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$500 Early FAFSA Scholarship Available for Incoming Students who File by Dec. 1

October 18, 2019

Finlandia University is offering a $500 Early FAFSA Scholarship for incoming and prospective students who complete and file their FAFSA by December 1, 2019. 

“We are committed to helping students obtain the funding they need to make Finlandia an affordable option, and filing the FAFSA early helps ensure they have access to federal and state aid,” Dean of Students Erin Barnett said. “One of the best kept secrets in private education is that most students pay nowhere near sticker price. This $500 Early FAFSA Scholarship, on top of the aid unlocked by completing the FAFSA, is another expression of how Finlandia makes quality private higher education affordable.”

If a student plans to attend FinnU, Finlandia University must be listed on the FAFSA using Federal School Code 002322. To be considered for state aid at Finlandia, students must list FinnU first on their FAFSA form.

Benefits of Submitting an Early FAFSA

“By submitting their FAFSA early, students can get a better sense of what funding they’ll be eligible for regarding Finlandia Scholarships and federal aid,” Director of Student Financial Services Sandra Turnquist said. 

According to the Department of Education website, there are a number of other benefits for students including: 

  • A better chance at more state and school aid. Schools and states have a limited amount of aid, and a bunch of states have a FAFSA deadline of “as soon as possible after October 1,” (meaning they actually could run out of financial aid) so it’s good to be at the front of the line!
  • Get it out of the way so you can focus on other things, like college applications, college coursework, or applying for scholarships.
  • It makes comparing colleges easier. If you submit your FAFSA early there’s a chance that colleges will give you an estimated financial aid offer early, giving you more time to compare colleges before the college decision deadline.
  • More scholarship eligibility. Some scholarships look at your FAFSA results—and some of those scholarships have early deadlines. Don’t disqualify yourself from those scholarships.

For information on how to complete the FAFSA, visit Finlandia’s FAFSA Guide or contact the financial aid office directly at 906-487-7261. 

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Finlandia is committed to providing an affordable private school education at a public school cost. Other scholarships available for students include:

FINNISH STRONG TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP – $10,000

New incoming transfer students with at least a 2.0 grade point average are eligible for this. Learn more at finlandia.edu/transfer.

U.P. Commitment Grant Details – $4,000

We’re proud to call the Upper Peninsula of Michigan home, and have a passion for welcoming our fellow Yoopers to campus, which is why we’re introducing the $4,000 U.P. Commitment Grant. To be eligible, students need to have earned at least a 2.25 cumulative high school GPA, have graduated from a U.P. high school. Students will be able to retain this for all four years by maintaining a 2.5 GPA, full-time status and good social standing.

To earn this grant, students simply need to talk with their Finlandia University admissions officer. The grant will be paid out $2,000 per semester for up to eight semesters. Students earning the Hancock Award are not eligible to receive this grant. This grant is only available to new students beginning during or after the fall 2019 Semester. Other stipulations may apply, please contact our financial aid staff with any questions.

Service Scholarship Details – $2,000

Finlandia University is a learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth and service. To showcase this, Finlandia University is offering incoming students in the fall of 2017 and after the opportunity to earn a $2,000 scholarship for performing community service. To be eligible, students need to have earned at least a 2.25 cumulative high school GPA, and have a letter of recommendation from the organization or group where the service was performed. The scholarship will be renewable each semester for four years by maintaining a 2.5 GPA, maintaining full-time status, keeping good social standing and volunteering at least eight hours per semester.

To earn this scholarship, students need to submit a letter of recommendation proving community service to their admissions officer. The scholarship will be paid out $1,000 per semester for up to eight semesters. Students earning the U.P. Commitment Grant or Hancock Award are not eligible to receive this scholarship. This scholarship is only available to new students beginning during or after the fall 2017 semester. Other stipulations may apply, please contact our financial aid staff with any questions.

View the full list of scholarships here.

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