Finanical Aid
Financial Aid - Federal

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Federal School Code Search
Find the school code for the school to which you want to apply.

All students applying online must have pin number.

Fast Web
Free tools to help students prepare for college.Students get matched to scholarships, colleges, internships, part-time jobs and more.

School Soup is the largest free online data base of private and college/university specific scholarships in the United States. 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.

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Effective study skills
Learn to study and manage your time.

Testing Strategies
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There are strategies available to help you take tests better.

Scholarship Information
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 grant.

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 until March 6, 2011.

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.

Our 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.

Those 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  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



                                                phone:  205-202-4076

                                                fax:  205-202-4171

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 Certification
NCCER's Online Career Center
Students can... *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

In 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 $15,680.

As 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

t’s 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 students.

When 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.

The 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.

Students — 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.

Budgeting While in College

You 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.

In 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.