Listed below are commonly-used terms within scholarship, grant and tuition program applications. Just click on a term to reveal its definition!

A - E

Accepted

The status of a document that has been received, processed and approved.

AGI

The abbreviation for Adjusted Gross Income; this figure, found on the Form 1040, is the total gross income minus specific reductions.

AP

The abbreviation for Advanced Placement, a level of classes offered in many high schools.

Award

The scholarship amount given to the winning recipient.

Complete

The application status indicating that ALL requirements for an application have been received and processed and no further action is needed from the applicant; this is the final status needed for an application with ISTS.

COPPA

Cover Page

A printable form located on an application (generally above the drop down menu to upload) that must be placed inside the envelope with mailed documents; each cover page contains a unique barcode that allows ISTS to link a document to a certain application. (If you do not see the cover page link the program does not offer a mail option and only accepts uploaded documents.)

Create Request

The button an applicant must click within their application in order for a recommender to receive e-mailed instructions for a supplement of any type.

Deadline

The final date by which all documents and applications must be received. (Please note that deadline extensions are very rare)

Deferral

The act of setting aside a scholarship award for future use.

EFC

The abbreviation for Expected Family Contribution; this is an estimate of the parents’ and/or student’s ability to contribute to post-secondary education expenses. Generally speaking – the lower the EFC, the higher the financial aid award (Zero is the lowest EFC number and 99,999 is the highest).

F - P

FAFSA

The abbreviation for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; the FAFSA is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine eligibility for student financial aid (including the Pell Grant, Federal student loans and Federal Work-Study).   FAFSA Link

Form 1040

The U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, used for personal (individual) federal income tax returns filed with the IRS; Form 1040 consists of two full pages plus any relevant attachments.

GPA Un-Weighted

A Grade Point Average calculated when all classes are graded on a standard scale. (Please see your high school for your specific grading scale)

GPA Weighted

A Grade Point Average calculated when adding additional points are awarded for more advanced courses (Honors, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate) and classes are graded on a varying scale. (Please see your high school for your specific grading scale)

Home Page

For ISTS-managed programs, this is the initial page viewed by the applicant after he or she has logged into https:\aim.applyISTS.net; this page allows an applicant to view the status of any application

IB

The abbreviation for International Baccalaureate, a type of class offered by some high schools.

Incomplete

The status of an application indicating that ALL requirements for this application have either NOT been received or have NOT yet been processed.

Nomination

The selection of a student to apply for a scholarship program that is not open to all students; this form is typically completed by an informed academic party.

Not Started

The status to denote that an application is in progress but a required online form has not been requested by the applicant or opened by the Recommender; the applicant must generate a request through their online application to begin this supplemental process.

Postmarked Deadline

The final date documents may be stamped and mailed by the Post Office to be considered for a program; mailed application documents bearing a postmarked date on or before the postmark deadline are considered “on-time” by ISTS and will be processed.

Processing

The status to denote that an uploaded document has been received and is being verified by ISTS for accuracy.

Program Key

The alphabetic designation representing a specific scholarship program; each application will have a designated code for access.

Q - Z

Recommendation

A letter or online form (depending on the requirements of the scholarship program) describing the assets or character of the student; this form is typically completed by an informed academic party.

Renewable Award

A scholarship that is paid in subsequent years after the initial year; usually dependent upon an applicant meeting certain program requirements.

Renewal

The process of proving eligibility and meeting requirements for additional awards from a renewable scholarship program.

Requested

The status to denote an application is in progress and the required online form(s) has been successfully requested by the applicant, but the requested party has not begun the supplemental process.

SAR

The Student Aid Report (SAR) is a paper or electronic document that gives you some basic information about your eligibility for federal student aid and lists your answers to the questions on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you provided a valid e-mail address on your FAFSA, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access an online copy of your SAR. If you did not provide a valid e-mail address on your FAFSA, the Social Security Number you included in your FAFSA did not match the one on file for you with the Social Security Administration, or you did not sign your FAFSA, you will receive either a SAR or a SAR Acknowledgement via postal mail. Typically, you will be able to access your SAR within two weeks of filing your FAFSA. Note: Any student with a Federal Student Aid PIN can view or print his/her SAR by clicking Login on the FAFSA on the Web home page to log in, then selecting either the PDF or HTML version of the SAR from the “My FAFSA” page. To determine what type of SAR you should receive and when you should receive it, visit http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/student-aid-report#how-and-when.

Started

The status to denote an application is in progress and the required online form(s) has been successfully requested by the applicant, but the supplement has not been successfully submitted by the requested party.

Submitted

The status to denote that all required fields within the form (application or supplement) have been answered and the online form has been submitted. However, this is NOT the same as “Complete” when all requirements of the application have been submitted, processed and verified..

Supplement

A form to be filled out by a third party individual (i.e. Recommendation, Verification, Nomination or Reference Form). An addendum to the online application.

Symbol (Special Character)

Any character or symbol that is not a number or a letter (such as # or &). Asked for when creating a password.

T1

The T1 General or T1 (entitled Income Tax and Benefit Return) is the form used in Canada by individuals to file their personal income tax return. Individuals with tax payable[1] during a calendar year must use the T1 to file their total income from all sources, including employment and self-employment income, interest, dividends, and capital gains, rental income, and so on.

Transcript

The record of a student’s academic work which typically includes an inventory of the courses taken and grades earned.

Username

The e-mail address used to create an account at https:\aim.applyISTS.net

W2

A form provided by an employer that is used to report wages paid to and taxes withheld from an employee. (Please note that this is NOT a Form 1040 and that ISTS does not accept a W2 as a substitution for a From 1040).

ZIP File

A .zip file is a compressed file commonly used to upload more than one page at a time.  All files within a .zip file must be in the acceptable file format.