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Counseling/Testing Bulletin 2017-2018

The College/Career Center provides extensive testing and financial aid information and assistance for researching careers and colleges. This information is available in various forms including books, CDs and computer online and software programs.

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

Financial aid is any money that helps a student meet the costs of postsecondary education. Merit-based aid is offered to students with special talents, skills, or abilities, while need-based aid is available to those students who can demonstrate financial need. Grants and scholarships are gifts of money that do not have to be repaid, while loans must be repaid, usually with interest after the student graduates or stops attending school.

Eligibility for financial aid from institutions is determined by a financial analysis of family income and assets. All colleges require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some colleges also require students to complete the "CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE." Additionally, students are often asked to complete an institutional aid application. Filing a FAFSA form and having a student aid report sent to designated colleges does not necessarily make the student eligible for financial aid. Families who do not provide financial information through the FAFSA or PROFILE will not be considered for financial aid.

Seniors should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than June 30, 2019 to apply for need-based aid from the federal government and by March 18, 2018 to apply for aid from the state government. The recommended method of filing the FAFSA is online at The CSS/Financial Aid Profile is a service of the College Board and may be accessed at Early filing is important. Students must check with each institution for their financial aid filing deadline. Additionally, many schools set their own deadline for the FAFSA which must be strictly followed.

Students can search for scholarships through links to the major scholarship databases on the web by accessing their own high school webpage or the MCPS College/Career Center website. Links to scholarship websites for various ethnic groups are available. Students should also check with their prospective colleges for additional institutional scholarship money.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid


Minority Scholarships

Maryland State Scholarships and Grants

Seniors can obtain information about the various Maryland State scholarship programs online or by calling 1-800-974-0203. Legislative and Senatorial Scholarships are available to students planning to attend college in state.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission provides information about scholarship and grant programs available for Maryland residents such as the Guaranteed Access Grant and the Educational Assistance Grant. Information is also available about the Academic Common Market that affords Maryland students the opportunity to enroll in certain out-of-state institutions at the in-state tuition rate to pursue majors unavailable at Maryland colleges and universities.

MD Higher Education Commission programs

MD Higher Education Commission: Sources of Financial Aid Information

MD Legislative Scholarships

ROTC Scholarships

The ROTC scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Each military branch offers ROTC scholarships to eligible students. Eligibility criteria are listed by branch below. The table lists the different scholarship levels.

Note: ROTC Scholarships do not pay for your room and board. Check with the campus you want to attend to see if the campus will pay for room and board.

Scholarship Type



When Do I Apply

4-Year National

Full Tuition Books, Fees


Junior/Senior Year High School

2 or 3 Year Scholarships

Full Tuition Books, Fees


Freshman/Sophomore Year College

College Program



Freshman/Sophomore Year College

Unit Scholarships**

Full Tuition Books, Fees


Freshman/Sophomore Year College

*Stipends vary among branches of service and years of participation. For example, cadets in the Army ROTC program receive a $300 stipend in the first year, and up to a $500 stipend in the fourth year, while Navy ROTC cadets receive stipend amounts from $250 to $400 a month depending on how long they have been participating in the ROTC Program.

** Each commanding officer of an ROTC can select one student a year for a merit scholarship. Generally you have to spend at least one semester on campus.

ROTC Scholarship Comparison Table


Can I Choose My School?

Can I Choose My Major?

Minimum Test Requirements


Students who apply for Army ROTC scholarships can choose up to three schools. Scholarships are awarded based upon availability at the school of your choice. The Army does try to match the needs of the student in most cases, but the Army does have final say to which school you attend.

Yes, within limits

920 SAT
19 ACT

Navy & Marines

Naval ROTC grants the student the most flexibility in selecting schools. Students can attend any one of 67 host NROTC universities once they obtain a scholarship.

Yes, but you must complete 1 yr of Calculus & 1 yr of Calculus-based Physics

520 M/530 V SAT
22 ACT (Navy)
1000 SAT or
combined 45 ACT (USMC)

Air Force

Air Force ROTC scholarships are distributed by major. You are free to choose any school as long as the school you want to attend offers AFROTC and has the approved scholarship major.

Must be approved by the USAF

550 M/550 V SAT
24 ACT

Note: U. S. Coast Guard does not have ROTC programs.

In addition, for NJROTC cadets, there are other scholarships available.

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