Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships are available but you must be proactive to pursue these opportunities! Take time to use the sites below to research possibilities of scholarships. The advising team continually updates scholarships to Naviance and the links below. Ask your advisr, your colleges, your place of employment (student and parent), and your church and civic groups about scholarship opportunities.

NOTE: Please remember that in researching scholarships, you should never pay for scholarship information.

 

Important Financial Aid Dates

October 1st - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens for the 2017-2018 year.

December 1st - Bright Futures Opens - Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA)

 

Scholarship Resources

Fast Web http://www.fastweb.com

Florida Bright Futures http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf/

Naviance Family Connection http://connection.naviance.com/calvarychs

Senior Scholarships http://highscholarships.com/high-school-senior-scholarships.html

Junior Scholarships http://highscholarships.com/high-school-junior-scholarships.html

Sophomore Scholarships http://highscholarships.com/high-school-sophomore-scholarships.html

Freshmen Scholarships http://highscholarships.com/high-school-freshman-scholarships.html

Free College Scholarship Search http://www.collegescholarships.com

 

Bright Futures

All Calvary Christian High School students will submit an application for the Bright Futures Scholarship by submitting the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) beginning December 1 of their senior year and by no later than August 31 after high school graduation. Information will be coming in winter outlining the five easy steps to apply. More information regarding Bright Futures can be found at:http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/PDF/BFHandbookChapter1.pdf

 

CSS - College Scholarship Service Profile

The CSS Profile is only required by a limited number of colleges to determine financial aid packages. You may file the profile as early as October 1st. However, you should file no later than two weeks before the EARLIEST priority filing date specified by your colleges or programs.

It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA and might require a consultation with your financial aid advisor.

You file the PROFILE online at www.collegeboard.org by selecting “CSS/PROFILE” under “Pay for College.” A list of colleges that accept the CSS Profile can be found on the College Board website or through this link: https://profileonline.collegeboard.org/prf/VignetteServlet/VignetteServlet.srv?relativePath=/profile/pdfs/1516_profile_regist_guide.pdf

 

FAFSA

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available in late fall, but cannot be completed before January 1. This is the form you will complete to find out what financial aid you are eligible to receive from the government. It is recommended that you submit your FAFSA no later than early February. Money is awarded on a first come, first serve basis.  

File the FAFSA even if your family may not qualify for federal aid. Not filing a FAFSA will disqualify your student from federal loans as well as some scholarships and work study programs. The FAFSA will determine your EFC (Estimated Family Contribution). This form should be filed online through this link: https://fafsa.ed.gov.

How to FAFSA videos can be found on this link.

Starting with the Class of 2017, the FAFSA will open in October of the senior year and will use the "Prior-Prior" year tax information.  Click here for more information about the changes to the FAFSA coming this fall.

 

Florida Prepaid College Plan

Many families have enrolled in the Florida Prepaid College Plan. Please note these frequently asked enrollment questions posted on www.myfloridaprepaid.com. Please call 800-552-GRAD(4723) or your financial advisor for additional information on how the FPCP can affect your student’s college costs.

 

Florida Resident Access Grant Program (FRAG)

The William L. Boyd, Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) Program provides tuition assistance to Florida undergraduate students attending an eligible private, non-profit Florida College or University. Each participating institution determines application procedures, deadlines, and student eligibility. http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/factsheets/FRAG.pdf