Answers to questions frequently asked by our scholarship applicants can be found below.
To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, loans, and work-study, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.
In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.
Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Your SAR will include your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC determines your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, and the college uses the EFC to assess your eligibility for other federal and nonfederal student aid.
The Expected Family Contribution is part of your SAR. It is the amount you and your family are expected to contribute to your college education for one year. The contribution may be through personal payments or through student loans.
Start by reviewing some of the resources compiled by The Philadelphia Foundation: Scholarship Resources (XLS)
The Philadelphia Foundation has also compiled a list of national scholarships (PDF)
Visit the websites of colleges you are interested in attending. Many of their sites offer information about financial aid and scholarships provided by the institution.
Talk with your high school guidance counselor to learn about resources available to you. If you are attending college, talk with a representative from the financial aid office to learn about resources and programs.
Applicants will be notified of the scholarship selection committee’s decision in late June by mail.
No. All scholarship checks are made payable to the college or university you are attending and mailed directly to the Bursar’s Office or the Financial Aid Office of your school.
You must confirm your eligibility each year. Typically, The Philadelphia Foundation requires students to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to qualify for a renewal scholarship. Students must submit their grades and a letter highlighting their academic year on an annual basis.
For answers to more questions about applying for scholarships,
call (215)563-6417 or email us.
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