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FAFSA Advice from the Financial Aid Director

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available on October 1, 2018 for those students who will be in college for the 2019-2020 academic year. Every year, Financial Aid gets a lot of questions from families so I thought I’d take a moment to share some answers and recommendations to commonly asked questions.

 
“We still haven’t done the FAFSA yet! Are we way behind?”
Absolutely not! Some families choose to do the FAFSA right away, and if you’ve done that already, kudos to you. No worries if you haven’t, though! There’s still plenty of time. If you complete the FAFSA and have the results sent to Michigan Tech (school code 002292) by the end of November, your student will receive a financial aid award package in the first round when we mail them in late December. After that, we create financial aid packages and send them out on a rolling basis.
 
“Is there a time we should for sure have the FAFSA done by?”
To be considered for the maximum financial aid opportunities, we recommend completing the FAFSA and having it sent in no later than March 1. This is what we call our priority deadline. (For Michigan residents, the State of Michigan also sets March 1 as their deadline for filing in order to be fully considered for any State financial aid programs your student may be eligible for.)
 
“I’ve heard about this IRS Data Retrieval Tool.  What is this?”
When completing the FAFSA, you will have the option to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. It’s not required, but it can make completing the FAFSA easier and more accurate. This tool allows students and parents who filed a tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the FAFSA. Basically, if you can use this tool, we recommend it. It can import the correct information directly into the FAFSA, saving you a lot of time! It also reduces the chances that Michigan Tech will need to ask you for verification documents later on. (Not everyone will be eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. If the site doesn’t allow you to use this feature, no worries. You can still move forward just fine by manually inputting your information.)
 
“Wait a minute, what are these verification documents you speak of?”
Sometimes, whether you use IRS Data Retrieval or not, Michigan Tech may still be required to ask you for certain verification documents. Sometimes this means there could be an error with what was entered on the FAFSA, but other times, it often is just another layer of security and verification that the Department of Education requires us to collect. No need to be concerned if you are selected! The most common documents we’re required to ask for are copies of W2s and IRS tax return transcripts. If you are selected for verification after we receive your FAFSA, we’ll send you information on what we need from you and how you can obtain it.
 
“Okay, but do we even need to do the FAFSA?”
While not every student will qualify for need-based financial aid as a result of their FAFSA results, we highly recommend doing a FAFSA each year. The majority of students, regardless of family income, will still be offered low-interest federal student loans. In addition, by doing the FAFSA, we may be able to consider your student later on for other grants and scholarships if they become available. Completing the FAFSA will also allow your student to receive a financial aid award package which will detail the estimated cost of attendance while also noting any and all financial aid they are being offered.
If you haven’t done the FAFSA yet, it’s okay! You’re not behind. If you have other questions along the way regarding the FAFSA, your student’s financial aid award letters, or anything else about paying for a Michigan Tech education, just call Financial Aid at 888-688-1885 or email finaid@mtu.edu. We’re here to help!
Joe Cooper
Director of Financial Aid
Michigan Technological University


OPPU Achievers $2,500 Scholarship

Deadline: September 30; December 31; March 31; June 30

Amount: Four scholarships a year, $2,500

Eligibility:

  • Be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.

 

Application: To apply for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, submit a short essay responding to the prompted question. Scholarship decisions are based solely on an applicant’s essay response.

Questions: ilaghzaoui@opploans.com

Website: https://www.opploans.com/scholarship/

 

*Please review scholarship website prior to application to determine eligibility and legitimacy.


Richard J. Banta Law $1,000 Scholarship

Deadline: August 1, 2018

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility:

Any student currently enrolled in an accredited community college, undergraduate or graduate program in the United States.

The scholarship candidate must be able to demonstrate their passion towards civil justice through volunteer, professional and/or educational experiences.

All eligible candidates must be in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above

Application:

1. Essay Respond to the following question in 1,000 words or less:

What can be done to influence society in a way that will ensure that ALL people have access to our civil justice system and the protections that are supposed to be provided to them under the law? What steps have you taken and/or are you planning to take to positively influence society to uphold all people’s rights to the civil justice system?

2. An updated resume

3. A current unofficial transcript

Questions: rjbanta@comcast.net

Website: https://www.richardbantalaw.com/richard-j-banta-law-civil-justice-scholarship-2018/

 

*Please review scholarship prior to application to determine eligibility and legitimacy.

