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Scholarship TIPS


The AWC Career Services Center is available to assist you in resume and personal statement construction and editing.  This includes scholarship packets, portfolios and more.  Contact them today!  Located right across from the Financial Aid department or call 928.344.7604.

After Submitting the FAFSA

A Student Aid Report (SAR) lists the EFC figure.  Be sure to review your SAR for accuracy and retain copies with your financial aid records.  If you require assistance viewing or obtaining a copy of your SAR, see the AWC Financial Aid office.
You can check the status of your FAFSA by calling (800) 4-Fed-Aid or by accessing Please wait at least 24 hours after submitting a FAFSA before checking its status electronically. 
Some financial aid applications will be selected for a federally required verification process.  Your family may have to present federal tax transcripts and other financial documents to the financial aid office to ensure that the information submitted on your FAFSA is accurate.
After the Financial Aid office completes the financial aid package an award letter will be sent, listing the types and amounts of aid for which you are qualified, as well as the estimated cost of attendance at your school.  You review the award package and decide whether to accept it.
Information courtesy of USA Funds and can be located at

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Steps to Financial Aid Success

-Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at  In order to receive the maximum consideration for grant aid, it is recommended that the FAFSA be submitted by the end of February.  Get help competing the FAFSA at the AWC Financial Aid office.
-Review the student grant opportunities administered by the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE) online at
-Speak with your high school or college guidance counselor to learn of any scholarship opportunities that are available through the institution.  Make sure to apply for all scholarships in which you meet the criteria.  Please be mindful of deadlines and submit applications on time.
-Public libraries often will have a directory of private donor scholarships available.  Students can also look for scholarship opportunities within the community such as: their parent's place of employment, large companies, non-profit organizations, military, immigrant organizations, place of worship, etc.
Information courtesy of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education and can be located at

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Eight Steps to Winning a Scholarship

There are scholarships available for you.  Increase your odds of winning one by following these eight steps.
*Consult the financial aid office: The largest amount of financial aid comes from federal, state, and institutional grants and tuition discounts.  Your financial aid office can help you find information on available scholarships, grants and loans according to your needs and background.

*Contact your academic department: If you have already decided on a major, your academic department may be aware of awards designed for students in your area of study.  The student aid office does not always have information on these highly specific programs, so be sure to check both.

*Use a free scholarship search engine: Ask the student aid office to recommend free scholarship search sites other students have found useful.  Online searches let you focus on scholarships that fit your personal characteristics, helping you target your search to only those scholarships for which you are most likely to qualify.  Some sites bombard users with promotional scholarships that may turn out to be advertisements in disguise, however, so make sure you know what you are signing up for when and if you give out your personal information.
*Never assume: Don't believe that because you don't have straight A's and can't shoot a 3 pointer, there's nothing available to you.  There are scholarships available based on hobbies, interests, background, financial need, etc.  According to, there's even a $1,000 scholarship for a left-handed student.  Seek out local and national organizations and associations in your areas of interest to see whether any scholarship opportunities exist.
*Write the essay: No one likes to write essays, so use that fact to your advantage.  Scholarships that require essays receive fewer applicants, giving you a better chance of qualifying.  Keep copies of all the application materials you submit; often essays and other application materials can be tweaked and used again for future applications.  Be sure to thoroughly proofread before submitting each application. 
*Stack up the small scholarships: Studies show that families often overlook scholarships that are less than $500.  You may be thinking these awards won't even make a dent in you college costs, but adding up multiple small awards can prove to be a benefit in you scholarship quest. 
*Apply early: The best  time to apply is NOW!  Waiting too long will result in missed deadlines.  Seniors should be filling out applications to meet the early or mid-fall application deadlines.  Don't wait to be accepted to a college to research and apply for private scholarships.  If you don't receive a scholarship the first time around, don't get discouraged.  Most scholarships are not limited to freshmen; you may have better luck the following year. 
*Don't get scammed: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns consumers about scholarship scams, which promise that, for a fee, they can help the family access more student aid.  Similar scams charge students high scholarship search or application fees.  According to the FTC, "[M]ost scholarship sponsors do not charge up-front fees to apply for funding, and no legitimate scholarship sponsor can guarantee that you will win an award."  The financial aid office at your school can help you apply for student aid, and free scholarship searches are available online. 
Information provided by NASFAA and can be found at

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