Paying For College

I'm Going to College, Now What?
Presentation from Dr. Tracey Durant at the SPHS Financial Aid Night, 2/7/17

Make college affordable by learning about the different
Types of Aid

FEDERAL AID: Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the first step toward getting federal aid for college/career school. ALL students planning to attend 4-year college, community college, or a career school should complete it. Complete the FAFSA online by June 30 to be eligible for federal aid.


Complete and submit your FAFSA on
In-depth information on Completing the FAFSA
The 2017-2017 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet will help you organize materials needed to complete the application.

STATE AID: The Maryland Higher Education Commission provides financial assistance from the state level. It is recommended that the FAFSA or renewal FAFSA be filed between 1/1 and 3/1 each year. It must be received by the federal processor no later than 3/1 to receive the fullest consideration for State grants. We encourage a completion date of 2/14 to be considered for the most amount of state and institutional grants.

Schools you have been accepted to or plan to attend offer scholarships and financial assistant. This is often times where students will receive the largest sums ofmoney to pay for college. Contact the FAO (financial aid office) of colleges and visit their website. Most FAOs require the FAFSA (and possibly additional applications) to be completed to be eligible for school-based scholarships and grants. Be aware and follow deadlines.

Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Financial Aid Office


SCHOLARSHIPS FROM NONPROFIT & PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS: Many organizations offer scholarships or grants to help students pay for college. This free money typically involves an application process and may involve extra steps such as writing as essay.

The school counseling department shares scholarship information in two ways:

A scholarship list is posted on Naviance Family Connection under the colleges tab. Here, search or view scholarships advertised on the school, district, or national level.  
Students should check the box next to the scholarships they want, then click ADD SELECTED SCHOLARSHIPS TO MY LIST so they’re saved. 

Sparrows Point High School has a Local Scholarship Program available to all seniors. Students interested in applying for local scholarships must sign out a folder in the counseling office 1 month before Spring Break. Follow the instructions in the folder carefully. Completed applications must be returned to the school counseling by the due date. Winners will be announced at the Senior Awards Assembly.
*If awarded a local scholarship, students are required to write a thank you note to the benefactor.

Students are encouraged to search for additional scholarship opportunities on their own. 
Learn more about grants and scholarships 
How to request an official transcript for a scholarship
Senior Scholarship Search Engines and Websites

If you have been offered a scholarship or grant by a college, university, or organization, please share the good news with us in the counseling office!