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Federal School Code Search
Find the school code for the school to which you want to apply.
FAFSA PIN Number
All students applying online must have pin number.
Free tools to help students prepare for college.Students get
matched to scholarships, colleges, internships, part-time jobs and more.
Schoolsoup.com is the largest free
online data base of private and college/university specific scholarships
in the United States. Schoolsoup.com has amassed over $40 billion in
scholarship data and are considered a leading source for students and
parents researching information on scholarships and financial aid.
Test Taking Tips
There are strategies available to help you take tests better.
Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program
See the counselor if you are interested in this. This scholarship
recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their
committment to community service, academics, and demonstrated
leadership. Recipients of this award will receive a one-time $1000
SAMMY 2011 Award Program
The SAMMY 2011 Award Program recognizes outstanding scholar athlete
in grade 12 from high schools throughout the US. There will be 25
winners who will receive the following: A $7500 collage scholarship from
Milk Processor Education Program An invitation for winners, parents
and/or guardians to attend a SAMMY 2011 weekend at the Disney World
Cokmplex in Orlando, FL scheduled for June 2011. An opportunity to be
picture in a special congratulatory Milk Mustache ad in a June 2011
ediction fo USA Today and other national publications. SAMMY 2009
applications will only be accepted online at bodybymilk.com until March
Wiregrass Foundation Scholarship
Houston County Students:
To be eligible you must (1) be a graduate of a Dothan City or Houston
County School; (2) have a 2.5 GPA on a standard diploma; (3) Complete
the federal aid FAFSA form online (although you do not have to be Pell
Grabt eligible to receive the Wiregrass Foundation Scholarship). See your base school counselor or see the WCC website to download application.
Call Financial Aid at Wallace Community College for addtional information (334) 556-2478, 556-2479, 556-2477, 556-2481.
Smith Foundation Scholarships
The Smith Foundation Scholarships
are designed to help young Alabamians obtain a higher education and
fulfill their personal goals to give back to their communities.
Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2010 to January 15, 2011
for funding in fall 2011. We are a Last Dollar Scholarship providing up
to $15,000 per year, renewable for four years, after all other
financial aid is applied. The Smith Scholarship provides funding for
tuition, room/board, books, study abroad opportunities, dorm pack,
business attire, mentors available 24/7, emergency assistance and
professional advancement seminars.
qualifications are simple: 1) must be a graduating Alabama high school
senior; 2) must have a minimum of a C+ grade point average; 3) planning
to attend a 4-year college in the State of Alabama; and 4) significant
contribution to family or community.
students are being sought who have struggled against the odds whether it
be financial, home life or disabilities and proven they are willing to
help those around them. Only a C+ average is required, as the focus is
on the service and commitment of the student to better themselves and
their families instead of grades or test scores. All qualified seniors
need to apply. We have had many students and parents tell us that our
information has not been provided to them because they were not in the
top ten percent of their class. This is the scholarship for those
students who have potential, but may not qualify for traditional test
and grade based scholarships. We want to reach those students who would
not otherwise be able to attend college.
Approximately 10 new scholarships will be awarded in 2011. We want to encourage your students to complete the online application now available on our website at www.smithscholarships.com. If you have students that do not have access to a computer, they may submit a paper application. We
want to encourage all students to further their education and use it as
a means to make their way into the profession of their choice. With
perseverance and commitment, Alabama students can improve their lives
and take control of their future through education.
The Smith Scholarship Foundation
505 20th Street North, Suite 130-A
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Alabama Career Technical Education
Al Career Tech Ed
CTE programs develop the talents and skills of students in
classroom settings that are rigorous, progressive and certified to
international standards. The Alabama Department of Education is the only
state-level educational agency in the nation to receive certification
from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for its
business/industry certification (BIC) process, used to certify CTE
programs for industry compliance.
NCCER's Online Career Center
*Post their resumes online absolutely free
Show off their credentials and tag their resumes with the NCCER logo.
*Upload their already existing resume or build one using the resume wizard
*Access career resources such as construction career paths, descriptions, and earning potential
*Search for construction jobs by company, location, or keyword.
School Debt Management
Scholarships and Grants
2012-13, full-time undergraduates at public, four-year schools received
an average of $5,750 in gift aid from all sources; full-time
undergraduates at private, nonprofit schools received an average of
the cost of college continues to climb, it’s more important than ever
for students and parents to learn the types of gift aid that are
available and how to apply for scholarships and grants.
Financial Aid Process
Budgeting While in College
never too early to begin looking for scholarships. You can start your
search on free websites like Fastweb and theCollege Board. You may also
be eligible for scholarships and grants specific to your college or
university, and even some high schools award them to college-bound
you find a scholarship for which you qualify, its application
instructions should be included. For scholarships, you may need to write
an essay. Be sure to pay attention to all the rules and guidelines, as
well as any deadlines.
For grants and loans, the application process typically is easier. Most grants and loans simply require you to complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
FAFSA is used to determine your financial need and can qualify you for
need-based loans and grants. Originally created to qualify individuals
for federal aid only, the FAFSA is now used to determine most need-based
aid, federal and otherwise.
— and their parents — should aim to complete the FAFSA during their
senior years after their college applications are completed. Be aware
that it has a deadline in the spring that can change year to year. You
must complete a FAFSA each year you plan to attend college.
may be a whiz at physics, a great water polo player or a talented
musician, and it is hoped that your college years will be a time for you
to exploit your talents, expand your mind and begin to fashion your
life as an independent adult. But if you are living away from home for
the first time, and you fail to handle your expenses while in school
because you’ve never learned to manage your money intelligently, college
can be a time of worry, debt and increasing financial difficulty.
order to concentrate on your education, while also enjoying your
extracurricular activities and social life, you’re going to have to
create a spending plan in which your fixed and variable costs over the
span of a year are equal to, or less than, the financial resources you
have at your disposal. In other words, you’ll need to create a budget that is realistic, but flexible enough to adapt to the changing circumstances of college life.