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Crosby Scholars Financial Aid Newsletter | NOVEMBER 2022

In This Issue:

  • Scholarships
  • Upcoming Learning Opportunities & Events
  • FAFSA Completion
  • Finish the FAFSA Parent Agreement
  • UNC System FAFSA Priority Filing Dates
  • RDS & CSS
  • One-on-One Financial Aid Advising

CROSBY SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP SEASON

Crosby Scholars has OVER 30 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES that are only available for Crosby Scholars Seniors!


Check out our Scholarship Handbook for the full list of scholarship opportunities, application instructions, information about the review process, important dates, frequently asked questions, and more!


In addition to scholarship opportunities specifically for Crosby Scholars, we also have an Outside Scholarship Database to help narrow down your scholarship search!


Apply for Crosby Scholars Scholarships in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal.

CLICK TO APPLY FOR A CROSBY SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP

Many of our scholarships have a deadline of January 3, 2023! See below for the list of scholarships that close in January.


Thanksgiving Break is a great time to work on your scholarship applications! Do not wait until the last minute.

ESSAY REVIEW SERVICES


The majority of Crosby Scholars Scholarships have an essay requirement. It's important that your essay is a well-written and compelling piece of your application to set you apart from other applicants. Don't worry, though..


The Crosby Scholars Senior Program offers virtual Essay Review Services! Students who submit an essay for review will receive credit for the Senior Academy requirement.

SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY FOR REVIEW

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS

WEBINAR: FINANCIAL AID & FAFSA BASICS


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM | VIRTUAL


Join us virtually to learn more about financial aid! We will discuss what it is, how financial need is determined, who can submit the FAFSA, and a brief overview of the FAFSA form with practical tips and information on using the IRS Data Retrieval Form!


Seniors: You can earn Academy Credit by attending this webinar. Register in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal.


Parents + Guardians: We encourage you to attend this webinar. Click here to register.

STUDENT REGISTRATION
PARENT REGISTRATION

WEBINAR: CFNC SMART LOAN BORROWING


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM | VIRTUAL

Join us virtually to learn about the student loan process! We'll help you understand the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans, parent loans, alternative loans, private loans, and more!


Seniors: You can earn Academy Credit by attending this webinar. Register in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal.


Parents + Guardians: We encourage you to attend this webinar. Click here to register.

STUDENT REGISTRATION
PARENT REGISTRATION

WEBINAR RECORDINGS

Earning scholarship dollars can help cover the cost of college!


We hosted a webinar to help students recognize legitimate funding sources, how to research scholarships, and helpful tips on applying for scholarships! Click here to watch the recording.

Colleges require a submitted FAFSA to determine a student's eligibility for financial aid including scholarships, grants, work-study, and federal loans!


We hosted a How to Complete the FAFSA webinar to walk you step-by-step through the process. Click here to watch the recording.

We offer over 30 scholarships that are ONLY available to Crosby Scholars!


Want to learn more about our scholarships and how to apply? We hosted a webinar to lead you step-by-step through the application process. Click here to watch the recording.

THE FAFSA IS OPEN. APPLY TODAY!

WHAT IS THE FAFSA?


The FAFSA is Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For many students, filling out and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the first step towards figuring out how to pay for college. Submitting a FAFSA will let you know which types and how much financial aid you may qualify for. The 2023-24 FAFSA opened on October 1st and requires your 2021 Tax Return information.

WHY DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A FAFSA?


Colleges and Universities require a submitted FAFSA to determine a student's eligibility for financial aid, which can include a combination of scholarships, grants, federal work-study and federal student loans.


Colleges send each student who submits a FAFSA a detailed Financial Aid Award Letter outlining which types and how much financial aid the student can expect to help cover their educational costs. The only way to know exactly how much financial aid you qualify for is to submit a 23-24 FAFSA.

HOW DO I FILL OUT A FAFSA?


Submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA is FREE, only takes about 25 minutes to complete, and can be submitted electronically at www.FAFSA.gov on a desktop computer, a tablet, or a mobile phone.  


If citizenship requirements impact your ability to submit the FAFSA, please reach out to Ashly Wilson at awilson@crosbyscholars.org for guidance.

FINISH THE FAFSA PARENT AGREEMENT

WHAT IS IT?


