FINANCIAL AID:

There are 3 major types of financial aid to help students fund their post-secondary education. Financial aid is any type of assistance used to pay for the cost of college.

Grants and Scholarships – this type of financial aid is also known as “free money” because you don’t need to repay it and you don’t need to work to earn it. Grant aid can be from federal and state governments and from individual colleges. Scholarships come from various sources and most require a separate application.

Loans – this type of financial aid must be repaid plus interest. There are different types of loans, including loans for students and parents.

Work – work-study is a federal program that allows students to earn money for books, supplies and other expenses. Some jobs are on-campus while others may be in the community. This program also allows students to gain work experience and the opportunity to network.

 You can get more information by visiting the Federal Student Aid website.


FAFSA:

In order for colleges to determine how much and the type of financial aid that students should be awarded, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All eligible students should complete the FAFSA even if they believe they will not receive any aid, because some colleges or scholarships require it. Undocumented or DACA students from Oregon should complete the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) and follow the guide.  However, students should check with individual colleges to learn about their specific requirements or recommendations. All students can check in with their counselor or College & Career Center staff for more information or help completing any requirements.

 
Effective 2016, FAFSA opening filing date was changed to OCTOBER 1, INSTEAD of January 1.  Therefore, filing the FAFSA for your post-secondary academic year will occur every October.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Scholarships are another type of aid that students can earn to help fund their education. There are different types of sources for scholarships and students should search for all possibilities. Some are college specific while others are from private organizations that can be used at various schools.  

One organization that offers different types of aid for Oregon students is the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC). Students have the opportunity to complete the OSAC scholarships using one application.  Check out the Step by Step Video for help. OSAC also administers the new Oregon Promise Program where students that meet the eligibility requirements can earn money to attend an Oregon Community College.

 

The “Scholarship Wall” is located in the College & Career Center and is updated weekly. Scholarships posted are only a few of the many available to students and include college specific, national and local scholarships. Students are encouraged to check the Scholarship Wall or the SCHOLARSHIP LIST on a weekly basis.

 
NOTE:  Several local scholarships use the same application form, the "Local Common Scholarship" Application.  They are:  Lion's Club  Scholarship, Kiwanis Scholarship (Walnut City),  Florence Bridenstine Memorial Scholarship, and Betty Stephens Memorial Scholarship.

Other resources:
Reviews (scholarship platform reviews and tips)

Fastweb

FinAid

Collegeboard

Scholarships.com
Scholarship America


LETTERS of RECOMMENDATION – Brag Sheet:

Many colleges and scholarships will require student to submit letters of recommendation. Students should select someone that knows them well and can speak to their abilities. Some committees will require a counselor and core-teacher to be the recommenders, while others will allow any non-relative as a recommender. Students should pay attention to the instructions for each specific recommendation. Students should always give recommenders enough time to complete the letters of recommendation, we suggest students give a two week notice and follow up with their recommenders. Many find the Brag Sheet useful when completing recommendations. Students should complete a brag sheet in order for the recommender to write a thorough letter of recommendation.  

 

CAREER & COLLEGE SEARCH:

McMinnville High School students are able to take advantage of the Oregon Career Information System (CIS). CIS has career interest assessments, resume builder, college search and more. Students are able to log in to the system using the following – username: first.last password: mID#. If you have issues logging into the system please check with the College & Career Center.  Students use this system to complete some of their PEP requirements.

 

POST-SECONDARY OPTIONS:

There are different education paths after high school that fit students’ needs. Students should research and explore their options to find the best one for them.

Military – Students may choose that enrolling in the military and serving this country is the best option for them. Students exploring this option can meet with recruiters to learn more information. MHS also offers the ASVAB once a year for students interested in this option.

Career/Technical/Vocational/Trade – Trade Schools allow students to focus on a specific career to help them get into the work force quickly and effectively. Instead of focusing on a liberal arts education, trade schools focus on job-specific training and skills.  

Community Colleges – There are different degree options for students at a community college. Students may earn a certificate, an Associate’s Degree, or an Associate’s Transfer Degree. Community colleges do not have specific admissions requirements, so students do not need a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA).

Public Colleges/Universities – Public colleges/universities offer students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in a variety of programs of study. These schools have specific admissions requirements including minimum GPA, SAT/ACT exam, grades of a “C-” or higher in core classes. Students should check the specific requirements for each school.

Private Colleges/Universities – Private colleges/universities have similar requirements as public schools; however, private schools are more selective and usually have higher GPA requirements. While private schools are more expensive than public schools, they also have more financial aid to offer to students because they do not rely solely on state/federal aid. Many private schools accept the Common Application, which allows you to apply to many colleges using one application.
On-Line Schools - Many students are searching for other non-traditional opportunities to receive degrees.  Research how Oregon colleges and universities are incorporating online degree programs.

 

Students should do individual research to find the best school for them, but can receive guidance from their counselor or College & Career Center staff.