Scholarships. The Crosby Scholars Program offers several scholarships and awards. As each scholarship application becomes available, it is posted in the Crosby senior portal. Find the complete list of 2018 Scholarship Opportunities for Iredell Crosby Scholar Seniors HERE. Read each description carefully for instructions on applying, including what documents to upload.
List of open Iredell Crosby Scholars Scholarships -- Click below for more information
Last Dollar Grant. The Crosby Scholars Last Dollar Grant is need-based financial aid. Scholars must demonstrate not only financial need but also remaining need after the school of choice has awarded aid. Look for more information soon on our Last Dollar Grant page.
Other scholarships. Students can begin by researching institutional scholarships offered at the colleges where they plan to apply. The financial aid web page of every college lists scholarships unique to their school and the qualifications necessary for consideration. Crosby Scholars provides a link to the scholarships page for many North Carolina colleges and lists them in the senior portal as well. Students applying to schools in other states can easily locate this information on their web pages.
Your high school is also an excellent resource for scholarship information. Many schools provide information on local and national scholarships, so check your email frequently. Other places to look include...
- CFNC Financial Aid Search
- BigFuture Scholarship Search
- Peterson’s Scholarship Search
- CareerOneStop Scholarship Finder by the Department of Labor
Financial Aid. The first step to applying for financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which opens online October 1 annually. It is important to submit the FAFSA as early as possible. Every college has a priority filing deadline for filing the FAFSA, and students who meet the deadline receive first consideration for aid. Follow these steps to the financial aid process and then review these helpful hints.
While all colleges require the FAFSA, some schools also request the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE, which is the institution's analysis of the family's financial circumstances. Unlike the FAFSA, the PROFILE costs $25 for the first application and $16 for each additional one.
College costs vary widely, and the sticker price at some schools discourages students from applying because they are convinced they couldn't afford to attend. However, the only way to discover the true cost of attendance is to submit the FAFSA and review the school's financial aid package upon receipt. Private colleges with large price tags frequently provide merit aid that makes their overall cost comparable to, or in some instances, more affordable than, public universities.
Outside scholarships can further reduce the cost, depending on how they are factored into the aid package. Students should ALWAYS check with the financial aid office to determine how private scholarship funds will affect other aid they were offered. Ultimately, students and families are best served by waiting until they compare all financial aid packages before deciding which college is the best choice financially.
- How to Create Your FSA ID
- 3 FAFSA Deadlines
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- When completing the FAFSA online, use the "live help" button or the online chat feature
- Call the FAFSA hotline at 800.433.3243 or 800.730.8913
- Read the Completing the FAFSA 2018-19 booklet online at www.studentaid.gov
- Changes to 2018-2019 FAFSA -- Read what has been updated: FAFSA Changes of Note for 2018-19
- The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is up and running. Read this blog post by NCAN to find out more about the updates: The IRS DRT is Ready for FAFSA Season – Are You?
- #AskFAFSA Office Hours—the last Wednesday of each month on Twitter or watch the stream live at http://bit.ly/AskFAFSA2
- UNC Schools Priority FIling Deadline Dates
- Scholarship websites for North Carolina Colleges
- CFNC: Understanding Education Loans Worksheet
- CFNC: Choosing the Right Loan Worksheet
- CFNC: Borrowing Wisely Worksheet
- Understanding your Responsibility when Borrowing Student Loans
- Differences between Federal v.s. Private Student Loans Infographic
- Need help comparing your Financial Aid Award Letters? Check out this Compare your Aid Award tool from College Board & Big Future.
Have a financial aid question? Contact Jenniffer Jamison, Crosby Scholars Senior Program Coordinator, at (704) 873-5005 ext. 1426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.