Financial Aid & Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarships are one of the best types of aid because they do not have to be repaid. There are many scholarships available, but doing your research is essential. See the following search tips to maximize your potential to earn scholarships.
Use an online search engine to locate outside scholarships. Popular examples:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All students who plan to begin college next year should complete the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). It is available online at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Online submission is encouraged. Students should contact their college of choice to determine which, if any, additional form(s) is required by that institution.

You will need to the following to complete the FAFSA:
  • Social Security Number (parent’s and student’s)
  • Records of income, such as earned income from work and business, child support paid or received and any other untaxed income. You can use last year's tax forms (W-2 Form, Federal Income Tax Return 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) to estimate. If you have this year's forms, bring those as well.
  • Information about assets, such as savings, certificates of deposit, investment real estate, business and farm; stock options, bonds, 529 plans and other college savings programs.
  • Driver's license number (student’s, if s/he has one)
  • Dates of birth (student’s and parent’s)
  • Month and year of marriage, separation, divorce or other change in marital status
  • Alien registration number, if the student is not a U.S. citizen

Support for Undocumented Students

These guides and other sites are here to give information to students who are undocumented:

College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students 

University of St. Francis Page for Undocumented Students (this university is very welcoming to undocumented students)


Career Cruising and Naviance

There will be local scholarships listed in Career Cruising as well as Naviance! Please check frequently for more updates!

Career Cruising and Naviance Logins (you will use the same information to log in)
Students should login in using the following format:
  • Go to careercruising.com or Naviance.com
  • Username: CHM-ID# (ex. CHM-540126)
  • Password: 8 digit birthday in mm/dd/yyyy format (ex. January 9, 1995 = 01091995) 

Useful Websites

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The official FAFSA website

FAFSA4caster
This website is for juniors (and younger students) who are not yet ready to complete the FAFSA but want to begin estimating their college costs. Google fafsa4caster for the link!


Illinois Student Assistance Commision (ISAC)
The Illinois Student Assistance Commision is a great online and in person resource for students, Our ISAC representative comes to Centennial every Monday, from 9-11, and you can set up an appointment with them through Mr. Chun. The website (you can click on the title of this section, or go to http://www.artandwriting.org/​) has a lot of great resources to help students with the college process. 

College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile
Some colleges require the CSS profile in addition to the FAFSA. Check with your college to see if you need to complete this form.