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Financial Aid

 Types of Student Aid: 
  • Grants -money that doesn't need to be paid back from state or federal government
  • Scholarships- money that doesn't need to be paid back; may or may not be merit based
  • Work-study - money earned through a college campus job 
  • Loans - borrowed money that will need to be paid back after college
Step 1 - Do your best in high school!!! If you earn high grades and high scores on SAT and/or ACT exams, you stand a good chance for receiving merit-based scholarships!

Step 2 - After finishing college applications (November of senior year), begin the research process. This can be done on many websites including Naviance, fastweb,, and more listed to the right.

Step 3 - Set up a FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID).  An FSA ID must be set up for the student in addition to one for a parent.  This ID is linked to your social security numbers and will be your way of electronically signing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Step 4 - Complete the FAFSA - click here

Step 5 - Compare award amounts between colleges to assist in making your decision about which college to attend. Click here to help compare!

Step 6 - Apply to local scholarships!  After the winter break, I will visit the classrooms to provide a list of local scholarships.  While some may be academic based, many are not, so it is important to look through this document closely and apply to all that appy to you. If you are selected as a scholarship winner, you will receive a letter inviting you to atten our annual scholarship dinner ar Wells College.





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Dr. Jarett S. Powers, Superintendent
239 Cayuga Street
Union Springs, New York 13160
Phone: 315 889-4101
Fax: 315 889-4108

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