Crosby Scholars Senior Program Newsletter - February 2023
You Are Not Done YET!
Class of 2023 Seniors,
- Finish the Year Strong - Admissions decisions are contingent on Final Transcripts.
- READ ALL Communication from colleges CAREFULLY! - Follow instructions and next steps.
- REVIEW Financial Aid Offers from EVERY School - do the math. Make sure you understand your financial obligation.
- Notify your school of your decision - Once you have decided on your school, follow instructions for acceptance of admission. Deposits will be required.
- If you are 100% sure of your decision - Notify the schools you do not want to attend, so they can open spots to other students on the wait list.
Below is a Timeline, a more detailed list of things to be doing at this point in your senior year. I want to remind you that Crosby Scholars is here to help. Our program supports students on many different paths. We say time and again this is not a cookie cutter process. For this reason, I want to invite you to reach out to your Crosby Scholar Senior Advisor if you have any questions, need additional information, did not get the response you were expecting and/or you are wondering what to do, anything.
One of our goals is to make sure you have a plan. If you feel like you are confident in your path, then we would love to know your decision. If you are still struggling to complete applications, you should definitely give either your advisor or me a call. Jenniffer Jamison (276-732-5632)
All of your Crosby Scholars Requirements should be done, and we are working on our Senior Celebration on April 25, 2023, 6pm. The next question most of you will ask is, "When will I get my graduation cord?" April 25th is the answer. As we plan and prepare, we need a few things from you:
1. Let us know what is next. - Please log in to your Crosby Student Portal and update your college. If you are taking a Gap Year, Joining the Military or going straight to the workforce, you can select those options as well.
2. Send us a photo for the Senior Gala & Social Media Slide Show. Noah Baldwin is going to create slides and we are hoping to have one slide for each student. You can go ahead and send the photo, even if you have not decided your school yet, you can always update us later on the school.
3. Check your email frequently - Colleges and Universities will email important information and you do not want to miss a scholarship, housing preference or orientation information, because you did not check your email. They will most likely NOT email your parents, so it is up to you to stay informed.
Don’t Let Senior-itis Derail Your Plans!
Offers of admission are conditional upon review of your final transcript. Keep performing at the same competitive level throughout the school year so your grades don't drop. Many colleges will review both your mid-year grades and final transcript and may revoke your offer of admission if you have performed below the college’s acceptable standards. Online, Virtual Learning and a Global Pandemic is not an excuse either. So, keep working hard all the way through your final exams! Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Plus, watch your social media. More than a few student have had their admissions revoked due to posts that schools find inappropriate.
Check & Read your email frequently. Colleges and Universities often communicate through email. Not checking your email can result in you missing scholarships, housing and orientation information.
Preparing for Senior Gala April 25, 2023
Please go to this google form and share a photo to be used in the Senior Gala Slide Show. These can be a candid shot, sporting your new school's logo, holding your acceptance folder, just a photo.
Looking to Join the Workforce after High School?
Senior Academy Deadline has passed!
Every senior is required to attend two academies. If you still need to meet this requirement, please contact Jenniffer Jamison or Noah Baldwin. We have offered plenty of options to fulfill including virtual, self paced, recorded and even FAFSA proof to get academy credit. I will DISMISS students on Feb 18, 2022 that have not completed their service and academy requirement.
Networking and Creating your Personal Brand - IN PERSON - FEB 10, 2023 9am - 11am
Gap Year - Choosing a Different Path - February 11, 2023 10:30 am zoom.
Evaluating your Financial Aid Award Letter - Feb 13, 2023 7pm
Complete your FAFSA - send us proof of completion for academy credit.
bit.ly/speakcollege - Print 2 page document and fill in the blanks and return to me for academy credit.
Debunking Myths About the FAFSA Form and Applying for Financial Aid
FACT: The reality is there’s no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. It doesn’t matter if you have a low or high income; most people qualify for some type of financial aid, including low-interest federal student loans. Many factors besides income—such as your family size and your year in school—are taken into account.
2. I should use my 2022 tax information to fill out the 2023-24 FAFSA form.
FACT: You must use your 2021 tax information to complete the 2023–24 FAFSA form.
3. I support myself, so I don't have to include my parent's info on the FAFSA form.
FACT: This is not necessarily true. Even if you support yourself, live on your own, or file your own taxes, you may still be considered a dependent student for FAFSA purposes.
4. I should wait until I'm accepted to a college before I fill out the FAFSA form.
FACT: Don't wait! You can start now! You should list all schools you're considering, even if you haven't applied or been accepted yet. It doesn't hurt your application to add more schools. If you don't end up applying or getting accepted to a school, the school can just disregard your FAFSA form.
5. There's only one FAFSA deadline and that's not until June.
FACT: Nope! There are at least three deadlines you need to check: your state, school, and federal deadlines. You can find the state and federal deadlines HERE.
6. I can share an FSA ID with my parent(s).
FACT: Nope, if you’re a dependent student, then two people will need their own FSA ID to sign your FAFSA form online:
- You (the student)
- One of your parents
An FSA ID is a username and password that you use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as fafsa.gov.
If you’re a dependent student, your parent will need his or her own FSA ID to sign your FAFSA form electronically. If your parent has more than one child attending college, he or she can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. You’ll need a unique email address for each FSA ID.
Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically. It has the same legal status as a written signature. Don’t give your FSA ID to anyone—not even to someone helping you fill out the FAFSA form. Sharing your FSA ID could put you at risk of identity theft and could cause delays in the FAFSA process!
7. It costs money to submit the FAFSA form. (NO - IT IS FREE APPLICATION for FEDERAL STUDENT AID)
FACT: Absolutely not! You NEVER have to pay to complete the FAFSA form when you go to www.fafsa.org. If you're paying a fee, you're not on the official government website.
8. Only students with good grades get financial aid.
FACT: While a high GPA will help you get into a good school and may help with academic scholarships, most federal student aid programs do not take grades into consideration when you first apply. However, keep in mind that if you want to continue receiving aid throughout your college career, you will have to maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by your school.
9. I only have to fill out the FAFSA form once.
FACT: You have to fill out the FAFSA form every year you're in school in order to stay eligible for federal student aid.
10. The 2023-24 FAFSA form launched on Jan 1.
FACT: The 2023-24 FAFSA form launched on Oct. 1 and is available to fill out NOW! You should submit your FAFSA as early as possible because some states and schools have limited funds. It is not too late to complete the form.
Senior Recognition/Celebration In Person April 25, 2023
Spring Advisor Check In
You must check in with your Crosby Advisor by March 30th. Remember we are here to help you with last minute applications, reviewing financial aid award letters and practice interviews. You can find your senior advisor's contact information in your portal. Feel free to contact them with questions or to ask for a meeting--they want to help!
Iredell County Crosby Scholars Senior Program
Location: 124 4th Crescent Place, Statesville, NC, United States
Phone: (704) 873-5005