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Financial Aid

Now that you are about to make the single largest financial commitment you may ever make, it is even more important to thoroughly research opportunities.

The guidance department hosts two financial aid presentations in the evening every school year. One in the spring for juniors and one during the first week of December for seniors. Feel free to contact us at any time regarding financing your education.


Financial Aid Links:
This is a listing of links that can be valuable in your quest to understand how to pay for college. Explore at your leisure.

New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority is the agency in New Jersey that provides families with the financial aid information and resources to pursue their education beyond high school.

For many years the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) has prepared a Student Loan Guide to be distributed to New Jersey high school students.  In January 2013 legislation was passed by the New Jersey Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christie requiring HESAA to prepare a similar brochure and directing high schools to annually disseminate it to each student in the 11th and 12th grades.  In accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:71A-35, see link to the Student Loan Guide: https://www.hesaa.org/Flipbooks/StudentLoanGuide/index.html

FAFSA on the Web
This site takes you to the online version of the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid". Apply for your FSA ID! Parents and Students get your key to Online Financial Aid.
Click here for more information.

The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid. 

This is a fantastic site for anyone interested in athletic scholarships. Spend some time exploring this site. See for yourself what academic requirements are necessary to qualify for an athletic scholarship. The courses that count toward the CORE 13 for OCHS can be viewed at this site.

Glossary of Financial Aid Terminology
Financial aid has its own vocabulary. To help you speak the language, here are the most commonly used terms and acronyms.

Financial Aid Information
FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web.

Financial Aid Estimation
This site can be used to prepare an estimate of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and financial need. This is a free service. They do not retain any record of the information you submit using this form, and have taken steps to ensure your privacy.

Bibliography of Financial Aid Resource Materials
Looking for additional information about financial aid? Try these sources: books, videotapes, booklets and free-by-mail information, periodicals, student aid lobbying and advocacy groups, discussion groups and mailing lists. All can be found using this online resource.

Ask the Advisor
If you haven't found the answer to a specific question, Ask the Aid Advisor can help. Use this form to submit your question and receive a response via email from a financial aid professional - more than 100 financial aid administrators from across the US have kindly volunteered to answer questions.

Use the Internet to help students find scholarships for college. This site matches each student's background, automatically, with eligibility requirements for scholarships from around the country and advises them about scholarship opportunities tailored to them. All for free!

Begin your free college scholarship search by creating a personal profile consisting of your interests, skills and background. Scholarships.com will compare this information to our database of over 600,000 college scholarship awards, worth more than 1.4 billion dollars, from over 8,000 scholarship sources. The scholarship awards that match your personal profile will be delivered to you immediately, online!

College Board Scholarship Search
Locate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from non-college sources that match your education level, talents, and background. Complete the profile form and Scholarship Search will find potential opportunities from a database of more than 2,000 undergraduate scholarships, internships, and loan programs.

CollegeNet MACH25
Why spend money on scholarship books when you can search for awards dynamically over the web? Mach25 is THE fastest scholarship search on the WWW, and it's free!

Sallie Mae's College Answer
This site provides free access to one of the nation's largest databases--with more than $1 billion in available scholarships--of student aid resources for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral candidates. It's easy to use and scholarship search results are returned instantly.

Financial Aid Handouts, Publications, and Reference Materials, download the documents below.

Other Helpful Links:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa (Federal Student Aid with helpful videos)

https://www.youtube.com/user/FederalStudentAid/featured (Federal Student Aid YouTube page)

https://www.youtube.com/user/NJHESAA (HESAA's YouTube page)