 


Market Biz $1,000 Scholarship

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Already be accepted for the 2018 intake to the USA or Canadian college, accredited college, a trade school or any other form of further education post-secondary/high school.
  • If you have not already been accepted, then you should be planning to enroll in any of the above in the fall of 2018.

 

Application:

Here are the topics. Choose one to write on:

  1. How has technology changed the face of market research through the years?
  2. The Impact of Online Market Research on Society
  3. Identify two poor market research techniques, and suggest how they could be improved?

If possible, do try to enrich your article with a creative video or an infographic. Though it is not mandatory, it will help to show your creative thinking capabilities.

Questions: admin@market.biz 

Website: https://market.biz/scholarship/

 

*Please review scholarship prior to application to determine eligibility and legitimacy.


Charles W. Finkl Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Amount: $4,000 over two years

Eligibility:

  • Current college sophomores or college juniors.
  • Enrolling full-time at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Majoring in chemical, computer, electrical, industrial, materials, mechanical, or metallurgical engineering.
  • Citizens of Canada, Mexico or the United States.
  • Maintaining a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or above, on a 4.0 scale.

 

Application:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken.

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation must be submitted on your behalf by April 19, 2018.

Questions: info@forgings.org

Website: https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/forging/

 

*Please review scholarship prior to application to determine eligibility and legitimacy.


Medigo $2,000 Scholarship

Deadline: September 1, 2018

Amount: $2,000

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled, or have been offered a place, at a university or college in the United States of America.

Application:

Question: How should a company ensure that all nationalities, races and cultures are celebrated and integrated in an office environment?

Please produce an essay of 800-1,200 words. Applicants should write about two examples of how a company has managed diversity in the workforce. The student should then come up with one original idea themself. Briefly explain all three ideas and then evaluate in detail why you think they are good examples. Applicants are free to include images if they’d like.

The essays will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity of the student’s approach
  2. Student’s ability to craft an essay
  3. Relevance of essay to its topic

Questions: scholarship@medigo.com

Website: https://www.medigo.com/blog/about-us/scholarship/

 

*Please review scholarship prior to application to determine eligibility and legitimacy.

 


Law Office of William W. Hurst Bi-Annual $500 Scholarship

Deadline: July 31, 2018

Amount: Bi-annual $500

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or law school in the United States for the Spring and/or Fall of 2018. This includes high school seniors, freshman, sophomores, juniors, college seniors, and law students (L1, L2, L3).

Application:

To participate in the contest, applicants should write a 600-word essay answering the following question:

“Accidents can have devastating effects on those involved and their loved ones. Describe how an accident has impacted your life, what you did to overcome its impacts, and what changes you made to make sure a similar accident didn’t occur in the future.”

Questions: (317) 636-0808

Website: https://billhurst.com/scholarship/

 

*Please review scholarship prior to application to determine eligibility and legitimacy.

 


11must Digital Media $1,200 Scholarship

Deadline: August 31, 2018

Amount: $1,200

Eligibility:

  • Must be a high school, trade school, and college or university student majoring in Business, Communications or a Web-Based technology.
  • Good command of English Language.
  • Ability to produce great content on the topic “Latest Digital Media Trends That Are Going To Impact 2018
  • Minimum GPA required; 2.5
  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America

 

Application: Submit an essay between 800 and 1000 words on topic Latest Digital Media Trends That Are Going To Impact 2018.

Questions: (777) 856-4944 or 11mustdigimedia@gmail.com

Website: http://11must.com/digital-media-scholarship/

 

*Please review scholarship prior to application to determine eligibility and legitimacy.


Kapture Semi-Annual $500 Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Amount: Semi-annual $500

Eligibility: You must be enrolled as a full time student at a post-secondary institution in the United States or Canada

Application: Tell us your ideas on how to provide green pest control services. Think about what happens when pests enter a home and the potential risks that come with it. What do you think is the right balance between actively eliminating the pest and focusing on not having chemicals impact the environment? We require a minimum essay of 500 words.

Questions: scholarship@kapturepest.com

Website: http://www.kapturepest.com/scholarship/

 

*Please review scholarship prior to application to determine eligibility and legitimacy.