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College and University Financial Aide & Scholarship Opportunities


Paying for College

Whether you hope to go to a private college across the country or to the community college in your town, college is expensive. Concern about money keeps many students from going to college. Don’t let money stop you. No matter what you want to do, there’s financial aid to help you.


Need Based Financial Aid: If you can’t save enough for college, you might qualify for government aid to help with expenses. To learn how much aid you and your family might qualify for, go to FAFSA forecaster at   Need based grants and scholarships do not need to be repaid. Student loans do need to be repaid; payment is not required until after you graduate and are earning money on your own. Work-study jobs are part-time campus work to help you pay for your living expenses while you are at school. Free application for financial scholarship Application website FAFSA .

Click HERE for a step-by-step guide to filling out your FAFSA application.  

​Merit-Based Grants and Scholarships: Not all aid is based on need. You can also get help with your college tuition because of your grades, test scores, athletics, being in the military, or because of your background, family’s employer, or interests. Merit based grants and scholarships do not need to be repaid, but may come with conditions. You can learn more about scholarships at the College Board’s website:  and click on “For Students, Pay for College”. (Also, remember to save merit scholarship award letters for the Senior Awards Ceremony in May. It is nice to be recognized for all your hard work.)

CAC Promise for the Future: Scholarship in Pinal County for Central Arizona College. Students sign-up in the 8th grade and must maintain a GPA of 2.75 and perform some community service to qualify. CAC gives these students two years of community college tuition free.

Arizona Earn to Learn! The AZ Earn to Learn (AZEL) program is a collaboration of the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University. Its purpose is to help limited-income Arizonans to save for college.  Participants who successfully complete the IDA savings program requirements will receive an 8 to 1 match on their savings (save $500, receive $4,000 match) for tuition costs at AU, ASU or NAU. The maximum match that a student can receive through the program is $4,000. You can save as little as $25 a month to receive the match! Check out the website for more information. .



Scholarship Opportunities
Arizona Milk Producers
You can earn a $12,000 scholarship by showcasing your creativity with a 30 second video about how dairy is a part of your day. All applicants will also be in a weekly drawing for $50 grocery gift cards and tickets to the Fiesta Bowl.  Visit the Arizona Milk Producers website for detailed requirements.  The deadline is November 11.
WACE Scholarship Program.  If you are interested in attending one of the following universities, you can apply for a scholarship through the National Co-op Scholarship Program.  You must have a 3.5 or better cumulative GPA and apply for admission for the 2019-2020 school year.  Awards are between $6,000 and $7000 a year and are renewable.  The application deadline is February 15, 2019.  The earlier you apply the better.  Complete your application online at
Universities included are:  Clarkson University, Drexel University, Johnson & Wales University, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, State University of New York Oswego, The University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati and Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Dorrance Scholarship Program - $12,000 per year for 8 semesters
Deadline - February 6, 2019

Must be the first generation to attend college (Neither parent has a 4-year degree.) and accepted into ASU, NAU or UofA.
3.0 Cumulative GPA (weighted or unweighted)
SAT of 1120 or ACT of 22
Must have financial need according to the FAFSA
Demonstrate leadership and volunteer service
Horatio Alger Scholarships - $6,000 to $25,000
Deadline - October 25, 2018

Must show a strong commitment to pursue a bachelor's degree.
May start at a community college and then transfer to a university.
Must be involved in co-curricular and community service activities.
Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.
Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
Be a United States Citizen.
Flinn Scholarship Program - Full cost of tuition, fees, housing, and meals.
Deadline October 5, 2018

Must be in the top 5 percent of the graduating class.
Must have at least a 3.5 GPA.
Strong SAT or ACT scores.
Leadership in a variety of extracurricular activities.
US Citizenship or lawful permanent residency.
Arizona residency for two years prior to entering university.
Must attend ASU, NAU or UA
Several scholarships available to Combs High School Seniors Only
Amount: $1000 each
Deadline: TBD
Eligibility: Combs High School Senior
Name: Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship Program
Amount: $1000
Deadline: 6/1/2019
Eligibility: All Seniors with an Interest in Animation Careers

Name: Desert Schools FCU
Amount: $2500 - $10,000
Deadline: TBD
Eligibility: All Seniors with a 3.0 GPA or Higher, 50 Hours of Community Service, and a Current DSFCU Member

Name: Aspiring Fashion Professionals Scholarship Program
Amount: $1000
Deadline: 6/1/2019
Eligibility: High School Seniors with an Interest in Fashion and Pursuing a Career in Fashion

Name: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
Amount: Up to $40,000 per year for 4 years
Deadline: None Listed
Eligibility: All Seniors with an unweighted 3.5 GPA or Higher and Top 15% of Standardized Test Scores

Name: The OMBAR Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship Program
Amount: $1000
Deadline: 6/1/2019
Eligibility: All Seniors intending to pursue a Business Related Major

Name: Pinal County Federal Credit Union Scholarship
Amount: $1000
Deadline: None Listed
Eligibility: Graduating Senior from Combs High School, 3.0 GPA, and enroll in 12 Credit Hours in a declared major at Central Arizona College.
Information: See Counselor for Details
Name: Purdue Alumni Club of Southern Arizona Scholarship
Amount: $2500
Deadline: None Listed
Eligibility: Graduating Senior from Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, or Santa Cruz Counties
Name: SCW DREAMER's Scholarship
Amount: $2500
Deadline: 5/31/2019
Eligibility: Any High School Senior in the United States

Name: The Valley Foundation Scholarship
Amount: About $2000 for Community College or about $4000 for a University
Deadline: 3/3/2019
Eligibility: High School Seniors Intending to Enroll Full Time in College
Name: Vantage West Credit Union Scholarship Program
Amount: 10 Scholarships at $1000 each
Deadline: 4/9/2019
Eligibility: Any High School Senior in the United States