Help is available for students in search of dollars for college

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The next few weeks should be a busy time for seniors still in search of funds for college. Many scholarships have application deadlines in March and April. Dallas ISD’s Counseling Services department maintains a scholarship web page with links to funding from a variety of organizations who want to support students attending a certain college or pursuing a specific discipline or career.

Here are a few scholarships listed on the site that are available only to district students:

The Counseling Services site links to YouCanAffordCollege.org, a general information page that features numerous resources to help families and students access financial aid. It lists available financial aid workshops, a list of frequently asked questions about the application process, free tax help, and one-on-one help completing the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid, or FAFSA.

Dallas ISD Counseling Services administrator Leon Kilpatrick notes that counselors on virtually every high school campus are currently providing assistance with FAFSA and hosting scholarship information sessions for families.

Additionally, the financial aid offices on all campuses of the Dallas County Community College District are open until 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays with similar assistance.

Kilpatrick urges families to take full advantage of these opportunities. He adds that parents seeking help completing financial aid applications should be sure to bring these items with them:

  • Their most recent federal income tax return and W-2
  • Records of untaxed income such as Social Security benefits, and welfare or veteran benefits
  • Bank statements and records of investments, if applicable
  • A state-issued driver’s license or alien registration number (for non-citizens)
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