Timelines, Websites, Scholarships & other stuff


You are on the clock! 


  • Visit colleges during the fall.
  • Complete admissions applications during first semester if possible.
  • September-May, listen to announcements, then check with Mr. Wail about scholarship applications.
  • In early December, scholarship applications and admission applications should be completed.
  • The GOLD FORM is available in the counseling office. Absolute deadline February 28.
  • In February or early March, complete the FAFSA if applying for financial aid. The College Planning Center will help you and your parents with this during February. Listen for the announcement or check BHS Counselor Web.
  • Complete any institutional application for financial aid that the college financial aid office may require.
  • By mid-April, you should receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA processing center. Review this document thoroughly. If changes need to be made or colleges need to be added, this can be done on the SAR document.
  • By early May, you should receive financial aid award letters from the colleges to which you have been admitted.
  • By May 15, return the accepted or declined award letters to the financial aid offices.



Set up a separate email account for scholarship searches.

With all of the free scholarship search engines;

be cautious of anyone requesting money for a search.

 Scholarships/Financial Aid Search Engines Iowa Websites

     College Planning and Financial Aid
     SAT/ACT online registration
     Help from US Government WebsitesFAFSAFree Application for Federal Student Aid (a MUST for all students) 

    The Gold Form is your way to apply for 50 local scholarships. The deadline for the Gold Form is the last school day in February. Scholarship awards through this program range from $100 to full tuition. The average award is generally around $300 therefore, apply through other sources too.  Listen to Central Sound and check the daily announcements for new scholarship postings. Applications for scholarships listed in the BHS Scholarship Booklet will not be available until the scholarship is announced, two months prior to the deadline. 


     Here is a Helpful Website to

    Understanding College & Scholarship Process

    This website has helpful tips regarding the college applications, financial aid and scholarships. Great info for minority and non-minority students alike, especially under "External Scholarship Resources" and "Tips and Tricks."



    Get scholarships through the University of Iowa and other colleges for things you do in high school. Earn $25 for getting a B or better in a Algebra 1 or Geometry class. Or Earn $50 for a B or better n Pre-Calculus.

    Find out more at www.raise.me.


    Questions about paying for college?

    Iowa College Access Network will be at BHS to provide:


    for Seniors

    Tuesday, October 25

    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    This presentation will take place in the library.



    for Senior Parents

    Tuesday, October 25  

    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

    This presentation will take place in the library.

    If you can not come, call Mr. Wail for handouts.

    The goal of the Financial Aid Program is to help high school seniors and their parent/guardian understand the process of applying for financial aid and scholarships, offer effective tools for college cost comparisons, and learn how they can access additional help. The following topics are covered during the presentation. Financial Aid Night for Senior Parents covers the following information in more detail than the Student F.A.N. presentation.

    • Financial Aid Process
    • FAFSA Application Review
    • Understanding the Results
    • Understanding Costs - College Comparisons
    • Aid Options
    • Scholarship Process
    • Where to Go for Help

    Materials will be provided, click to preview materials.


    FAFSA Ready Iowa

    Financial Aid Made easy

    Nov. 2 – Wednesday 3 pm-7 pm @ SCC (approx 30 min individual sessions)

    Call BHS Counseling Office for details 753-1051.

    Call SCC Financial Aid Office 208-5015

      Students and families can get free help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
      During Iowa College Goal Sunday, volunteers will help families with the FAFSA, the government-required form for many types of financial aid for college. Make sure students know that, despite its name, Iowa College Goal Sunday is a month-long event in Iowa, and the specific date depends on the location in each city.
      More Information
      For a list of materials to take with you. It's also important for students and parents to have an FSA ID. Go to www.ICANsucceed.org/fsaid for information on how to setup the new FSA ID username and password prior to the CGS event.


      Smart Student Borrowing

      Click for tips and ideas


      College Cost of Attendance  

      According to the College Board's Trends in College Pricing, the 2010-2011 average total costs (including tuition, fees, room and board) were $16,140 for students attending four-year public colleges and universities in-state and $28,130 out-of-state, and $36,993 for students at four-year private colleges and universities. Assume an additional $4,000 for textbooks, supplies, transportation and other expenses.

      Type of Expense



      Direct Costs

      Tuition and fees

      Room and board

      Typically billed by school

      Indirect Costs

      Books and supplies


      Personal expenses

      Estimated costs


      4-Yr Private College

      4-Yr Public College

      2-Yr Public College

      2-Yr Public College

      Cost of Attendance per Year




      w/ Room & Board


      Tuition only; No Room & Board

      Reside w/ Family

      Expected Family Contribution





      = Financial Need

      Loans $27,000

      Loans $7,000


      Savings $5,000


      Want great ideas for completing Scholarship Applications?

      How are your writing skills? Essays could equal free money for college!


      If you intend to play any sport for a Division I or II college you will need to complete the NCAA Clearinghouse Form, which is available from the Activities Office. Click to register for NCAA and NAIA.



      Click Icon's for Great Financial Information

Fargo's student site
      Explore our tools and resources, learn about searching for scholarships, get answers to frequently asked questions, and more on our website for students.

Student LoanDown℠ blog
      Join the conversation to get information,
      share stories and ask questions about
      paying for college, managing debt
      and more. 

Hands on Banking' program
      Get the basic money skills you need to create a brighter financial future through this free, fun online program. 
      Get answers to your questions about college planning and financial aid from our online community. Learn from the experiences and insight of other students and families and share your knowledge as well. 


      Parents can enter to win a $1,500 savings plan deposit
      For more information, to read the full rules and frequently asked questions, and to register, visit www.iowastudentloan.org/savenow. Updates about the program and other financial tips and news can be found on Iowa Student Loan’s Facebook page.