FAFSA® Application Information & Resources
Start with completing your FAFSA as early as October of your senior year! Don't miss the free FAFSA events at your school if you or your family want to receive help and ask questions.
To maximize your full award of aid and scholarships offered at your school it is advantageous to complete a FAFSA application yearly based on your post-secondary journey plans.
According to FAFSA® (Federal Application for Student Aid) provides more than $120 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to help pay for college or career school. State governments and many colleges and career schools may also use your FAFSA information to award you their aid.
The FAFSA application starts on October 1st for the following year. To apply for this aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.
College Board CSS Profile™
Check the College Board’s website for a list of schools and institutions that require the CSS Profile application in addition to the FAFSA.
The CSS Profile is an online application for nonfederal student financial aid that is used by nearly 400 colleges, universities, professional schools, and scholarship programs to award more than $9 billion in grants. Available on October 1 each year.
Scholarships & Financial Aid Tools & Information
Start early and search often for scholarships! Unlike student loans, scholarships are money that does not have to be repaid.
Scholarships are an opportunity for you to pursue educational goals without having to pay out of your own pocket. There are various types of scholarships available from individuals, colleges, private organizations, and charities. We've compiled a large list of scholarship deadlines and local resources to help you with your search for scholarship opportunities!
Want to stay in Arizona to attend college? Arizona is home to many great colleges and universities and being an AZ resident you'll qualify for in-state tuition and special scholarships only available for in-state students.
Arizona Family College Savings Program (AZ529)
Start a college savings account and/or use your college savings plan to help with college costs!
The Arizona Family College Savings Plan is a state-sponsored 529 plan designed to provide a parent, grandparent or future student an opportunity to save for educational expenses in a tax-deferred manner.
Free/Reduced Lunch Application – for More than Just School Lunches!
Free and reduced-price meals are available to families who qualify. If your family chooses to apply, please fill out a Free & Reduced Meal Application.
Did you know that if you qualify for assistance through the National School Lunch Program (NLSP), you may eligible to receive fee waivers for the SAT/ACT exams, some College Applications and fee reductions for AP Exams?
From the College Board:
"The College Board fee-waiver service assists qualified, economically disadvantaged students who plan to take the: SAT/SAT Subject Tests/PSAT/NMSQT/AP Exams. A student must be either enrolled in or eligible to participate in, the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) in order to receive a fee waiver. Schools participating in new federal programs such as Community Eligibility may not be able to use the NLSP criterion to identify and verify individual student fee-waiver eligibility. However, several other criteria or indicators can still be used to confirm eligibility for fee-waiver benefits."
For more information, please speak with your Counselor.