Saving for College

Virginia 529 -Tax-advantage savings programs offered by the state of Virginia.


Do not delay completing the FAFSA. You do not have to wait until you know where you are going to college.

Submit your  FAFSA online as soon after October 1 as possible.

FAFSA Resources

Seven Things You Need Before you Fill Out the 2019-20 FAFSA Form

FAFSA4caster - free online federal financial aid calculator (useful for juniors also)

2019-20 Virginia Paying for College PowerPoint Presentation (August 20, 2019) (PDF)

You've Submitted the FAFSA, Now What:

Pell Grant Resources

Other Resources:
16 Best Apps for Saving Money in College

Scholarships & Awards

Bull Run Republican Women's Club Leadership Scholarship--female graduating senior residing in the Brentsville, Coles or Gainesville Magisterial District;   Demonstrated Leadership; GPA: 3.5; Deadline April 1, 2021. $500. 2021 BRRWC Leadership Scholarship Application.pdf  ( download and open)

Park West Lions Club Scholarship
-- graduating senior within the Park West Lions service area including, but not limited to, Patriot, Battlefield and Unity Reed High Schools. Download application here. 2021PA Application1130.docx

Ole Virginia Hams Steve Frick Scholarship 2021--PWC graduating senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical/electronics, engineering, or computer-related science; Deadline: May 1, 2021; Click "apply' to access website APPLY; Click About the Club>W4OVH Scholarship

Women in Community Action, Inc. Scholarship--
graduating senior seeking a college degree; 3.0 GPA; Deadline, March 26, 2021 (Postmarked). Apply  or
Download here, WICA Scholarship Application - 2021 #2 (1).docx

PWC Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 2021 Scholarships
Multiple scholarships to African American seniors; GPA: 2.8 or above; Deadline: March 22, 2021(postmarked) Apply

The George M. Hampton Foundation Scholarship-graduating seniors in PWC and Stafford Counties, Manassas and Manassas Park; $1,000-$3,000; 3.0 GPA; Deadline: April 7, 2021. Apply

Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship
-- high school graduate(or GED) Planning to enroll part-time or full-time at an accredited vocational technical school, trade school, two-year community or state college for the 2021-2022  pursuing an associate degree, credit-bearing certificate or an industry-recognized credential in one of the specified fields of study .  APPLY

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia--The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia manages nine scholarships and administers the funds for 14 other scholarships that support Northern Virginia students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. View details on the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia website.

Arlington-Fairfax Chapter, Inc. of the IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE of AMERICA Environmental Studies Scholarship--graduating seniors planning to study Environmental Science or Related field at a 2 or 4 year college; $20,000 over 4 years. Application deadline: April 1, 2021. Apply.

Robert S. Smith Memorial Scholarship--senior planning to pursue college or vocational training. Have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and preferably interested in studying Information Technology; $1240. Deadline, April 30, 2021 @ 3PM.  Download application here. Robert S Smith Mem App 2021.docxRobbie Web page.docx

The Granville P. Meade Scholarship--
VDOE need based scholarship for graduating seniors.  Students must show financial need.  GPA: 2.5; Deadline : March 5, 2021.   Apply

The Louise Lightner Jamison Teacher Scholarship Fund --Seniors in PWC;
preference for those residing in the Haymarket and Gainesville regions that will advance their education through a degree in the field of education; $1,500;  Deadline: April 2nd, 5PM. APPLY

2021 Inter-Service Club Council (ISCC) of Greater Manassas Scholarships-- See attached listing of available scholarships from ISCC members and other local non-profit organizations

2021 ISCC Member Scholarship Participants. 1.11.2021.docx

Coolidge Scholarship for JUNIORS only--full-ride scholarship covering tuition, room, board and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the Fall of 2022 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident, Criteria: Academic excellence; interest in Public Policy, an appreciation for the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB. 24. APPLY

College Board Opportunity Knocks Scholarships. Earn scholarships simply by preparing for college. These scholarships are now open to the Class of 2022. Deadline for Current Seniors to earn award is February 2021. For more information, visit the CollegeBoard Opportunity Knocks Scholarships page on the CollegeBoard website or contact Ms. Boddie at

Marine Corps Scholarships-- Children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen, Chaplains, and Religious Program Specialists pursuing a post-secondary education at any accredited school— trade school, career training, community college, or four-year university.  Deadline March 2, 2021. Apply

Horatio Alger Foundation Scholarship
--Seniors who have overcome adversity to succeed. Demonstrated Financial need; 2.0 GPA.

National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution 2020 Call for Essays--Essay contest open to Northern Virginian students in grades 9th-12th to participate in the George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest.  Information; Sample Essay

AFCEA DC STEM Scholarship--US citizen residing in the Metro Washington ,DC area; graduating senior planning to enroll in a full time college curriculum in any STEAM field (math, engineering, science, and cyber security). Deadline: Feb. 25, 2021.  Apply, Counselor Summary and Statement

Good News Community Kitchen Founder's Scholarship--seniors from a single-parent household or emancipated minors living in Prince William/Fairfax Counties. Application Information

Naval Officers' Spouses' Club of Washington, DC  Scholarships--graduating seniors who are dependents of including all ranks of duty, retired, or deceased U. S. Navy service members.  Deadline: April 1, 2021. Application and Eligibility

Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Ira Dorsey Scholarship--graduating  male seniors; Application materials below must be completed and postmarked by Saturday, May 01, 2021.
2021 IDSEF Scholarship Application Form (1).xlsx
2021 IDSEF Scholarship Community Member Recommendation (1).xlsx
2021 IDSEF Scholarship Counselor-Teacher Recommendation.xlsx
Ira Dorsey Scholarship Letter 2021.pdf

Apple Federal Credit Union Scholarships (4 year and 2 year college) -Seniors attending 4 yr. college; member of AFCU; 3.0 GPA;Deadline, March 15, 2021Seniors attending a 2 -yr, college; member of AFCU; 2.5 GPADeadline: March 15, 2021.  Questions-- contact

Elizabeth W.  Bowen Memorial Scholarship
(Prince William County Librarians' Association)--
graduating seniors  from Prince William and Manassas City area high schools planning to attend 2 or 4 year colleges/universities are invited to apply; all majors are welcome. Applicants must submit their first quarter senior year grades GPA: 2.0.  Deadline, March 1, 2021;  PWSLA membership is not required. All applications are due March 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Visit the Naviance Scholarship list page often to view local and national scholarships open to Prince William County students

Directions for accessing Scholarship list:

  • Log into Naviance Student.
  • Click on Log in with Clever 
  • Click on Colleges Tab at the top right
  • Scroll down to Scholarships and Money
  • Click on Scholarship List
  • Click the box to the left of all scholarships you’re interested in
  • Click +Add to my applications
  • Click Add Scholarships to save to your Scholarship Applications List
  • Check the list often for updates!

Additional Financial Aid/Scholarship Resources

Golden Door Scholars (undocumented students)

College Affordability and Transparency Center - U.S. Department of Education agency providing access to college costs and fees.

Information on Lendedu regarding private student loans