College Counseling

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The College Counseling Office serves as the centralized location for information on counseling about financial aid investigation and procedures.
 
There are two primary types of aid: need-based aid and merit-based aid. 
Need-based aid is the most common type of financial aid and is awarded based on a family’s financial ability to pay for college. Merit-based aid can be awarded for academic, athletic, service, artistic, or personal talents.

Eligibility for need-based financial aid stems from filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and for some colleges and universities, the CSS Profile. Once aid is determined, it can be awarded in the form of loan, grant, and work-study.

Merit-based scholarship can be awarded by individual colleges and application for those awards will vary based on the institution. Other scholarships through community-based organizations and businesses are also available and the college counseling office maintains a database of current scholarship opportunities.

The financial aid process can be confusing and difficult. We are happy to answer questions and we encourage families to utilize the resources offered by the college financial aid offices where your daughter applies. Information sessions on financial aid are held in the spring during the AIMS college fair and in the fall in a program that RPCS co-sponsors with other AIMS high schools.