Table of Contents

  1. Important information regarding scholarships
  2. Federal and Maryland State Financial Aid Information
  3. Changes to the FAFSA process for 2017-18
  4. Tax Information for Fafsa form
  5. List of Popular Scholarship WEBSITES
  6. Tips for earning a scholarship
  7. Scholarships
  8. Scholarships for Minority Students
  9. Scholarships for Military Children
  10. ROTC Scholarships
  11. Military Academies
  12. Local Scholarships
  13. Additional sources of financial aid/scholarships available for ALL

Important information regarding scholarships

Before beginning the process of filling out the FAFSA and looking for scholarships read the Federal Student Aid page regarding financial aid scams to watch out for. 

Federal and Maryland State Financial Aid Information

Avoid scams while searching for scholarships,


A Step-by-Step Guide to the FAFSA

12 Common Mistakes People Make on the FAFSA

Creating an FSA ID

MDCAPS (Maryland College Aid Processing System)

Changes to the FAFSA process for 2017-18

Submit a FAFSA earlier:

Students will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016-2017 schedule. The 2016-2017 FAFSA will become available January 1, 2016)

Use Earlier Income information:

Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information. The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the eary FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.

Tax Information for Fafsa form

If you plan to attend college fromYou can submit the FAFSA formUsing tax information from
July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016 January 1, 2015-June 30, 2016 2014
July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 January 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 2015
July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 January 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 2015
July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 January 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 2016

List of Popular Scholarship WEBSITES


BIGFUTURE Scholarship Search

Sallie Mae Scholarship Search

Raise Me Scholarship Search

Maryland Higher Education (MHEC) Scholarships

Tips for earning a scholarship

1. Read ALL the eligibility requirements
2. Collect ALL of the required documentation
3. Request letters of recommendation, especially from school counselors, ahead of due dates
4. Do ALL the required paperwork
5. Deadlines are REALLY important!
6. If you have questions please stop by the College and Career Center to speak with Mrs. Bussler


Scholarships for Minority Students

The United Negro College Fund awards over 100 million dollars of scholarship money every year.  

See the following link to apply:

Scholarships for Military Children

ROTC Scholarships

ROTC scholarships are available at many colleges and universities

Military Academies

Military Academies are highly competitive and generally require nominations from US Senators or Representative (For a detailed look at the nomination process see our STUDENT CORNER link at the top of this page).  In addition, there may be appointments to the service academy of their choice for otherwise qualified students who are sons or daughters of Medal of Honor recipients, deceased or disabled veterans, or active or retired members of the US Armed Forces.

Local Scholarships


Big Sun Scholarship:

Additional sources of financial aid/scholarships available for ALL: