Paying for College
Money for college may come from a variety of sources and avenues. From merit-based scholarships to need-based funds, students and families are encouraged to communicate with each other and the college the student wishes to attend to secure money to pay for the cost of attendance.
Cost of attendance is the full amount of the cost to attend for one year at a college or university. COA not only includes tuition, it also includes fees, supplies, books, room & board, meal plan, traveling expenses, and other miscellaneous expenses.
When applying for admission to a college, students should check with the college to see if the admission application also serves as the scholarship application, or if there is a separate scholarship application. Be mindful of admission and scholarship application deadlines.
Scholarship databases exist to help students search broadly for scholarships. Students may narrow their search using a variety of factors from academic merit, community service, career interests, and hobbies. Students should not pay to create an account with an online scholarship database -- these searches should be free. Suggested scholarship databases include
Nominated Institutional Scholarships
Some institutional scholarships invite Homewood High School to nominate one or two students to apply for the award. Nominated Institutional Scholarships are listed below. Scholarships are added throughout the school year, so students are encouraged to check this section regularly for updates. These special scholarships do not include all merit-based or need-based scholarships that an institution offers.
North Carolina State University - Park Scholarship
Based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character, this scholarship opportunity is for the exceptionally talented and well-prepared young men and women who merit the intellectual challenge of a distinguished faculty and a superior university. The scholarship award includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, travel, and personal expenses. Homewood High School can nominate up to two seniors to apply for the Park Scholarship. If you are interested in being endorsed by HHS for the Park Scholarship, then email Mrs. Meeks by Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Nominees must take the ACT by September and apply for admission to NC State via the Common App by November 1. For more information about the Park Scholarship, visit https://park.ncsu.edu.
Robertson Scholars Leadership Program
The Robertson is the only program that combines the extraordinary resources of two world-class universities -- Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. This comprehensive program includes a 4-year scholarship to one of these universities, 3 fully-funded summer experiences, and unique access to the academic and extracurricular offerings on both campuses. The program seeks students who have demonstrated the outstanding potential to become great leaders in college and beyond. Homewood High School may nominate up to two exceptionally qualified seniors to apply for the Robertson Scholarship. If you wish to be considered one of our school's nominees, then email Mrs. Meeks by Wednesday, September 4, 2019.
Davidson College - Bryan Scholarship
Valued at $30,000 annually, the Bryan Scholarship is offered to two scholar-athletes. Candidates are chosen on the basis of academic and personal excellence; strong promise of significant impact in their classes and in their lives on campus; and proven potential for significant success in Davidson's NCAA Division I athletic program. Homewood High School can nominate up to three candidates for the Bryan Scholarship. Email Mrs. Meeks by Friday, September 13, 2019 if you would like to be nominated for this scholar-athlete scholarship.
Davidson College - John M. Belk Scholarship
Valued at more than $65,000 annually to cover the cost of tuition, room/board, fees, the John M. Belk Scholarship is Davidson's most prestigious merit program. Recipients receive additional money to cover the cost of two special-study stipends. Belk Scholars are those students whose outstanding intellectual ability and success, leadership experience, commitment to service and overall personal vigor mark them as those who will accomplish much and contribute most to the Davidson community and in their lives beyond their college years. Homewood High School can nominate up to two seniors to apply for the Belk Scholarship. Nominees must apply to Davidson. Email Mrs. Meeks by Wednesday, September 25, 2019 if you are interested in being considered one of HHS's nominees.
University of Virginia - Jefferson Scholarship
The Jefferson Scholars Foundation offers Jefferson Scholarships for undergraduate study at the University of Virginia. The goal is to attract the most outstanding students in the nation and the world to UVA, students who are extraordinary leaders, scholars, and citizens. Individual merit in these three areas is the sole criterion for selection. Financial need is not considered. The stipend totals approximately $240,000 for non-Virginia residents, and includes tuition, room, board, books, and miscellaneous expenses for students enrolled full-time for four years. Homewood High School can nominate one student to apply for the Jefferson Scholarship. Students who wish to be considered our school's nominee should email Mrs. Meeks by Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. Nominees may not apply early decision (binding) to any institution. The regular admission application deadline to UVA is January 1, 2020.
Boston University - Trustee Scholars Program
The admission application and Trustee Scholarship application are due by December 1, 2019. Trustee Scholars rank at the top of their classes and demonstrate exceptional leadership in their schools and communities. The scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus orientation and mandatory student fees for four years. For more information about the Trustee Scholarship and application process, click here.
Huntington College - Presidential Fellows Scholarship Program
Designed for students who want to become engaged fully in the living and learning community and who are not involved with other campus teams or programs. The program encourages personal and professional development, provides individual and collective networking and community-building, and promotes scholarship through academic colloquy and individual study. The scholarship is for $5,000 and may be stacked with other financial aid offered through Huntingdon College. See Mrs. Meeks if you're interested in applying for the Presidential Fellows Program & Scholarship. The scholarship application and admissions application are due to Huntingdon by Dec. 1.
Organization and Local Scholarships
A listing of local scholarships is below, and scholarships will be added here throughout the school year. Students are encouraged to check this listing regularly for updates.
Horatio Alger Scholarship - deadline Oct 25
* criteria include demonstrated financial need ($55,000 or lower family income), US citizen, involvement in extracurricular activities, display integrity & perservance in overcoming adversity, have a 2.0+ GPA
* complete the application here
FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, opens October 1 during a student's senior year of high school. Visit https://fafsa.ed.gov.
The federal government uses this application to determine your eligibility for financial aid, which includes grants and scholarships (which do not have to be paid back), work study, and loans.
Why complete the FAFSA? It is used to determine the amount of aid to be awarded, and some scholarships require the FAFSA be completed, regardless of family/household income.
What does a college do with FAFSA? Your prospective college will try to meet your financial need through aid comprised of federal, state, college/university, and private sources.
FAFSA Process 1-2-3!
- Step 1 - Gather forms
- Social Security Number (for student and parent)
- Student's driver license number
- Current investment records (if any)
- Alien registration card (if not a U.S. citizen)
- Parents' federal tax return (from previous year)
- Student's tax return (if filed)
- Untaxed income records and other records of money earned (if any)
- Step 2 - Complete the FAFSA
- Visit https://fafsa.ed.gov
- Once finished, print the FAFSA summary and the "submission confirmation" page.
- Step 3 - Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)
- SAR is proof that your FAFSA was received. You should receive your electronic SAR in 1-3 days after submitting a completed FAFSA.
- What if I find errors on my SAR? Report errors immediately to the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend. You can also make changes through your FAFSA online account.
- If you do not receive your SAR within two weeks, contact 1-800-433-3243.
Additional FAFSA Tips
Keep up with your ID and password in a secure location. You will need it for each year you plan to complete the FAFSA (through college and graduate school).
Remember that the FAFSA is FREE.
Fill out the FAFSA as soon as it opens on October 1 of a student's senior year in high school. Then, complete it each fall if the student plans to be in college the following school year. Early submission maximizes opportunities for receiving aid.
Sign the application. If you are filing as a dependent, then make sure your parents sign, too. You will use your PIN if signing electronically.
Indicate on the FAFSA the colleges to which you would like the SAR sent.
Save your FAFSA online if you are not able to complete it in one session. Click the "save" button at the bottom of each step to save for 45 days.
Don't leave a field blank. If a question does not apply, then enter "0."
Print a copy of your FAFSA for your records.
All federal financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need. The formula used to determine a student's eligibility does not expect families to contribute 100% of their savings toward the student's educational expenses, but families are expected to contribute a reasonable amount based on their ages, the size of the family, the number of students in college, and the family's assets and income.
Financial aid counselors at colleges and universities are available to help students and families complete the FAFSA. They are expertly knowledgeable on the process for completing the FAFSA and are well-versed in answering detailed questions. Families and students are encouraged to reach out to a representative in the financial aid office at one of the colleges to which you are seeking admission or to the college you plan to attend.
User ID: Your key to Online Identification
The User ID is the code that the U.S. Department of Education uses to identify you online. The User ID allows you to do the following on the FAFSA:
- check the status
- make corrections
- complete an online renewal form the following year
- electronically sign to expedite the process
Do not reveal your PIN or User ID to anyone. The User ID allows anyone to electronically sign federal student aid documents and access your confidential information.