• Scholarships

    What is the Scholarship Newsletter?
    Throughout the year, Ms. Erikson compiles all of the scholarships she receives and organizes them into the Scholarship Newsletter. In this newsletter, you will find the name, amount, eligibility criteria, and submission information for a number of scholarships. The Scholarship Newsletter is sent out 1-2x per month to students and families. It can also be found on Ms. Erikson’s Canvas page and on the School Counseling website (below).

    Check out the May 2021 Scholarship Newsletter!

    Scholarships on Naviance—
    In addition to the Scholarship Newsletter, all scholarships are also listed on Naviance.
    To access scholarships on Naviance, follow the directions below:

      1. Log-in to www.naviance.com [zip code is 01701] → sign-in using your ‘Students and Families’ account
      1. Click ‘Colleges’ in the top right corner of your home page
      2. On the ‘Colleges’ drop-down tab, click ‘Scholarships and Money’
      3. Select “local scholarships” at the top the new page
      4. Explore and apply!

    How do I submit scholarships?
    Directions for how to submit scholarships can be found at the top of the scholarship newsletter.

    • Some scholarships are submitted online
    • Some scholarships are submitted to Ms. Erikson (A106 / rschmid@framingham.k12.ma.us)
    • Some scholarships are emailed/mailed to a private party

    Where else can I find scholarships?
    Additional scholarships can be found at the following:

    FAFSA

    What is the FAFSA?
    Before each year of college, apply for federal grants, work-study, and loans with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Your college uses your FAFSA data to determine your federal aid eligibility. Many states and colleges use FAFSA data to award their own aid. After submission, you’ll receive your Student Aid Report (FAFSA, 2021).

    • Check out Ms. Erikson’s FAFSA module on Canvas for more resources /assistance

    Who is eligible to apply for FAFSA?
    At minimum, you must: Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen (including a U.S. national or permanent resident) and have a valid Social Security number; more information about FAFSA eligibility.

    How do I fill my FAFSA?
    The first step of completing the FAFSA is creating an FSA ID 🡪 create your FSA ID here.
    **once the FSA ID is created, it takes 24-72 hours to process before you can start your FAFSA**

    • Both the student and a parent (JUST ONE PARENT) need FSA IDs.

    Once the FSA is created and active, students may begin to fill out their FAFSA 🡪 log-in here.

    To fill out the FAFSA for 2021-2022, you will need the following documents:

    • 2019 federal tax returns
    • W-2 forms or other records of income for 2019 and 2020
    • Records of untaxed income for 2019 and 2020
    • Bank statements
    • Mortgage information

    Who can help me fill out the FAFSA?
    There are a number of people at FHS who can help you and your student complete the FAFSA.

    How do I apply to more than 10 schools on my FAFSA application?
    To apply to more than 10 schools on your online FAFSA application, please click on this link for step-by-step directions.

    The FAFSA asked me about the Selective Service System—what is that?
    Men who register with Selective Service remain eligible for federal student financial aid, state-funded student financial aid, federal employment, state employment, job training under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, security clearances, and U.S. citizenship for immigrant men. For more information, see Why Register. Selective Service accepts early registrations as young as 17 years and 3 months. **The Selective Service System has not now, or in the past, collected or shared any information which would indicate a man's immigration status, either documented or undocumented. 

    The FAFSA asked me if I’m interested in ‘Work Study’—what is that?
    Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study—learn more here.

    CSS Profile

    What is the CSS Profile?
    The CSS Profile is an online application that collects information used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal aid. (For federal aid you must complete the FAFSA, available Oct. 1 at fafsa.ed.gov.) Some colleges may require the CSS Profile from both biological/adoptive parents in cases of divorce or separation (CSS Profile, 2021).

    What schools require the CSS Profile?
    The CSS Profile is required by a number of colleges/universities.
    Here is a full list of institutions that CSS Profile for the 2021-2022 school year.


    When does the CSS Profile become available and what are the deadlines?

    • The CSS Profile becomes available for students on October 1st of students senior year (e.g. if a student will begin college in the fall of 2021, the CSS Profile opens on 10/1/2020 for the 2021-2022 school year.
    • The CSS Profile deadline typically aligns with the deadlines at each individual school that requires it.

    How do I fill out my CSS Profile?
    The CSS Profile is completed through the College Board.
    Here is a step-by-step tutorial for completing the CSS Profile.

    To fill out this year’s CSS profile, you will need the following documents—see the CSS Profile guide:

    • 2019 federal tax returns
    • W-2 forms or other records of income for 2019 and 2020
    • Records of untaxed income for 2019 and 2020
    • Bank statements
    • Mortgage information

    Does the CSS Profile cost money?
    YES—it is $25 to submit the first CSS application, and $16 for each additional school.
    If you qualified for a SAT fee waiver through the College Board, you can also get fee waivers to submit your CSS Profile—check here to see if you quality for a fee waiver.