Financial Aid/ FAFSA Completion Nights

Financial Aid Day, provided by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), is scheduled for Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12:30pm at Sharon High School in the Auditorium.

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Completion Night, provided by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Sharon High School in computer lab 119.

Student Loans

Planning on using loans to help you pay for your post-secondary education? Copies of the Student Loan Buying Guide are available in the guidance office for your perusal. This magazine offers information about lenders and has articles relevant to the student loan buying process.


Free Financial Aid Guide

It's never too early to learn about financial aid programs, and one of the best sources is the U.S. Department of Education. To find out about federal financial aid programs and your rights and responsibilities under these programs, read The Student Guide: Financial Aid from the U.S Department of Education at http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html

You also can request a free paper copy by contacting the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-4-FED-AID. The guide is available in English and Spanish.


FAFSA Federal Pin Number

ATTENTION SENIORS AND SENIOR PARENTS: Now is the time to apply for the Federal Pin Number that you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form in January. This is the only financial aid form you will most likely have to complete to receive aid from your selected schools. Log onto http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to get that number. Both students and parents will need a pin number. In that way, they can access your information at any time. Also, you MUST notify FAFSA of any email changes. They will only contact you about reminders via email

  • Parents need ONLY one pin number for all their college bound children.
  • Pin numbers that are not used for 18 months will be deactivated.
  • Students – Please be aware of FAFSA Deadlines for your individual colleges.

Just a reminder, EVERYONE should complete a FAFSA even if you think you make too much money. If you don’t qualify for free financial aid, you are automatically put into another category where additional monies are available to you.


Register for the Selective Service

A reminder to all 17 and 18 year old males. According to Federal law, all men must register with the Selective Service within 30 days of your 18th birthday. Failure to register will make you ineligible for student loans, government jobs, job training and obtaining or renewing your driver’s license. You can register online at http://www.sss.gov/ or get a registration card at the Post Office.

http://www.collegeboard.com/: Search for scholarships, internships, grants and loans; includes more than $3 billion worth of aid

http://www.collegenet.com/: Database has more than 600,000 awards totaling more than $1.6 billion

http://www.fastaid.com/: Bills itself as the largest private-sector scholarship database in the world

http://www.fastweb.com/: Access to more than 1.3 million scholarships worth more than $3 billion

http://www.salliemae.com/: Guidance on financial aid, including interactive calculators

http://www.srnexpress.com/: Scholarship Resource Network Express; database of $35 million inscholarships

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/: Online registration for Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Source: Francine Block of American College Admissions Consultants

Crissa Shoemaker DeBree can be reached at 215-949-4192 or cshoemaker@phillyBurbs.com.