Scholarships & Financial Aid

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that students/parents complete annually to determine eligibility for federal student aid; this includes Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, PLUS loans, and Work Study programs.  Available after January 1 each year, FAFSA processes several million financial aid applications and distributes billions of dollars each year.  In addition to financial assistance on a federal level, most states and colleges also use information from the FAFSA to award student aid.  It is recommended that students and families review financial aid deadlines for the prospective schools in their list; March 1, March 15, and April 1 are common deadlines for federal financial aid.  Applications submitted after stated deadlines are not guaranteed financial aid.  FAFSA deadlines vary from college to college; it is in your best interest to contact prospective colleges for more details.

Students and parents filling out the FAFSA are required to sign up for a FSA ID. The PIN acts as an electronic signature and allows both students and parents to legally sign the forms over the computer. The student and parent have to have their own unique FSA ID and you can apply for one before you apply for the FAFSA.

What is an FSA ID?

An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the rights to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA®).

It's important to understand that the student and the parent may not share an FSA ID: Your FSA ID is your signature, so it has to be unique to you. If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child's FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications, but each child must have his or her own one. Please Note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique mobile phone and/or email adders (Do not use the school email).

FSA ID Instructions - Watch the video below for information on how to fill out your FSA ID.


FSA ID: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm;

FAFSA Instructions - Watch the video below for information on how to fill out your FAFSA.


FASFA: https://fafsa.ed.gov/ 

FINANCIAL AID TOOLS AND THE NEBRASKA OPPORTUNITY GRANT

The Financial Aid Calculator gives students an opportunity to see how much money they might have to save up for loans and to be able to calculate college costs based on inflation.

The Financial Aid Estimator is a helpful way to get a quick estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). It is not as accurate as the College Funding Estimator from EducationQuest but it is a lot easier to use. Keep in mind that the FAFSA is the final resource that determines what the official EFC is and whether you are Pell Grant eligible. The State of Nebraska offers a grant opportunity for some students who apply to a Nebraska college or university.  The Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG) is awarded though post-secondary institutions within the state.  Students are encouraged to apply early and complete their FAFSA before the deadlines established by each institution in order to give themselves the best chance to receive a Nebraska Opportunity Grant.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FINANCIAL AID

The Guide to Federal Student Aid is a document put out by the U.S. Department of Education.  This manual will give all the information on grants, work study, loans and other topics with regard to federal financial aid.

EDUCATIONQUEST

EducationQuest is an organization dedicated to helping students with scholarships and financial aid.  This nonprofit organization is a very helpful, free resources. In Omaha, its location is 11031 Elm Street (in Rockbrook Village at 108th & West Center Road). To set up an appointment, call 402-391-4033. 

There are two very beneficial tools on EducationQuest's website that help make preparing for the FAFSA easier:  the College Funding Estimator and the FAFSA tutorial. The College Funding Estimator calculates a family's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and also provides an estimate of possible Pell Grant awards if a family qualifies. The FAFSA tutorial is another helpful resource that will help walk you through each question on the form. The FAFSA contains several pages of questions - some of which can be complicated.  The FAFSA tutorials and handouts found at www.educationquest.org are certainly helpful!  

College Planning

NAVIANCE  FAMILY  CONNECTION

Omaha Public Schools and South High School continue to offer Naviance Family Connection,  a comprehensive website that students and families can use to help in making decisions about future courses, colleges, and careers.  Each student has a Family Connection account that is accessible wherever an internet connection is found.  This program is user-friendly at both school and home.  Students also utilize Naviance Family Connection during their freshman year.

Students and parents can reach the Naviance Family Connection website at

 

Student Login

  • The username is a student’s 6 digit student ID number.
  • The password is a student’s 8 digit birthday (February 5, 1997 is typed in as 02051997).

 

 

Navinace Family Connection: https://www.naviance.com/

ACT: www.act.org/profile

College Board: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

 

 

 

Advanced Education

 Nebraska Career Connections: www.nebraskacareerconnections.org/students.htm