Scholarships & Financial Aid

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Representatives from the UH financial aid office are available to assist you. They can be reached via email at: fafsa@hawaii.edu.
 
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New Warrior Scholarships Varies Deadline: 12/15/2021
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New Warrior Scholarships are scholarships created with the New Warrior in mind, comprised of:

  • Regents
  • Provost Achievement (formerly Chancellor's)
  • Mānoa Excellence
  • Mānoa International Excellence
 
Amazon Future Engineer Scholarships $10,000.00/ year for 4 years Deadline: January 25, 2022
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At Amazon, supporting underserved students in their computer science education is not only important to us–it’s imperative to building a diverse tech industry and future. Our Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship program provides students like you with an opportunity to upgrade their careers with a $40,000 scholarship, plus a paid summer internship programming at Amazon.

APIA Scholarship Program Up to $20,000 Deadline: January 26, 2022
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ABOUT THE APIA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students with a special focus on those who:

  • Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status;
  • Are the first in their families to attend college;
  • Are representative of the APIA community’s diversity, (geographically and ethnically}, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and
  • Have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.
 Click here or on the logo to apply.
Hawaii Community Foundation varies - $2,500.00 average Deadline: January 31, 2022
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HOW TO APPLY

  1. All applications are processed online.
  2. Here is a checklist of steps for completing your online application (A-D).
    1. Login to our Scholarship Manager
      • Returning Users:
        If you already have an existing account, log in with your username and password entered when you first created your account. DO NOT create a new account if you forgot your username and/or password, or are locked out. Instead, please refer to the instructions in the related FAQ’s below.
      • First Time Users:
        Register for an account. Keep in mind that the email you use to create your account will be the email where all notices will be sent, including award notifications.
    2. Complete the required Personal Statements which will include answering a two-part question.
    3. Gather the following required materials to upload to your application:
      • Get your Student Aid Report (SAR) by applying for your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). According to the FAFSA website, “typically, you will be able to access your SAR within two weeks of filing your FAFSA.”
      • Most recent grade transcript. Refer to our FAQ’s below to learn in detail about HCF acceptable transcripts.
      • Short essays and/or other documents may be required for specific scholarships.  Refer to our FAQ’s below to find out more about these optional essays and documents. While these uploads are marked as optional within the application, we encourage you to complete all that may be applicable to you.
    4. Submit your application by the deadline date and time.
      • For your records, you will receive an email notification from the webmaster when you successfully submit your application.We highly recommend you submit your application early as website traffic increases around that deadline time, causing users to experience connectivity problems and submission errors.For more information on the above, continue to read through all of our FAQ’s.
Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Scholarships $500.00 - $15,000.00 Deadline: January 31, 2022
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AMBASSADORS OF ALOHA SCHOLARSHIPS

For full-time, undergraduates attending an accredited college or high school seniors demonstrating financial need. Applicant must be a resident of Hawaii and a U.S. citizen; must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and must participate in canoeing, surfing, kayaking, swimming, diving, water polo, sailing or volleyball, with a record of accomplishments and intention to compete in college. Applicants should demonstrate the spirit of aloha through leadership and community involvement. Multiple scholarships available. Application requirements:

  • Online Application
  • A Personal Statement (see inside application)
  • Transcript of Grades
  • Two Letters of Personal Reference
  • Athletic Resume (Last Four Years)
  • Color Photographs of Applicant: 1 headshot and 1 sports action shot
  • FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). ODKF reserves the right to ask for further financial need documentation if needed.

Returning scholarship recipients have fewer requirements.

 
Friends of St. Patrick Scholarships $2,000.00 Deadline: January 31, 2022
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General Information:

Amount of Scholarship : Up to a maximum of $2000.00 for tuition, fees, or books at any 4-year or 2-year accredited U.S. university or college during the upcoming school year. Funds to be allocated in two equal payments. First payment following official course schedule with the university/ college of choice and the second payment upon receipt of official first semester grade transcripts. A 3.0 or grade point average or greater will be required for the second installment of the scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Any student graduating from a Hawaii state secondary school during the current school year.

2. Must be U.S. citizen.

3, Must be a resident of the State of Hawaii.

Selection Criteria:

1. Scholastic achievements and financial need.

2. Personal involvement in campus. community activities, services and employment experience.

3. Answers to questions and writing of essay in application.

 

Click here or on the logo to apply.

Note: SAT not required, Irish heritage not required. 

 
Takitani Foundation Scholarship $3,000.00, up to $10,000.00 Deadline: 3:00pm February 1, 2022
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The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation, Inc. (Takitani Foundation) recognizes outstanding students who exemplify the qualities of hard work, high academic achievement, commitment to excellence, and dedication to our community.

