FAFSA and Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid 101

    What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

    The FAFSA is used to apply for federal student aid such as grants, work-study, and loans. You may also be required to complete FAFSA in order to apply for most state and some private aid.

    All college-bound seniors must complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for federal aid (including student and parent loans). The information necessary for completing the FAFSA is based on the "prior prior" year’s income (for example, to complete the FAFSA for the 2019/20 school year, 2017 income information will be used).

    FAFSA is now available for the class of 2019. Students and their parents will complete the FAFSA using 2017 tax information. Members of the class of 2019 should file FAFSA as soon as possible.

    Students and parents will need an FSA ID number. If you don’t already have an FSA ID number, apply for one at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid.The ID number enables both parties to sign the form electronically upon completion.  If parents have completed FAFSA for older children, they will use the same FSA ID number.

     

    FAFSA4caster

    FAFSA4caster is an online tool that helps students and parents determine current eligibility for federal student aid.  Parents and students of any age can check it out to learn how much aid they would receive if they applied today.  Information that is saved in the FAFSA4caster can then be populated into the FAFSA at a later date.

    Visit www.studentaid.ed.gov sources for free information from the U.S. Dept. of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.

    Check out these helpful videos from Federal Student Aid

    Scholarships

    • Naviance — Students and parents can find a database of scholarships received by WHS.  This list is maintained by the College & Career Center and is updated frequently.
    • Local Scholarships – Students can find scholarship applications from local organizations. In many cases, these scholarships are open to WHS graduating seniors only, making the pool of applicants much smaller.  These are administered by Wilsonville High School and awarded at Senior Awards Night in June each year. Local scholarships are also listed in the Naviance scholarship database.
    • Office of Student Access and Completion — Complete one application for many different scholarships exclusively for residents of  the state of Oregon. The application for the class of 2019 is now closed.
    • Clackamas Community College Foundation Scholarships — The CCC Foundation offers approximately $600,000 in scholarships each year. Scholarships are available for students taking 6 or more credits with a 2.0 GPA, at least.  CCC also allows WHS to choose three students to receive scholarships worth up to $2,000.  Application period is now open and  closes on April 12.  Students should see Lyndi Tucker with questions or for assistance with the application.