Scholarships, Financial Aid and Student Internships
A cautionary note: Be wary of scholarship scams. Do not pay money to compete for a scholarship unless you are confident in the source. Read about and report scams on the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information website.
Scholarships for Eligible Family Members
- American Foreign Service Association Merit Awards and Financial Aid Scholarships - Provides children of Foreign Service employees need-based, financial aid scholarships (for undergraduates) and one-time only academic and art merit scholarships (for high school seniors)
- DACOR Bacon House Foundation Dreyfus Fellowship Awards - For students enrolled at Yale University who are children or grandchildren of a Foreign Service Officer, active or retired. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 682-0500 or (800) 344-9127
- The Foreign Service Youth Foundation Awards and Scholarships – Academic merit awards (scholarships) for college-bound seniors and gap year students
- Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) - The only merit-based scholarship competition program open exclusively to federal employees, their spouses, and their children
- State Department Federal Credit Union (SDFCU) Members' Scholarships - Need-based scholarships for currently enrolled students
Scholarship Search Engines, Databases, Tips and Advice
- Net Price Calculator Center – The Department of Education’s tool for estimating the net price of attending a specific college
- FastWeb - The largest free scholarship search engine. Includes a college search as well
- Scholarship America - Tips and advice on scholarship applications
- Scholarship Finder - The Department of Labor’s scholarship search tool
Programs for Financing a College Education
- Americorps – Offers loan repayment assistance to current or future student exchange for community service
- Maryland Prepaid College Trust
- Virginia Education Savings Trust (VEST)
- DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG)
Financial Aid Information
It is essential that parents file all the required financial assistance materials by the deadline posted for each college. A family must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for financial assistance. It is recommended that parents file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. Please note the FAFSA supporting documents and submission process will change for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn more visit the FAFSA Announcements webpage.
Some colleges also require the CSS Profile. CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is the financial aid application service of the College Board. Students accepted at or currently enrolled at a university or college should check with the institution's Financial Aid Office to learn more.
- The College Board - Contains both admissions and financial aid information
- Federal Student Aid- Information on how to apply for federally funded financial aid and student loans.
- FinancialAid.org - Information on loans, scholarships, other aid, and applications. Includes access to experts who are available to answer questions online
- Greater Washington College Information Center - Information for adult learners about careers, financial aid, programs, and more
- USAJobs.gov – The Government’s official source for all federal jobs, employment information, and internships
- Student Internships at the Department of State - Gain professional experience in a foreign affairs environment
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Download forms and information and read publication 970, Tax Benefits for Higher Education.
FLO Web links for College and Beyond
Information provided by the Family Liaison Office
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