An outstanding graduating senior will be selected by each qualifying high school to receive a $3,000 Takitani Scholarship.

Three outstanding scholars will be selected from among the finalists for the following scholarships:

$10,000 (Total award) The Mamoru Takitani Outstanding Student Award

$10,000 (Total award) The Aiko Takitani Outstanding Student Award

$8,000 (Total award) The Karen Uno Distinguished Student Award

Click here or on the logo to get started.

Hard copies of completed applications must be turned into H101 by 3:00pm on 2/1/2022!

Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Scholarship $5000.00, up to $10,000.00 Deadline: February 1, 2022
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The Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation (HRYF), was founded by Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan during his year as the Rotary’s District Governor in Hawaii, 1976-1977. It was Sully’s desire to assist Hawaii’s high school graduates to realize their potential by attending a college or university of their choice here in Hawaii or on the mainland. Scholarship awards are $5,000 for graduating Hawaii high school seniors.
McDonald's HACER National Scholarship $5,000 Deadline: February 3, 2022
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HACER stands for Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources. Your generation is making the world a better place, and McDonald’s® wants Hispanic students to be front and center in that transformation. That’s why we’re giving you and your community more opportunities to make a difference. And to help you HACER® Más, check out the schedule of the McDonald’s® HACER® Education Tour, our livestream workshops, to help you and your parents, teachers and counselors through the college application process.

 

Clara Onishi Educator Scholarship $1,000 Deadline: February 13, 2022
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The Jordan & Cara Odo Scholarship Foundation is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student who seeks a future career as an educator.  To qualify for the scholarship, the student must: (1) be a senior at a Hawaii high school; (2) attend a two- or four-year college; and (3) have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).  For more information, please visit www.odoscholarship.org/scholarship.  The deadline to apply is February 13, 2022, at 11:59 PM.

 

Hawaii Self Storage Student Scholarship $1,000 Deadline: February 13, 2022
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Hawaii Self Storage Student Scholarship

up to $1,000 

Deadline is Feb 13, 2022

To qualify, the student must be: 
a resident of Hawai'i
High School seniors
be accepted and enrolled full-time at a 4-year college or university
be able to complete the essay question

Please use this link to apply: bit.ly/hawaiiselfstorage

 

Odo Leadership Scholarship $1,000 Deadline: February 13, 2022

The Jordan & Cara Odo Scholarship Foundation is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a studento who demonstrates leadership in his/her community.  To qualify for the scholarship, the student must: (1) be a senior at a Hawaii high school; (2) attend a two- or four-year college; and (3) have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).  For more information, please visit www.odoscholarship.org/scholarship.  The deadline to apply is February 13, 2022, at 11:59 PM.

 

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship $10,000 Deadline: February 20, 2022
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Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs.

One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in SPRING 2022.

Deadline is FEBRUARY 20, 2022.

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Fukunaga Scholarship $5,000.00/year Deadline: February 21, 2022
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The Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation's scholarships are awarded to encourage high school students in the State of Hawaii who want to have a career in Business to pursue higher education at any accredited four­-year college or university.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship $5,000 Deadline: February 25, 2022
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HMSA Kaimana Scholarships
Applicants must be Hawaii high school seniors with a 2.75 or higher grade point average. Participation in HHSAA league-sanctioned sports and involvement with community service during their high school years is encouraged but not required.

Recipients can use their scholarships to pay for college tuition, books, computers, and room and board. Scholarship use is subject to National Collegiate Athletic Association rules and regulations for those who are participating in collegiate sports.

 

HAHPERD Student Scholarship $750.00 Deadline: February 28, 2022
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The Hawaii Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance offers two $750 scholarships for
high school seniors and two $1250 scholarships for college/university students who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching health, physical education, dance or recreation leadership for the 2022-23 school year.

For eligibility requirements and more information go HERE!

Application forms are available on the following links on ScholarsApp for the 2022-2023 for interested students. 

 

CUC Women's League Scudder Scholarship $1,000 Deadline: February 28, 2022
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This scholarship, established by the Women’s Society of Central Union Church in 1915 in memory of Mrs. Ruth C. Scudder, who was the wife of former CUC Pastor Dr. Doremus Scudder, is awarded to a woman of Christian affiliation from Hawaii and is attending school within the University of Hawaii system.


The Scholarship Committee shall consider from the following criteria when evaluating candidates:

  • Character (30%)
  • Community Service (30%)
  • Scholarship (20%)
  • Evidence of financial need (20%)

 

Note: Only the first 10 completed applications will be reviewed. Previous applicants and awardees are welcome to apply again, but will be evaluated using the same criteria as all other applicants."

Only available on Scholar's App.

