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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Need money to help pay for college? There are generally two types of aid available to students and families to assist in funding their college education. Need-based aid is determined by completing the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Federal Student Aid from the U.S. Department of Education is the largest source of aid in America, providing over $150 billion in grants, work-study, and federal loans for students attending four-year colleges or universities, community colleges, and career schools.

Need-based & Merit-based Aid

Additionally, some colleges award institutional aid based on a students level of need as determined by completing the FAFSA. In addition to need-based aid, the second way for students to qualify for assistance in paying for college is through merit-based aid, or scholarships. Generally speaking the largest amount of scholarship money a student will receive will come directly from the colleges they apply to (internal scholarships).

The Clarkston High School Counseling Department maintains a list of numerous companies, community organizations, and associations that sponsor scholarship opportunities for students. These are considered external scholarships because they are awarded from outside of the college.

You can also connect with millions of scholarship opportunities through these free online databases.

Scholarship Tips

Scholarships take time and effort: The more you invest, the greater the potential returns. The sooner you start the process, the better!
There are no guarantees of receiving the award for scholarships to which you apply. Save all work and reuse as applicable to other scholarships. Be sure you tailor all information according to scholarship instructions.