From Student Financial Services


November marks the unofficial beginning of what we refer to in Student Financial Services as “Scholarship Season.” Typically, opportunities to secure external funding for college expenses run between November until late May or early June. 

The Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC) hosts a scholarship drive website at getcollegefunds.org. It opens early November and closes March 1, 2010. This year there are more than 400 scholarships for Oregon residents who will be attending Oregon schools. We encourage you to have your student take a look. For the 2009-10 year, 60 George Fox students have secured scholarships through OSAC totaling $135,728, more than any other private school in Oregon!

Two free national scholarship search websites are fastweb.com and scholarships.com. We in Student Financial Services have seen students be successful in their attempts to win scholarships through these websites.

If you have a student graduating in December or taking a leave of absence, it is important to remind them to stop by Student Financial Services to learn about exit loan counseling. These sessions are required for all loan recipients when they borrow any federal student loan. Some students may need two different counseling sessions if they have received funding both in the Federal Stafford Loan and the Federal Perkins Loan while attending George Fox.

We in the Student Financial Services office are here to assist families with any and all questions you may have about college funding. You may contact your financial aid counselor:

A-G Chris Schlarbaum cschlarbaum@georgefox.edu
H-O Marla Sweningson msweningson@georgefox.edu
P-Z Terri Crawford tcrawford@georgefox.edu