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Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

Families of Juniors and Seniors
We are pleased to offer the recording of the Red Lion and Dallastown Financial Aid Night (recorded 9/30/2020), presented by Diona Brown.
Financial Aid Information for Families of Seniors:
If you missed the FAFSA Completion Webinar, you can watch it here:
What do I need to file my FAFSA?
  • Your Social Security number
  • Your driver's license number, if you have one (optional)
  • Your alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Your W-2 forms
  • Records of other untaxed income received, including workers' compensation, child support, payments to tax-deferred pension, and savings plans, etc.
  • Your federal income tax return and schedules from the prior-prior year (For example, if completing the 2021-22 FAFSA, use 2019 income tax return information.)
  • Your current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds, 529 plans, and other investments.
  • A personal email address (not a school email address)
If you are a dependent student, you will also need:
  • Your parent's Social Security number
  • Your parent's income and financial records (as listed above)
**Additional information about financial aid/scholarships/military. Financial Aid information from PHEAA has been added-see attachments below!  

Financial aid for higher education generally falls into four categories:

A.  Scholarships - gift awards based on achievement or high potential in academics, athletics, the arts, or other factors that do not consider financial need;

B. Grants - gift awards that are based primarily on student/family financial need;

C. Loans - money loaned at a relatively low interest rate (often subsidized) that requires repayment;

D. Work-study/Employment - payments to students for work they perform (generally on-campus) for a specific time and for specific wages.

Local Scholarships - the Counseling Office advertises the availability of many scholarships.
Students can click on Scholarship List on the Guidance website or come in to the Guidance office to check on these scholarships.  Applications for many of these scholarships also are available in the Guidance Office.  Students  should also check the availability of grants and awards associated with parents' employers, their church affiliations, organization memberships, etc.

PHEAA/Federal Programs - the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the single form used to apply for both federal and state financial aid. Online completion of the "FAFSA on the Web" ( ) is highly recommended. The Counseling Office also stocks the FAFSA Worksheet and maintains a small supply of paper FAFSA forms for families who cannot, or do not wish to, file the FAFSA online. The FAFSA legally may not be filed until January 1 of the senior year.

USEFUL LINKS - FAFSA - Free Application For Federal Student Aid website, contains links application deadlines, application worksheets, and a link to fill out the application online - PHEAA - The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency website - information on planning for college, state grants, special programs, loan forgiveness, and work study programs  Net Price Calculator, this is a tool that families can use to estimate their cost for post-secondary education. - FASTWEB - Large Scholarship listing of local scholarships, national scholarships and college-specific scholarships - Pennsylvania Mentor - description of different types of financial aid, student loans, and a scholarship search SchoolSoup - large scholarship database - Big 33 Scholarship information receive an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid(FAFSA) - free scholarship search database, listings of scholarship opportunities customized for every student - links to a valuable financial aid calendar, also information about exploring careers, planning for college, scholarships, etc. - View detailed information on education savings plans, school costs, scholarships, and the student financial aid process
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