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Beginning January 1, the 2011-2012 FAFSA application will be available online. Applying for federal aid is as easy as 1-2-3 with the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, which guides you through the application process and details what information you will need to complete the application.

If you haven’t started searching and applying for scholarships yet, now is the time. To enable the selection of winners and disbursement of scholarship money in time for students starting classes in the fall, many scholarship programs launch in January. Search engines like Scholarships.com and Zinch.com can broaden your search for eligible programs, but here are a few programs launching or closing soon:

  • SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund                                          
    Launch 12/1/2010     
    Deadline 4/1/2011
  • The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) offers scholarship and loan forgiveness programs for U.S. students enrolled full time at an accredited college, university or vocational school. Students must be pursuing a career in an automotive aftermarket or related field, such as restoration.

  • ASRT Scholarship Programs                                                        
    Launch 11/1/2010     
    Deadline 2/1/2011
    U.S. students enrolled in a radiologic science or radiation therapy degree program are eligible to receive entry- or professional-level scholarships sponsored by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Education and Research Foundation.
  • GE-Ronald Reagan Scholarship Program                              
    Launch 1/20/2011    
    Deadline 3/18/2011
    Launching in 2011 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, the GE-Ronald Reagan Scholarship Program will annually award up to 20 students with a $10,000 renewable scholarship.  The award honors President Reagan's legacy by showcasing students who demonstrate his unparalleled leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship.