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 Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning (formerly Dollars for Scholars of Lancaster County). Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning is a non-profit organization founded in 1961 to provide financial assistance to deserving Lancaster County, PA residents who want to further their educations but have limited financial resources. 

This financial help comes in the form of interest-free loans for up to four years, as long as the student demonstrates financial need, continues in an accredited institution of post-secondary education full-time, remains a Lancaster County resident, and maintains a good school record.

If you are a Lancaster County, PA resident and are interested in learning more about our loan opportunities, please browse our site, or email us at info@lancdollars.org today.

Students may apply for a LIFT or Legacy loan for the upcoming school year beginning on February 1 and ending on the last Friday in April every year.

Click here to go to the website.

The John G. Williams Scholarship Foundation was created in 1985 to provide financial assistance to deserving Pennsylvania residents for their pursuit of college and/or post-graduate educational opportunities. No particular course of study/major or higher education institution are required, but both must be acceptable to the Board of Trustees. The Foundation’s primary mission is to help students of modest means to finance the unmet need between their chosen college’s costs and other federal, state, institutional, or private assistance previously awarded. In providing financial assistance, the Foundation shall give preference in consideration and selection to those worthy persons who, or whose families, have insufficient finances or resources to pay the costs of higher education, particularly at the college level. It is the hope of the Foundation to establish lasting relationships with its scholars by supporting them throughout their academic years.

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    Financial Aid

    What type of financial aid is available?

    Financial aid for higher education generally falls into four categories:


    Scholarships - gift awards based on different factors, including achievement in academics, athletics, the arts, or community service (may or may not consider financial need)

    Grants - gift awards that are based primarily on student/family financial need

    Loans - money loaned at a relatively low interest rate (often subsidized) that requires repayment
    Work-study/Employment - payments to students for work they perform ( generally on- campus) for a specific time and for specific wages



    How do I find out about local scholarships?

    The Guidance Office advertises the availability of many scholarships each year. The scholarships are advertised in the Guidance Office, in Senior Bulletins, and through the Donegal Guidance Department website. Applications for many of these scholarships are also available in the Guidance Office. Students should also check the availability of grants and awards associated with parents' employers, their church affiliations, organization memberships, etc.


    What is the FAFSA?

    FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA is the single form used to apply for both federal and state financial aid. Online completion of the "FAFSA on the Web" ( http://www.fafsa.ed.gov) is highly recommended. The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) mails a paper FAFSA Worksheet in December to state seniors who took the SAT during eleventh grade, and many college Financial Aid Offices mail them to accepted students.


    When can I complete the FAFSA?

    The FAFSA legally may not be filed until after January 1 of the senior year.


    Are there any other financial aid forms for me to complete?

    For their own institutional financial aid programs, some colleges require additional applications, such as the PROFILE from the College Scholarship Service (CSS). The Family Financial Statement (FFS) is the equivalent form for the American College Testing Program (ACT). Because the processing of these forms requires payment of a fee, families should be certain that their schools actually require the forms before filing them. Special filing dates apply for PROFILE, which initiates a multi-stage information gathering process.


    How can I find out more about financial aid?

    Donegal High School  hosts a Financial Aid Information Night in the evening during every school year. Contact the Guidance Office for this year's date and time. A Financial Aid Official will explain the programs, procedures, forms, changes, and concerns associated with applying for financial aid. Students and parents are welcome to attend.


    Is there any way to predict what I will receive in aid?

    The " FAFSA 4caster " ( http://www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov) gives students a head start on the financial aid process. By using FAFSA 4caster, families can get an early estimate of their eligibility for federal student aid, gain knowledge of the financial aid process, and provide an opportunity to investigate other sources of aid (e.g. grants, scholarships). While the FAFSA 4caster is targeted to high school juniors, parents of younger students can use it to obtain early estimates of aid, create scenarios based on future earnings, and establish college savings strategies, and adult learners can use the FAFSA 4caster to estimate federal aid eligibility and amounts.


    Is it useful to pay "scholarship search companies" to find scholarships for me?

    Financial aid information on the internet has increased dramatically. Users should be cautious, however, particularly when websites promote information for which fees are charged. The websites on the DHS Guidance Webpage are recommended as being among the most reliable. 

    Financial Aid Links

    ** You should NOT have to pay to submit your FAFSA information or pay to have someone complete it for you. FAFSA stands for "FREE Application for Federal Student Aid". Please make sure you use the website above and not another service that will charge you a fee to submit this form. 

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    U.S. Department of Education


    Federal Student Aid on the Web


    American Council on Education


    Hispanic College Fund 


    PA Higher Education Assistance Agency




    College View


    Go College!


    AES Education Planner


    Minority Financial Aid Guide                      www.onlineschools.org/financial-aid/minority/

    Additional Resources:

    •  youcandealwithit.com
    •  jumpstart.org
    •  mymoney.gov


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