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Most colleges automatically review students for available institutional grants and scholarships when they apply. Students should take a further step and look on the colleges' websites for scholarships offered within their chosen major's department.
In addition, high school college counseling centers often have lists of local scholarship opportunities.
Two of the largest scholarship search sites are:
Get a preview of how the federal government will assess your financial position by filling out this Expected Family Contribution calculator. Colleges will use this information (after you submit the FAFSA in October of the senior year) to help determine your student's financial aid offer.
The FAFSA, (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens on October 1st every year. Parents of seniors should fill out this form if applying for need-based aid and, in some cases, merit-based aid. This form generates the family's official Expected Family Contribution, and must be completed every year.
The CSS Profile is a another financial aid form required by some private colleges in addition to the FAFSA. https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/getting-started-your-css-profile-application
A Net Price Calculator is found on every college's website. Using this tool will help you determine (roughly) each college's tuition, after grants and scholarships that are appropriate for your student have been awarded.