The RHS Scholarship Bulletin is ALWAYS available and UPDATED OFTEN! Deadline dates will continue to be updated. For any questions, email Mrs. Fukuda.

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what are Scholarships?

Scholarships are monetary awards to help students pay for college. The money is FREE and does not need to be paid back.

Great Scholarship Websites!

Fastweb has one of the largest databases of scholarships. The database is updated every day.

Registration with Fastweb is free and easy. Fill out your profile, and they’ll match you with relevant scholarships. You can filter your search by scholarship amount, deadline, and types of scholarships. The website is so organized that you are sure to find what you’re looking for!

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Cappex works with over 3,000 colleges and universities. They host over $11 billion in scholarship money. To access scholarships, you must first create an account. You need to fill in information like your school level, ethnicity, and financial need. Then, you are matched with scholarships that are relevant to you.

Special Features: is one of the original scholarship websites. It has a huge collection of scholarships. It is also a great place to find colleges that are a good fit for you. The website is updated often and the information is reliable.

To start, create a profile with your personal information. After you become a member, you can choose which kinds of scholarships you are most interested in. You can also decide on the types of scholarships you are not interested in. You can search for scholarships by major, athletics, ethnicity, GPA, and more. Or, you can use their matching feature to get matched with eligible scholarships.

Special Features:

If you’ve taken the SAT or ACT, The College Board likely sounds familiar to you. It manages the tests along with other K-12 tests. The College Board is also a reliable resource for scholarship information.

Their scholarship database boasts over 2,200 scholarship programs. It also has an excellent search feature. Create an account so you can search their database. You can filter the scholarships by award type, major, and more.

Special Features:

Niche offers a lot of information on scholarships, colleges, and universities. Best of all, it caters to all ages. Kids as young as kindergarten can find relevant scholarships on Niche.

You don’t need to create an account to browse their scholarship categories. But, if you want personalized results, set up a detailed profile. You can search for scholarships based on major, ethnic identity, location, and much more.

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Unigo is one of the best scholarship tools, with a database of scholarships worth over $14 billion. Unigo divides scholarships into categories. You can find athletic scholarships, scholarships based on majors, and scholarships for minority students. Unigo also awards many of their own unique scholarships, which range from $1,500-$10,000.

You can search for scholarships without creating an account. But, if you want personalized results and to save scholarships, you’ll want to create a free account. 

You can also use Unigo to find jobs, internships, and to get information about colleges.

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Chegg is best known as a textbook website. But, it also boasts a huge scholarship database of over 25,000 scholarships. The website is user-friendly and updated often.

After registering for free, you can look for personalized scholarships. Information like your GPA, zip code and age will help you filter your search. You can organize and save scholarships and fill them out on your own time.

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financial aid

Financial Aid Application Cycle:

Applications for high school seniors and college students open EACH YEAR on October 1, and closes EACH YEAR on MARCH 2 FOR CALIFORNIA

Financial Aid Application Requirement in CALIFORNIA: 

Starting with the Class of 2023, all California Students in their senior year of high school are required to submit a financial aid application. Students who want to "opt-out" of completing a financial aid form can speak with Mrs. Fukuda. 

Applying for Financial Aid - USE THE CORRECT APPLICATION!

what is Financial Aid?

Financial aid is money to help students pay for college. Some of the money is gift aid, which means it is FREE, and comes in the form of scholarships or grants. Some financial aid is borrowed aid, which means you BORROW the money like a LOAN and must pay it back after you graduate from college. Another financial aid form is work study, which means you  WORK part-time on-campus, and the money earned can be used to pay for college expenses.

Parents Resources

How to Help Your Student Plan for College - Resources from FastWeb 

Student loans - what is co-signing?

Co-Signing Questions and Answers

If someone in your family needs a loan to help pay for college, you may find you’re being asked to be a co-signer. That’s a major financial responsibility, so it’s important that you know what’s involved before deciding to co-sign. Likewise, the student you’re helping needs to understand what could happen to you if they don’t make their payments.

With those ideas in mind, College Money Matters has put together this list of the most commonly-asked questions about co-signing, along with some straightforward answers.

1. What does it mean to co-sign on a loan?

When you co-sign on a loan, you’re saying you agree to make any payments which the person who’s receiving the loan doesn’t make, including paying it off altogether. Basically, you’re saying you’ll be responsible for the loan. As you read through the following questions, you’ll get a good idea of what that can mean.

2. What type of student loans might require a co-signer?

Not all student loans require a co-signer. For example, student loans given by the US Government are only made directly with the student. Co-signing comes into play with loans made by financial businesses, like credit companies or lending corporations.

3. Why might you be asked to co-sign on a loan?

It’s not surprising that most college-age students don’t have the credit history or financial resources to qualify for a loan on their own. So, they need to show a lender that someone with a good credit record will be responsible for assuring the loan gets paid back, in case the student can’t. Also, having a qualified co-signer on a loan might serve to lower the interest rate.

