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Art Institute of Seattle Scholarships

Applications for these scholarships are reviewed by a selection committee. Students must meet a minimum standard of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) to be eligible for scholarship programs.

Scholarships cover tuition only. They do not cover books, supplies, or miscellaneous fees. Students attending The Art Institute on scholarship must maintain at least a 2.5 CGPA in order to retain eligibility.

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Christian Connector INC.

 The Christian Connector is a "one-stop-shop" for receiving free information from Christian colleges. We have over 100 Christian colleges and Bible colleges ready to send you information!  Completing the free information request form is like attending a huge Christian college fair without ever leaving home.  We also offer a $2,500.00 Christian college scholarship drawing.  The site has dozens of links to Christian colleges, as well as admissions and financial aid tips and more. All of our information services are offered absolutely free! 

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Eastern Washington University Scholarships

Eastern Washington University awards over $1.5 million in scholarships to nearly 1000 students each school year. You may apply for the majority of these awards through the Eastern Scholarship Application on line application. To be considered, the complete application packet must be postmarked on or before February 1 for the following academic year.

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FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid)

Visit for a free search over 1.3 million scholarships!

High School Edition

Why fill it out?

The FAFSA is used to determine how much aid you’re eligible for. Think of it this way:

FAFSA: Step By Step

FAFSA Process: 1-2-3

The three steps to apply for federal aid:

Step 3: Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)

The SAR is proof that your FAFSA was received. You should receive your electronic SAR in 1-3 days if you signed with your PIN (paper: 2-3 weeks). FAFSA 􀁴 EFC􀁴 Financial Need􀁴 Financial Aid. Fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, and each successive year once you’re in college:

Early submission maximizes chances of receiving aid.


EFC stands for Expected Family Contribution. Your family must contribute this amount in the coming year to your college costs, according to the government’s calculation. The Personal Identification Number (PIN) is the code that the U.S. Department of Education uses to identify you online. A PIN allows you to do the following on a FAFSA: To obtain a PIN, eligible students AND parents can visit (students and parents can each receive their own PINs). Click on “Apply for PIN” near the top of the page. Allow four hours for PIN instructions to be sent via e-mail. Do not reveal your PIN to anyone. The PIN allows anyone to electronically sign federal student aid documents and access your confidential information. PIN: Your Key to Online Identification

Save your FAFSA online if you can’t finish it in one session: Click the “Save” button at the bottom of each step to save info for 45 days.

Remember that the FAFSA is FREE! If you need help, ask your financial aid office or call the FAFSA Help Desk at: 1-800-4-FED-AID. Fill out a “FAFSA on the Web” worksheet: Click “Before Beginning a FAFSA,” then “Print a Pre-Application Worksheet.” Use the print-out as a guide before committing answers online.  DO NOT enter online answers directly from the paper FAFSA! Web vs paper FAFSA questions are in a different order!

How does it work?

Your prospective college will try to meet your financial need through aid made up of funds from federal, state, school and private sources. This may include loans, grants, scholarships and student employment.

  • Fill out an online renewal form next year
  • Check the status - Make corrections
  • Electronically sign to speed up the process

Step 1: Assemble forms needed to complete FAFSA

You’ll need the following to fill out the form:

- Social security number

- Current bank statements

- Driver’s license (if any)

- Current mortgage and investment records (if any)

- Alien registration card (if not a U.S. citizen)

- 2006 federal tax return (estimates are OK on tax questions)

- 2006 untaxed income records (if any)

- 2006 W2 forms and other record of money earned

- Parents’ 2006 income tax return (if considered dependent)

What is it?

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal

Student Aid. The federal government uses this form to determine your eligibility for financial aid, which includes: grants, work-study, scholarships and loans.

Sign the application:

If you are filing as a dependent, make sure your parents sign too. You can use your PIN if signing electronically.

Don’t leave a field blank.  If a question doesn’t apply,

enter “0.”

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA

Once finished, print the FAFSA summary as well as the “Submission Confirmation” page (or write down your confirmation number and date). If completing the paper version, make a copy for your records.


In order to maximize your amount of aid, fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.

Complete FAFSA on the Web:

What if I find errors on my SAR?

If you don’t receive your SAR in 3-4 weeks, call 1-800-433-3243 (1-800-4-FED-AID).  Report errors immediately to your financial aid office. You can also make corrections online at:

Get a custom search of $3 billion in scholarships and over 4,000 colleges

Fastweb - Scholarship Search


When you visit you can create a FREE


Scholarship Search profile by entering a valid email address, password and answering a variety of questions about yourself! All the information you provide is matched to our database of 1.3 million scholarships worth over $3 billion dollars! In your Scholarship Results you will only see the scholarships you are eligible to apply for based upon your answers in the profile. Beyond the Scholarship Search, FastWeb also provides a College Search, lists part-time jobs and internships in your area, features ‘My FastWeb’ (a Calendar to track scholarship deadlines), articles, newsletters, and email reminders for scholarships deadlines and new scholarships available. The following website will give you more information on and how to use it.

Independent Colleges of Washington Scholarships

Applications must be submitted through ICW college financial aid offices.  These colleges are:  Gonzaga University, Pacific Lutheran University, Saint Martin's University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, Walla Walla University, Whitman college, and Whitworth University.  Go to:    

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KFC Colonel's Scholars Program

The KFC Colonel's Scholars Program® is looking for high school seniors, who have earned a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.75, with entrepreneurial spirit, demonstrated financial need, and who want to pursue a college education at an accredited public institution in the state they reside.  Awards are up to $20,000 for tuition, fees, textbooks, room and board.   

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Online Calculators for College

FinAid's custom calculators can help you figure out how much school will cost, how much you need to save and how much aid you'll need. The most popular calculators are the College Cost Projector, Savings Plan Designer (Flat Contribution), Expected Family Contribution and Financial Aid Calculator and Loan Calculator. 

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SallieMae -

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Answers to all your paying-for-college questions, courtesy of education loan giant Sallie Mae. Start by reading up on the all-important FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and avail yourself of the copious checklists and calculators. Use the School Affordability Analyzer to calculate what your actual costs might be, and the Award Analyzer to compare packages from each school. Read about how to evaluate a loan provider (compare interest rates and customer service), then click over to the lender locator to find one near you. Search the database of more than 2.4 million scholarships worth more than 14 billion dollars (powered by Scholarship Experts database). Using the Search for Schools function (powered by Peterson's database), you can compare up to three schools side by side, including tuition costs, nearest airport and the percent of students with full-time job offers within six months of graduation. Most of the site is also available in Spanish.

BEST: The Education Savings Comparison Chart provides side-by-side information on the 529 savings plan, Coverdell Education Savings Plans, Series I savings bonds and more. The chart compares tax advantages, income restrictions and who--parent, student or otherwise--has control over the account.

Sam Walton Community Scholarship - WalMart: Check website for due dates and applications

Scholarships for Walmart associates and their Dependents

The Walmart Foundation offers scholarship programs that benefit qualified Walmart associates and their high school senior dependents. While our scholarships are not available to the public, the Walmart Foundation also provides opportunities for aspiring students by supporting organizations such as the American Indian College Fund, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Thurgood Marshall College Fund and others.

The American Institute of Architects and its Southwest Washington chapter (check website for due dates)

Offers scholarships to graduating high school students from Pierce,Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Skamania, and Grays Harbor Countieswho plan to pursue careers in Architecture.  Eligible students must already be accepted into a university with an accredited architectural degree program.  Applications Due April 24, 2009 Application details available at  or by calling (253) 627-4006. 

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