Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
(630) 896-7800

info@cffrv.org

FAQ Page

What materials are needed to complete the application?

1. Grade Transcript(s)

2. SAT and ACT Test Scores - if available

3. Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from a processed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - if available

4. Email addresses of individuals from whom you will request a recommendation

How do I edit or view my application?

You can view your application at any time as instructed below. However, once you submit your application, it can no longer be edited by you. Therefore, take your time and review your whole application before submitting.

If you realize your application needs to be edited after submission, send the updated information to scholarship@cffrv.org as soon as possible. The CFFRV Scholarship Program Team will edit your application with the updates.

1. Visit the CFFRV Scholarship Portal at: cffrv.gives/SchPortal.

2. Enter the logon credentials you created during the registration process when you established your account.

3. Click on the "Log On" button to access your account.

4. Once you are logged on, you will be navigated to the Applicant Dashboard.

5. Click on the "Active Requests" tab.

6. In the "CFFRV Scholarship Program - 2020 Application" section, click on the blue words "Edit Application" or "View Application" depending upon whether your application has been submitted.

How do I obtain my transcript(s)?

Contact or visit your guidance secretary, transcript service, or high school/college website. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.

What if I have not determined which college I will attend in 2020-2021?

Provide information about the college you feel you will most likely attend.

If you decide upon a different college after you submit your application, contact the CFFRV Scholarship Program Team at scholarship@cffrv.org as soon as possible with the updated college information.

What is an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number and how do I get one?

Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is an index number that colleges use to determine how much financial aid you are eligible to receive. Your EFC is calculated according to a formula established by law and the information from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Further information about the FAFSA is available at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. 

Why should I provide my Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number on my application?

Most scholarships offered through the Community Foundation Scholarship Program are based on academic ability and financial need. A few scholarships are based on academic ability without consideration of financial need.

Your financial need is calculated by subtracting your EFC number from the Cost of Attendance (COA) for the college you will attend. Do not be alarmed if your Financial Need number is not large since scholarships with no financial need requirement are available.

Please note:

· Students who provide their EFC are eligible for consideration of 100% of the scholarships available through the Community Foundation Scholarship Program.

· Students who do not provide their EFC are eligible for consideration of only 20% of the scholarships available through the Community Foundation Scholarship Program.

Will I need to indicate that I would like to apply for specific scholarships?

No. Students who submit an application are applying to the Community Foundation Scholarship Program as a whole, not for a particular scholarship, and will be considered for any scholarship offered through the Community Foundation Scholarship Program for which they match the required criteria.

Please note: Although an applicant may be eligible for several different scholarships offered, only one scholarship will be awarded to any one student in any given year. This policy is in keeping with the philosophy of the Community Foundation Scholarship Program to help as many individual students as possible.

How much is a scholarship award?

The monetary value of each scholarship varies depending upon the available income in each individual scholarship fund. The most common award amount is $1,000.

Are scholarship awards renewable?

Some scholarships are designated as renewable, multi-year awards and some are designated as non-renewable, one-year awards. This designation is dependent upon the criteria established by the donor of the scholarship fund.

Who reviews the scholarship applications?

The CFFRV Scholarship Committee consists of local residents who volunteer their time and skills.

When and how will I know if I am selected to receive a scholarship?

A notice will be sent to all applicants via email in early May 2020.

(630) 896-7800

info@cffrv.org