Special Edition-Preparing for Senior Year
I know summers are busy with jobs, vacations, band, sports, etc., but the time and money invested in a pre-college program can be so valuable for students in choosing the right college and career. Check out the website for colleges you might be considering and they likely have summer programs as well. Taking that step and trying something new this summer can be a good preparation for heading off to college in August of 2019, which is right around the corner!
Visit the Counseling website for more enrichment opportunities!
Summer Job Opportunites
Career Focused Students!
College Bound Students
Continue to schedule college visits. Students should begin looking at and narrowing down potential colleges. If the schools you are interested in allow it, apply over the summer so you are accepted when the fall begins. Please review admission requirements for any colleges you plan to apply. College may be chosen due to a number of factors including:
- Programs offered
- Size of the school and/or community
- Cost and Scholarships
- Quality of the school/job placement rates
Scholarship Application Timeline
This is the "kick-off" of scholarship season. Many college scholarships may have a preferred deadline in the Fall. Students should create a calendar to help organize their timeline.
The spring semester is really the "high season" of scholarships. There are millions of dollars up for grabs through these months. Deadlines seem to be spread throughout January to May. Students should certainly be working on scholarship applications during these months.
June and July are the "final Stretch" months where everyone is rushing to find final dollars for the fall. The good news is there are scholarships with later deadlines, which is great news for students! One challenge is that students may lose focus after graduation and be less likely to continue the scholarship hunt.
The different scholarship types are: National and Regional Scholarships, General College Scholarships, Departmental Scholarships, Private Organization Scholarships and Local Scholarships. The pool of applicants is very large with the National and Regional Scholarships. The applicant pool is smaller with local scholarships.
Please visit the counseling website for more scholarship information. There are two separate pages to visit. A scholarship and financial aid page and a regional and state scholarship page.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the largest provider of student financial aid.
- Students who are in the A+ scholarship program must complete the FAFSA.
- There are three programs that FAFSA provides: work-study, Federal Student Aid Programs (grant money), and Federal Student Loans.
- The first available date for seniors to complete the FAFSA is OCTOBER 1st, 2018.
- Please visit the website to learn more information.
- The FAFSA is FREE so please make sure you are on the government website. There are other websites that will charge a fee to help with the FAFSA.
NCAA- For potential college athletes!
- Start Early! Scholarships and other aids are often handed out to students who apply for them early, especially at the college level.
- A student must have the work ethic to do this. A parent school not have to drag him/her along. Initiative shows a student really wants it!
- Preparing for life after high school takes a lot of time and leg work.