Class of 2018
Counseling Department Newsletter October 2017
Senior Financial Aid Night & FAFSA Frenzy
Monday, Oct. 9th, 6-8pm
1 Trojan Trail
Walters State Scholarship Saturday
Saturday, Oct. 7th, 10am-1pm
500 South Davy Crockett Parkway
TN Promise Scholarship
To complete the on-line application for TN Promise, please visit http://tnpromise.gov/.
TN Promise Timeline
Oct. 11, 2018 - 1st TN Promise Meeting at 1:30 in West High auditorium
Jan. 16, 2018 - FAFSA deadline
Fall 2017/Spring 2018 - complete application for admission for selected TN Promise school
Mar. 8, 2018 - MANDATORY 2nd TN Promise meeting at 5:30p.m. in West High cafeteria
Nov. 2, 2017 - July 1, 2018 - complete and report 8 hours of community service
Fall 2018 - if selected for FAFSA verification, provide requested documentation to financial aid office
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Now Available
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on Oct. 1, 2017. The FAFSA is a student's application for financial aid for the 2018-2019 academic year and must completed by students planning to go to a postsecondary institute (2-year, 4-year, and technical schools) to determine eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid. A student should file a FAFSA even if the student thinks that he/she will not qualify for need-based aid. Many schools require FAFSA submission, and the FAFSA serves as a student’s application for the TN Hope Scholarship. The FAFSA application (available at FAFSA.gov) must be completed by January 16, 2018, for TN Promise applicants. Please remember that the FAFSA is FREE!! There are many internet scams which require payment to file a FAFSA. You should never have to pay for any part of this process.
Prior to completing the FAFSA, students must create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID), which is used to confirm a student's identity when accessing financial aid information and to electronically sign federal student aid documents, including the FAFSA. Dependent students will also need to have one of his/her parents create an FSA ID so that the parent may electronically sign the student's FAFSA. To create an FSA ID, please visit fsaid.ed.gov.
After submitting the FAFSA, a student should be sure that he/she receives 2 e-mails: one verifying that the FAFSA was submitted and another stating that the FAFSA was processed.
College Open House Dates
College visits can be extremely helpful as a student is making important decisions about to which schools he/she will apply and eventually about to which school he/she will eventually commit to attending. College visits and open house events often give students opportunities to learn about the application process, available financial aid and scholarships, housing options, and academic programs/majors. Students will generally be offered a tour of campus which includes dorms, dining and recreation facilities, student centers, and academic buildings. Setting foot on a college campus and experiencing some of the same things experienced by the college's students can help high school students decide if the school is a good "fit". Click the links below to register on-line for upcoming events. If these dates do not work, students may check college websites for other visit opportunities.
October 25 - True Blue Tour in Johnson City
October 26 - True Blue Tour in Knoxville
October 17 - Moc in a Minute @ Calhoun's on the River in Knoxville (for info about how to get admitted to UTC during this event and to register - click here)
October 21 (Open House)
October 21 (Big Orange Preview)
Nov. 4 (Rocky Top Tailgate)
Be sure to visit the Morristown West Counseling Department webpage often for scholarship updates! To access this webpage, please go to the Morristown West High School main webpage and click on the “Scholarships” link on the left (under “News & Events”). Here you will find scholarships listed in order of receipt. This is not an exhaustive list. Many scholarship opportunities are available to students, and it is the student's responsibility to seek these opportunities. Students may wish to research opportunities to apply for scholarships at the post-secondary institution(s) to which they plan to apply as well as on-line search engines (some are listed below) and places of student/parent employment. Of course, the TN Promise scholarship is available to eligible students (see article above).
Upcoming Dates to Remember
October 1 - FAFSA – Seniors and parents can start completing FAFSA after this date.
October 9 - Senior Parent Scholarship/Financial Aid Meeting & FAFSA Frenzy, 6:00-8:00 pm, West High cafeteria
October 11 - 1st TN Promise meeting at 1:30p.m. at West High (auditorium)
November 1 - Deadline to apply for Tennessee Promise Scholarship
January 16 - FAFSA Deadline for Tennessee Promise Scholarship
March 8 – MANDATORY 2nd TN Promise meeting at 5:30p.m. at West High (cafeteria)
April 13 - Deadline to submit Work Ethic Diploma Requirements
April 15 - Deadline to submit Tennessee Scholar Applications
Work Ethic Diploma
Seniors will apply in their TNN classes. Students who successfully complete the application process will earn cords to wear during the graduation ceremony. The deadline for meeting requirements and submitting completed applications is April 13, 2018. Please click here to view the Tennessee Work Ethic Diploma standards.
TN Hope Scholarship
How to Qualify:
· Entering freshmen must have either a 21 ACT score OR an overall unweighted minimum 3.0 GPA.
For entering freshmen beginning with fall 2015 and thereafter
· Four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing: Up to $1,750 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshmen and sophomore; then up to $2,250 per full-time enrollment semester as a junior and senior
· Two-Year Institutions: Up to $1,500 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshman and sophomore
Award amounts are available for summer enrollment
· Class status is determined by the postsecondary institution
How to Apply:
· Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2017. The completion of the FAFSA is your application for the TN Hope Lottery Scholarship.
Click here for a list of eligible institutions.
Class of 2018 Remind Messages
Students who need their transcripts sent to colleges may see Ms. Davidson in the Counseling Office to complete a transcript request form. The first transcript is free; each additional transcript costs $3.00. Please allow at least two weeks to process transcript requests.
College Scholarship Deadlines
Meet Erica Gillett - Niswonger CARE Advisor
Counseling Office Contact Information
- Jill Reuschel: Students A-E
Gwen Ledford, Lead Counselor: Students F-L
Renae Byrd: Students M-R
Melanie Justis: Students S-Z
Crystal Davidson: Counseling Office Secretary
Office Contact Information:
- Phone- 423-581-1600
- Fax- 423-585-3791