When can I apply?
The online application is available at www.applyweb.com/arlingtn and is available at the beginning of each calendar year. The deadline varies by year and it will be listed underneath the application link. For new applicants, the online application usually takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete and requires a brief personal statement which can be the essay from your Common Application. The application also requires two letters of recommendation and your high school transcript. The Student Aid Report from the FAFSA is required only for financial need based scholarships; submission of SAT/ACT score reports is optional but encouraged
Do you need to send an official transcript or can you submit a copy?
ACF will be collecting the transcript from all Arlington public high schools directly and students do not need to submit to the ACF. If you attend a school that is not an Arlington public school, then do send in your official transcript.
Do you need my official SAT/ACT report?
No; you may submit a photocopy of your official report or a printout of your online score report.
Do you have to be an Arlington public high school senior or resident to apply for a scholarship?
No. Some of our scholarships are for Arlington public high school seniors only and some are for Arlington residents only. You are eligible for the ones that apply to you. Apply and provide your information and the ACF will match you to the ones for which you qualify.
I need help filling out my Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
For questions regarding the FAFSA, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665. Please note that the ACF requires the "Expected Family Contribution" amount from the FASFA. If your family's taxes are not final when you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a preliminary "Expected Family Contribution" amount that can be submitted to ACF.
I am having trouble creating a username for the online application.
Please keep in mind that thousands of students applying to college use this online application system, so your common username may not be available. Try adding a number to your username. Be sure to write down your username and password for use anytime you return to edit your application.
What if I cannot fill out a FAFSA?
You may still submit an application and be considered for all of our non-financial need-based scholarships. In addition, there may be other scholarship programs to which you can apply; contact your school's counselor for more information.
I applied online. Where do I send the SAT scores and letters of recommendation?
If you are a student at an Arlington County Public School you can submit the forms to your counselor OR to the Arlington Community Foundation at 818 N. Quincy Street, Suite 103, Arlington, VA 22203
When will I hear if I received a scholarship?
Scholarship applications are reviewed by two committees and the ACF Board of Trustees. We anticipate notifying selected applicants of their scholarship match and amounts by the middle of April to allow time for this offer to be incorporated into college acceptance plans. There will be a reception for all recipients at the beginning of June in the evening. Checks are mailed directly to universities and colleges in August.
I am not a U.S. citizen; can I apply for a scholarship?
You must be one of the following to receive federal student aid:
a) U.S. citizen,
b) U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island), or
c) U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C (Alien Registration Receipt Card).
If you do not meet these requirements you may still complete the FAFSA as a noneligible applicant for federal aid and receive a Student Aid Report with an Expected Family Income that is necessary to be considered for scholarships requiring financial need.
To complete a FAFSA you must enter a valid social security number or enter 0's in that field. You must be willing to provide income information and undocumented students may not wish to complete this form. Students not eligible for federal financial aid may apply for a scholarship, however a FAFSA is required to be considered for financial need based scholarships.