Scholarship offers to KISD seniors down after record-setting year

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After last year’s record-setting haul, Keller district’s Class of 2013 received $10 million less in scholarship offers than last year, despite a larger senior class.

Graduates for 2013 had about $45.3 million in offers, down from $55.5 million a year ago but higher than two years ago when seniors had $39.7 million offered. The Class of 2010 had $40.3 million offered. The number of graduates continues to rise, from 2,055 in 2012 to 2,256 this year. The Class of 2011 had about 1,950 and 2010 had 1,700.

Fewer military appointments accounts for part of the decline in offers, officials said. Just two KISD students received appointments this year compared to six in 2012.

While the cost of higher education continues to rise, available scholarships have not increased.

“When controls were taken off tuition in Austin, we saw it really go up,” said Benann Turnley, Keller High counselor and administrator of the district’s scholarship website. “What students can get in scholarships may not be able to cover the difference.”

As a result, more students are attending Tarrant County College. Many families may not realize that Tarrant County has scholarships available, Turnley said.

Parents may also make the mistake of not filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. While necessary for need-based aid and student loans, the FAFSA also puts students in the running for some scholarships.

Turnley said more students are seeking scholarships from out-of-state universities that provide generous awards to Texas students with good grades and test scores.

The amount of scholarships for Keller High seniors was up slightly in 2013, from $15.5 million offered last year to $16.8 million this year. Indian seniors accepted $7.1 million in scholarships.

Turnley said the increase could be an indication that the economic recovery is helping awards.

Military appointments went to Keller grads Madison Charland for the Marion Military Institute of the United States Air Force Academy and to Brandon Jones for the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School.

Central High School’s offers dropped from $20.5 million in offers for 2012 seniors to $11.8 million this year. Last year’s class included several military academy appointments and numerous Division I athletic scholarships. Charger seniors received $11.7 million in offers for 2011. This year’s graduates accepted $4.1 million in scholarships.

Fossil Ridge seniors received $10.3 million in offers, accepting $4.3 million. The amount of offers is down about $1.3 million from a year ago.

Timber Creek’s class of 2013 received $6.4 million in offers compared to $8.2 million last year. Falcon 2013 grads accepted just over $3 million in scholarships.

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