Local Sources Of Financial Aid
Blackstone-Millville Regional High School distributed thousands of dollars last year. Applications are available in the Guidance office in April. All students pursuing further education are invited and urged to apply.
The Guidance Department would like to remind all male students of their legal obligation to register with the Selective Service when they reach 18 years of age. Failure to register is a federal criminal offense carrying penalties of up to $250,000 and five years in jail. Federal laws also prevent male students from obtaining federal financial aid and/or federal employment until they register. Students may complete the registration process by registering online at: www.sss.gov.
Sources of Help
College financial aid officers will staff a toll-free hotline during the last two weeks of January through the first two weeks of February. The phone number will be available in January.
The Higher Education Information Center at the Boston Public Library is a staffed source of help in filling out financial aid forms, locating private sources of scholarships, etc. Call to confirm hours, which have traditionally been Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The telephone number is 617-536-0200.
Blackstone-Millville Regional High School will sponsor a financial aid night in December each year. The specific date and time will be publicized via the website.
The Guidance Department recommends that you do not use any of the private scholarship services which may mail you forms ‘guaranteeing’ to locate sources of aid. The Department knows of no such program that justifies the expense If you decide to use one of these ‘guarantee’ services, find out exactly under what conditions you are entitled to a refund. Be forewarned that obtaining refunds from these companies can be difficult. There are a number of websites (provided in this packet) that provide free scholarship searches.
Strategies For Getting a Better Financial Aid Package
- Leave no stone unturned
Try all possible sources of financial aid. The more sources you explore, the greater your chance of success.
- Contact Each School
Look into financial aid possibilities at each school you are considering. Write to the financial aid office as soon as you send in your application for admission. Remember that applying for financial aid does not impact your chances of gaining acceptance by colleges.
- Apply Early
Apply for financial aid as early as possible. Though deadlines for individual schools vary, the application for Federal Student Aid can be sent any time after January 1. An early application will help you gain the best possible financial package possible.
- Apply and Reapply
Do not forget to apply for financial aid each and every year you are in school. Even if you receive aid during one year, you must reapply to get it for the next year.
- Get to know your financial aid officer
Establish a relationship with the financial aid officer. This way you can talk to someone you know if questions arise during the year.
- Be Prepared
Consider filing taxes as early in the year as possible. Do not wait until the April 15 deadline. You need information from your tax forms in order to complete the financial aid applications. It is better to input information from actual forms rather than to make estimates.