Financial Aid Information
Parents navigating the college admissions process got a little boost on November 13 when Dock hosted its annual Financial Aid Night in Rosenberger Academic Center. Two college admissions personnel from Eastern Mennonite University—Michele Hensley, Director of Financial Aid, and Zach Yoder, Director of Retention—drove up from Harrisonburg, VA, to help Dock families better understand the college financial aid process, including information about FAFSA, Loans, grants and scholarships. About 42 Dock parents attended and received a packet of useful information. The Guidance Office has information packets available; if you would like one, please have your student stop by and pick one up.
Parents: It is essential that you fill out the FAFSA form for your student to qualify for need-based loans, grants and scholarships. The state deadline is May 1, 2019 and the Federal deadline is June 30, 2019. We highly recommend that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. The electronic version can be found at www.Fafsa.ed.gov. You may request a paper copy of the FAFSA by calling: 1-800-433-3243.
Need Cash for College? Now is the time to start thinking about applying for scholarships! A Scholarship List with more information is available in the Guidance Office. Feel free to stop by and pick up a copy. It includes specific college scholarships and public scholarships. This list will be updated and posted on the Kiosk in Rosenberger Center as new scholarships become available. We recommend you begin a personal scholarship search by using the following websites:
Another resource for scholarships is the college you plan to attend. Ask your college admissions counselor what scholarships you qualify for. Research the college site and actively look for information relating to scholarships. The college financial aid office is also a good place to obtain information.
Senior Transcripts & Applications
To have your transcript sent to any post-secondary program, seniors will need to fill out a purple transcript release form. The forms are on the front counter in the Guidance Office. Please pay close attention to the application deadlines. It is essential that the teacher recommendations are given to the teachers at least two weeks before the deadline. If you want transcripts sent out before Christmas break, all requests must be made to the Guidance Office by Monday, December 17. We will try our best to have all the applications in the mail by December 21 if we have been given ample time. The Guidance Office will be closed over Christmas break.
The SAT should be taken by college-bound students in the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. The easiest way to register for the SAT is online at www.Collegeboard.com. Students should set up an account with College Board. This will give them access to many tools that are available to support SAT preparation and the college search. There are also helps for parents. This is a recommended site for college-bound students and their parents.
SAT testing dates and registration deadlines are as follows:
Test Date Registration Deadline
March 9, 2019 February 8, 2019
May 4, 2018 April 5, 2019
June 1, 2018 May 3, 2019
While all four years in high school are important, the most pivotal year for academic and career decisions is a students' junior year. During their junior year, students take a more comprehensive look at their future beyond high school. All juniors should:
- take the PSAT/NMSQT in October
- review PSAT test results with their counselor and parents when they receive them in Dec./Jan.
- following Mr. Kabakjian's presentation about college and career information, set up a time to meet with him about their future career goals, college selection, current academic standing, and selection of their senior year courses.
- sign up to take the SAT I at least one time and possibly twice in March, May, or June.
- consider taking an SAT I preparation course, if necessary.
- develop a list of potential colleges, technical schools or job opportunities to research.
- if a student athlete, become familiar with the NCAA Guidelines for Student Athletes, checking to make sure you are meeting the core course requirements and test standards.
- request information from the colleges and technical schools that are of interest to you.
- set up appointments to visit those colleges and technical schools that you believe suit your career goals and aspirations.
- lastly, gather financial aid information from any sources available; Dock, the local community and, most importantly, from the educational institutions themselves.
Junior students who become actively involved in the college and career activities listed above will find their senior year to be productive, rewarding, and less stressful.