First Generation and Underserved College Bound Students

OPPORTUNITIES AT BURKE HIGH SCHOOL
Students that participate in the federal free/reduced lunch program can receive up to two fee waivers to take the ACT or SAT free of charge.  Come down to the Counseling Center and ask your counselor to fill out an ACT or SAT fee waiver form for you.  The form is good for either the regular ACT, the ACT writing plus, or the SAT. 

Additionally, most colleges understand that high school seniors who meet the financial eligibility guidelines (such as participating in the federal free/reduced school lunch program) should be able to apply to colleges free of charge.  Eligible seniors can request their counselor to send a application fee waiver letter to most all colleges who charge an application fee - be sure to note this request on the blue College/Scholarship Processing Form.

 

FINANCIAL AID

  • There are literally thousands of scholarships out there for high school seniors that show financial need. One of the first steps is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after Jan 1 of one's senior year.  This is a federal government service and is completely free.  It is a document that you can do online that requires both the student and the parent's tax information. Go to EducationQuest to get a checklist for FAFSA materials.  If you need additional help completing the FAFSA,set up an appointment with EducationQuest by calling 391-4033. They are a nonprofit organization located at Rockbrook Village at 108th & W. Center Road and there services are also completely free.
  • Once you have completed your information, you will receive your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and also find out if you qualify for a Pell Grant.  The EFC is a amount of money that the federal government expects you to contribute to college.  For example if your EFC is $2,000, the family would have to pay up to $2,000 and the rest of the finances for college could be covered through grants, work studies, and loans. Students would have ways to afford college and be able to make payments after they graduate.  College / higher education is an investment and it might be worth your while the research on the different opportunities that are out there. 
  • After the FAFSA is complete, your score is sent out to the schools that you have indicated you are interested in attending.  The financial aid officers at the schools will look at your information and assess your financial aid package based of the FAFSA and also your college application.  You will have until May 1 to choose the one school you wish to attend. For more information on the application process, go to  Applying to College.

 

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