Financial Aid/Scholarship Information
A big piece of the college puzzle is financing your education. The sites below are a combination of reference websites and actual sites where you apply for financial aid, such as the FAFSA. You never know what aid you might qualify for, so we suggest that everyone apply through the FAFSA at the very least. Spend a little time researching and applying for appropriate scholarships; even the smaller ones. They all add up!
Students who are residents of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.
Please use the link below to find out more about the WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) program and the schools involved.
Websites to help with your scholarship search and financial aid applications:
- FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- FSA ID - register for your electronic signature
- FAFSA4caster - FAFSA4caster will help you understand your options for paying for college. Find it on the lower right corner of the FAFSA website.
- StudentAid.gov - An informational website from the US Department of Education on all things Financial Aid.
- Another resource with step-by-step directions for the FAFSA that opened on October 1, 2018: https://www.nitrocollege.com/fafsa-guide
CSS Profile - Nonfederal Financial Aid Application, may be requested as a supplement to the FAFSA
- AZCIS - AZ Career Information System has a list of scholarships under the Education tab Some are just for Arizona residents!
- Cappex - Scholarship Information and Search
- College Greenlight - College and Scholarship Searches
- CollegeNet - Financial Aid Guide / College Information
- College Scholarships - Scholarship Information
- Fastweb - Scholarship Search
- Federal Student Aid - The office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help you prepare and pay for college or career school.
- FinAid - Guide to Financial Aid and Scholarship Search
- NextStudent - Scholarship Search - Formerly Scholarships101
- RaiseMe - Students create a portfolio of accomplishments to become eligible for micro-scholarships with partner colleges
- Scholarships.com - Scholarship Search
- StudentScholarships - Scholarship Search
- Unigo - Search for colleges and scholarships
- Zinch - College and Scholarship Search – part of Chegg.com
- https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/womens-guide-paying-for-college/ - a site aimed at helping women afford college
- American Indian College Fund - American Indian College Fund Scholarships
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund - Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships
- United Negro College Fund - United Negro College Fund Scholarships
- OEDB - scholarships for women
Homeless or unaccompanied youth are eligible for aid. Contact the district's McKinney-Vento Liason for the form you will need to document your status. The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth publishes FAFSA Tips for Unaccompanied Youth that will answer many questions.
Students in Foster Care can establish an account for Foster Care to Success and get more information about scholarships available to them.
Dreamer and DACA students may be eligible for some private scholarships and some schools have established guidelines regarding how these students are considered in regard to being classified as in-state students for tuition purposes. Please check the university's or college's websites for specific information on each school. A resource for you to check out is Scholarships a-z. They work with Dreamer and DACA students and have a wealth of information for you.
IRHS Scholarship List - this is a list of a variety of scholarships available to students. It is by no means comprehensive, so make sure to check out the search engines on the bottom of this document for more. updated 9 November 2020
The Amphitheater's District Scholarships & Financial Aid information page - additional resources related to financial aid.
Fastweb's Scholarship Best Practices - Suggestions of ways to improve your chances of getting noticed and winning scholarships.
Check out HomeRoom, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education. There's lots of information on different topics within the world of Education and Financial Aid.
Here's one about 12 Common FAFSA Mistakes and one on 10 Myths about the FAFSA and Applying for Financial Aid
Another one: 5 Financial Aid Tips for Parents (from a Parent)