Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources

Scholarships are just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to post-secondary education. Below is more information about financial aid and other resources.

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Financial Aid

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The first step in applying for financial aid is to fill out the FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Even if you are just starting to think about attending college or career training next year, you should fill out the FAFSA to find out what funding may be available to you. Over 77,000 students in CT received a Pell Grant, which is "free money", just by completing the FAFSA in 2023!

FAFSA is getting an update to simplify the process - this is the first major redesign in 40 years! The 2024-2025 FAFSA is in a "soft launch" phase and will be fully open by February 1. 

  • FSA ID - An FSA ID consists of a username and password which gives you access to the U.S. Department of Education’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature when completing electronic documents. Both you and your parent will need a FSA ID. Be sure to save your FSA ID and password in a safe place - you will use it every year!
  • Federal Student Aid - Federal Student Aid is the US Department of Education's official website for financial aid. You can find information about preparing for college, the types of financial aid available, and other useful information about the financial aid process. This website also has answers to questions you may have about the FAFSA.
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Scholarship Application Tips

There are a number of great resources available to help guide you through the scholarship application process. Below are our top 5 tips for students, as well as links to other helpful guides.

  1. Make a calendar of important application deadlines.
  2. Make extra copies of documents, such as your transcript, so you have them ready.
  3. Check with your school’s guidance office or career center for other local resources.
  4. Beware of scams! No one can guarantee that you will get an award and you should never have to pay money to apply for a scholarship.
  5. Protect your personal information. Most scholarship applications will not ask for your social security number or bank information.  If in doubt - do more research before you apply.

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American Savings Foundation strives to be accessible to anyone seeking information about grants, scholarships, or with general questions. Contact us today to get the assistance you need.

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