Thurgood Marshall Academy is committed to helping our graduates succeed in college. To that end, we offer the Alumni Emergency Fund to ensure that small gaps in funding do not prevent our alumni from staying in school.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Thurgood Marshall Academy is committed to ensuring that our graduates receive the information they need to stay in school. Below you will find resources for finding scholarships and completing your financial aid application.
If you have questions, please contact Emma Levine at (202) 563-6862 ext. 266.
To search for outside scholarships, check with your financial aid office, local community groups, parents’ employers, and/or visit the following free scholarship search engines:
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is generally required by every school’s financial aid office. Below is a step-by-step guideline for completing the FAFSA. Always check with your school’s financial office for specific institutional requirements.
Remember: Early submission of all financial aid documents will increase your chances of receiving maximum aid.
1. Get your PIN. Get your PIN from www.pin.ed.gov so that you may apply and sign your FAFSA online and therefore get results faster. Also, a PIN allows you to make corrections to your application information online.
2. Collect documents. Collect all the documents needed to apply, including income tax returns, W-2 forms, and other record of income. If tax returns are not yet completed at the time you apply, estimate the tax information, apply, and correct the information later.
3. Complete the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet. Print and complete the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet. This worksheet allows you to write in your answers before beginning the actual online application.
4. Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov between January 1, 2012, and June 30, 2012. You are strongly encouraged to apply by February 15, as that is the deadline commonly set by schools. Make sure to include a valid e-mail address so that you may receive notifications regarding your application.
5. Check the status. Check the status of your submitted FAFSA. Generally, the processing time is one week if you used a PIN to sign your application and two to three weeks if you printed, signed, and mailed a signature page. If a valid e-mail address was provided in your FAFSA, you will be notified when the result, otherwise known as the SAR (Student Aid Report), becomes available online.
6. Review your SAR. Make sure that it contains your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which will be used to determine your aid eligibility. Also, confirm that your school is listed on your SAR to receive a copy of the report.
- If the SAR was accepted and is correct, you have successfully completed the process. Your SAR will be automatically sent to the schools you have indicated on your FAFSA.
- If the SAR was rejected or is incorrect, make all necessary changes and then resubmit it for processing.
7. Submit tax returns (if applicable). If selected for verification, you must submit your tax returns and other documents to your school’s financial aid office as specified.
8. Confirm that documents were received. Confirm with your school’s financial aid office that all requested material has been submitted and received.
9. Review your award. Review your financial aid award—which will likely include a combination of grants, loans, and work-study—from your school’s financial aid office.
10. Meet with a counselor (if necessary). If your financial aid award does not fully meet your needs, discuss your situation with a financial aid counselor at your school.
Have a question about FAFSA? Visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/faq001.htm for FAQs.