The Delaware Scholarship Compendium is now online!

Wouldn’t it be great if all information on college scholarships for Delaware students was listed in one place online? Well, it is! The 2015-2016 Delaware Scholarship Compendium: A Guide for College-Bound Students is now available online. This website is a great source of information on money for college. Visit

Before stepping onto campus: Get ready for your freshman year

Now that you have been accepted, here are a few tasks you’ll need to do to prepare for that first day  on your college campus. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete each step. If you hit a roadblock or need help over the summer, ask your parents, family, friends, high school counselors, teachers, or university admissions/financial aid officers for help. Ten steps to prepare for college (download printable version with additional tips)

Myths about financial aid

Ready for college, but not sure how to pay for it? Don't let these myths about federal student aid keep you from applying for and getting money to help pay for college. Visit for more information.

What is the difference between a need-based and merit-based financial award?

The amount of need-based assistance for which your family qualifies is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines an individual family's Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), which influences the amount of state and federal dollars a family is eligible to receive. Need-based monies include loans that must be repaid over

College campus visits and what to expect

Visiting a campus in person offers students and their families the opportunity to experience the school firsthand, to form impressions, and assess if it’s a good match. Though specific activities vary by campus, students typically may tour the campus (families are welcome to join the tour as well), interview with an admission officer, attend a class, eat in the dining hall, meet with a coach or conductor, and stay overnight in a residence hall. Always ask in advance what to expect when you schedule a visit, so that you will not be disappointed when you arrive. The best advice is to remember that this is your child’s college search, even though your role in the process is a crucial one.