4. How much of a loan could a co-signer be responsible for?

The short answer is “whatever the student doesn’t pay.” This means you’re not only responsible for making sure the original loan amount and interest is paid back, you’re also responsible for any additional late penalties, collection fees and other fees that can be charged if the student doesn’t make their payments on time. 

5. What can happen if the person I’m co-signing for doesn’t make their loan payments on schedule?

If the student misses payments or sends them in late, here are some ways that you, as a co-signer, can feel the pain:

6. Really? Co-signing someone else’s loan can affect my credit rating?

Yes. As a co-signer, you are a co-owner of the loan. So any late or missed payments will show up on your credit report. That could affect your credit rating and your own ability to borrow.

7. How can I be sure the borrower will pay back their loan?

The bottom line is you can’t be sure. So even though you may care very deeply about the person you’re co-signing for, and know they would never deliberately do anything that could harm you, here are some important questions to consider:

8. Is co-signing on a loan in the best interests of the student?

Your agreement to co-sign may make it easier or cheaper for the student to get a loan upfront, but they still have to pay it back. So do your best to make sure they can afford the payments. Here are some common problems faced by young people who borrow:

9. What if I have other loans to pay back?

The student loan on which you’re co-signing may not be your only obligation. Will you be co-signing on other loans for other students? Or maybe for this student’s next several years in college? Are you already borrowing under a Parent Plus or other type of college loan? The numbers can add up. Unfortunately, a large number of co-signers have had to delay retirement to pay back a student loan.

10. If things turn out bad, can I declare bankruptcy?

In most cases, student loan debt cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy. So, even with all the other credit issues that bankruptcy may create, it probably won’t resolve any payment problems on a student loan.

How to help protect yourself when co-signing a student loan

When you agree to co-sign on a student loan, you’re giving more than your authorization. You’re actually signing a contract that says you’re responsible for making any payments the student doesn’t make, including all interest and fees. Here are some steps you can take to help protect yourself, recommended by the Federal Trade Commission:

Ask the student to show you how they’ll repay the loan. Have them make a budget or work one out with you. Make sure the monthly loan payments are affordable — for both of you.

If, after college, the student loses their job or has a change in finances, are you confident you’ll be able to afford the loan payments you’ll make for them?

Ask the company making the loan to tell you the total amount you might owe if the student defaults. The creditor doesn’t have to do this. But if you ask, they might.

IMPORTANT: You may not know if any loan payments are missed or late unless the borrower or lender lets you know. So be sure to ask to be notified.

Ask the lending company to send you monthly statements, or to agree in writing that they’ll notify you if either the borrower misses a payment or the terms of the loan change. If the lender will send you the statements, this will alert you if the borrower missed any payments. If the lender won’t send the statements but will agree to notify you of any issues, that can give you time to deal with the problem.

How to answer the top 10 questions sometimes seen on scholarship apps! 

Scholarships are a great way to fund your college education, but we understand that the application process can be intimidating. That's why we're here to help! Today we're breaking down 10 of the most common scholarship application questions and share valuable tips to help you excel in your responses.

1. Tell Us About Yourself This open-ended question allows you to introduce yourself in your unique way. Highlight what makes you stand out and how those qualities have contributed to your success in school and life. Don't forget to mention your aspirations and how the scholarship will help you achieve them.

2. Describe Your Greatest Strength Showcase the skills and qualities that make you a standout applicant, aligning them with the scholarship's values. Use concrete examples to illustrate your strengths and how they've benefited you.

3. Describe Your Greatest Weakness Demonstrate self-awareness and a commitment to growth. Be honest, specific, and discuss steps you've taken to address your weaknesses.

4. What Makes You Unique Highlight the beliefs, qualities, and experiences that set you apart from others. Use examples to show how your uniqueness has led to success and how it shapes your future.

5. What Do You Want to Do With Your Career Share your career goals, relevant experience, and how the scholarship will help you achieve them. Emphasize why your chosen career path is important and how it benefits others.

6. What Extracurricular or Community Activities Are You Involved In Discuss your extracurricular and community activities, including leadership roles and achievements. Explain how these activities have impacted you and what skills you've gained.

7. What Do You Consider Your Greatest Achievement Choose an achievement that reflects your values and goals, and discuss its impact on your life and future aspirations. Ensure it's relevant to the scholarship you're applying for.

8. Who Is Someone You Consider a Role Model Honesty is key when discussing your role model. Explain why you admire them, list their qualities or accomplishments, and how they've influenced your life.

9. Why Did You Choose to Apply for This Scholarship in Particular Express your passion for the scholarship's mission and how it aligns with your values and career goals. Explain what sets this scholarship apart.

10. Describe a Time When You Failed at Something Focus on the positive aspects of your failure. Explain how you responded, what you learned, and highlight the growth it brought.