Paying for College
See below to learn about the MVHS Scholarship Bulletin, scholarship opportunities from colleges and universities, as well as scholarship search engines.
MVHS Scholarship Bulletin: Information on local, state and national scholarships. This Bulletin will be updated often, so check back regularly for new and exciting scholarship opportunities. Click on the Scholarship Bulletin
Colleges and University: Below is information about the scholarship process for the WA State 4-Yr Public Universities as well as Skagit Valley College. Make sure to familiarize yourself with your colleges scholarship process and due dates!
Central Washington University: New and returning CWU students, as well as new applicants*, are eligible to complete the online Scholarship Central application for CWU Foundation and Departmental scholarships. Over 325 scholarships are available exclusively to Central students! The Scholarship Central application for 2019-2020 scholarships is open October 1, 2018 through February 1, 2019. Visit www.cwu.edu for more information.
Eastern Washington University: Every year EWU awards approximately $5.5 million in scholarships. Add that to approximately $140 million in financial aid, and a degree from EWU is definitely within your financial reach. Students have two ways to earn an EWU scholarship: 1) Apply for admission by the priority deadline for the the fall quarter. Apply at least 48 hours before the admissions deadline of Feb 1st OR 2) Complete the annual scholarship application. Visit www.ewu.edu for more information.
Evergreen State College: Students should submit a packet of all required materials specific to each scholarship and tuition award description. Due date is February 1st. Materials include Letter of Application, Letters of Recommendation, Transcript, Financial Aid Application and Portfolio. For a complete list of requirements, visit www.evergreen.edu
Skagit Valley College: The Skagit Valley College Foundation offers a wide variety of scholarships each year to eligible students. To apply, all applicants must complete and submit the online SVC Foundation Scholarship Application. Applications are due March 15th. SVC student ID and SVC email address are required to apply for SVC Foundation Scholarships. If you do not yet have these, please apply for admission to SVC.
University of Washington: The UW offers scholarships in everything from academic pursuits and research activities to community service and musical talents. You are considered for some scholarship programs automatically as part of your admission or financial aid applications.
Washington State University: Over 700 different scholarship programs are awarded through the Washington State University Scholarship Application. .This is a separate application than the application for admission. You must submit this application every year to be considered for university awards. The 2019-2020 WSU General Scholarship Application is due on January 31. For more information visit www.wsu.edu
Western Washington University: Freshmen are automatically considered for merit-based and activity scholarships as well as many of our donor sponsored scholarships based on information provided in their application for admission. No separate application is needed to apply for these awards.
Scholarship Search Engines: Click here to use these search engines to match you with scholarships offered from the federal and state government, large corporations, local businesses, professional organizations, universities and individuals. Note: You should never have to pay to apply for a scholarship or disclose any bank information.
To qualify for financial aid, you need to apply. In Washington, there are two different applications for financial aid, but you only need to file one.
File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. File online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
File the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) if you are not eligible to file the FAFSA due to immigration status. Find information and file online at www.readysetgrad.org/WASFA.
Colleges have their own aid forms and deadlines, too. Check with your financial aid office to stay on-track.
Wondering how the amount of your federal student aid is determined? Click here to learn more.
Cost-saving tip: Applying to schools at which you’re near the top of the applicant pool academically may qualify you for more grants or scholarships from the college (usually, these do not have to be repaid). Applying to schools at which you’re in the lower half of the applicant pool academically may mean that the school will offer you more loans, which have to be repaid, with interest.
Need help understanding your Award Letter? Click here to learn more.