Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Current scholarship information and applications can be found on Xello.  Simply sign in to your Xello account from the Penn Manor Speed Dial Page.  Click on the Goals and Plans tab at the top of the page and then click on the Manage button to the right in the College Planning box.  Finally click on the Search for Local Scholarships button to see the current scholarships.  Scholarships will be added regularly so make sure to check back often.  Also, don’t forget to check out some of the other National Scholarship sites listed below.

PHEAA has a FAFSA Toolkit to get you started on your financial aid applications. Click here for the FAFSA Toolkit.

Use this Checklist to be sure you are ready and have all the information you need.

Start by creating your FSA ID. Click here for instructions and watch the video below.

FAFSAlogo Federal Student Aid:  Download and complete the FAFSA forms here.

Before you complete the FAFSA you have to create an FSA ID. See this document for step by step help to create your FSA ID. FSA_ID_Creation_Event_Conte

PHEAA has a youtube channel with several informative videos:  Check out the most recent guide to Financial Aid and Planning

Financial Aid Help- If you missed Financial Aid night, or would like to see the video again, watch this video below for help on getting your financial aid.

Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning (LDHL) has been providing interest-free student loans for nearly 60 years. Their mission is to provide financial resources to Lancaster County residents in support of their post-secondary educational goals.

Other useful Financial Aid/Scholarship Sites:

There are SO many scholarship search sites– where do you start? Take a look at the video below and check out the list for opportunities GALORE!

FREE Services Many companies charge fees for services that your students can get for FREE, from scholarship searches to loan debt relief. Be sure to first research free sites such as and

Does your school require the CSS Profile?  If so, check it out at the following link! Give yourself plenty of time to complete this important financial aid documentation.

If you are having thoughts about how to finance college, here are 20 great questions to ask.

Check out this information on how to understand your financial aid offer.

Spanish Language Financial Aid Information: collegeafford_spanishlanguage

If you are unsure about attending college because of financial reasons- visit this document on the Twelve myths about paying for college!

Credible is a simple, free tool that helps student and parents evaluate their private student loan options. Similar to the Common App for college applications, Credible users complete a single, brief form to receive personalized offers from six different lenders. Information is only shared with the lender of their choosing after they have seen all the offers for which they qualify

Fastweblogo  Free scholarship search platform that connects students to college scholarships, trade school scholarships, and financial aid tools. Student Guide to Financial Aid:  Scholarship searches, college cost calculators.  Scholarship search database for high school students. Local, national, and school specific scholarships. Build your profile and get matched. Personalized recommendations and access to test scores and more. Expert tips and help on school and money decisions. Extensive collection of scholarships on the web. Federal Student Aid:  Scholarship searches, other aid resources.   Federal Trade Commission:  Check if scholarship claims are legitimate.  SallieMae College Planning Calculator.  Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. 45+ College Scholarships for Minorities.  Comprehensive scholarship website. Extensive college scholarship search database with test prep and college tips. Complete scholarship search site. Scholarship Info for Latino Students. Scholarships and resources for students and parents.

There is also helpful information regarding taxes and aid money. Check out this resource Are Scholarships and Grants Taxable?

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