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

 

 - https://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 - http://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

 

 

21st Century Scholars - https://learnmoreindiana.org/scholars/

  • What is it?
    • It is an early-college promise program designed to help ensure that every Hoosier student can afford the opportunity provided by a college education
      • Eligible students who maintain the Scholar Pledge recieve a scholarship for up to 4 years of 100% tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate high school
        • What expenses are NOT covered by 21st Century Scholarship?
          • The scholarship does not cover the cost of books, room and board, parking fees, lab fees or any other fees that are not assessed to all students. Students are encouraged to search for scholarships to assist them in covering these additional costs.
  • When can I apply?
    • Families must apply while their student is in grades 7 or 8 by visiting the enrollment website
  • How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
    • Check eligibility criteria here 
  • 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.