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Oyster River High School ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ December 2015

UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES!

Please remember that during the month of December there are only 3 weeks to process any college application materials you provide your counselor and the Counseling Office secretary. Seniors with college application deadlines of January 1st must request their transcript and complete the senior sketch via Naviance no later than December 4th. Meeting the December 4th deadline will ensure the timely submission of your application materials. If you have any questions, please visit the Counseling office.

Are Your Colleges Requesting Mid-Year Transcripts??

You’re in luck! Mid-year transcripts are automatically sent to each school for which you have already submitted a transcript request.

Colleges review your grades throughout the year, so make sure you end first semester with a strong finish! Have questions? Stop by the Counseling Office to find out all the answers!

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File-A-FAFSA at ORHS

Wednesday, Jan. 13th, 8:15am-4:30pm

ORHS Counseling Office

45 minute appointments are available. Advanced Registration is Required. Register by calling the School Counseling Office at 603-868-2375 ext. 6032.
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Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

* Documents Needed

For the 2016-2017 school year, you will need financial information from 2015:

W-2 Forms and other records of money earned; 2015 Federal Income Tax Return - for you and your parents; 2015 untaxed income records - Social Security, TANF, welfare, or veterans benefits records; 2015 bank statements, business and investment records


* FSA ID

The FSA ID, which consists of a user-created username and password, replaced the PIN effective May, 2015. It allows users to electronically access personal information on Federal Student Aid Web sites as well as electronically sign a FAFSA.


* Student Eligibility

The Department of Education uses the information provided on your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for aid from the Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. Once your FAFSA has been processed successfully, you will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR), as will the schools that you identify when completing the FAFSA. Your family’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be indicated on your SAR.


* Deadlines

In addition to the federal deadlines for filling out a FAFSA, you may also use the FAFSA to apply for aid from other sources, such as your state or college. The deadlines for states or colleges may differ from the federal deadlines, and you may be required to complete additional forms. Check with your high school counselor or a financial aid administrator at your college about state and college sources of student aid.


You don't need to file your tax return before you submit your FAFSA!!

Filling out your tax return first will make completing the FAFSA easier. However, it is okay to estimate on your FAFSA in order to meet priority financial aid deadlines if your parent’s or your tax return is not completed. Once you file your tax return, be sure to correct your Student Aid Report (SAR) with any income or tax information that may have changed from your original FAFSA estimate.


Visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm for more information on filing the FAFSA.

USA Gap Year Fair--Phillips Academy Andover

Sunday, Jan. 24th, 3-5:30pm

7 Salem Street, Main Street, Andover, MA 01810

Speaker from 3-3:30p. Visit http://usagapyearfairs.org/fair/andover-ma-2/ to register.

Don't Get Scammed!

Look for these warning signs that a scholarship may be a scam!

1. “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”

2. “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”

3. “May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship?”

4. “We’ll do all the work.”

5. “The scholarship will cost you some money.”

6. “You’ve been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship” or “You’re a finalist in a contest.”

Keep in mind that no one can guarantee to get you a grant or scholarship. Many free lists of scholarships are available. Check out www.finaid.org. Get all the information about a scholarship in writing. You must apply for the scholarships and grants yourself! Don’t pay anyone who claims to have access to a scholarship for you. Make sure the foundation or program sponsoring the scholarship is legitimate.

Is Attending a 2 Year School or Technical Program Your Plan?

Applying……………………………………..

Application deadlines for 2 year college or technical programs are often rolling admissions deadlines. This means that a student may apply as late as the summer prior to enrolling. We recommend applying no later than February to ensure access to financial aid, and potential housing opportunities.

Financial Aid……………………………….

While most schools utilize Rolling admissions, you must submit the college/program application as well as the FAFSA much earlier if you plan to utilize financial aid to pay for the college or program. Financial aid forms (FAFSA and any school-based forms) are typically due no later than the month of March. Contact the financial aid office on campus for specific dates.

Transferring…………………………..

If you are hoping to transfer to a 4 year college after completing a 2 year program, New Hampshire has an online tool to help ensure a smooth transition. Visit www.nhtransfer.org for more information.

Share Your Good News With the Counseling Office!

Please share your college acceptance letters with the Counseling Office. We use the information to ensure Naviance historical acceptance data is accurate.

Please share your good news!