 

CUC WL Rewick Educational Aid Fund $1,000 Deadline: February 28, 2022
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This scholarship, established by the Central Union Church Women’s League in 1968 and later renamed the fund to honor former Senior Minister Dr. Kenneth O. Rewick, and former CUC Preschool Director Mrs. Doris A. Rewick, is awarded to students from Hawaii who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in any accredited school for undergraduate or graduate college training, or for other specialized training beyond high school.


The Scholarship Committee shall consider from the following criteria when evaluating candidates:

  • Character (30%)
  • Community Service (30%)
  • Scholarship (20%)
  • Evidence of financial need (20%)

 

Only the first 50 completed applications will be reviewed. Previous applicants and awardees are welcome to apply again, but will be evaluated using the same criteria as all other applicants.

Only available on Scholar's App.

 

Full-time, part-time, and online students can apply.

 

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CB Opportunity Scholarship $500, then grows Deadline: February 28, 2022

Step 1: Build Your College List: $500 until June 30, 2021.

Step 2:  Practice for the SAT: $500 until October 31, 2021.

Step 3: Explore Scholarships: $500 until February 28, 2022.

Step 4: Strengthen Your College List: $500 until October 31, 2021.

Step 5: Complete the FAFSA: $500 until February 28, 2022.

Step 6: Apply to Colleges: $500 until February 28, 2022.

Finish all 6: Chance to win $40,000.00!

HIJC Foundation Scholarship $1,000.00 Deadline: March 1, 2022
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Our Mission Statement, in part, is 
To promote and support educational programs and 
To foster leadership training through community service. 
ELIGIBILITY: 1). The applicant must currently be attending a local high school or college in the State of Hawaii. 2). The intended use of the grant funds is for educational expenses at a college or University in the State of Hawaii. 3) Each applicant is required to complete The HIJC Foundation Scholarship Program application for and directly submit all required documents. 
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 Project Yellow Light Amount Varies Deadline: March 1 or April 1, 2022
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Here’s what we’re looking for: A video, billboard design or radio spot created to motivate, persuade and encourage your peers to not drive distracted. You have a unique opportunity to play a key role in spreading this important message. You can speak to your peers on this subject in a way that adults cannot. The more lives you can impact, the more lives you can save.

Click here or on the logo to apply.

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship $10,000.00 Deadline: March 2, 2022
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  • Submit original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.
  • Contest submissions accepted from: June 7th, 2021 - March 2nd, 2022.
  • Winner will be announced on or about May 13th, 2022.
  • Age Eligibility: Must be 14 years or older at time of entry and be enrolled in High School, College, University or Homeschool.
  • The finalists will again be decided by voting!
Horatio Alger National Scholarship $25,000.00 Deadline: March 15, 2022
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106 scholarships at $25,000 each

As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders.

The National Scholarship is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.  Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the United States
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen
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Opp U Achievers Scholarship $2,500 Deadline: March 31, 2022
The OppU Achievers Scholarship celebrates achievement in its many forms and honors those who create opportunity for themselves and others.
Just answer this essay prompt:
Please tell us why you’re an achiever. How have you created opportunity for yourself? How have you created opportunity for others? Did you start a small business? Are you the founder of a community program? How did you overcome the odds and make your dreams—or the dreams of others—come true?
Deadlines on March 31, June 30, December 31, September 30
Click here or on the logo to apply.
The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program $5,000 Deadline: March 31, 2022
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The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors and high school graduates who are United States citizens or permanent residents. They must be accepted to a full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) field of study at an accredited, non-profit public or private four-year college or university in the United States for the 2022-2023 academic year. 
Click here or on the logo to apply.
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 Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship $2,000.00 Deadline: April 1, 2022
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The Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship was established to demonstrate support for, as well as to commemorate the historic achievements of, the ILWU and encourage greater awareness and understanding among young people about the ILWU’s economic, social, and political contributions to Hawaii.

 

The Scholarship provides college opportunities for children and/or relatives of ILWU Local 142 members, whose struggles made Hawaii the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic community it is today. The Scholarship is open to the family members of existing and retired ILWU 142 members.


You must have applied for admission to, or be currently enrolled at, any of the 10 University of Hawaii system schools:

  • Four-year schools: UH Manoa, UH Hilo, UH West Oahu
  • Community colleges: Hawaii, Honolulu, Kapiolani, Kauai, Leeward, Maui College, Windward.

Click here or on the logo to apply.

 Hawaii State AFL-CIO 2022 Scholarships $1,000.00 Deadline: April 8, 2022
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HAWAII STATE AFL-CIO 2022 SCHOLARSHIPS

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to THREE graduating seniors who are currently attending high school in the state of Hawaii and plan to pursue post-high school study on a full-time basis at a university, college, community college, vocational or trade school.

