Scholarships & Financial AidMary Matetich-Patton- Scholarship Coordinator / AM Guidance Technician, Ext. 2138
All Exeter and local scholarships are posted through Naviance. Visit the website and login using Exeter account. Students should also seek outside and national scholarships as well. Click here for Naviance Scholarship Directions. Some outside scholarships are also posted on Naviance, but there are thousands more out there. Websites like www.fastweb.com are good scholarship resources.Also, check first with the college to learn about their scholarships. Typically college-specific scholarships deadlines are in the Fall.2018 Financial Aid Workshop - Click here to view the presentation.Online Resources
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application used by virtually all two and four-year colleges, universities and career schools for the awarding of federal student aid and most state and college aid. Students must complete the application online, but click here to view the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet that can help walk you through the process or reference the information above.
CSS/Financial Aid Profile - The Profile is an online application that collects information used by colleges and scholarship programs to award institutional funds. Specific information on the colleges, universities and scholarship programs that require the Profile is provided via this site. Please be advised that some private colleges require the profile in addition to the FAFSA and there is a fee associated with filing the Profile for each school. Limited fee waivers are granted automatically based on the information entered on the Profile.
My Smart Borrowing – tool to help families make decisions about financial aid:
PHEAA is asking students and parents alike to consider every potential financial aid option before borrowing for education. If they find that borrowing is absolutely necessary in affording higher education, then we encourage them to be “smart borrowers” and only borrow what is absolutely necessary. MySmartBorrowing.org is an interactive tool that allows borrowers to plug in their potential career choice and school choice to determine the cost of their education and factor whether they’ll be able to afford to repay their loans at their expected salary. While education is expensive, and students can’t control or predict how much college will cost, the new MySmartBorrowing debt tool can help students and families make smart decisions.
http://mysmartborrowing.org focuses on five key points to graduating on firm financial footing:
1. Research job availability in your chosen field, before selecting your major.
2. Research your expected salary in your future career, find an affordable school, and borrow realistically.
3. Consider all types of financial aid carefully.
4. Educate yourself on the many loan options available before borrowing.
5. Inconsistent or untimely loan repayment could affect your future.
Student Loans - Students who are considering loans to pay for their higher education should first consider federal student loans. Federal loans usually offer borrowers lower interest rates and have more flexible repayment options than loans from private sources. To better understand the differences between federal and private student loans, students should view Federal Aid First. To learn about preparing for, applying for, receiving, and repaying federal loans, students should read Your Federal Student Loans: Learn the Basics and Manage Your Debt.
Attached is a start-to-finish financial aid guide with simple tips and secret insights that can save you thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars on college. This guide touches on all types of financial aid with a focus on merit aid scholarships.FinAid - A guide to financial aid.
fastWEB - The most complete source of local scholarships, national scholarships and college-specific scholarships.