PAYING FOR COLLEGE
Covering the cost of higher education is often one of biggest concerns for families starting the college search process. It is important to not get distracted by “sticker price” and utilize the tips below for navigating the financial aid process. There is money out there to cover the cost of your education- you just have to take the steps to find it and earn it.
Ways to cover the cost:
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)- This is the financial aid application used by all colleges and universities to determine the amount of federal aid/scholarships to be awarded. See FAFSA Page for more information.
- CSS Profile- an additional form to apply for financial assistance. Some selective colleges require both the CSS Profile and the FAFSA to determine your financial aid/scholarship eligibility.
- School-based scholarships & aid- Check with the colleges and universities that you are applying to for information about scholarships they offer. Some colleges will use your admission application for scholarship consideration, but others will require a separate scholarship application. Visit the college's Financial Aid webpages or contact their Office of Financial Aid to learn more.
- Local & National Scholarships- Visit the scholarship section of the LCHS counseling website for information about local scholarships. This PDF is updated regularly so be sure to check back often. There are multiple search engines on the internet for scholarships. Below are a few to get you started:
- Career Cruising – click on “Financial Aid” in your Career Cruising account to begin the scholarship search tool
*Never pay money for a scholarship search. Typically that is a sign of a scam.