FAFSA and Financial Aid
Paying For College Webinars
Sponsored and presented by The College Place and the Oregon Association of School Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA), Paying for College workshops are offered in a webinar format; families can register individually and participate from the privacy of their homes. Below are recordings of the 2022 webinars.
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 attendance during the 2023/24 school year -- class of 2023 -- 2021 income information will be used).
FAFSA for the class of 2023 will open on October 1, 2022. Students and their parents will complete the FAFSA using 2021 tax information. Members of the class of 2023 should file FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, as many funds do run out.
Students and parents will need an FSA ID number. If you don’t already have an FSA ID number, apply for one at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. 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.
Students who hold DACA status or who are undocumented are unable to complete the FAFSA without a social security number and should complete the ORSAA. The ORSAA is used exclusively by the state of Oregon, not the Federal government.
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Oregon’s state grant program that provides recent high school graduates grants that can be applied toward tuition at Oregon community colleges. To learn more and to complete the simple application, please visit: https://oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-promise.aspx
- 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, becoming available in February-March.
- Office of Student Access and Completion — Complete one application for many different scholarships exclusively for residents of the state of Oregon. Application becomes available November 1.
- 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 becomes available in late January. Students should see Teri Willard with questions or for assistance with the application.
- Portland Community College Foundation Scholarships -- The PCC foundation offers hundreds of scholarships each year. This application opens in November.