Frequently Asked Questions
Most Common Questions on Application
How do I get back on the application? Once you have created an “Account”, remember that your “required” email address and password will be your “Keys” to return to the application. You can return to your application as many times as you desire. However, once you click on “Submit”, you cannot return to your application. Note: DO NOT click on “Submit” until you are completely finished with your application.
Do I have to finish the entire application at one time? No… You do not have to complete it all at once. The deadline to submit your complete application is January 5, 2018. ALL ATTACHMENTS INCLUDING ALL LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION MUST BE UPLOADED OR EMAILED to the Foundation no later than January 5, 2018.
What if I do not know the answers to some of the questions? If you are unsure of any of the questions, thoroughly review the “commonly asked questions” on the website and then contact the Smith Scholarship Office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further assistance. Be sure to remember your username and password to return to your application for completion. Do not call the office unless you have not received a response within 3 days of submitting a request. Students and school personnel should submit a request, not family or friends of the applicant, as this scholarship is an accountability program.
What if I do not have the Income Tax information for this year? FASFA 2018-19 uses 2016 Tax Information and the application can be filed starting October 1, 2017 for aid to be used in 2018-19. If you are not residing with your parents or legal guardian, homeless or a ward of the state, please follow the FASFA rules carefully so you are properly classified for aid. Proper classification affects the amount of aid provided.
If you (or your parents) have missed the 2016 tax filing deadline of April 2017, and still need to file a 2016 income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you should submit your FAFSA now using estimated tax information, and then you must correct that information after you file your return.
The new FASFA form allows you to directly access IRS tax information using social security numbers and names while completing the new form. The FASFA application must be filed before SSF application is submitted and proof provided. “Proof” of your FASFA filing can be as simple as a screenshot of the notice of filing. If unusual circumstances prevent you from submitting the FASFA, contact SSF as soon as possible with written explanation of steps taken to complete, missing information and an explanation regarding such information.
Can I mail the application in? No. The application is not formatted for print out. Public libraries often have computers available for use or ask your school counselor to use a school’s computer if you do not have other access to a computer. The application can also be completed on a smart phone or mobile device.
What if I do not have information for “Mother” or “Father”? Enter “N/A” and include a note on your Application, explaining your circumstances in significant detail to allow SSF to understand your current living arrangements and what events led to your housing situation.
What if I have not taken the ACT or SAT? List the date you are scheduled to take the ACT and follow up by providing your scores. You must take the ACT or SAT and submit scores to be eligible for this scholarship.
When is the ACT test given? Most areas offer the test on September 9, 2017, October 28, 2017, December 9, 2017, February 10, 2018, April 11, 2018 and June 9, 2018. Take the test multiple times to increase your score. Ask your counselor or Upward Bound representative for help in preparing for the test and obtaining a waiver and registering. See www.act.org.
Who should apply for financial aid? All applicants are required to apply for financial aid. All recipients of the Smith scholarship are required to provide proof of filing the FASFA Form. Recipients of the SSF Scholarship must complete all follow up information required by FASFA or their college before any scholarship awards will be finalized by the Foundation.
Why should I apply for financial aid? Financial aid is available to assist students and families in meeting the costs of a college education. The total amount of funding by SSF may not cover all college cost. Grants and other scholarships can help fund financial gaps. Apply as early as possible for FASFA and College Counts as additional funding is available only to those who file early.
What if I have not applied for college admission? List the schools you plan to apply and why you have a preference for that institution. Apply for College ASAP. Deadlines for University Scholarships are early so review scholarships offered by several institutions. The SSF Application requires that you apply to at least 3 other scholarships, including scholarships provided by each of your preferred institutions before January 5, 2018 to maximize your potential aid.
Example. If you list 2 colleges as preferred, you must apply to each college and their scholarship program(s) and an additional outside scholarship. If you apply to 3 colleges and all 3 of their scholarship programs, you have met your minimal requirement of 3 “other” scholarships.
Examples of College Scholarship Deadlines
Auburn University has a December 1, 2017 deadline for freshmen who must apply using “AUSOM” and complete the admission application. (See Auburn website.)
University of Montevallo – Admission application must be submitted before students qualify for college scholarships. Please check UM website for updates as deadlines and qualification may change depending on the total number of students who apply.
Academic and Leadership: December 1, 2017
Academic Recognition: December 1, 2017
Freshman Leadership: December 1, 2017
MLK: December 1, 2017
Presidential: December 1, 2017
Ambassador: January 15, 2018
Troy – See Troy “Online Scholarships” and the Troy website for deadlines as they may vary by campus and scholarship type.
USA – Requires Admissions Application to be completed by December 1, 2017. Some scholarships are automatic for freshman; others require a separate scholarship application.
UAB – Requires students to submit admissions application and all required documentation by December 1, 2017 for all ACT and GPA scholarships. See “BSMART”, the Blazer scholarship management.
UAH – UAH allows students to retake the ACT even after admission to increase scholarship eligibility. See the UAH website for deadlines.
SSF has established new deadlines to try and encourage all students to qualify for both institutional or college provided aid and governmental aid both state and federal.
Please visit college websites and contact scholarship personnel at your selected universities. Examples provided may be updated and should not be relied upon.