Paying For College

Take advantage of resources to help pay for college

College is an investment; an expensive endeavor.  As part of a student's college readiness process, students and their families often have questions about college costs and how to pay for them.  The resources below can help answer these questions.

College Cost Calculators and More
Below are links to websites with college cost calculators which can help Saint Joseph's students and their families get a better feel for the cost of college.

Financial Aid Applications
One of the most important steps for any student seeking financial support for college is the completion of the FAFSA. Students who will be attending a college in PA should also complete the PHEAA.  Use the links below to learn more and begin the these applications.

It is important to note that even if a student does not qualify for need-based financial aid through the FAFSA, many institutions require that a student complete the FAFSA in order to award the student merit-based scholarships and other awards.  Thus, all Saint Joseph's students are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA as part of their college application process.

Academic Scholarships
Scholarships for college are a great way to fund a student's education.  In general there are two types of scholarships:

Need-based scholarships: Financial award given to students who meet the institution's minimal level of financial need.  This level can vary from institution to institution.

Merit-based scholarships: Financial awards given to students based on their academic success, community involvement, extracurricular activities or other criteria.

Below are resources to help Saint Joseph's students identify and apply for need-based and merit-based scholarships. Remember, you can't get an award unless you apply!

Athletic Scholarships
Student-athletes who attend D1 or D2 colleges may be awarded athletic scholarships.  To learn more about these scholarships, can be found by viewing the NCAA website.

Beware of Scholarship Scams
Unfortunately, each year throughout the country several hundred thousand students and parents are defrauded by scholarship scams.  Click here to watch an informative video on how to spot a scholarship scam.

For more information and advice in college planning, contact the Saint Joseph's school office at or (814) 808-6118.


Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy

901 Boalsburg Pike, Boalsburg, PA 16827
(814) 808-6118