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As higher education has become more and more expensive, more and more students need financial assistance in order to make their postsecondary schooling plans possible. That makes applying for financial aid a crucially important step.

It also is a complicated process, yet millions of students and their families successfully complete it every year.

Please take time to examine the information available in other sections of this website before starting to fill out an application for financial aid from The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. In addition to answering many common questions about the process, the information also alerts students to opportunities for receiving free assistance in dealing with the many steps of applying for postsecondary admission and financial aid.

The Common Application

To simplify the process for students and their families, The Scholarship Foundation has joined with other organizations in the St. Louis region to offer a common financial aid application. Instead of having to complete a different application for every different financial aid program, a student can submit just one application and be considered by more than a dozen different financial aid programs in the area, with more being added all the time.

The shared financial aid application is a key feature of the website StLouisGraduates.org, a collaborative project of The Scholarship Foundation and other St. Louis-based nonprofit groups and philanthropic organizations. StLouisGraduates.org also offers a wealth of information for students and families and links to additional resources about postsecondary education issues and opportunities.

Clicking this link leads to the Scholarship Central home page of StLouisGraduates.org. Once there, another click will display a list of financial aid programs participating in the common application, including The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.

Please follow the detailed instructions at StLouisGraduates.org to complete and submit the common application for local financial aid programs. Once the common application is completed, a list of possible opportunities will be presented that match the student’s qualifications. For each opportunity, including The Scholarship Foundation's interest-free loan, the student will need to complete additional questions and/or submit documentation separately.