FAFSA Ready Iowa

Financial Aid Made easy

Students and families can get free help filling out the 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Nov. 1 – Wednesday 3 pm-6 pm @ SCC (approx 30 min individual sessions)

Call SCC Financial Aid Office 208-5015

During Iowa College Goal Sunday, volunteers will help families with the FAFSA, the government-required form for many types of financial aid for college. Make sure students know that, despite its name, Iowa College Goal Sunday is a month-long event in Iowa, and the specific date depends on the location in each city.
More Information: For list of materials to take with you. It's also important for students and parents to have an FSA ID. Go to www.ICANsucceed.org/fsaid for information on how to setup the new FSA ID username and password prior to the CGS event.



Salary Calculator

How much can I expect to make?

How much can you afford to borrow based on your excepted future income.

Mapping my future

Here is a site with budget calculators

Iowa Student Loan

Smart Student Borrowing

Click for tips and ideas

Are you covered?

Look here


Want to plan funding your college, use this

Loan Forecaster.

Check out this

"Complete Financial Aid Guide"

How about Affordable College options?

Affordable Colleges


Set up a separate email account for scholarship searches.

With all of the free scholarship search engines;

be cautious of anyone requesting money for a search.

A parent had her son apply for an Equestrian Scholarship. Four $1000 scholarships and he was the only one to apply. They awarded him all four scholarships and they were renewable. So he got $16000 for one essay, and he never rode a horse in his life!

The moral: APPLY, APPLY, APPLY!!!


 Scholarships/Financial Aid Search Engines



Get scholarships through the University of Iowa and other colleges for things you do in high school. Earn $25 for getting a B or better in a Algebra 1 or Geometry class. Or Earn $50 for a B or better n Pre-Calculus.

Find out more at www.raise.me.

Check out this fun, informational video about Raise.me. In less than 2 minutes, you can learn about accessing scholarships for over 190 colleges across the country. 

Check out the video here!

After hearing from you last year, we decided to make some updates to RaiseMe -- including a new mobile app that your students can use :).

Click here for another video on Raise.me.


The Gold Form is your way to apply for 50 local scholarships. The deadline for the Gold Form is the last school day in February. Scholarship awards through this program range from $100 to full tuition. The average award is generally around $300 therefore, apply through other sources too. 

Listen to Central Sound and check the daily announcements for new scholarship postings. Applications for scholarships listed in the BHS Scholarship Booklet will not be available until the scholarship is announced, two months prior to the deadline. 


 Here is a Helpful Website to

Understanding College & Scholarship Process

This website has helpful tips regarding the college applications, financial aid and scholarships. Great info for minority and non-minority students alike, especially under "External Scholarship Resources" and "Tips and Tricks."

Want great ideas for completing Scholarship Applications?

How are your writing skills? Essays could equal free money for college!
Writing the "Right Thing"  on writing scholarship/college essays.
A video cartoon by Mr Fleece (BHS Staff).

College Cost of Attendance  


According to the College Board's Trends in College Pricing, the 2010-2011 average total costs (including tuition, fees, room and board) were $16,140 for students attending four-year public colleges and universities in-state and $28,130 out-of-state, and $36,993 for students at four-year private colleges and universities. Assume an additional $4,000 for textbooks, supplies, transportation and other expenses.

Type of Expense



Direct Costs

Tuition and fees

Room and board

Typically billed by school

Indirect Costs

Books and supplies


Personal expenses

Estimated costs


4-Yr Private College

4-Yr Public College

2-Yr Public College

2-Yr Public College

Cost of Attendance per Year




w/ Room & Board


Tuition only; No Room & Board

Reside w/ Family

Expected Family Contribution





= Financial Need

Loans $27,000

Loans $7,000


Savings $5,000


Below are some other helps regarding paying for college.

 Help from US Government Websites

Iowa Websites for College Helps

College Planning and Financial Aid

    SAT/ACT online registration
    FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (a MUST for all students) 
    Click here for FREE help in completing the FAFSA


    Questions about paying for college?

    Iowa College Access Network

    materials are available in the Counseling Office.

    The information presented is to help high school seniors and their parent/guardian understand the process of applying for financial aid and scholarships, offer effective tools for college cost comparisons, and learn how they can access additional help. The following topics are covered. 

    • Financial Aid Process
    • FAFSA Application Review
    • Understanding the Results
    • Understanding Costs - College Comparisons
    • Aid Options
    • Scholarship Process
    • Where to Go for Help



        Timelines, Websites, Scholarships & other stuff

        You are on the clock! 


        • Visit colleges during the fall.
        • Complete admissions applications during first semester if possible.
        • September-May, listen to announcements, then check with Mr. Wail about scholarship applications.
        • In early December, scholarship applications and admission applications should be completed.
        • The GOLD FORM is available in the counseling office. Absolute deadline February 28.
        • In February or early March, complete the FAFSA if applying for financial aid. The College Planning Center will help you and your parents with this during February. Listen for the announcement or check BHS Counselor Web.
        • Complete any institutional application for financial aid that the college financial aid office may require.
        • By mid-April, you should receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA processing center. Review this document thoroughly. If changes need to be made or colleges need to be added, this can be done on the SAR document.
        • By early May, you should receive financial aid award letters from the colleges to which you have been admitted.
        • By May 15, return the accepted or declined award letters to the financial aid offices.



        If you intend to play any sport for a Division I or II college you will need to complete the NCAA Clearinghouse Form, which is available from the Activities Office. Click to register for NCAA and NAIA.



        Click Icon's for Great Financial Information

        Wells  Fargo's student site
        Explore our tools and resources, learn about searching for scholarships, get answers to frequently asked questions, and more on our website for students.

        The  Student LoanDown℠ blog
        Join the conversation to get information,
        share stories and ask questions about
        paying for college, managing debt
        and more. 

        The  Hands on Banking' program
        Get the basic money skills you need to create a brighter financial future through this free, fun online program. 
        The  Community
        Get answers to your questions about college planning and financial aid from our online community. Learn from the experiences and insight of other students and families and share your knowledge as well. 


        Parents can enter to win a $1,500 savings plan deposit
        For more information, to read the full rules and frequently asked questions, and to register, visit www.iowastudentloan.org/savenow. Updates about the program and other financial tips and news can be found on Iowa Student Loan’s Facebook page.