Scholarships and Financial Aid


    Scholarship Information 

    SHS Students Services will update the Scholarship Bulletin once a month. Please know this is just a small sampling of the hundreds of scholarships out there. You can find our scholarship bulletin and other helpful documents here: Scholarships and Financial Aid

    Would you like to receive updates about possible scholarships? If so, join our email list here: Get notified of available scholarships

    The best source for scholarship information is always the financial aid office of the college/university you wish to attend. 4 great, free sites we recommend for scholarship searches are: 

    Need Financial Aid Help?

    Please reach out to our financial aid advisor, Mary Ann Norwood (mnorwood@wcpss.net), for an online appointment Monday-Friday each week.  


    Financial Aid Information 

    The FAFSA is now open: https://fafsa.ed.gov/ 

    Residency Determination Service: https://ncresidency.cfnc.org/residencyInfo/pdf/RDSBasicsHS.pdf

    It is a great idea to fill out the FAFSA and the RDS at the same time since they require some of the same information. 

    All students who plan to attend a community college or a 4 year public college/university in North Carolina will be required to complete the Residency Determination Service forms. These are required forms to determine your residency for in-state tuition. This form can ONLY be filled out through the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) website. For that reason, you must create a CFNC account if you do not have one already. Additionally, all official transcripts must be sent to in-state schools (both 2 year and 4 year) through CFNC's Transcript Manager function.

    CFNC Website 


    Financial Aid Help

    We have a financial aid advisor at Sanderson on Wednesdays from 8am-1pm. Mary Ann Norwood is available to meet with students and parents. To make an appointment, students and parents can email Mrs. Norwood at mnorwood@wcpss.net. Mrs. Norwood will also be visiting each Senior English class each semester to talk about financial aid. Please view a helpful PowerPoint: Financial Aid Information 

    Additionally, the lead FA officer for WCPSS created a helpful video, which can be found here: Financial Aid 


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