Financial Aid & Scholarships


uAspire is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to ensure that financial aid information and resources are provided to all students. The focus is on removing barriers to provide equitable opportunities to pursue post-secondary education. 

The link below will take you directly to uAspire resources, which are available in several languages. If you need help with accessing support for financial aid applications, please see your school counselor or email Mrs. McGuire, College & Career Information Coordinator.

uAspire resources

What is the FAFSA?

Completing the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), is necessary to be considered for federal student aid, including federal grants, work-study, loans, etc.  It is free to complete and submit the FAFSA, and doing so provides you with access to financial aid to pay for college or career school.

Many states use your FAFSA information to see if you qualify for state aid, and colleges use it for school aid. Private financial aid providers may also ask for your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

Applying for financial aid can feel overwhelming. There are many opportunities for New Bedford Public Schools students to receive help with the financial aid process, from in person presentations and work sessions to remote events. If you are not sure where to begin, see your school counselor.

How to Create an FSA ID 
FSA ID How-to guide
Guía de FSA ID

The timeline and checklist below, provided by uAspire, will help seniors and their caregivers with the process. Although this information may change slightly from year to year, younger students can get an idea of what to expect with this process. We are pleased to share these documents in multiple languages. (Thank you, uAspire!)

FAFSA Checklist /Timeline (English)
FAFSA Checklist /Timeline (Spanish)

FAFSA Checklist /Timeline (Portuguese)
FAFSA Checklist /Timeline (Cape Verdean)
FAFSA Checklist /Timeline (Haitian Creole)

For scholarship listings, visit the scholarship information page


All members of the NBHS Class of 2024 who are continuing their education after graduation are encouraged to complete the NBHS Scholarship Application, one application that is used for multiple awards. Use this link to access the New Bedford High School Scholarship Application. Applications are due by April 12.