Scholarships / Financial Aid
Middle/High School Counseling
If you are a high school student or a parent of one, now is the best time to begin searching for scholarships. All scholarship money can really help by providing funding that is likely sought after by first time college students who may not have other funding sources lined up.
Many scholarship providers give big awards to students early on in their academic careers and possibly even funding your education at your college. Please take the time to look into all scholarship opportunities including any upcoming scholarships that our counseling office may post.
Applying for Federal Financial Aid
The government is really pushing ALL students to apply for aid with FAFSA on the web. It is a secure site and is much quicker with fewer mistakes. Federal forms are available in our JCS office, but students are being encouraged to apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. College codes are available online as well as at our office. Our JCS Counselor will help with any questions or show you where to get the answers.
You cannot file for aid until January. To get a head start, you can apply earlier for a PIN (personal identification number) that both parents and students need to have and use for an electronic signature when filing. Go to www.pin.ed.gov and click on "Apply for a Pin." Also, you can go to the site www.fafsa.ed.gov and click on the list under "Before Beginning a FAFSA" to help familiarize yourself and to get organized.
Commonly Asked Question: If we know we make too much money to qualify for Federal money, should we still apply for aid with FAFSA?
Answer: Yes. The state and colleges use the information to determine their financial aid packages for you. Each college does not want to come up with their own screening forms, so they use the information sent to them from the government (by your permission). They need this information even if it is to help you get a low interest loan.
Michigan Student Financial Aid Programs
Please call 1-888-4-GRANTS for information on the following:
- Michigan Competitive Scholarship
- Michigan Tuition Grant
- Michigan Promise Scholarship
- Adult Part-Time Grant
- Michigan Educational Opportunity Grant
- Michigan Work-Study
- Tuition Incentive Program
- Michigan Nursing Scholarship
- Children of Veterans Tuition Grant
Federally Guaranteed Student Loans - Call 1-800-MGA-LOAN
Michigan Education Trust - Call 1-800-MET-4-KID or visit www.setwithmet.com
Michigan Education Savings Program - Call 1-877-861-MESP or visit www.misaves.com