Financial Aid and College Planning Information
Parents of seniors, it is time to start the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process. It is essential that you fill out this 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.
Funding Higher Education
Beyond High School: www.studentaid.ed.gov/guide. This website gives comprehensive details about federal student aid programs.
Students with a Disability
According to Clark in U.S. News 2010, there are 8 steps for a child with disabilities to use to prepare for college. Along with diligence, creativity, and resilience, the student should:
- Prepare early by taking college prep classes
- Study strategies
- Time management
- Have knowledge of technology
- As simple as spell check to diction pens
- Screen readers
- Diction software
- Be creative (If a student struggles with taking a foreign language, perhaps sign language could work.)
- Take charge
- Advocate for self
- Be prepared to know what to ask for
- Research college options
- Formal documentation should be 3 years old or less – Plan ahead!
- Focus on the positive
- Consider extra help- this may be included in the college tuition or it may be an added cost.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-Secondary Education: Know your Risks and Responsibilities: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html
Need Cash for College? Now is the time to start thinking about applying for scholarships! Check out our Scholarship List on the Guidance Office page of our school's website. It includes college scholarships and scholarships available to the public.
A good 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.
PSAT results are available online at www.collegeboard.com. Mr. Kabakjian and Mrs. Leaman spent time reviewing test results with students the week prior to Christmas break. Please see your counselor if you have not received a copy of your results or if you have questions about them.
Quick Start from College Board
My College QuickStart is an easy-to-use, online, personalized college and career planning kit available free of charge to all students who take the PSAT/NMSQT. The information and answers your child provided when they took the test are incorporated into this useful tool. It presents their data back to them in four main parts:
My Online Score Report – an enhanced score report that allows the student to review each test question, the student's answer, and the correct answer with answer explanations.
My SAT Study Plan – a customized SAT study plan based on student PSAT/NMSQT test performance, highlighting skills for review and practice.
My College Matches – a starter list of colleges based on the student's state and indicated choice of major.
My Major and Career Matches – major and career matches that are compatible with the student's general interests and personality type.
Access is available using the access code printed on the student's PSAT paper score report; This tool can be utilized throughout high school. Using My College Quick-Start together with your child is a great way to introduce and guide your child through important aspects of the college selection process. To access, visit www.collegeboard.com/quickstart.
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
Any sophomore or junior in learning support who has not been to the guidance office to request the paperwork for SAT accommodations should do so as soon as possible. The process with the College Board can take as long as 8 to 12 weeks. Current educational testing is a requirement for the accommodation request to be approved. It is recommended that educational testing be no more than 3 years old for college services.
Any student who is not currently enrolled in an AP class and wishes to take an AP exam, should see Mr. Kabakjian in the Guidance Office for more information and to register.