NEED BASED FINANCIAL AIDFAFSAColleges and Universities determine financial need based on the submission of the Office of Federal Student Aid's FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Completing the FAFSA is a very important first step in the financial aid process. The FAFSA application opens each year on October 1st.FAFSA 101 including the top 19 mistakes FAFSA rookies makeLocal FAFSA support: CMC offers virtual FAFSA/CASFA completion workshops during which they will walk students & families through the process and will offer breakout rooms and a student/family can meet 1:1 with a Financial Aid Specialist. Pre-registration is required, click here to register for these sessions.Wed, November 16, 6:00-7:00 PMWed, February 8, 6:00-7:00 PMCSS PROFILEHundreds of private schools and a few public institutions use the CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service Profile) in addition to the FAFSA to determine a financial aid package. A fee is required to submit the CSS Profile (which is managed by the CollegeBoard). Always consult each college's financial aid page for their requirements. Be warned, the CSS Profile is fairly involved, click here for a detailed overview and here for CollegeBoard's CSS Profile customer support. The financial aid offices of the indivdual colleges may also be able to offer assistance. CSS Profile is free for families making up to $100,000. Click here for information about a CSS fee waiver.
MERIT AIDMany colleges and universities also offer significant merit aid/scholarships (based on academic performance/special talents), irrespective of financial need.Consult each school's website for merit-based opportunities, because sometimes separate applications and/or priority application deadlines are required to be considered for merit aid.
SPECIAL POPULATIONSMany schools inside and outside of Colorado offer special opportunities for first generation college students and for other under represented populations. Please ask your Post-Secondary Counselor about these opportunities.
STATE & REGIONAL PROGRAMS
Colorado Opportunity Fund - The State of Colorado offers per credit tuition stipends at participating public and private colleges and universities in Colorado.Western Undergraduate Exchange - out-of-state students pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at participating schools.
NATIONAL, REGIONAL & CORPORATE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Post-Secondary Counseling office is NOT ABLE to stay current regarding all national, corporate, state and regional scholarships, however, we are familiar with three significant (full-ride) scholarships:
Boettcher Scholarship: This highly competitive, merit-based scholarship for Colorado high school seniors, provides what is essentially a full-ride to any four-year institution in Colorado. The Boettcher Foundation supports Colorado’s top students by providing an excellent in-state education, a vast network of alumni and community leaders, and access to additional opportunities that enrich their time in college. To see if you are a competitive candidate, please click here to complete the competitiveness assessment. Deadline Nov. 1st
Daniels Scholars: The Daniels Scholarship Program offers a comprehensive, four-year college scholarship that provides financial and personal support focused on helping Daniels Scholars succeed in college, and in life. The Daniels Scholarship can be used at any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States. Deadline Oct. 15th
QuestBridge: QuestBridge is a powerful platform that connects the nation's brightest students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities.QuestBridge is looking for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges. Deadline Sept. 27th
For more information about these opportunities, please see Charlie or Karen.
*** Below is a list of scholarship search engines we suggest for independent scholarship research:Please keep in mind, you should never pay to apply for a scholarship.
Each year, the Aspen community offers a generous variety of scholarships to Aspen High School graduating seniors. In 2022, 43 donor groups and organizations presented more than $380,000 in scholarships and awards to 81 deserving students. Aspen High School coordinates most local scholarships into one general online process for students. The Aspen Community Foundation also administers several scholarships to which Aspen students may apply. The Local Scholarship process begins each year in January.