College Cash Campaign: Students
Financial aid is money for college; follow the steps below to maximize your earnings!
❶ Compare college costs and learn about the different types of financial aid.
❷ File the FAFSA or ORSAA as close to October 1 as possible.► Some financial aid is first-come, first-served, so file your FAFSA as soon it opens on October 1. Undocumented students in Oregon should file the ORSAA when it opens.
► You will need a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID in order to file the FAFSA.
► Prepare and bring all of the additional information and documents you will need to complete the application.
► The FAFSA and ORSAA are both FREE to fill out; do not pay anyone to complete this application.
❸ Fill out the OSAC Scholarship application by March 1.► This one application has over 500 scholarships you may be eligible for.
► A series of short essays are required as part of the application; be sure to write and edit them in a separate document. Ask your teachers or a trusted adult to take a final look.
● Some scholarships may require an additional essay. Don't overlook these - you may have better odds of winning these!
► Apply by the Early Bird Deadline of February 15 to be eligible for a $500 scholarship drawing.
❹ Going to community college? Fill out the Oregon Promise application by June 1.
❺ Apply for other scholarships and complete any additional financial aid forms.► Check for additional scholarships from the colleges you have applied to; you may need to complete additional paperwork.
► Search national search engines like Fast Web and check with your high school for local and regional scholarships.
► Some colleges require students to complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE in order to receive financial aid. In Oregon, Lewis & Clark College and Reed College require it; check with out-of-state colleges to see if they require it.