Saint Marys Area High School

977 S St Marys St, St. Marys, PA 15857 Phone: 814.834.7831
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Financial Aid

The first step in the financial aid process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. The FAFSA can be completed after October 1st of the year prior to the year you will be attending a post-secondary school. You should also check with your choice of schools for their individual filing deadlines. The FAFSA web worksheet is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov . The worksheet will assist you in gathering the financial information and documents necessary to properly complete your FAFSA. Students and/or parents will need to apply for a personal identification number or PIN through this website as well. The PIN will serve as your electronic signature when completing the FAFSA.

Be sure to use the website listed above.  There is a similar site that ends in .com, which will take you to a site that charges a fee to complete the FAFSA for you.  You do not need to pay someone to complete this form for you.

The following in a listing of the types of financial aid available:
  • Grants – Grants are free money and are not required to be repaid.  Grants may be given for various reasons.
  • Scholarships – Scholarships are free money. Repayment is not required. Students may be eligible for scholarships for a variety of reasons. Do not pay for scholarship search services to find scholarships for you. Use the websites below to explore your personal scholarship options:

www.fastweb.com
www.finaid.org
www.studentaid.ed.gov
www.aesSuccess.org
www.fafsa.ed.gov
www.scholarships.com

Many post-secondary schools offer scholarships of their own. Call their financial aid office and ask.  Also check for local opportunities by clicking on the scholarship link on our home page or by coming to the Guidance Office.  New scholarships are announced and posted on the bulletin on Power School. Be sure to meet the deadlines and requirements when applying for scholarships.
  • Work Study – Post-Secondary schools will often hire eligible students to work a limited number of hours for a paycheck.  The types of jobs available through this program vary from school to school.
  • Loans and Student Loans – Loans must be repaid. A variety of loans are available to students and parents in order to cover the remaining costs of a post-secondary education. It is recommended that you borrow only what you actually need. If you borrow too much, you may have difficulty when the repayment period starts.