Additionally, the Seattle Housing Authority strongly encourages 7th and 8th graders to sign up for the College Bound Scholarship.
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step students can take to invest in their future. The FAFSA can help students access money to pay for school in the form of grants, scholarships and loans.
To get started:
1. Create a federal student aid ID at FAFSA. Applicants will need their Social Security number.
2. Use your student aid ID to login and complete your FAFSA. Applicants will need information about their own or family money earned in the prior year.
Six facts about federal student aid:
1. Around 20 million students complete the FAFSA each year. No matter household income, the FAFSA is the first step to receiving help paying for college. Federal aid options include Pell Grants, loans and work study.
2. There is no deadline to complete the FAFSA but those who complete the FAFSA earlier often receive more aid because some sources are first-come first-serve.
3. Good grades are not a requirement. GPA is not used to determine qualification.
4. People at any age can complete the FAFSA. Applicants do not need to be a high school senior or recent high school graduate.
5. Federal aid can be used for many types of education. There are all kinds of options for continuing education, and federal aid is accepted at most places. Applicants should complete the FAFSA, even if they don't know yet where they want to go to school. Schools will use FAFSA information to determine aid packages.
6. FAFSA is free to complete. Beware of anyone trying to charge a fee for completing the FAFSA.
Start your application today at FAFSA.
Have a question? Call 1.800.4FED.AID (433.3243) or call or text Ariel Davis , Education Engagement Specialist, at 206.475.7026 or email email@example.com
- Living in Seattle in Seattle Housing Authority subsidized housing.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 from most recent school attended (high school or college).
- Age 21 or under by May 18th, 2023.
- Will have graduated from high school or obtained a GED by September 1, 2023.
- Plan to attend a post-secondary school full-time during the academic year. Post-secondary is defined as community college, technical or vocational school or four-year institution of higher education.
- 2023 Dream Big! Application
- Personal statement or project.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Most up-to-date transcript from current school (if in college, include high school transcript).
In 2017, The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials established the NAHRO Merit College Scholarship Program. Eight scholarships are awarded nationwide to candidates, one from each NAHRO region, who are pursuing a post-secondary degree. The scholarships will be judged by the NAHRO Scholarship Committee, which is comprised of Housing America Task Force members who accept and review the scholarship applications.
The winning applicant from the PNRC region will win an additional $500 scholarship on behalf of the region, with the opportunity to reapply for the scholarship from year to year for up to four (4) years.
Please submit a photo of the candidate as a seperate email attachment when submitting the application.
Deadline: June 12, 2023
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The College Bound Scholarship supports low-income youth in Washington State through an early commitment of financial aid for students whose families might not consider college because of the cost.
The scholarship is a state-funded program administered by the Washington Student Achievement Council. The scholarship will cover tuition for up to four years at a Washington public or private university or a community, technical or private career college. It also covers some fees and a small book allowance.
- Students who are in public school and eligible for free-and-reduced price lunch in 7th, 8th, or newly eligible in 9th grade.
- Students who are in state foster care, or a dependent of the state between 7th grade and high school graduation.
Some students do not fit into either scenario but are interested in applying for College Bound. Students and families can contact the College Bound program to apply if they meet one of the following criteria.
- Attend a private school or homeshool program in Washington State and meet the income requirements.
- Are in another type of foster care and not eligible for free-and-reduced price lunch.
In order to receive the scholarship, the student must pledge to and achieve this:
- Fullfill the scholarship pledge requirements and meet state residency requirements.
- Be accepted to an attend an eligible college within one academic year of high school graduation.
- Be in good standing at their college. This could be GPA or student code of conduct and is specific to each school.
- The scholarship program is open only to current residents of one of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, excluding Puerto Rico and United States territories and possessions, who:
- is or will be enrolled in the fall for the 2023-2024 academic year in an accredited and/or licensed technical school or accredited two-or-four year college or university in the United States.
- resides in a housing authority or in a property with a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) administered by a housing authority that is a Member of Housing Authority Risk Retention Group, Inc. (HARRG), or Housing Authority Property Insuance, A Mutual Company (HAPI).