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

FAFSA and Financial Planning Virtual Sessions hosted by PWCS--Visit the College and Career Planning page on the PWCS website for details and registration:

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

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

You've Submitted the FAFSA, Now What:

Pell Grant Resources

Other Resources:
16 Best Apps for Saving Money in College

Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships in Naviance & Canvas

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 Continue 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!
**Most Local and any scholarships specific to Patriot students are announced and listed in the PTHS College and Career Canvas course and the Patriot Student Canvas Course.

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.

Additional Financial Aid/Scholarship Resources

U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool

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