Scholarships and Financial Aid 

Scholarships

Log into your Family Connection through Naviance to check out scholarships that are being offered!! This will include all local scholarships available to MSD Decatur Township high school students.

Be sure to check back periodically as scholarships are added throughout the year!

Log in here for DCHS: https://connection.naviance.com/decaturdchs

Log in here for DTSE: https://connection.naviance.com/decaturdtse

If you know where you will be attending college – be sure to check out the college’s financial aid/scholarship page online for specific scholarship opportunities for accepted students.

Other scholarship search engines:

Loan vs Scholarship 

What is the difference between a loan and a scholarship?

A loan is money borrowed that requires repayment with interest. Scholarships, on the other hand, are awards given to students for almost anything and do not require repayment. Be sure to look at requirements when looking for scholarships! Some may require an essay, a specific GPA, specific interests, demographics, or skills.

Remember – there are more scholarships out there than just academic scholarships!

If you know where you will be attending college – be sure to check out the college’s financial aid/scholarship page online for specific scholarship opportunities for accepted students.

 

Loans

If you need to take out loans to support paying for college, check out the Federal Student Aid website for more information on types of loans.

 

INvestEd College Planning

Looking for help with financial aid planning? Check out their website here: INvestEdIndiana.org

Miss the presentation given by INvestEd? Check it out here!

 

FAFSA

What is it?

            FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is due on or before March 10th each year students will be attending college, starting with their senior year of high school. The FAFSA determines student eligibility for financial aid.

How do I complete?

            To file the FAFSA, visit this website: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

            Filing the FAFSA is free! You do not need to pay to file the FAFSA.

 

College Goal Sunday

Where and When?

            Decatur Central High School at 2:00 PM

            Sunday, November 13, 2016

            Sunday, February 12, 2017

What is it?

            A program for college bound students and their families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). College Goal Sunday provides on-site help from financial aid experts.

Why is it important?

            Most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools in the nation require students seeking federal financial aid, including grants and loans, to complete the FAFSA. Your FAFSA form must be submitted on or before March 10th.

 

21st Century Scholars

What does my 21st Century Scholarship pay for?

  • At an in-state, public two-year and four-year colleges, your award covers up to 100% of tuition and some mandatory fees such as technology, student-activity and health-service fees.
  • Your award pays part of the tuition at private or independent colleges and approved for-profit specialty or proprietary schools.

What expenses are NOT covered by my 21st Century Scholarship?

  • Housing
  • Spending Money
  • Meals
  • Books
  • Travel
  • Other living expenses

How do I maintain eligibility?

  • Be sure to log in to your ScholarTrack account and keep your Scholar Success Program up to date. 
  • Graduate high school with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on or before March 10th as a senior and each year thereafter until you graduate from college.
  • Apply to an eligible Indiana college as a high school senior and enroll in college as a full-time student within one year of high school graduation.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress standards established by your college.
  • Complete 30 credit hours each year you are in college to stay on track toward earning your degree on time.
  • Do not use illegal drugs, commit a crime or delinquent act, or consume alcohol before reaching the legal drinking age.

If my GPA falls below a 2.5 for a semester, will I lose the scholarship?

  • You must achieve an overall, cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale upon graduation from high school. A cumulative GPA is the average of all your grades during all your semesters in high school.
  • Even if your GPA falls below 2.5 at some time during your high school career, you are still eligible for your scholarship as long as your GPA is at least 2.5 at the time of graduation.

Who accepts the 21st Century Scholarship?

            A list of colleges that accept the 21st Century Scholarship is available at Scholars.IN.gov/eligiblecolleges