Student financial aid can make a difference in your college choice and life after college. Receiving financial aid may allow you to continue your education, or it may allow you to attend a school despite higher costs. Applying for federal student aid is FREE. It is also time sensitive. First, you and your parent(s) will need to create a Federal Student Aid IDThen, make sure to submit your 2018-19 FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of your senior year. Until then, you may want to complete the FAFSA4Caster online for help determining your estimated financial aid eligibility. Follow these steps to the financial aid process and then review these Helpful Hints.

Usually, students are eligible for more gift aid at higher cost schools than at lower cost schools. Until you apply for institutional need-based and merit-aid programs and receive a financial aid award, you will not be able to determine the true cost of enrolling at one school over another. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you evaluate factors other than just the "sticker price" when looking at potential colleges.  Factors include academic offerings, academic support services, size, location, single sex or co-ed, diversity, housing opportunities, religious ties, and social atmosphere.  With the tremendous amount of financial assistance available, both gift aid and self-help aid (jobs and loans), most students who have followed the correct application process on time will be able to attend his or her first choice school if offered admission. By receiving scholarships from outside sources, a student has the opportunity to improve his or her financial aid by increasing the total award and/or converting self-help into gift aid.


Crosby Scholars Program is offering 4 different scholarships for the class of 2018. The list of scholarships offered through the Crosby Scholars Program can be found in the student's Crosby Scholars portal in the Spring of the senior year.

Last Dollar Grant Program: The Crosby Scholars Last Dollar Grant is need-based financial aid. A scholar must demonstrate not only financial need but also remaining need after the school of choice has awarded aid. To find more information check out the Last Dollar Grant page on the website.

Aspire! Video Contest Scholarship:  Rowan County Crosby Scholars is offering two $500 scholarships for our Aspire! Video Contest.  One winner will be chosen from our High School Senior Scholars and the other from our College Level Scholars.  Our HS Senior winner will be awarded at the Crosby Scholars Senior Gala in Spring of 2018 and recognized at the winner's high school senior awards program.  

Scholarship Information (Guidelines/Scoring Rubric)      Video Submission Release 

Other scholarships: There are many opportunities to receive scholarship funds for college. Like most valuable opportunities in life, the more a student puts into the search for gift aid funding, the more likely he or she is to receive gift aid. There are now so many ways to discover funds available to assist with educational expenses on the post-secondary level, it is usually unwise to pay a firm to do a scholarship search for you. Instead, take the time to explore the free resources available to students and their parents.

Remember, each high school has designated a guidance counselor to serve as a scholarship coordinator. Do you know the scholarship coordinator at your school?  Have you read your school’s scholarship newsletter? Have you read the Crosby Scholarship newsletter? Keep up to date with deadlines and applications. Scholarship committees often reward the applicants who put forth the most effort and that takes time! 

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