The Student Support Services Program can help you with
the Financial Aid application process.
SSSP Counselors can assist you with:
- Completing your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Providing verification to the Financial Aid office
- Understanding your award package
- Searching for scholarships and grants
- Completing scholarship and grant applications
Financial Literacy is important in managing your time and money wisely while you are in college and after graduation. All SSSP participants now have FREE access to the USA Funds Life Skills online program which offers advice for managing your money as well as other important life skills. SSSP participants joining the program in Fall 2010 and thereafter are required to complete a minimum of 2 lessons that are listed on the Student Guide-Making the Most of My College Experience. All SSSP participants are encouraged to utilize this helpful financial literacy tool that educates you about living on a student budget, student loans, financial aid, managing college life and relationships and more!
To begin your USA Funds Life Skills you must use the Internet Explorer as your browser to access the online program lessons:
- Read the Student Guide instructions:
New SSSP Participants: Life Skills Student Guide - Making the Most of My College Experience OR
Continuing SSSP Participants: Life Skills Student Guide - Now That I'm About to Graduate..
- Create your student account at the Life Skills website and
- Complete the lessons at the Life Skills website:
USA Funds Life Skills Website (use Internet Explorer as your browser): www.lifeskills.org
For help with the FAFSA
- The Student Guide available online in English and Spanish at www.studentaid.ed.gov/pubs
- Help completing the FAFSA at www.studentaid.ed.gov/completefafsa
The staff in the SSSP office can offer answers to most of your financial aid questions and they can provide a link between you and the UH Hilo Financial Aid Office.
"The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education, conducts and disseminates research and policy analysis to encourage policymakers, educators, and the public to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students. The Pell Institute is the first research institute to specifically examine the issues affecting educational opportunity for this growing population. Click here to learn more about the Pell Institute, including their mission, purpose, goals, and history."
The Pell Institute "publishes research and analyses that address equal educational opportunity, particularly the outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students. Additional publications include occasional papers, policy briefs, and an electronic newsletter".
Pell Institute Publications:
- Developing 20/20 Vision on the 2020 Degree Attainment Goal — The Threat of Income-Based Inequality in Education (.pdf)
- Bridging the Gaps to Success - Promising Practices for Promoting Transfer Among :Low-Income and First-Generation Students an in Depth Study of Six Exemplary Community Colleges in Texas (.pdf)
- Institutional Policy Brief — Financial Education in TRIO Programs (.pdf)
- National Studies Find TRIO Programs Effective at Increasing College Enrollment and Graduation (.pdf)
Department of Education Website Student Loan Information (Repayment, IBR-Income Based Repayment, Forgiveness, Looking for a Loan): http://www.ed.gov/fund/grants-college.html
Other Scholarship Quicklinks
For a step by step guide to successfully applying for scholarships that include the College Scholarship Essay, Personal Assessment, Preparing the Scholarship Application Form, Letters of Recommendation and The Interview go to: http://www.scholarshiphelp.org/
- UH Hilo Scholarship Opportunities: www.uhh.hawaii.edu/financialaid/
- List of UH System Scholarships pdf
- University of Hawai'i System Scholarships online application: https://www.star.hawaii.edu:10012/Scholarship_live/ProcessorLogout.jsp
- UH Foundation Scholarships: http://www.uhfoundation.org/scholarships/search.aspx
- AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program: http://www.aarpfoundationwlc.org/
- APIASF - Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (Check for ethnicity requirements):
- Boren Scholarship: Are you interested in studying abroad? Boren Scholarships are available for full academic year or semester programs, up to $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year. Preference will be given to applicants studying abroad for at least six months. For more info, please visit our office for Center for Global Education and Exchange atPB-9 or call (808)933-8809. Or visit the Boren Scholarship website: www.borenawards.org
- E 'Imi Na'auao Tuition Scholarship Application for Students of Hawaiian Ancestry-UH Hilo
- Guide to Scholarships for New Americans and Minorities: http://www.dfwahec.org/Scholarships%20for%20New%20Americans%20&%20Minorities.pdf
- Elks National Foundation Scholarships: http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/
- Hawai'i College Answer - The Planning for College Destination: www.hawaii.collegeanswer.com
- Hawai‘i Community Foundation - www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org Check state residency eligibility requirements.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund: http://www.hsf.net/
- Jeanette Rankin Foundation - Scholarships for Women: http://www.rankinfoundation.org/apply/resources.php
- Kamehameha Schools Post High Scholarship that includes Nā Ho`okama a Pauahi (need-based) & `Imi Na`auao (merit-based) Scholarships: www.ksbe.edu/finaid
- Kipuka - Financial Aid & Scholarship Links for Native Hawaiian Students (Check for ethnicity requirements): http://kipuka.uhh.hawaii.edu/Kaumoali/financialaid.html
- Liko A'e Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program
- Native Hawaiian Scholarship 'Aha, Sources of Financial Aid - PowerPoint Presentation (pdf):http://www.hawaii.edu/finaid/docs/aha-2012.pdf
- SACNAS - Devoted to Advancing Hispanics, Chicanos & Native Americans in Science:
- Scholarships for the Average Student:
- Sean Carter Foundation; deadline in May (Check for age requirement): http://www.shawncartersf.com/programs/scholarship/
- SEED (Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity): www.hawaii.edu/diversity/index.htm
- Student Gateway to the U.S. Government: www.students.gov
- Study Abroad: Here is a scholarship offered through UH at Hilo for students interested in studying abroad. The IFSA Scholarship is available to full time and classified UH Hilo students who have completed 24 credits and a first generation college student. For more information: www.uhh.hawaii.edu/uhh/studyabroad/ or contact the Center for Global Education & Exchange: firstname.lastname@example.org
- USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships: www.usafunds.org
Scholarships for International Study:
- HBCU "PACKARD" SIT ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS For U.S. students who want to study abroad. Award: $500
to $5,000. www.sit.edu/studyabroad/index.html
- INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION OF STUDENTS For study abroad and internships abroad. Both
need and merit based scholarships available. www.iesabroad.org
- PATRICK STEWART SCHOLARSHIPS FROM AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL For young activists seeking
experience overseas on the front lines of human rights activism, advocacy, and research. Award: $600 - $18,000
- RHODES SCHOLARSHIPS For students wanting to study at Oxford University in England.
- PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIPS For international study. Links for the Rhodes, Fulbright, Rotary, Marshall,
James Madison, Harry S. Truman, and Andrew W. Mellon scholarships are available at the UNT website of the
Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships at www.opgf.unt.edu
- STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP DIRECTORY Database of scholarships based on country and field of study.
International Scholarship Websites
- International Student Information Center: www.internationalstudent.com
- International Scholarships: www.internationalscholarships.com
- SEED (Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity): www.hawaii.edu/diversity
Scholarship Search quicklinks:
- The College Board - www.collegeboard.com
- FastWeb.com - www.fastweb.monster.com
- Scholarship Resource Network Express - www.srnexpress.com
- GoCollege.com: The Collegiate Websource - http:www.gocollege.com
Also check your local library resources, businesses, civic organizations
and your parents' places of employment.
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