Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid Night will be held each year in the fall.  The 2019 Financial Aid night will be held on October 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the McGowan Auditorium. 

CHANGES TO THE FINANCIAL AID WORLD: In 2016, the "rules" for submitting financial aid forms changed.  Now, "prior, prior year data" will be used to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial aid forms.  This means the graduating class of 2018 will be using tax data from 2016 to complete these forms.  You can submit these forms earlier than previous years and can begin October 1st.  More details will be available soon - please plan to attend financial aid night at Carlisle High School on October 2, 2018.

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:

This is a list of the local scholarships who have provided us with information: 

CLICK HERE: Local Scholarship Listing 2019-2020

Included are those 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.