Scholarships and Financial Aid 


Scholarships

  • Log into your Naviance Student account to check out scholarships that are being offered!! This will include all local scholarships available to MSD of Decatur Township high school students.
  • 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?
    • loan is money borrowed that requires repayment with interest.
      •  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.
    • Scholarships 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.
      • NEVER pay money for scholarships, those are scams!
      • Remember – there are more scholarships out there than just academic scholarships!

FAFSA

  • What is it?
    • FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
    • The FAFSA determines student eligibility for financial aid including grants and loans.
    • The FAFSA is due on or before April 15th each year students will be attending college, starting with their senior year of high school. 
  • How do I complete the FAFSA?

Check out this informational video regarding the FAFSA here!

 


Financial Aid & College Planning Resources

 

 - www.investedindiana.org

  • What is it?
    • INvested is a FREE, friendly, expert financial aid service that can help with many aspects of college planning, especially financial aid
  • How do I get help?
    • Check out their website or call them at 317-715-9007
    • INvested will come to Decatur Township yearly in the fall to present to senior families about the financial aid process, date to be annouced each fall

 

College Goal Sunday - www.collegegoalsunday.org

  • What is it?
    • Indiana's largest FAFSA filing event
    • A program for college bound students and their families to provide in-person assistance with completing the FAFSA
    • Various financial aid experts volunteer their time to ensure all students that want to go to college get the help they need in paying for it
  • When is it?
    • Typically held in the November and February each year, dates are located on their website
  • Where is it?
    • Various locations throughout the entire state, see website for more details