financial Aid Resource Document




Don’t Rule Out Colleges with Higher Price Tags

Suppose that your Student Aid Index is $5,000 a year.  At a college that costs $15,000 annually, you could be eligible for up to $10,000 in financial aid.  This could be a scholarship, grant, or a loan.  At a college that costs $25,000 annually, you could be eligible for up to $20,000 in aid.  In other words, your family would be expected to contribute the same amount at both colleges. Please note that not all colleges will meet your “need” and you could be expected to take out loans. Look at the net price calculators for each college which is found on the college website.  This will help you estimate affordability.  Spend some time researching this feature – it will make all the difference in selecting the most affordable colleges!

FAFSA Forecaster

If you would like to estimate your Expected Family Contribution, visit the FAFSA Forecaster at   Most colleges also have comprehensive financial aid tools with scholarships and aid information. 

Most financial aid is offered when financial need is proven.  When you fill out the college applications, be sure to indicate you are applying for financial aid. Some apps have a separate form to fill out; others just have a box to check.

Begin to inquire at banks and loan institutions NOW.  With many banks, your parents have to have had an account with them for at least one year before being considered for a college loan.  (Not all loans are personal loans from banks.  The best loans typically come from the federal government and require filling out the FAFSA.)

The best place for information is the source.  Go to the specific college admission website for any school you are investigating.  Colleges are used to thousands of information requests each year and are happy to help clarify your questions. 

WBHS Tip: Use the net price calculator on each school’s website to determine your potential aid.  This will help you determine the affordability of the college before you apply.



1.   Apply for Financial Aid after October 1st. (Class of 2024 FAFSA won't open until December) 

2.  Check with each college in which you are applying for merit-based scholarships and deadlines.  

3.  Check for memorial and alumni scholarship opportunities at each college in which you may qualify.

4.  Check with student’s/parent’s employer, banks/credit union, religious & civic affiliations, etc. for scholarships.

5.  Read the Counselor Connection newsletter sent out twice a month. 

6. Check the College and Career Center Canvas pages for a HUGE list of scholarships that Mrs. Essig put together for you! Participate in Mrs. Essig's Scholarship Club!

7.  Conduct a search by using a national search engine, such as Google, , ,, etc. 

8. Be sure to create an email address just for these searches as students will receive a lot of emails.  There is no need to pay money for these services!  Do not give your social security number when applying to scholarships. It is common that if you win a scholarship to need your SS# at that point. Watch for scams!

9. Check Careeronestop: 

10.  Check out the Class of 2023, College Board Opportunity Scholarships. 

11. For more information. 

12.  Remember it takes work to receive most scholarships!  You won't know if you don't try!



Scholarships 101 Presentation (with links) 

Sample Scholarship Spreadsheet