It’s never too early—or too late—to explore your options for college or career school. These sites discusses key steps in preparing for college and provides resources that can help you along the way.



Finding financial aid can seem overwhelming when you’re trying to get ready for college or career school. It doesn’t have to be! We’ll walk you through how financial aid works, resources to pay for college, and loan repayment options.

Check out their website: https://studentaid.gov/


To help determine what it would cost for you to attend an Oregon college (tuition, fees, living, books/supplies minus federal aid) try the “Net Price Calculator."

Visit their website: http://oregongoestocollege.org/pay/net-price

FAFSA - Additional Resources
Cost of Attendance


Exploring ways you can pay for education after high school can significantly reduce the burden of feeling overwhelmed by the costs to attend.  Most student don’t pay full price. Oregon Goes to College is a valuable guide and resource and is highly recommended in the successful planning to attend higher education.

Here’s what you need to know about Financial Aid:

SIX WAYS to pay for college

Students use financial aid (grants, scholarships, work-study and loans) and/or personal resources (college savings accounts and other resources) to pay for college. Learn more!


Find out what qualifies a student as independent on the FAFSA

FAFSA deadlines

What FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) https://studentaid.gov can do for you and what students will need when applying.

FAFSA - what students need

Once you’ve completed and filed for FAFSA, what happens next?

You will receive a “SAR” (Student Aid Report) that details the information you submitted on your FAFSA. Here’s how to read your SAR.

VERIFICATION preparation

If you should be selected for “Verification.”  No worries, there just maybe a few more forms that will be required by your college’s financial aid department that will have to be completed in order for your financial aid award to go through. Here is some important information you should know and prepare for if you should be asked for verification.



  • It is vitally important to start journaling what you have been involved with during your high school years starting from your freshman year and onto your senior year. It is not only a requirement for scholarships and/or college applications process, but can be resourceful when writing your job resume. It lets your readers know what you have been involved with outside of school.
  • I have provided you with a template that you can use to input your extra-curricular activities. Make it a habit to update it frequently.
  • Not involved with extracurricular activities????? YOU CAN!!! Tribal members have many opportunities to engage in volunteering with Tribal events. Become a Tribal Ambassador who volunteers their time in annual culture events or if you are between the ages of 14-19 get involved with the Tribal Youth Council where leadership development and student-led activities/events are created. To find out more on how you can get involved with your Tribe in making a positive difference contact: Kelly Warner at info-education@cowcreek-nsn.gov
  • *TIP – Start collecting recognition/award certificates, special articles of interest that you were involved with (i.e. school newspaper article that highlights you). These types of “special interests” may be needed when completing scholarship applications.


Beyond federal financial aid, students should seek out opportunities by applying for as many scholarships as they can. Millions of dollars are given annually to students/adults who wish to further their education. Why wait? Start early as some scholarships are available to freshman to apply to. Here’s a rule of thumb in the timeline of most scholarships that are released…..

  • Fall – National Scholarships
  • Winter – State Scholarships
  • Early Spring – Local Scholarships

**Tip #1 – Prioritize your scholarships by its deadlines and don’t procrastinate in starting them. If you rush through the application process you may miss important details. If a deadline says March 15th, submit it earlier…..there are many instances where scholarship committees can still have time to reach out to you if something is missing or is incorrect on the application.

**Tip #2 – If you are in high school, consistently check in with your high school counselor/advisor to find out what scholarships are available. There are many district scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible to apply to.

**Tip #3 – Avoid potential scholarship scams!!!! Remember, you should never have to pay to apply to scholarship programs.


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