Scholarships & Financial Aid
When considering educational expenses in college, many people think only of tuition, books and lab fees, and room and board if one is to live on campus. There is more. Even if you are living at home while going to college, there are expenses incurred that are not paid to the college: clothing, personal expenses, transportation, etc., and the equivalent of room and board while living at home (it costs parents to feed and shelter you). TOTAL EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES amount to more than "college expenses" - the amount paid to the institution.
Become knowledgeable about the FASFA, the Free Application for Student Federal Aid. Even if you do not meet the financial aid guidelines for this type of assistance, many colleges, universities, and other agencies utilizes the FASFA information to award other types of financial, such as scholarships. Completing the FASFA application process may well be worth your time. Students and families may begin to apply in January of the student's senior year.
Learn about the different types of financial aid, especially the differences between money that you do not have to repay, and money you will have to repay at some point in time. Be aware of all the details when it comes to loans, for there will be time lines for repayment, plus the added cost of interest on the loan. College students and their families have had to utilize loans to finance a college education and being aware of the loan requirements is important in choosing the loan options that best fit the needs of your specific situation.
Financial Aid Resources:
- Financial Aid-FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Aid):It is the only form you need to fill out for most types of financial aid. Submit the FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible for the following fall semester. In completing the form, you must include information from your family’s completed or estimated income tax return. For questions about the FAFSA, call 1-800-433-3243.
- TAFSA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid): Texas has a financial aid application for students who are not United States citizens but who are Texas residents. To fill out this application, you must meet one of the following criteria: 1. You resided in Texas for 36 months/3 years before receiving a high school diploma or GED and lived with a parent/legal guardian; not a resident of another state or 2. You hold a visa that allows you to live in the United States and you or a parent must be employed in Texas for at least 12 months before enrolling in college.
- Federal Student Aid: Free source of information from the US Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school
- Financial Aid Estimate Form: The form is used to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and financial need, and to estimate your student financial aid. It is a free service.
- Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office.
- Every Chance Every Texan: Provides financial aid, scholarship information, and college costs for Texas college and universities.
- College for All Texans: Find everything a Texas resident needs to know about preparing for, applying to, and paying for college or technical school.
- Financial Aid Tips from NASFFA: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is an association of over 3,000 colleges, universities, career schools, and others with an interest in student financial aid. NASFAA does NOT provide financial aid to students. You should contact the financial aid office at the college of your choice for details on available opportunities. However, this Web page will direct you to some of the more helpful financial aid guidance on the Web.
Scholarships are a type of financial aid that is based upon academic merit or financial need, and most likely both. The academic record and college entrance test performance will both be major factors. For many scholarship application letters of recommendation, academic records (transcripts), college entrance test scores, essays, and at times the record of school and community service, are required. When you ask references to write letters of recommendation, allow a few weeks for responses to be received.
The LHS Counseling Department will send updated scholarship information as they are received in our offices throughout the year. Please check your emails and our website for the most acuurate and updated information.
Common Scholarship Opportunities 2020-21
- Lewisville Education Foundation - The 2020-2021 scholarship application will be open November 2, 2020 – January 8, 2021
- Cameron Impact Scholarship - Deadline September 2020
- AES Engineering Scholarships - Deadline October 5th, 2020
- Olin E. Teague Scholarship - Deadline October 12th, 2020
- Celebrating Texas Public Schools Scholarship - October 15th, 2020
- CoServ Scholarship; Information flyer - Deadline October 16th, 2020
- Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program - Various Deadlines
- Coca Cola Scholars Program - Deadline October 31st, 2020
- Prudential Spirit of Community Award - Deadline November 10th, 2020
- Texas PTA scholarship - Deadline November 15th, 2020
- Brockman Foundation Scholars Program - Deadline December 1st, 2020
- State Farm Companies Foundations Scholarship - Deadline March 2021
- Texas Student Housing - Deadline January 2021
- The Gates Scholarship - Deadline September 2020
- SP High School Scholarship - Deadline October 31st, 2020
- Dell Scholarship - Deadline early December 2020
- Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship - February 3, 2021
- The Knights of Columbus Scholarships - January 2021
- Coolidge Scholarship - (for current Junior students only) - Opens October
- Golden Door Scholars- Deadline October 25th, 2020
- Ft Worth Scottish Rite Foundation Scholarship - Deadline February 2021
- Kappa Theta Chapter - Deadline early March 2021
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Tau Rho Omega Chapter HBCU Scholarship - Deadline April 2021
- Heisman Scholarship - Deadline October 20th, 2020
- Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program - Deadline April 1, 2021
- The Cirkled In Scholarship - December 31st Deadline
- oxyGen Scholarship - Deadline February 28th Oxygen Scholarship pdf
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Presidential Honors Scholarship deadline April 1st
- BDG Remebrance Scholarship - for motherless daughters $2500
- Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship Program - Deadline March 11th, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. CT
- LHS PTSA Scholarship Information - Deadline is Friday, February 26th, 2021. LHS PTSA Scholarship Info PDF
- TheDream.US scholarships - BECAS
- Sallie Mae Fund's Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program - Deadline March 8th Sallie Mae PDF
- 2021 Cathay Bank Foundation Scholarship Program - Deadline Friday, April 2nd Info Flyer
- TASF (Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund) - Deadline Friday, April 2nd TASF Flyer
- Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Juanita Harmon Grant-in-Aide Scholarship - Deadline March, 24th Info Flyer & Teacher Rec.
- The Republican Women of Greater North Texas - Deadline April 15th
- Living For Zachary Academic Scholarship - Deadline April 1st
Scholarship Resources/Search Engines:
- Going Merry
- CollegeWeek Live Scholarship Search
- ACT scholarship information
- College Board Scholarship Information
- FastWeb Scholarship Search Engine
- Chegg Scholarships
- Alphabetical Index to Scholarships
- Sallie Mae: Free scholarship award database that contains more than 2.9 million scholarships worth more than $16 billion.
- School Soup: The largest scholarship database in the world. Finds scholarships that match your interests and profile by searching through $32 billion worth of scholarships. Scholarships with the best matches are listed first.
- Hispanic Scholarships: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund believes that the country prospers when all Americans have access to the opportunities a college education can afford. As the nation’s leading Hispanic higher education fund, HSF works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree.
- Raise.Me: RaiseMe partners with over 330 colleges and universities to offer students "micro-scholarships" for the acheivements during high school and college. It is free to sign up and you can earn these microscholarships by entering grades (beginning from freshman year), extracurricular activities, awards/leadership positions, attending college fairs, etc.
- CHOICES 360: This will be located in your L-Hub login. You can search for scholarships and get help with the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA).
*Check out this fun artlcle about some of the weirdest scholarships offered. Click here.