Financial Aid Basics

  • Financial Aid

    Financial Aid can be an overwhelming topic!  I encourage families to take time to read about different kinds of financial aid.  The more information you have, the smarter you will be as a consumer!  Many students take out large private loan amounts that cripple them financially after they graduate from college. 

    The Scholarship Foundaion and UMSL have great websites where they provide detailed information on financial aid types.  I encourage you to read through the following link, and others like it so you can set yourself up for the best future possible!

    https://www.sfstl.org/advice-assistance/resources

    http://www.umsl.edu/services/finaid/finaidbasics/index.html

A+ Scholarship Information

  • Scholarship Program The Missouri A+ scholarship is a scholarship funded by the Missouri state department that essentially pays for 2 years of tuition at a Missouri community college, allowing students who qualify to earn an Associates Degree with little out of pocket cost. 

    *Students MUST have a signed contract on file to be eligible to participate. This should be completed freshman year or upon enrollment into the high school. Please print the brochure below, sign, and return to the school. 
     
    Click here to view the Valley Park brochure on this program: VPHS A+ brochure
     
    Click here to view a list of colleges that offer A+ scholarships: A+ Colleges list 
     
    Please visit this link to learn more about this state scholarship: http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php
     
    Per the requirements of the State of Missouri, all men must register with the Selective Service at age 18 in order to receive the A+ scholarship.  This process takes just a minute or two and can be completed by visiting: sss.gov
     
    Should you have a special circumstance and need to complete tutoring hours outside of the school building and normal school hours, please use this tracking sheet: A+ Tutoring Hours Tracking sheet Completed forms should be turned in the counselor by May 1st.
     

FAFSA Information

  • FAFSA

    Students planning to apply for financial aid for the college school year of 2019-20 can fill out the FAFSA form in October of their senior year.  You must fill out the FAFSA every year if you are a student who plans to:

    • Use the A+ scholarship
    • Attend a University or College
    • Attend a 2 year Technical School
    • Quality for automatic scholarships at a college/university
     
    Go here to start your FAFSA application: https://fafsa.ed.gov
     
    There are multiple events held in our area to aid families with questions about this process.  Attending a FAFSA Frenzy event would benefit most families.  Below is a link to find an event near you!

    https://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/fafsafrenzy.php 

Scholarship Sites

  • Scholarship

     

    The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis has multiple resources for families. Visit their website at: www.sfstl.org

    St. Louis Graduates offers support to families who want to prepare for college. Visit their website at: www.stlouisgraduates.org

    All juniors and seniors should have an account through a scholarship search engine. Below are a few to choose from. Accounts should be checked multiple times each week.
     
     
    Peer Lift is another great resource for finding college information.
     
    Big Future is also a great website to help you map out your future and make comparisons!
     
    Many colleges partner with https://www.raise.me/ in order to help students piece together financial aid awards.
     
     

Individual Scholarship Awards

  • Paper copies of these and other applications are available on the Scholarships Bulletin Board. Feel free to stop by the Counseling office anytime with questions!

     

    The Navy ROTC scholarship application is now open for your current Juniors, for the 4 year scholarship AND your current Seniors for the 3 year scholarship.

    Thank you for your past assistance in helping your students with their applications.

    If you would like any information like hand outs or a power point to pass on to your students, please let me know. I can send those along to you.

    For more information please contact me and/or go to www.nrotc.navy.mil

     

    The Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship will be awarded to students across the United States who will enroll full time as undergraduate students in an accredited nonprofit two-year college or technical school program in the construction trades or enter an apprenticeship program.   Fifty students will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship that is renewable for one additional year. Due May 1, 2020

     

    Royal Banks of Missouri is happy to announce that the Lubin-Green-Cohen-Kiem Scholarship is now accepting applications!  Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to current high school seniors.  For full eligibility requirements and to download the application, please visit the Royal Banks of Missouri website - Royal Bank Scholarship

     

    Lockhead Martin has a STEM scholarship available.  Click here to apply!

     

    MOACAC is offering $1000 scholarship to Missouri senior with at least a 2.5 GPA planning to attend a MOACAC college.  Click here for more information: MOACAC scholarship flyer

     

    MOASPA-STL is offering a $1000 scholarship, application is due February 29, 2020.  Click her for more information: MOASPA-STL flyer

     

    Association of the United States Army is offering a scholarship to students with parents involved in the Army.  Check Here to see if you qualify.  Click Here to apply.

     

    Veterans Offer College Scholarship to Jewish High School Students Jewish War Vets Scholarship App 

     
    Dozens of scholarship and interest-free loan program applications on Scholarship Central 

     

    The BJC Scholars Fund is a renewable $10,000 scholarship for 14 students annually from communities served by BJC HealthCare, including four students who are residents of St. Louis County.  Interested students must be current high school seniors who plan to attend a public 2- or 4- year college in Missouri or be receiving in-state tuition reciprocity at a public university in another state. Students must have financial need, demonstrate academic potential (2.0 cumulative GPA or higher), and exhibit strong character through honesty, integrity, and sound judgment.  We are now accepting applications for this funding opportunity. Students can apply online at St. Louis Graduates Scholarship Central: http://bit.ly/STLGrad.   BJC Scholars  

     

    Interested in Early Childhood? Check here: EC scholarships

     

    Interested in Nursing? 
    Here's a database of nursing scholarships: http://www.rntobsn.org/financial-assistance/

    The Daughters of the American Revolution
    have national scholarship contests that may apply to you!  Check out this link to see: http://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships

    The Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution offer many scholarships that may apply to you!  Look here to see:  MO DAR Scholarships
     
     
    Majoring in a mental health related field? 
    Check out this scholarship from MENSA: Mensa Health Minds Scholarship
      

    Congressional Black Caucus Foundation-CBCF

    Each year, the CBCF invites qualified African-American High School sophomore and junior students from the districts of Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Members to participate in the Essay Contest and Issue Forum. Visit their website at www.cbcfinc.org/essaycontest for more information.

     

    Missouri Society of CPAs (MOCPA)

    All high school accounting, business, and math students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship sponsored by MOCPA.  Click here: MOCPA scholarship

      

    Life Reimagined Ventures

    Each year, we award $750 in scholarships to high-achieving, high school students who have been affected in some way by the increasing prevalence of mental health challenges.  You can find more information about our scholarship award here: https://calvinrosser.com/scholarships/mental-health-awareness

     

    Amco Ranger Scholarship

    This local company is sponsoring a $1000 scholarship!  Check here for more info: https://amcoranger.com/amco-ranger-scholarship/