As the winter break approaches there are a number of tasks you should complete before January 1st.
The first one is to create a username and password for the FAFSA application. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be completed by any student who will be applying for financial aid (grants, loans, work-study). The federal government has eliminated the PIN (personal identification number) and replaced it with the FSA ID (federal student aid identification). While you cannot begin your FAFSA application until January 1, you may create your ID. Remember you, and one parent or guardian, must each complete an ID. The username may be 8-30 characters in length including numbers, uppercase, lowercase and special characters. Go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid to create your username and password.
The second task is to begin your search for scholarships, if you have not already begun this time-consuming project. I have posted a 4-step process for searching for scholarships along with a list of scholarship sites I have compiled. Please note that many of these scholarship sites may share your email address with the companies that sponsor their sites.