Financial Aid Packet
Everything you need to know about Financial Aid and more.... Must have Acrobat Reader to access.
When it comes to the matter of how to finance your child's education, the questions and answers are limitless...and Plano Senior High offers a variety of Financial Aid and Scholarship resources and opportunities. Please come by the Counseling Centre and talk with Mrs. Fuson, the Counseling Secretary and Financial Aid Coordinator. She will be more than happy to answer any of your questions not covered here.
Types of Financial Aid
Financial Aid is awarded from four primary sources: The Federal Government, the state government, the college or university itself, and private agencies. If you do qualify for financial aid, you will receive what is called a financial aid "package". It may contain a combination of:
- Grants or scholarships: These awards do not have to be repaid.
- Loans: These awards do have to be repaid, but usually not until you have graduated or left college.
- Work/Study: This award involves earning money through a job, usually arranged for you by the college.
Applying for Aid
To get you started on the application process, there are two important financial aid forms. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used for ALL colleges and universities, including junior colleges and the College Scholarship Service (CSS) is used for private Colleges and Universities. Almost every student wishing to apply for financial aid, whether in the form of scholarship, loan or grant must fill out the FAFSA. This form can not be filled out before January 1 of the students senior year because it is based on the previous year tax information. Students planning to attend private school may need to fill out the CSS in addition to the FAFSA. There may be additional forms your college may want you to fill out. Check with the Financial Aid office of your college or university for this information. Both FAFSA and CSS Profile are available online (the preferred method of submission). FAFSA is at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and CSS is at http://www.collegeboard.org/.
On these applications there is a question about the four digit code of your chosen colleges. This number is available at the Receptionist desk in the Counseling Center.
A large source of financial information can be found on the Internet at
Scholarships begin to trickle into the office in late September and keep coming through the end of the year. Scholarships can be for specific majors, to a specific university or a generic aid for any student meeting set qualifications.
Early in the Spring, our office receives local scholarship information. These are usually smaller scholarships open to only Plano Senior High, Plano East, and Plano West students.