Help for Applicants
Uploaded items. All supporting documents will be uploaded directly to the application, not mailed to our office. The Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA, Financial Aid Award letter, formal essay, several short essays, resume, and transcripts from current college students should be saved and uploaded in one of the following file formats: pdf, doc, docx, jpg, jpeg, or png. WE PREFER PDF FILES OVER ALL OTHERS. Documents that aren’t available electronically can be photographed with a smart phone, emailed to yourself and saved to your computer, then can be uploaded to your application. You can also take a screen shot of material that is available online, such as financial aid information, and upload that file. For more information about acceptable file formats, how to take a screenshot and how to combine multiple pages into one document, please click here.
Recommendations. Contact your High School Guidance Counselor or College Professor/Advisor, and a second individual to complete the General Recommendation, several weeks in advance of the May 1st deadline to be sure they are willing to provide recommendations.
- Consider getting a third recommendation – Often times recommenders are unable to complete a recommendation for you. For this reason you should consider adding a third recommender to your application. Up until your application is submitted you may add additional recommenders to the General Recommendation area of the application.
Financial Information. Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st so that your Student Aid Report (SAR) for 2016-2017 is available. If you are a high school student, you need to have received your financial aid award for 2016-2017 from the college you plan to attend. If you are a current college student you can use your financial aid award for 2015-2016 (or 2016-2017 if you have it.)
College Costs. When figuring out your College Cost, use Room & Board (Meal Plan) costs for your college if you are living on-campus or off-campus in an apartment, but not at home. If you are living at home and commuting, do not use Room & Board costs; instead use $3,000 as a commuter allowance. Here is the link to the list of colleges for which we have costs: Cost of College List. If your college is not on this list you should calculate your own cost of college using the information about billed costs on your award letter or on your college’s website.
Deadline. Submit your application by midnight on April 15. However, submitting your application as soon as it is complete is advisable.
Award Decisions. All applicants will receive notification of our award decisions by mid-June.
Helpful Sample Documents
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Application Checklist / Required Materials
Complete application submitted by midnight, April 15, 2016:
- One formal essay
- Several short essays
- Official transcript for all academic work through Fall 2015 (First year college students should submit their High School transcripts in addition to Fall 2015 grades.)
- Two recommendation forms (although more recommendation forms and/or letters of recommendation may be submitted):
- High School applicants need a HS Guidance Counselor Form (and letter) & the General Recommendation Form
- College applicants need the College Recommendation Form & the General Recommendation Form
- 2016-2017 Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA
- Financial Aid Award Letter
- High School applicants need a Financial Aid Award letter for 2016-2017 from the college/university they will be attending Fall 2016
- College applicants need Financial Aid Award information from this current year (2015-2016) from the college/university they are currently attending (or for 2016-2017, if available). If students are transferring to a new college, they must send award letters for 2016-2017 from the college to which they are transferring.