Inside Financial Aid & Scholarships at Northwest High School

Quick Link to: Scholarship Resources specific to Northwest HS Students | General Scholarship Resources | Application Links | Financial Aid Resources (including new videos to help with FAFSA completion) |

 

Financial Aid & Scholarship Dates to Remember:

NEW Financial Aid Webinar Announced for the Class of 2023:  Northwest Fall 2022 Financial Aid webinar date announced.  Save the Date for Thursday, October 13 @ 6:30 pm.  Webinar host will be Rob Maddox, Director of the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing period for the incoming college freshmen class begins October 1!  The priority deadline to file for the state of Maryland is March 1.  More on FAFSA deadlines here.

The CSS Profile may need to be completed for institutional aid consideration. The CSS Profile is a College Board financial aid application and is not required by all colleges.  There is a cost to complete the CSS Profile.  Deadlines may vary.

Students ineligible to file the FAFSA who live in the state of Maryland can file the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA).  The MSFAA filing deadline is March 1.  More on MSFAA deadlines hereThe application is available through the MD CAPS portal. The MC CAPS account is required to accept Maryland State financial aid as well as file the MSFAA.  Create your MD CAPS ACCOUNT. 

Northwest Scholarship Resources:

UPDATED Northwest High School Scholarship Resource:  Inside the World of Scholarships at Northwest High School (PDF format)

The JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' Bulletin:  This bulletin will be updated as scholarship opportunities become available.  | publication date Thursday, June 16 for week ending Friday, June 17 |  Publications resume in September 2022 |

Published weekly, this bulletin summarizes scholarship opportunities that are currently available to Northwest High School students.  The 'Apply Now' Bulletin is available to download using the link provided above.  Included in this publication are the links to the scholarship application, eligibility criteria and deadlines to apply.  The scholarship opportunities are listed by the scholarship application deadline to apply date.

The JAG Scholarship 'Apply Later' Forecast Bulletin:  Published one-time only at the beginning of each school year.  The Forecast Bulletin lists all scholarships available to students at Northwest High School based on the prior year.  Included in this publication will be the criteria for applying, links to scholarship funder web sites and the general time line for availability and application.  The Forecast Bulletin is available to  download using the link provided above.  The Forecast Bulletin lists the scholarship alphabetically by the scholarship name.

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General Scholarship Resources:

Scholarship Resource:  Know the names of your elected officials and legislative district when applying for state scholarships.  Find your district and the names of your elected officials at mdelect.net.

Scholarship Resource:  Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) website

Scholarship Resource: United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships presentation from Saturday, January 22.  Click HERE. (presented as part of the 2022 HBCU Seminar Series)

Scholarship Resource:  United Negro College Fund (UNCF) web site.  Scholarship opportunities for all high school students, including for those planning to attend a Historically Black College or University.

Scholarship Resource:  Montgomery College  Raptor Scholarship Series continues.  A conversation about Maryland State Programs.

Scholarship Resource:  Maryland State Scholarship webinar hosted by Mount St. Mary's University.  Click HERE to access the webinar on YouTube.

Scholarship Resource:  BigFuture Scholarship with CollegeBoard for the Class of 2023.  Become eligible by taking steps to plan for college.  Open to application until February 28, 2023.  Find out more...

Scholarship Resource:  ARMY ROTC Scholarships

Scholarship Resource:  The Howard P. Rawlings Program of Excellence Awards (Maryland Higher Education Commission):

  • Educational Assistance Grant (EA)
  • Guaranteed Access Grant (GA)
  • Maryland Community College Promise SCHOLARSHIP.  Are you planning to attend a community college in the state of Maryland? Do you plan to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) by March 1?  Learn more about the Promise Scholarship and important next steps.  Download the one-page Information Sheet here.

Scholarship Resource:  C. D. Motes, Jr. Incentive Awards Program (IAP) with the University of Maryland College Park and MCPS UMD Accepted Students.  If you are applying to UMD College Park and demonstrate qualities like leadership, being service oriented, committed to striving to be best and perseverance, you may want to learn more about IAP.  Applicants must apply to UMD by November 1 and be accepted.  The FAFSA must also be completed by January 1 and the applicant must be eligible for the Pell Grant.  The IAP application is completed between February 1 and March 1.  The program offers a summer bridge program, full tuition, room and board along with guaranteed housing and a study abroad component.  Learn more on the IAP website.  Click here to learn more about Becoming A Scholar.

Scholarship Resource:  StudentScholarships.orgNewsletter includes multiple scholarship opportunities with deadlines through the end of the school year.  Click on the link for a list of current scholarships and links to applications. 

Scholarship Resource:  Scholarships that Do Not Require Proof of US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency | web post 30 July 2020 |

Scholarship Resource:  MCPS College Career Information Center Scholarship Updates for Students

 

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Scholarship Application Links:

If the JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' Bulletin directs you to this web page for the application, download the application using the link provided below.

Scholarship Transcript Requests: Scholarship Transcript Request Processing Form 

The list below is a snap-shot, listing only some of the scholarship opportunities available for Northwest students.  A complete list of ALL scholarship opportunities that have been made available to Northwest students can be found in the JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' Bulletin, including criteria, ONLINE links to applications, and eligibility.  Scholarships are listed below in the order they are received.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP POSTS:

New opportunities will continue to post thru the end of the school year!

  • This just in... for 2022 graduates planning to attend Montgomery College in the fall of 2022:  Be a Montgomery County Spring 2022 HS grad and be taking at least 6 credits in the fall at MC and they can apply and get a $500 scholarship applied right on their MC financial account.  First 3,000 applicants are considered! Nothing like this before! Information is here:  Raptor Ready Scholarship Program | Post 9 June 2022 |

REMINDER:  A complete list of ALL scholarship opportunities that have been made available to Northwest students, including criteria, ONLINE links to applications, and eligibility, can be found in the JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' Bulletin. 

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Financial Aid Information & Resources:

NEW Financial Aid Resource:  Northwest Fall 2022 Financial Aid webinar date announced.  Save the Date for Thursday, October 13 @ 6:30 pm.  Webinar host will be Rob Maddox, Director of the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Financial Aid ResourceMaryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) website and the websites for the colleges you are applying to for financial aid updates and deadlines.

Financial Aid Resource:  Help with FAFSA & MSFAA.  MC-TRIO Educational Opportunity Center.  Services available in English and Spanish.

Financial Aid Resource:  StudentAid.gov Financial Aid Webinars for parents and students looking for assistance with the financial aid process.

Financial Aid Resource:  Resources and Toolkit supported by StudentAid.gov.  Select your resource platform and topic.

Financial Aid Resource:  Financial Aid Channel on YouTubeSupported by Federal Student Aid (studentaid.gov).

Financial Aid Resource:  Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Financial Aid Questions Answered!  FAFSA workshop/webinar on YouTubeThe workshop was facilitated by Ed Prep PLUS and Outreach Specialist, Mr. Isaiah Ellis, with the MHEC Office of Student Financial Aid.Questions around finances, as well as various family circumstances including citizenship, divorce/separation, and much more are covered.  Additionally, how to search for scholarships and additional (federal) grants is also discussed.

Financial Aid Resource(s):  Benefits of filing the FAFSA early!  Federal pell grant money likely will not run out but filing early gives students the best opportunity to receive other need-based aid, including state aid, grants and scholarships.  There is more time to file an appeal if dissatisfied with the aid amount or there has been a change in economic circumstances.  Read the full article here.

Financial Aid Resource:  The CSS Profile is an on-line financial Aid application used by colleges and scholarship programs to award non federal aid (institutional).  There is a cost to complete the CSS Profile.

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