Students and Parents

This site is to help you obtain information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Although financial aid is based upon need, students must meet certain academic requirements to be admitted to the institution granting this aid. Scholarships are often awarded on the basis of a combination of GPA, SAT or ACT scores, as well as personal, extracurricular and/or community involvement.  Students that have demonstrated unusual initiative or persistence may also be awarded scholarships. Being successful in obtaining financial aid and/or scholarships requires the cooperative effort of students, parents, teachers, and counselors.

The following suggestions will make the process easier:

  1. Attend any financial aid workshops offered by the school.
  2. Check scholarship bulletins posted on the Senior bulletin board and the high school website for current scholarship listings and other opportunities.
  3. Sign up for the Remind 101 app - through smartphone or email - to get updated information on available scholarships.
  4. Check with the Counseling Center often for newly-posted scholarships. We recommend that you check at least once each month.
  5. Complete applications well in advance of the deadlines. Remember – students are responsible for meeting all application or scholarship deadlines.
  6. Allow two weeks for teachers or counselor to complete letters of recommendation. 

REMINDER: If you plan to go on a mission, you need to apply for admission and scholarships while still in high school. Most Utah colleges will defer admissions and scholarships, provided you follow the steps for deferment.

Scholarship “Scams”

You will receive many offers throughout the year for scholarships, and not all of them are legitimate! Here are some “Scam” warning signs that indicate that you're dealing with a scholarship scammer:

  1. Fees: Scammers use bogus fees such as “application,” “disbursement,” “redemption,” and processing fees” as a way to take your money. Scholarships should not require any fees.
  2. Credit card or bank account information needed: Never give credit card or bank account info to receive aid. If you have, call your bank or credit card issuer immediately.
  3. Scholarship guarantee: No one controls judges’ decisions. Be wary of “high success rates,” which often refer to award matches, not award winners.
  4. No work involved: Legitimate scholarship applications require time and energy. No one can complete them for you.
  5. No contact information: Before you apply, confirm the sponsor’s contact info. The sponsor should supply a valid e-mail address, phone number or mailing address (not a PO box) upon request.
  6. Unsolicited scholarships: If you are called to receive an award for which you never applied, be alert. Ask where the sponsor got your name and number. Then follow up.
  7. Pressure tactics: don't allow yourself to be pressured into applying for a scholarship, especially if the sponsor is asking you to pay money up front.
  8. Claims of “exclusive” scholarships: Legitimate sponsors won't restrict knowledge about their award to a single service.
  9. An official-sounding name or endorsement doesn't mean legitimacy: A sponsor may use words like “national,” “education” or “federal” or have an official-looking seal, but might still be a scammer.
  10. Your questions aren't answered directly: can't get a straight answer from a sponsor regarding their application, what will be done with your information (e.g., if it will be sent to a third party) or other questions? Proceed with caution!

Scam-Spotting Rules of Thumb

  • Don't pay money to get money ~ Legit scholarships are never guaranteed
  • Too good to be true? It probably is! ~ Feel suspicious? Trust your instinct!
  • Spend time, not money. ~ Applying for financial aid should never cost more than a postage stamp!
  • If you think you may be dealing with a scammer, report it.

Federal student aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. There are several types of federal aid. The most desirable are grants, which do not have to be repaid. Others are federally subsidized loans and work study programs. The gateway to all of these is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must complete and submit the application to apply for federal student financial aid and to apply for most state and college aid. Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov anytime after Oct. 1 of your senior year. Make sure you are on the right website before beginning your application!

For state or college aid, the deadline may be as early as January of the year in which you will enter college. See the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet for state deadlines. Check with your college’s financial aid administrator about other deadlines.

Submit your FAFSA early, anytime after Oct. 1 of your senior year. Some aid is administered on a first come, first served basis, so it can really pay to get it done early!

You will be required to apply for a US Department of Education FSA ID in order to complete your FAFSA. Apply for your FSA ID here: www.fsaid.ed.gov. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.

Once you complete the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report, and your eligibility will be forwarded to the colleges you designated on the FAFSA. The application has room for up to 10 colleges or universities and the federal government will make your information available to all of them, so you need only submit your application on-line, and the colleges will have your information. The actual aid offer will come from the colleges themselves, not from the federal government.

Tuition Tax Credit

Hope Credit - Allows you to subtract from your taxes up to $1500.00 that you pay for tuition, books and fees in each of the first two years of college.

Lifetime Learning Credit – allows up to $1,000 per year for subsequent years.

See your tax advisor for additional information.

U.S. Army U.S. Navy U.S. Marines U.S. National Guard U.S. Coast Guard

All military services sponsor Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships, which pay four years’ tuition and fees to dozens of colleges and universities across the country that have ROTC units. All military services also provide thousands of dollars in college scholarship money in return for enlisting in the reserves, National Guard, or active duty forces.

For current information, please check this website: www.military.com