Manchester High School

Chesterfield County Public Schools

Financial Aid

Scholarship Tips for Students and Parents can be found here!
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**Students and parents may sign up to visit with our GRASP representative in the school counseling office to discuss college financial aid needs.**

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Powerpoint from GRASP….see below

What is Financial Aid?
Financial aid is money made available by federal and state funding and private sources in the form of grants, loans, wages, and scholarships.
How is Financial Aid calculated?
Eligibility is based primarily on prior year income, assets, and family size.
When to apply for Financial Aid?
Applications are available after October 1st of each year for the following academic year.
How can I obtain an application?
The best way to apply is online (see next question) or you may pick up application materials in the guidance office.
How do I apply online?
Visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website at
Request a PIN for yourself (the student) and one for parents if the student is a dependent.
Once the PIN is received via email in 2-4 days, the application can be completed and submitted.
Can I renew my FAFSA online?
Yes. All you will need is your PIN and updated financial information.
Is it quicker to apply online?
Yes. An online application is processed by FAFSA in 2-3 days. A mailed application takes 4-8 weeks to process.
What are the deadlines?
The priority deadline for each college or university can be different.  Go to each college financial aid website to determine the priority deadline.
Scholarship Information

Increasingly students are finding that web-based scholarship sites provide the easiest and most comprehensive approach to search for scholarships to help offset the increasing burden of paying for post-secondary education. Be wary ofscholarship scams! If you have to pay money to get money, it’s probably a scam.

  • OrangeAid
  • An updated scholarship bulleting published by Manchester School Counseling Department. Includes many local/regional scholarships. For information regarding scholarships listed on the OrangeAid, please see Mrs. Dejarnette in the Guidance office.
  • Fastweb
  • The largest and most accurate personalized scholarship search that compares your background with a database of awards. Only those awards that fit your profile are identified as matches.
  • FinAid: Specific Majors or Course of Study Scholarship Opportunities
  • A list of several scholarship databases as well individual scholarships and awards aimed at assisting students pursuing specific majors or courses of study.
  • Central Scholarship Bureau
  • The Central Scholarship Bureau is a nonprofit organization founded in 1924 with the mission of providing grants, scholarships, and interest-free loans for postsecondary education.
  • SchoolSoup
  • SchoolSoup claims to have the largest online scholarship search engine in the world. It matches individual preferences and profiles to private, public and need-based award money.
  • Unusual Scholarships
  • A compilation of interesting, esoteric and unusual scholarships such as the Left-handed Scholarship, scholarships for twins, etc.
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