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Free Application For Student Aid: www.fafsa.ed.gov

Many colleges and private scholarships require the FAFSA to be completed before a student will be considered for their grants and/or scholarships.

The FAFSA is Here!
The 2019-20 FAFSA is here! Here are a few tips.  This year students can access the FAFSA by visiting FAFSA.gov or by using the NEW myStudentAid mobile app. The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible after Oct. 1 to ensure priority consideration for some types of financial aid. It’s best to gather all necessary materials before starting the FAFSA. Since the 2019-20 FAFSA allows applicants to use 2018 tax year information, families can use their 2018 return to complete the application right away! There's no need to wait.To complete and submit the FAFSA online, students and one of their parents/guardians will each need to create a FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) at FSAID.ed.gov. This username/password serves as an electronic signature on the FAFSA and certain student loan applications, and allows them to access other federal student aid websites. It’s beneficial for families to create their FSA IDs before starting the FAFSA to speed up the application process. Visit UCanGo2.org to download an FSA ID Worksheet (in English and Spanish) to keep track of your information.

For more information and FAFSA resources, including educational tools and tutorial videos in English and Spanish, visit StartWithFAFSA.org.


Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources:

The following links are great sources of information. Search for scholarships, find tips for completing applications, writing scholarship essays, and much more.

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities:

www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/affordable-colleges-for-students-with-disabilities/ 

www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/disability-scholarships/

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

University of Tulsa Scholarships 2019-20

The Special Programs application gives students the opportunity to apply for several different interdisciplinary programs at one time. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2020.  Scholarships include:  

* Requirements for each program vary. Students should read through each one carefully before starting the application.

Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm Scholarship 2019-20

The Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm Scholarship is a one-time $1,000 award for any current or soon-to-be student who has had his or her family’s life altered because of tax controversies (back taxes owed, audits, etc.). The Travis W. Watkins Scholarship has a brief and 100% confidential submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the importance of tax compliance as well as the journey of those challenges (including the impact of professional tax representation or lack of representation on the outcome).  Please use the following link for additional information:  https://www.traviswatkins.com/scholarship/

Electric:  Mobile Device IT Innovation Scholarship 2019-20

A $1000 scholarship for those interested in an IT career path.  The Electric NYC Mobile Device Management IT Innovation Scholarship is an award for any current or soon-to-be undergrad who has a passion for innovating in the mobile IT (software or hardware) space. The scholarship has a brief submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey their idea for a useful innovation in MDM technology.  Please use the following link for additional information:  https://www.electric.ai/mobile-device-innovation

Elks Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships 2019-20

The 2020 MVS application is now open.  Applications can be found online at enf.elks.org/MVS.  The application deadline is November 5th.  This contest presents scholarship opportunities at several levels:

  • The Elks National Foundation (ENF) awards 500 four-year scholarships based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need, with awards ranging from $4,000 to $50,000.
  • The Oklahoma Elks Association awards another 50 one-time scholarships of $800 to $1,000.
  • Tulsa Elks Lodge 946 awards two local scholarships, considering only Tulsa County applicants who select Lodge 946 as the sponsoring Lodge for the application.

MVS Scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree on a full-time basis (min of 12 semester hours) at a U.S. college or university.  Applicants must be current high school seniors (or the equivalent) and U.S. citizens.  Neither having an Elks member as a relative nor any affiliation with the Elks organization is required.  Award winners are to be announced in April 2020.  

University of Central Oklahoma - Automatic Scholarships 2019-20

A very exciting addition to our Incoming Freshman Scholarships! The UCO application is a joint application, meaning students are applying for both admission AND UCO scholarships upon completion. The formula at the top of our scholarship guide (attached below) helps them view their eligibility for our automatic academic scholarships before even enrolling! Our application deadline is February 3rd, meaning we require the application completed, ACT/SAT official scores and an official High School transcript. Just a reminder, we do not accept transcripts sent via email so please use an official electronic transcript exchange service such as Xap, Parchment, etc. We also accept sealed transcripts via mail or you can send them with your students during their college visits.

OU Crimson Commitment

The University of Oklahoma is excited to announce our newest program to help make OU more affordable, Crimson Commitment. Crimson Commitment guarantees scholarships and grants to pay for tuition and average fees for an OU student who qualifies and receives Oklahoma's Promise. 

“Crimson Commitment will provide Oklahoma Promise students with a path to achieve their goal of an OU degree,” said Brad Burnett, Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Student Financial Services. “We are excited to offer more resources to qualifying Oklahomans, including both our current and prospective students."

To qualify for Crimson Commitment for the 2019-20 school year, students must:

  1. Qualify fully for Oklahoma's Promise
  2. Apply to OU by the Feb. 1 deadline
  3. Be admitted to OU as a direct from high school, first-time, full-time freshman
  4. Complete a FAFSA by Mar. 1 of their high school senior year
  5. Be enrolled as a full-time student each semester

* No separate application is needed for Crimson Commitment as long as the student applies and receives Oklahoma's Promise, and applies to OU by Feb. 1. This new program will replace Sooner Promise. Tuition and fees will vary based on a student's major. Please check the OU Bursar website for exact course fees.

Click below to learn more about Crimson Commitment. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact your OU admissions counselor, Samuel Kiehl, at samkiehl@ou.edu.

Links to Specific Scholarships:
Oklahoma Tribal Scholarship Websites:
Academic Common Market Program:

This program among Southern states (the Southern Regional Education Board) allows students to pay in-state tuition rates at a non-Oklahoma college or university while studying in select programs not available at Oklahoma public institutions. www.sreb.org/page/1304/academic_common_market.html

Students who need a letter of recommendation from a counselor should first fill out a Student Profile (available in the counseling office). After filling out the Student Profile, students should give his/her counselor detailed information as to what is required for the letter of recommendation and where to send the letter once it is completed. Please allow at least 2 weeks for letters of recommendation. During busy times of the year in the counseling office, turn-around time may be 2-3 weeks. Failure to provide adequate information will delay the process considerably.