Financial Aid & Scholarships
Where Should I Look for a Scholarship?
Start with these top suggestions (in no particular order):
- www.thewashboard.org. A scholarship matching search engine for Washington residents. The Local Scholarship Program uses the Washboard platform.
- The institution you will be applying to or attending. All schools have a financial aid/scholarship tab on their website. There are scholarships for applying, visiting, GPA, etc.
- Your employer/parents’ employer (including any clubs or organizations you or they belong to).
- National Search Engine such as big future.com, fastweb.com, scholarship.com
- GPHS College and Career Center website for specific scholarships sorted by deadline month and links to other scholarship search engines.
Helpful tips: Any of the scholarship search engines will require you to check back frequently for new scholarships. When you search, if you are not returning a lot of scholarships reevaluate the search criteria you entered.
FAFSA opens October 1 of each year. You cannot receive financial aid if you don’t apply! Chapter four of the college knowledge handbook, Paying for College, is available here in multiple languages and explains FAFSA/WASFA.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) - Some public universities in Washington state and other western states participate in a program where students may qualify for reduction in out-of-state tuition. If a student wishes to apply to an out-of-state school, it is important that he or she checks to see if the school participates in this program and what the application process and deadlines are for the WUE scholarship at that school. Please click here for more information.