Crosby Scholars Finish the FAFSA Agreement allows Crosby Scholars Financial Aid Coordinator to provide support to students and families who need help submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, during their senior year of high school. The Finish the FAFSA Agreement DOES NOT disclose any personal financial information. The Finish the FAFSA Agreement does not disclose any information on family or student income, citizenship information, social security numbers or any other personally identifiable information. The Finish the FAFSA Agreement data is not used for any purpose other than to offer students assistance with FAFSA completion. The Finish the FAFSA data will not be used to identify your student in any way.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?


Crosby Scholars Financial Aid Coordinator will only be able to confirm if your student has submitted and signed their FAFSA form, or if they have been selected for an additional FAFSA screening process called Verification. The Crosby Scholars Financial Aid Coordinator will then contact you or your student to offer assistance with completion.



Submitting a FAFSA is a critical step toward creating a financial plan for college. The Finish the FAFSA Agreement allows the Crosby Scholars Financial Aid Coordinator to provide one-on-one professional financial aid support to your family.

HOW DO I AGREE?

You can agree by completing one of the following:


1. Log in to your Crosby Scholars Parent Portal and click "I Agree" to the Finish the FAFSA Parent/Guardian Agreement.


PARENT PORTAL

2. Send an email to finaid@crosbyscholars.org including a statement that you agree to the Finish the FAFSA Parent Agreement. Please include your student's full name and school.

EMAIL US



3. Sign a copy of the "Finish the FAFSA Parent Agreement" and return it to a staff member or to the Crosby Scholars office.


PRINTABLE COPY

Questions about Finish the FAFSA? Contact Ashly Wilson, Financial Aid Coordinator, at 336-582-0015 or awilson@crosbyscholars.org

UNC SYSTEM FAFSA PRIORITY FILING DATES

In addition to the federal FAFSA deadline, many schools will also have a specific deadline by which they ask students to submit their FAFSA. Certain types of financial aid are awarded on a first come, first served basis and can run out of funding.


Make sure to check your college or university's FAFSA priority filing deadline to ensure you receive as much financial aid as you qualify for! Upcoming priority deadlines are below in red.

  • Appalachian State University: March 1
  • East Carolina University: March 1
  • Elizabeth City State University: March 1
  • Fayetteville State University: December 15
  • NC A&T University: December 1
  • NC Central University: March 1
  • NC State University: March 1
  • UNC at Asheville: March 1
  • UNC at Chapel Hill: March 1
  • UNC at Charlotte: January 1
  • UNC at Greensboro: January 15
  • UNC at Pembroke: March 1
  • UNC at Wilmington: January 1
  • UNC School of the Arts: March 1
  • West Carolina University: January 1
  • Winston-Salem State University: March 1
NC RESIDENCY DETERMINATION (RDS)

HOW NC RESIDENCY DETERMINATION IMPACTS TUITION COSTS


You may already know that you need to complete the North Carolina Residency Determination Service or RDS interview once you begin filling out your college admission applications. While this is true, you also need to complete the RDS Interview to know if qualify for In-State Tuition costs.


Under North Carolina law, in order to qualify for In-State Tuition, you will need to show that you have established your legal residence in North Carolina and have maintained that residence for a certain period of time before enrolling in college. If you forget to complete the RDS interview, you may be subject to paying Out-of-State Tuition costs, which can be significantly more expensive.


Completing your Residency Determination is quick and easy, and can be completed entirely online at www.ncresidency.org. 

COMPLETE YOUR RDS

THE CSS/FINANCIAL AID PROFILE®

The College Board's CSS Profile is an online application that collects information used by almost 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award financial aid from sources outside of the federal government. Check your Crosby Scholars Student Portal for a list of colleges that required the CSS Profile.


Applications can be accessed beginning on October 1st. If your school requires the CSS Profile, you should complete the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 Profile.


The CSS Profile Application is customized for the student and their family following registration. It contains questions about the student's and parent's households, income, assets, and expenses. Applicants are provided step-by-step instructions and a customized Pre-Application Worksheet.


Unlike the FAFSA, the CSS Profile is not free! Make sure that your school requires the CSS Profile before you submit it. It costs $25 to fill out and submit the form to one school. After that, you will pay $16 for a submission to each additional school.

CLICK TO LEARN MORE
SCHOOLS THAT REQUIRE CSS PROFILE

QUESTIONS? CROSBY SCHOLARS IS HERE FOR YOU!

Ashly Wilson

Financial Aid Coordinator

Molly Thomas

Financial Aid Program Associate

EMAIL ASHLY
EMAIL MOLLY

Schedule a virtual one-on-one meeting with Ashly Wilson, Financial Aid Coordinator, to have all of your financial aid questions answered.

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  • FAFSA Completion Assistance
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