There are many resources available to help with the college search and application process as well as obtaining scholarships and grants to pay for your college education.

CT State Office of Higher Education: Provides information about financing your college education including information about all major sources of financial aid in CT.

College.gov: Your first stop to learn about how to prepare for college, types of aid you can receive, if you qualify for aid, how to apply for aid and how to manage your loans.

Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): All NHF Scholarship Program applicants must apply for FAFSA and provide their Student Aid Report (SAR) when applying.

Scholarships: Read more about scholarships which can come from federal government, state government, college or career school or private/nonprofit organizations.

Scholarship Resources

  • Scholarships at your current school: there are often scholarships available specifically for students at the college you are attending or plan to attend. Go to your college’s financial aid website or ask your academic advisor about where to look for these opportunities. Every dollar you receive in scholarships means one less dollar you have to pay towards your education.
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF): Awards scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or with significant leadership and community service experience in high school. Once selected, scholars receive individual advising and access to support services and programs, in addition to financial assistance, to help them with the transition from high school to college and throughout their time as college students until graduation.
  • Chegg: Gives students access to 5,000+ school profiles and $2 billion in scholarships. Based on individual student profiles, students are matched with scholarships; and given the opportunity to learn about, interact with, and get recruited by schools from around the world. Chegg also connects students to other students, and provides parents and counselors with free downloadable financial aid information guides.
  • College Board Scholarship Search: Provides users with access to information about more than 2,300 sources of college scholarships, internships, loans, and grants. Results from the site are tailored to students’ educational level, talents, and backgrounds; and are acquired through the College Board’s Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs.
  • FastWeb: Provides students with a scholarship directory searchable by college, year of study, extracurricular activities, academic interest, and race. Once you create a personal profile, you are matched with scholarships from a database of over 1.5 million scholarships. The site also offers advice on the college admission process, financial aid, and student life; while providing tools such as discussion boards, checklists, and financial aid calculators.
  • Find Tuition: Free search tool through which users can research, target, and manage scholarship opportunities by college, athletic interest, and prospective major. Site services include a free scholarship search from a database containing over $7 billion in aid, a specific loan search, an online college search, and detailed information on thousands of schools.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF): Works to make higher education more accessible to Hispanic Americans. HSF awards scholarships to Hispanic American high school students and community college graduates with plans of attending a full-time undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Scholarships.com: Free scholarship search results and financial aid information resources. The site contains 2.7 million frequently updated scholarships and its own scholarship awards. Many scholarship results are based on characteristics like financial need, intended field of study and community service, rather than academic achievement.
  • Unigo: Provides students and parents with free and organized scholarship search results without comprising their privacy. These results are customized to match profiles created by student users, and are consistently updated by a team of scholarship researchers that works closely with scholarship providers. The Application Request Tool allows users to request detailed scholarship application information for specific scholarships from their search results.
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF): Works to help under-represented, low income students attend and graduate from college through scholarship opportunities, active support of HBCUs, and promotion of higher education opportunities for African Americans throughout the community. UNCF awards over 10,000 scholarships to African American students through more than 400 scholarship, internship, fellowships and grants.
  • PHADA Scholarship Program: The 2018 PHADA Scholarship Program is available for high school seniors living in public or assisted housing at a PHADA member agency. Download the application for PHADA by clicking the link or contact our Scholarship Director for assistance.
  • FAFSA Help: Making sense of the FAFSA—the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be. With the help of this step-by-step guide, you will be able to breeze through the process. Taking each section slowly is the best approach. The questions aren’t meant to overhwhelm you—and they shouldn’t! To make the process easier, each section offers helpful answers to the most common FAFSA questions. For additional assistance, you can also follow the helpful links that are provided. Accuracy in filling out the application and meeting the submission deadline is key in receiving aid.
  • Student Savings Guide: College students not only have to figure out how to cover the cost of books and tuition, but they need to somehow survive on a pittance. Not you, though. With smart planning and determination, you can make it through to graduation. Yes, you can. There are 10 heavy duty savings tips to help you think differently about finances and make it through college with money to spare!

Other Resources

  • Your High School’s Naviance program
    • All Norwalk public schools use this system. During high school, you will use this to complete tasks in school as well as throughout the college preparation and application process. Naviance also provides in depth information about colleges and universities worldwide depending on your preferences. Ask your high school guidance counselor about this program if you haven’t used it or come in to the 20 West Avenue Learning Center and one of our staff members can help you use this robust system.
  • High School Guidance and Career Office
    • Your guidance office provides a variety of sessions about the college search process, how to pay for college as well as college visits at your high school. Be sure to check your school email regularly.
  • NHA 20 West Avenue Learning Center
    • The NHA 20 West Avenue Learning Center provides help to NHA middle and high school students. The after school program runs Monday-Friday, 3PM-6PM. Transportation is available to and from the 20 West Learning Center. You can drop in every day, once a week or once a month – the program is flexible. They provide homework help, individualized tutoring, college application assistance and so much more. For more information, contact Wendy Gerbier at wgerbi@norwalkha.org or 203-852-1144 x103.