|Financial Aid 101
|There are four major types
of financial aid:
- Loans: Loans are money
that must be repaid with interest.
- Grants: Grants are money
that does not have to be repaid. It is
usually based on financial need.
Scholarships are money that does not have to
be repaid and is awarded based on academics,
talents, or other special interests.
- Work Study: Work Study
programs award money that does not have to
be repaid. It is typically money earned by
working on campus while attending school.
|The FAFSA (Free
Application for Federal Student Aid)
- The best place to begin with all
financial aid is the FAFSA. The FAFSA (Free
Application for Federal Student Aid) is the
federal form used to determine how much a
family can afford to pay for college.
- By filling out this form, students may
be eligible for financial assistance for
college from federal and state governments
as well as post-secondary institutions.
- Filling out the FAFSA does not
necessarily mean one has to go to college;
however, it gives the student the possiblity
to receive money to be used for college.
|The FAFSA can be found at
information can also be found at
MCHS Financial Aid Nights
|The MCHS Guidance Office
provides parents and students with two financial
aid night opportunities.
Aid Night: General Information Meeting
- During the month of
September, the MCHS Guidance Office
sponsors a Financial Aid Night. On this
night parents and students are provided
with a general overview of the financial
aid process as well as the different
types of financial aid.
- This financial aid
event is held in the MCHS Cafeteria.
- FSA ID
- In early October, our PHEAA
representative will be in the Guidance
Office all day to assist students and
parents registering for their FSA ID.
Since the FAFSA is an online
application, students and at least one
parent must register for an FSA ID to
use to sign the FAFSA. Students
and parents can drop in to meet with our
PHEAA representative that day whenever
it is convenient for them.
- FAFSA Completion Night
- During the month of
October, the MCHS Guidance Office
sponsors a FAFSA Completion Night. On
this night parents and students are
assigned to various computer labs
in the Mifflin County High School
which there will be local financial aid
officers from various colleges and
universities available to help them walk
through the process of filling out the
- Parents and students
are asked to sign-up for the event in
advance so that they can get a list of
documents needed to fill out the FAFSA
and so that we know how many labs to
reserve. Sign-ups can be done by
calling the Guidance Office at 242-0240
or by stopping by the Guidance Office
between 8 AM and 3:30 PM.
- The FAFSA
now opens on October 1st of each year.