Paying for College: Grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships help make college or career school affordable.
Scholarships are often merit based and/or a combination of merit and need based. There are numerous scholarships available.
On this page you will find:
Applying for Scholarships: A Step by Step Guide
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.
Colleges and University: 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!
Scholarship Search Engines: 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, including grants, loans and work-study 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.
What will I need to complete my financial aid application? Click here
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.
Award Letter: Need help understanding your Award Letter? Click here to learn more.
To learn more, watch this video on understanding Federal Aid.