College Counseling Corner

Class of 2016

Final Countdown

This is it, the final semester of high school. Graduation is so close you can almost touch it, but don't let senioritis get the best of you!!! There is still much to be done before May 29th.

Here are some very important dates and announcements!

FAFSA/Financial Aid

Hopefully by now you have completed the FAFSA!

If you haven't, here is the link and video instructions. All students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents should complete the FAFSA, regardless of parental status. Questions or need help? Contact our financial aid expert, Garrick Montesinos: (224)938-5943/

*If a student believes s/he doesn't qualify for the FAFSA due to citizen status, please come see Ms. G-S in the CRC immediately if you haven't already!

"I've submitted the FAFSA. Now what?"

  • Update your FAFSA after 2015 taxes are filed. For the most accurate report of updated information, log back into FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, typically available 2-3 weeks after taxes are filed.
  • Colleges will begin releasing financial packages soon, either by mail or online in the student portal! Remember, you must be admitted to the college AND add the school's name to your FAFSA to receive a financial award package!
  • To learn more, watch the video below.
After the FAFSA: What Happens Next

Compare Financial Aid Awards & Costs

Cost is often times a big factor when making a final college choice, which is why it is important to look at your REAL cost for each school. Here are two comparison tools to look at college costs side-by-side.

On Monday, April 18th during Late Start, the CRC will be hosting a College Cost Comparison Workshop. Make sure to attend if you need help interpreting financial aid packages or have questions about total college costs.


Don't just rely on money offered by the government, state and colleges. Now is the time to apply to outside scholarships to help cover costs!

Here are a few resources:

Naviance (college tab, search under "scholarship list" and "national scholarship search")



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