Counseling and Advising
Local Scholarship 2020 for Seniors
This year the Edina Local Scholarship program will be administered by the Edina High School Counseling Department. Scholarship information packets will be distributed in early March 2020.
Class of 2020 Local Scholarship List and Application
- Local Scholarships 2020 - available March 2020
- Local Scholarship Application 2020 - available March 2020 (required)
Local Scholarships Requiring an Additional Application
All the scholarships below require completion of the Local Scholarship Application (see above) as well as the additional application.
- Will be available in March 2020
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Completing the FAFSA is the first step in the college financial aid process. This is a required form for any student seeking federal aid. Many colleges require students receiving scholarship funds to complete a FAFSA. Additionally, some families complete a FAFSA in order to get access to unsubsidized federal loan funds that are not income dependent.
Resources for Filing the FAFSA:
- Tips to get you started
- FAFSA GUIDE: Nerd Scholar advice on how to complete the FAFSA from creating your Federal Student ID to a Checklist of what you need to fill out the FAFSA.
- Public FAFSA Events: Events in Minnesota to help fill out the FAFSA: Calendar
- QUESTIONS? CALL FAFSA: 1-800-433-3243
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
The CSS Profile is the College Board’s financial aid application that around 260, mostly private colleges and universities, use for their undergraduate admissions. In addition to filing the FAFSA, the CSS Profile application is required for participating schools.
All PROFILE schools use the FAFSA to determine which of their applicants will qualify for federal and/or state financial aid. Most public and private colleges and universities also rely upon the FAFSA to determine who is eligible for the institutions’ own need-based financial aid. The PROFILE schools, however, want to dig deeper than the FAFSA allows when assessing who qualifies for money from their own institution.
Here is the list of all the schools and scholarship programs that require a PROFILE submission: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE schools
Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)
The Midwest Student Exchange Program enables residents of Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska to enroll in designated institutions and programs at reduced tuition levels outside of their home state. Some schools in the province of Manitoba also participate. The Midwest Student Exchange Program is an interstate initiative established by the Midwestern Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to increase educational opportunities for students in its member states. This program enables residents at reduced tuition (150% of resident tuition) levels. The basic core college prep courses apply for many of these schools' requirements.
Minnesota residents may attend public institutions in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Manitoba and pay tuition at a rate lower than non-resident or, in some cases, comparable to resident rates. For more information, go to the reciprocity website: MN ND SD.
All scholarships are listed in Naviance Family Connection under the colleges tab on a link called "scholarship list." This list is updated weekly with active scholarships and should be checked regularly by students. It includes local, regional, national and some college specific scholarships.
College Specific Scholarships
Seniors should make sure that they have applied to every available scholarship at the colleges they are considering. Some colleges will award scholarships automatically when students apply. However, other scholarships from colleges will require an additional application. It is a good idea to check with college admissions or financial aid offices to see if there are other scholarship applications to complete.
National Scholarship Search Tools
The following are a list of good websites to search for national scholarships. Consider an alternate email address to manage potential junk mail.
Raise.Me is a resource that helps students explore colleges, build a portfolio and get rewarded for their achievements both in and outside of the classroom. If a student follows a college, and puts an accomplishment into their portfolio, the college may reward the student with a micro-scholarship that can build through the years. The students will only get the scholarship if they apply and are accepted to the college, however, it is fun to see students earn scholarships and see what colleges are looking for in admissions decisions. It is a great tool for students to set goals and stay motivated.
October 16, 2019