Financial Aid and Scholarships

Money is available to help you pay for college, so don't rule out any college you like just because of its cost. Financial aid comes in different forms. Grants and scholarships, which don't have to be re-paid; loans which generally carry a low interest rate and are repaid after you graduate or leave school; and employment, usually up to 10 to 15 hours per week. Most students receive a combination or "package" made up of all three types of aid based on “financial need”. The information below will direct you to useful resources to help you through the financial aid process.

Financial Aid Night Information
Financial Aid PowerPoint Presentation - Compliments of Heather Hammond - Hofstra University
NYS Excelsior Scholarship Program
STEM Scholarships NYS

Senior Newsletters
These Newsletters contain information on various scholarships.
Senior Newsletter October 2018
Senior Newsletter December 2018
Senior Newsletter January 2019
Senior Newsletter February 2019

College Cost - Scholarship - Financial Aid Information:

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AFSA4caster - The FAFSA4caster will help you understand your options for paying for college, provide some basic information and will estimate your eligibility for federal student aid. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/estimate

College Affordability and Transparency Center (CATC) 
- The CATC was designed by the U.S. Department of Education to meet requirements in the Higher Education Opportunity Act and to provide better information to student and parent consumers about college costs. It serves as a central point to several tools that allow users to compare colleges tuition and fees, net price, and other characteristics. The CATC is maintained by the Office of Postsecondary Education with support and technical assistance from the National Center of Education Statistics. http://collegecost.ed.gov/

College Navigator
- is a useful website that provides you the option to search for and compare colleges on all sorts of criteria including costs, net costs, majors offered, size of school, campus safety, and graduation rates. www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator

Fastweb.com
- a search service that matches skills, abilities, and interests to a database of more than 400,000 scholarships. www.fastweb.com

FinAid -
information on financial aid and scholarship search. www.finaid.org

FinAid Award Letter Comparison Tool
- helps you compare and contrast the financial aid packages from the colleges that have admitted you. In particular, it highlights differences in the cost of attending each school. www.finaid.org/calculators/awardletter.phtml

FinAid Reduced or No Loans
- This link includes a table of colleges that have taken steps to significantly reduce or eliminate the self-help level or eliminate loans from the aid package for lower income students. www.finaid.org/questions/noloansforlowincome.phtml

FinAid Veterans and Dependent Scholarships
– list information on educational assistance for relatives of veterans. www.finaid.org/military/veterans.phtml

New York State Financial Aid Administrator’s Association
- www.nysfaaa.org

New York State Higher Education Services
- The Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is New York State’s higher education student financial aid agency. www.hesc.com

Plainedge High School Scholastic Awards
Every year Plainedge High School recognizes our 12th grade students at our Annual Scholastic Awards Dinner. Students are recognized for their various achievements, and receive both monetary awards and certificates.

Here is a list of awards given at our 2017 Scholastic Awards Night.
2017 Scholastic Awards We anticipate the awards for 2019 will be similar - consistent with awards given in previous years. 

If you would like to apply for a Scholastic Award - please complete the application for seniors, below and return to the guidance office by the indicated deadline.

Scholarship Application for Plainedge High School Class of 2019 - Scholastic Awards 

Forms You Need To Complete to Receive Financial Aid:

Free Application For Federal Student Aid
- use to submit your application. www.fafsa.gov

Federal Student Aid ID
- the FSA ID website (FSA ID is needed to file for financial aid). https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid

CSS Profile
- The CSS Profile is administered by the College Scholarship Service (CSS), the financial aid division of the College Board. The CSS PROFILE is required by many private colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for non-government financial aid, such as the institutions's own grants, loans and scholarships. This profile should be completed in the fall of the 12th grade year. Please check with college or university if they require this document. 
For more information please select this link: 
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/pay/scholarships-and-aid/8374.html

For a list of participating institutions please select this link:
https://profileonline.collegeboard.org/prf/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet.srv

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