Financial Readiness

Financial Readiness

Financial readiness is the ability to cover the cost of postsecondary, higher education through college financial aid, savings, or loans. Amarillo I.S.D. provides the support to help students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (F.A.F.S.A.), and scholarship applications.

Students, keep these things in mind regarding financial readiness:

  • Don't let money keep you from pursuing your dreams
  • Learn about and apply for scholarships: Visit your high school's College and Career Center for more information
  • Amarillo I.S.D. seniors earn millions of dollars in scholarships every year (This could be you!)
  • Fill out and complete your F.A.F.S.A. (Opens in new window) in October and definitely by March of your senior year
  • Take advantage of F.A.F.S.A. Workshops that take place around the district: Free professional help is available.

Financial Aid For College

Financial aid comes from the federal and local government. It's money that helps a student pay for education expenses at a postsecondary school (e.g. college, career school, and graduate school). Federal student aid covers expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Financial aid often comes in the form of both grants and loans. Helpful links include:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (F.A.F.S.A.) can be done completely online (Opens in new window).

There is also a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (T.A.F.S.A.) for non-residents (Opens in new window).

You can get an estimate on how much financial aid you can expect to receive (Opens in new window). Applications for financial aid should be completed by March 1st. Take advantage of our F.A.F.S.A. Workshops during the spring.

Some private colleges also require a CSS profile (Opens in new window) in addition to the F.A.F.S.A. or T.A.F.S.A. Only submit this form if required by the institution you are applying to.


Scholarships are free money, meaning you do not have to repay, but there may be a few strings attached (e.g. good academic standing). In the end, the benefits of scholarships far outweigh any negatives you might attribute to the process in obtaining and/or maintaining the award. The application process depends on the benefactor.

All Amarillo I.S.D. scholars are encouraged to complete the General Scholarship Application (PDF opens in new window). Scholarship booklets are listed below:

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