What is the deadline?

Due to extensive school cancellations, the scholarship deadline has been extended. 

The new deadline to apply for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year is now 5:00 pm on Monday, February 8, 2016.  For new applicants, the online application usually takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete and requires a brief personal statement which can be the essay from your Common Application. The application also requires two letters of recommendation and your high school transcript, which ACF can obtain directly from your school if you attend an Arlington Public High School.  The Student Aid Report from the FAFSA is required only for financial need based scholarships; submission of SAT/ACT score reports is optional but encouraged.

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Why does the application still have the old deadline?

The application is hosted by a third-party vendor, and we are unable to change the form while it is live and processing applications.  The correct deadline is 5:oo pm on Monday, February 8, 2016.

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Do you need to send an official transcript or can you submit a copy?

ACF will be collecting the transcript from all Arlington public high schools directly and students do not need to submit to the ACF. If you attend a school that is not an Arlington public school, then do send in your official transcript.

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Do you need my official SAT/ACT report?

No; you may submit a photocopy of your official report or a printout of your online score report.

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Do you have to be an Arlington public high school senior or resident to apply for a scholarship?

No. Some of our scholarships are for Arlington public high school seniors only and some are for Arlington residents only. You are eligible for the ones that apply to you. Apply and provide your information and the ACF will match you to the ones for which you qualify.

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I need help filling out my Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)

For questions regarding the FAFSA, visit the FAFSA website at fafsa.ed.gov, or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243. Please noted that we require the Student Aid Report from the FAFSA only for those scholarships which require demonstrated financial need.

If your family's taxes are not final when you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a preliminary "Expected Family Contribution" amount that can be submitted to ACF.

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I am having trouble creating a username for the online application.

Please keep in mind that thousands of students applying to college use this online application system, so your common username may not be available. Try adding a number to your username. Be sure to write down your username and password for use anytime you return to edit your application.

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What if I cannot fill out a FAFSA?

You may still submit an application and be considered for all of our non-financial need-based scholarships.  In addition, there may be other scholarship programs to which you can apply; contact your school's counselor for more information.

Websites like FastWeb and FinAid are good search engines for scholarships of all types.

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I applied online. Where do I send the supplemental materials?

If you are a student at an Arlington County Public School you can submit the forms to your counselor OR to the Arlington Community Foundation at 818 N. Quincy Street, Suite 103, Arlington, VA 22203.

Students at schools outside of Arlington Public Schools must submit the supplemental forms via mail to the address above.

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When will I hear if I received a scholarship?

Scholarship applications are reviewed by two committees and the ACF Board of Trustees. We anticipate notifying selected applicants of their scholarship match and amounts by the middle of April to allow time for this offer to be incorporated into college acceptance plans. There will be a reception for all recipients at the beginning of June in the evening. Checks are mailed directly to universities and colleges in July.

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