Career and Technical Education

 North Smithfield  High School is excited to offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in the areas of  Pre-Engineering, Business and Music. Visit our CTE page for more information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

NSHS is pleased to help students with information regarding Financial Aid and Scholarships.  Detailed information on the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and NEBHE Tuition Program can be found on the subpages to this page.

What is Financial Aid?


Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. This financial assistance covers educational expenses including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. There are several types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships, work study and loans.

What is the EFC?

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family's taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year.

The information you report on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or your FAFSA4caster is used to calculate your EFC. Schools use the EFC to determine your federal student aid eligibility and financial aid award.
Note: Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive.

What is a Financial Aid Calculator:
“It is an online device that offers customized approximations of college costs based on standardized inputs − family size and savings, for example. The calculator estimates a prospective student’s financial aid; subtracts that amount from a college’s “list price,” or full cost, and spits out a “net price,” the amount a particular student must pay or borrow to enroll.”  Adapted from the NY Times


National Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources - Private scholarships - Free Application for Federal Student Aid - The federal government’s website about paying for college - Scholarship matching - Free student resource for learning about all types of financial aid

Plan for College
Raise Me-micro scholarship site

Don’t miss your college financial aid deadlines!


Local Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources State and Local Scholarships Not for Profit service of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority. 
RIHEAA-RI Higher Ed. Assistance Authority
URI Scholarships & Grants

Scholarship Scams


Applications for scholarships are typically free and you should be very careful when applying for any scholarship that asks for an application fee.  Two good resources are below.

Financial Aid Calculators

ASCA National Standards for Student Academic, Career and Personal/Social Development outline competencies that are the foundation for ASCA’s National Model. Student competencies define the knowledge, attitudes or skills students should obtain or demonstrate as a result of participating in a school counseling program.

Career Development

    A.Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.
    B. Students will employ strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction.
    C. Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training and the workforce.

At the bottom of the page you will find many PDF documents that are helpful in the college process for all students, but especially seniors.

Financial Aid Webinar_Tips-Info-High-School-Seniors-Families.pdf1.54 MB