Financial Aid & Scholarship Information

We strongly suggest that all students who plan on attending a 4 year university or college, community college or technical school apply for the FAFSA, The Free Application for Student Aid.  Not only does the FAFSA provide information to students on their ability to qualify for federal grants, loans and work study opportunities on campus, it is also a requirement to apply or receive many scholarships.  

Deadlines:  Our post secondary institutions strongly suggest that students apply as early as possible as funds for various post secondary institutions may be limited.  The applications are available October 1 of the senior year.  


Many students will be looking for scholarship opportunities during their junior and senior years. However, as some scholarships are available to freshmen and sophomores, it is never too early to begin planning for post-secondary education. To become an eligible candidate, it is important that students do as well as they are capable of academically.

Scholarship Committees also look for well-rounded individuals with a strong emphasis placed on academic preparation, leadership development, community service, and extracurricular school activities. Encourage students to seek out clubs and activities that interest them. Participation in various activities can enhance a student's leadership ability and will provide opportunities for additional growth. Students would also be exposed to a variety of activities, careers, and summer opportunities. these experiences should be documented for future use.

Scholarship to Do List (how to be a scholarship candidate)
Complete a solid/challenging curriculum to prepare for college entrance exams. Seek out opportunities in leadership, community service, and clubs. discover what you have a passion for and make a difference. Read the newspaper and watch the international news on a regular basis. Participate in summer enrichment activities. Get to know your counselor (freshman year). Prepare to have good letters of recommendation (get to know your teachers). Prepare a resume and keep it current. check the Scholarship Book frequently. Meet with college representatives visiting your school (junior/senior year). Attend financial aid presentations. Search scholarship websites. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by mid-February. (senior year)

NonMerit-Based Scholarships

At Highland High School, these types of scholarships become available from individuals, corporations, local businesses and organizations, and universities. Many of these scholarships can be used at universities, community colleges, or technical schools. Scholarships are advertised in the Scholarship Book in the counseling office and on the daily announcements. New scholarships are received throughout the year. Students need to observe application deadlines, follow directions, keep resumes updated, and allow time for letters of recommendation to be completed. NonMerit-Based Scholarships may be awarded to students who excel in leadership and/or community service and/or extra curricular activities.

Merit-Based Scholarships
Scholarships can be offered to students by universities based on their academic index (grades, class rank, test scores, strength of transcript). Universities in Arizona review applications for these scholarships. It is to a student's advantage to apply early to schools they are interested in attending. If a student is offered a merit-based scholarship, response dates for acceptance need to be observed. Also, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) needs to be filed as part of the granting university's requirements.

Maricopa County Community College Presidential Scholarship
Currently, this scholarship is available to seniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from Highland High School and qualify based on the placement test, the AccuPlacer.  These requirements may change, so please verify this information at: at or in the counseling office.

College Planning, Scholarship and Financial Aid Websites:
Arizona Scholarship Opportunity Database | ACT | College Board | College Goal Sunday | EdFund | FASFA | Fastweb | Federal Student Aid Information | Financial Aid Information Page | Planning for College | College Goal AZ (See counselor for user name and password)

Disclaimer: The information contained in the external links from this website are offered as helpful sites for students and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or viewpoints of the Gilbert Unified School District and its employees. In addition, we are not responsible for the beliefs of the aforementioned websites nor take any responsibility for their content.  

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