Financial Aid Checklist

Use this sheet as a personal guide for the financial aid process. Check off each step as you complete it. Make copies of all correspondence and forms and keep them in a financial aid file.

  • Learn about financial aid. Find out what the options are for your family. Visit your local library. Look in Student Services for more information from your high school counselor.
  • Visit the financial aid office of each college to which you apply. Learn the college’s due dates for aid, and ask if the college has its own financial aid form.
  • File parent and student federal income tax forms as soon as possible (preferably in January) so there is accurate data to use for financial aid forms.
  • Attend MHS's FAFSA Lab for assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and/or attend College Goal Sunday. See the Senior Page for more information.
  • Complete the FAFSA anytime after January 1 but no later than March 1.
  • Read all financial aid notification and bursar notification letters carefully. Respond to any requests for additional information quickly, completely, and accurately.

Check sources for scholarships for which you are eligible:

  • Each college/post-secondary institution
  • Those located on Marion High School’s Scholarship Page
  • Corporations where parents are employed
  • Military - ROTC, MROTC
  • Churches
  • Professional Associations