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Financial Aid / Scholarships

October 16, 2018 
This is a reminder that there will be Financial Aid Counselors from Gonzaga, EWU, WSU, and SCC available on a drop-in basis at MLHS on Tuesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 in room 402 to help you fill out your FAFSA (if you haven’t already done it!).
Please bring your FSAid and password (see below for how to get it) and your tax returns from 2017 AND YOUR STUDENT!
In order to submit the FAFSA, you must first create an "FSA ID."  Both student and parent need an FSA ID. You should go to to start the process before Tuesday.
1) The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application opens OCTOBER 1st this year!
That means if your student will be attending any post-secondary institutions in 2017, you should fill this out.
The closer you can fill it out to Oct. 1st, the better chance you have of getting aid if you qualify.
Here is the website:

2) Even if you think your income level will be too high, many institutions
REQUIRE the FAFSA. It never hurts to fill it out, as your circumstances can change.

3) In order to submit the FAFSA, you must first create an "FSA ID." There are no longer pin numbers,
so everyone must create an ID this year. Both student and parent need an FSA ID.
You can go to to start the process now.

4) If you have questions or get "stuck" on the FAFSA, feel free to call any local institution's financial
aid departments (i.e., SFCC, EWU, Gonzaga, etc.). They should be able to answer general questions
even if you don't intend to apply there. You can also call FAFSA directly at 1-800-4FED-AID

• 7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the FAFSA

• 7 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA

• 11 Common FAFSA Mistakes

Common Questions about Filing the FAFSA This guide answers the most common questions that students
have about filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Topics include eligibility, special cases, what you need to actually apply, and questions to expect.

A variety of options are available to help you pay for college. Check out the options below and contact the financial aid office at the college of your choice.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Virtually all financial aid sources in Washington use a single application form called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After you complete the online form, you can choose which colleges to send it to. You must submit the FAFSA to your college's financial aid office to be considered. For instructions, visit the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA video tutorial.


Washington State Financial Aid Programs

Washington Opportunity Pathways logoThe state’s student financial aid programs — for example, State Need Grant, College Bound scholarship, state Work Study, Passport to College for foster youth — help tens of thousands of students annually earn college credits, certificates and degrees.

Known collectively as Washington Opportunity Pathways, some of these programs are need-based, while others are based on merit (good grades). Find out if you are eligible for one or more Opportunity Pathways programs.


Funds are Limited, Apply Right Away

Many aid programs are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so complete your FAFSA right away. Priority deadlines vary from college to college, so check the college's financial aid deadline.

Students must apply for financial aid every year.


Types of Funding

 After you accept financial aid, ask the financial aid office:
  • How and when you'll receive the money.
  • How much aid will be directly applied to your bill.
  • How much your first bill will be.
  • What you can expect in future years. (Your financial aid amounts might differ from year to year.)
Washington Community Colleges

Quality Education at an Affordable Cost

Washington state community and technical colleges offer the best educational values around. Our tuition and fees average about half the tuition at public four-year universities. You'll save thousands for classes that transfer to universities or prepare you for a career.


1.Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are set by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and apply to all 34 colleges. Every college also charges campus-based fees, like technology fees or lab fees. Visit the tuition and fees page at the college of your choice for more complete cost information.


2. Quarterly Tuition and Fees

Lower Division Tuition
2017-2018 Tuition* Resident Nonresident
* Rounded to the nearest dollar    
One Quarter (15 credits) $1,312 $3,118
Academic Year (3 quarters/45 credits total) $3,936 $9,354

 Upper Division/Applied Bachelor's Degrees
2017-2018 Tuition*  Resident Nonresident
* Rounded to the nearest dollar    
One quarter (15 credits) $2,105 $6,094
Academic year (3 quarters/45 credits total) $6,314 $18,282

3. Tuition Waivers

Students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for tuition waivers to help pay for college. These tuition waivers vary by campus, so check with your college registrar's office. Some examples are Oregon border county residents, military veterans and senior citizens.


4. Calculate Your College Costs

Tuition and fees are just part of the cost of going to college. Students also need to pay class fees, books, supplies and other related expenses. Net price calculators can help you estimate how much you'll pay to attend a college after financial aid is factored in. 


ActSix Scholarship - Leadership Scholarship 

This is A HUGE local Scholarship and so far there are no completed MLHS applications! 

Who: Seniors who are passionate about learning, eager to foster intercultural relationships, willing to step out of their comfort zones, and committed to serving those around them

What: Up to $180,000 over four years at Gonzaga or Whitworth only

Due Date: November 6, 2018


WSPE Engineering Scholarships 2019

Who: Seniors who want to enter an accredited engineering college next year with an SAT above 600 math and 580 average for reading/writing with a 3.0 GPA

What: $4,000 one time award

Due Date: January 25, 2019

Where: Applications can be found online at or in the MLHS Counseling Center


Don’t forget the T-2-4 Scholarship from last week! 


WEBSITES OF THE WEEK!  - Please visit this website to find out more about college and university costs, graduation rates, and average salaries of college graduates for each school.

Remember to visit Xello (the CCR graduation requirement tool) by CLICKING HERE or going to the website, and clicking on MLHS and clicking on Medical Lake High School and then under the School tab, click on Welcome to MLHS. Your student will need to use their Google information to log in!


 Eastern Oregon University

Ewing C Kelly Scholarship

Who: Seniors

What: One-time award, $2,500 award used for books, computers, room and board

Due Date: Mailed application, postmarked by March 10

Where: PDF Application attached


VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship

Who: 9th - 12th Grade Students

What: Up to $30,000

Due Date: October 31, 2018

Where: PDF application attached


National Honors Society Scholarship

Who:  - NHS Members in good standing

What: Up to $25,000

Due Date: December 7, 2018

Where: Opens October 1, visit


ActSix Scholarship - Leadership Scholarship  

Who: Seniors who are passionate about learning, eager to foster intercultural relationships, willing to step out of their comfort zones, and committed to serving those around them

What: Up to $180,000 over four years at Gonzaga or Whitworth only

Due Date: November 6, 2018

Where: Open now


T-2-4 Circuit Scholarship (all seniors should give this a try!)

Who: Seniors that attended MLHS T-2-4 event yesterday!

What: Top three Senior responses will receive a one-time $1000 scholarship

Due Date: October 20, 2018

Where: Applications can be found online at


Advancing Science and Technology in Eastern Oregon (ASTEO) Scholarship

Who: Seniors interested in attending Eastern Oregon University 

What: $7,500 annually for tuition and fee for four years

Due Date: February 1, 2019

Where: Applications can be found online at