February 19, 2018

FAQ’s and More – College Bound Senior Update

If you are interested in getting any scholarships, need based or merit, you need to fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid). The FAFSA is available for access as of January 1st. It is of vital importance that this is filled out as close to January 1st as possible. This can be done at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. We held our first FAFSA Day this past January 2nd. Many seniors and parents were helped with the process. If you were not able to attend, Mount Hood Community College will also be hosting College Goal Oregon on Saturday, January 25, 2014. This is an event where folks can sit down at a computer and complete a FAFSA application. The entire financial aid staff is at this event to assist everyone with their FAFSA application process.
Information that students and parents should bring to the workshop would be estimates of all 2013 income, copies of 2012 tax returns to base an estimate off of, exact birthdates of parents and student, exact social security numbers of parents and students, and full legal names of parents and students.
Scholarship opportunities should start with an application with the Oregon Student Access Commission. The Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) can help through grant programs, scholarships, pre-college mentoring, and financial aid outreach programs. OSAC assists Oregonians in their pursuit of a college education and a brighter future. Each year, OSAC awards grants and scholarships of more than $118 million to thousands of Oregon students in their quest to achieve a college education.
All students should fill out the OSAC scholarship application, and submit it immediately after completing their FAFSA form. Students may however start the OSAC application now, and just wait to submit it. Money is given out first come first serve for the majority of the scholarships, so timely completion is important. The website to access the OSAC application can be found at http://oregonstudentaid.gov . Another good resource for scholarships is at www.fastweb.com .
Please contact me if you need any additional assistance.
Vanessa Knight

About Vanessa Knight

Vanessa Knight has worked for Corbett School District since 2011. She is currently a teacher on special assignment working as a college coach and as the district's communication coordinator. She lives in Corbett with her three sons.