The following criteria will be used in determining the awarding of the scholarships.

1. An essay of not more than 1000 words as to the importance of labor unions in Hawaii. The essay may be written from a personal point of view or from a historical perspective.

2. Completing a cover letter with relevant information: name, address, phone number, e-mail address and what type of school you plan to attend.

All submissions must be received or postmarked by Friday, April 8, 2022. Applications can be sent by e-mail to: statefed@hawaflcio.org or by mail to: 888 Mililani St., Suite 501, Honolulu, HI 96813.

 Ukulele Festival Hawaii College  Scholarship $2,000.00 Deadline: April 30, 2022
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Criteria:
1. Be a graduating high school senior and resident of Hawaii
2. Be accepted for admission to an accredited college or university
3. Enjoys playing the ukulele
4. Must be of good character
5. Demonstrates financial need

 

Application Process:
1. Completed typed Application Form
2. Personal Statement Essay –
Describe your educational plans, career goals, any financial struggles you have because of college
expenses, and your interest in the ukulele. Also include activities, experiences, awards you’ve received.
Please type the one page essay and submit on a separate sheet.
3. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation. At least one from a high school teacher.
A relative is not acceptable.
4. Optional: First page of your parents’ Federal Income Tax Return (Form 1040). 

 

Click here for more information and see the app in the sidebar.

PB&J Scholarship $1,000.00 Deadline: May 31, 2022
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This annual scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed. With no GPA requirement, students are encouraged to apply as this scholarship is meant to be inclusive

 

Click here for more information and see the flyer in the sidebar.

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship $2,000.00 Deadline: October 31, 2022
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Did binge-re-watching "The Walking Dead" get you thinking about what you’d do if the streets were filled with flesh-eating zombies? Maybe you've envisioned your own post-apocalyptic world overrun with the living dead, forcing you to come up with a zombie survival plan — and quick!

Hone your survival tactics and imagine what your school or college campus might be like in a zombie apocalypse. Our Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship committee wants to know your plan to avoid the zombies, where you’d hide, and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive.

We're giving one successful survivor $2,000 towards his or her college education. Do you think you have what it takes to make the cut?

 

Applicants must:

Must be 14 years of age or older at time of application.| Must be a legal U.S. resident.| Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.| This award is for U.S. students.

Submit an online written response to the question:

"Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive." (250 words or less)

 

Requires a Unigo account.

Elks CA-HI Vocational Grant $2,000 Deadline: 3-6 months before program begins
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Thiel Fellowship $100,000 Deadline: None

The Thiel Fellowship gives $100,000 to young people who want to build new things instead of sitting in a classroom.

Click here or on the graphic to apply.

No application deadline.

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Great list of scholarships with a focus on Native Hawaiian advancement.
Click here or on the graphic to connect. See the list in the sidebar.
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pThink your family makes too much $$ to qualify for Financial Aid? Guess again! There’s still time to access
over $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study funds from the federal government to help pay for college, regardless of your family income — all you need to do is complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

O‘ahu (6:00 - 7:30 pm) - every Tuesdays from January to April    

Sign up for any of the following O‘ahu webinars by visiting this registration page

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Kuilei Courageous Conversations about Financial Aid:
 
Kapi‘olani CC's Community Workshop on Financial Aid:
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Get all your financial aid questions answered for the UH system and BEYOND!
Frank Green and Gus Cobb-Adams.
Assist students and parents with
  • FAFSA,
  • SAR
  • Award letter questions
For institutional specific questions (awards, disbursements, refunds, etc.) students will be referred to the individual school's financial aid offices.

Speakers Frank Green and Gus Cobb-Adams from University of Hawai‘i provided answers to questions regarding college admissions and affordability, as well as what steps families can take to see if they qualify for financial aid, including completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

cMissed it live? No problem, click here or on the graphic to view the webinar or download the presentation, or click on the presentation in the sidebar.

And here are links:

Webinar Recording - Downloadable Version

Webinar Recording - YouTube Version

Webinar Slides
Additional Financial Aid Resources

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2 Great Financial Aid Tools
  • Finding colleges that would give a student better financial aid and/or merit scholarships.

SwiftStudent: New Tool to Appeal Financial Aid Awards 

  • Appealing a financial aid award.

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Navigating Financial Aid Once You’re Accepted (Part 1)This first guide will walk you through how to understand your financial aid award letter.

How to Write a Great Financial Aid Appeal Letter (Part 2): If the financial aid award you received from college is making it tough to attend, it might be worth appealing it. Here's a more detailed step-by-step guide to writing a great financial aid appeal letter.