Financial Aid and Scholarships

There is a list of the local scholarships who have provided us with information on every CHS student's Schoology page.   Students should visit their Class Schoology page regularly (twice a month or so) to check for new scholarships which may have been added.  To view the list go to Schoology, the senior class page, McGowan Counseling Resources, Financial Aid and Local Scholarships and click on the Local Scholarships listing.

All scholarships advertised in Schoology either provide the online link or the student can access the printable downloads section to print out the paper application.  Students can also stop in at the counseling office to pick up a copy of the applications.

Included in this local scholarship list are those scholarships that are available to Carlisle High School students only, as well as those available to students from a wider geographic area.  Read the eligibility requirements in the “FOR” column to determine if you qualify. Then take a look at the “Selection Criteria” to decide whether or not this is a scholarship for which you should apply.  If you apply - it’s very important to follow all instructions carefully; to make sure that any required printing or handwriting is neat and legible; and to adhere strictly to deadlines. You may also view this list in the McGowan Counseling Center and obtain any that require a paper application.

Financial Aid Night  was held October 17, 2023 at 6:30 PM in the McGowan Auditorium.

FAFSA Completion Night will be held on January 17th, 2023 at 6:30 PM in the Fowler Library at Carlisle High School.

Financial Aid night 2023-2024 link below:

FAN November 2023 (007) 

Recording of financial aid night 2023

FAFSA Cheat Sheet
FSA ID Information

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The FAFSA will be available on December 31, 2023.  Families will use their "prior, prior year data" to complete the FAFSA and other financial aid forms.  

For help filling out the FAFSA  contact PHEAA .  There are also many downloadable resources at the FAFSA website

 Both of the websites listed above provide great information to help you in your search for financial aid. And please feel free to contact a counselor if you have any questions .  If we don’t have the answers, we’ll find someone who does.

General Financial Aid Information:

The sources of financial aid can be divided roughly into three categories:

The first first category is governmental aid.  All students seeking need-based aid from the state and/or federal government will need to complete the FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.)  FAFSA’s  are available online at  and may be completed after October 1st when family income information for 2016 is available.  

The second category of financial aid is “institutional” aid – aid awarded by the post-secondary schools on the basis of need and/or merit. Students and families should inquire at the financial aid offices of the schools to which they are applying to make sure that they are completing any necessary forms. Some schools provide  their own forms, and some require applicants to complete the CSS Profile (available at ) For many schools, the FAFSA is the only form you’ll need , but do your research so that you don’t miss out on money that might be available to you!

The third category consists of scholarships sponsored by civic organizations, businesses, private individuals, etc. We will advertise those here below as we become aware of them. Check this site often because we update it frequently, and please adhere to deadlines!  

Please read this great article regarding Merit Based Aid:

Financial aid webinars hosted by PHEAA

Date: December 21st 

Time: 12:00pm-12:30pm

College Savings Plan lunch and learn

PA 529 College and Career Savings Program accounts can help PA families steadily and strategically save for future educational expenses. PA 529 offers two ways to help families save while getting great tax benefits. You can use PA 529 accounts to save and pay for a variety of education expenses at many career and technical schools, certain apprenticeship programs, two and four-year universities, and more.


Registration link College Savings Plan lunch and learn:



Date: December 21st

Time: 5:30pm-6:15PM

Creating your Federal Student Aid Account (FSA ID)

In order to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) you will need an FSA ID. Join me to learn more about what the FSA ID is, who should create an FSA ID account, when you should create an FSA ID, and what will be needed to create an FSA ID.


Registration link Creating your Federal Student Aid Account (FSA ID):



Date: December 28th

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Searching for Scholarships

The cost of a postsecondary education can add up quickly for students and families. Thankfully, there is funding to help cover those expenses. Join us as we share tips to help students successfully search and apply for scholarships. After attending this webinar, students will understand the different types of scholarships, resources for finding scholarships, and tools to help increase their chances of earning those scholarships.


Registration link Searching for Scholarships: