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FINANCIAL AID

WHAT IS IT?  Financial aid is money to help pay for college or technical schools.  

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?  Aid can come from the U.S. Federal Government, the state where you live, the college or trade school you attend, or from a nonprofit or private organization.WHAT TYPE OF AID IS AVAILABLE?  
  1. Grants-Financial aid that does not have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund).
  2. Loans-Borrowed money for college or trade school that require repayment with 
    interest.
  3. Work-Study-A work program through which you earn money to help you pay for 
    school.
  4. Scholarships-Money awarded to students based on academic or other achievements to help pay for educational expenses.  Scholarships do not generally have to be repaid.

HOW DO I APPLY?  You should apply by completing & submitting the Free Application for  Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  And remember, the first "F" in FAFSA stands for FREE so please be sure you never pay to complete the FAFSA.WHAT WILL I NEED TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA?  
  1. PIN-Personal Identification Number for the student & a parent/guardian.  You can obtain a PIN before completing your FAFSA to avoid processing delays atwww.pin.ed.gov.
  2. Social Security #-It's important that you enter this # correctly for the student & 
    parent/guardian.
  3. Driver's License #-If you have one.
  4. Alien Registration #-If you are not a U.S. citizen
  5. Federal Tax Information-For student & parent.
  6. Records of Untaxed Income-Child support, interest income, etc.
  7. Information on Cash-Savings & checking account balances, investments, stocks & bonds, assets, etc.
  8. Keep these documents in a safe place because you may be asked for them again!

WHAT IF MY TAX DOCUMENTS ARE NOT READY YET?
  It is best to complete your FAFSA anyway and use an estimate from your previous year's taxes.  Once your current tax documents are available, you can log back in and update your information.WHERE DO I GO TO APPLY OR GET MORE INFORMATION?  You should visitwww.fafsa.ed.gov. WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?  The sooner the better!  Many grants are given on a first come, first serve basis until funds run out.  The federal deadline is June 30th.  The state deadline is March 1st.IMPORTANT FINANCIAL LINKS:
  1. College Pays--http://www.tn.gov/collegepays/
  2. TSAC (Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation)--http://www.state.tn.us.tsac/
  3. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
  4. FAFSA Forecaster--http://www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov/F4Capp/index/index.jsf
  5. Federal Student Aid Gateway-http://federalstudentaid.ed.gov/
  6. Free Scholarship Search Engines:
    1. http://www.scholarships.com
    2. http://www.fastweb.com
    3. http://www.collegeanswer.com/index.jsp
    4. http://weeklyscholarshipalert.com/
  7. Tennessee Scholars-- www.tennesseescholars.org 

Mission Statement

Portland High School will strive to engage learners through unique, diverse, and differentiated opportunities, connect students to lifelong skills and trades to enhance college and career readiness, and empower students and teachers to embrace leadership and service roles in their local community.

Vision Statement

Portland High School commits to graduating college and career ready students who will serve as productive citizens for the community.