Crosby Scholars Winter Newsletter

Happy New Year! We're off to a great start for 2015!

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." Sydney J. Harris

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Senior Program

Crosby Scholars will launch its first senior program in the 2015-16 school year. We are on schedule to have 249 graduates seniors in our first senior class. We are very excited about helping each of our students find his or her perfect college fit, and can't wait to share their successes with you.

In order for each senior to have a one-on-one advisor, we need your help. Please consider volunteering in this important mentoring role for Crosby Scholars. Senior Advisors will meet with students individually to tailor a post-secondary educational plan that meet's each student's needs. Senior Advisors meet monthly, beginning in September and ending in April. A training session will be held in August.

Please call our office at 704-762-3512 if you would like to help.

Rising Senior Meetings

Our rising seniors must attend a mandatory informational meeting to learn about senior program requirements and expectations. Dates are April 28 and 30. Please register through your student portal.

What is FAFSA?

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FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA application is the form which the US Department of Education uses to determine your expected family contribution towards college tuition. They conduct a "need analysis" based on financial information such as income, assets, and other household information. FAFSA is used by nearly all colleges to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid including grants, loans, and work-study programs.

Filing your FAFSA is the first step in applying to more than 90% of federal financial aid available to seniors. Nearly every student is eligible for some form of financial aid.

Please check with the financial aid office of the colleges you are interested in attending to find out their FAFSA deadline.

For more information about FAFSA, click here.

FAFSA Day at Catawba College - February 28, 2015

Get FREE help completing and submitting your FAFSA forms for college. College financial aid professionals will be at Catawba College on Saturday, February 28 from 9am-1pm in the library to help families complete and electronically submit their FAFSA forms. The College Foundation of North Carolina and the NC Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators are pleased to offer this service free to families in Rowan County.


FAFSA Day usually takes place before many college deadlines for submission. However, it is important that you check with colleges that you are considering to make sure their deadlines are not earlier than February 28. If their deadlines are earlier, please do not wait for the FAFSA Day program!

Parent Corner

Parents, please check our website and portals for important dates and information.

Get the Most Out of Your College Tour

There are so many college options available to students. It is important to visit the colleges that most interest your student. Go on a college tour with your school, grab a group of friends and visit, or schedule a family visit. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your college tour.

1. Make a list of colleges that interest you. Then search for colleges that have programs of interest to you. You may learn about some colleges you weren't aware of.

2. Start a file to keep brochures, notes, and information.

3. Check on the college website under their upcoming events calendar. Is there a student play, an art exhibit, a sports event, or a lecture that may be of interest to you? If so, schedule your tour around dates of events. You and your student can gain valuable insight into the college by attending events. This is also a perfect time to meet and talk to parents of current students to ask questions and get their input on the college.

4. Call the college and schedule a tour. It is best to avoid holidays and breaks if you want to get the "real feel" for the college and talk to current students.

5. While on your tour, take lots of pictures. You can use these to compare colleges as you move toward your college application process.

6. Take notes. What are your initial feelings about the campus? What do you like? Dislike?

7. Grab a school newspaper. They are usually located in the Admissions Office or Library. This will give you a feel for what the students on campus are involved in or what the college is doing.

8. After your official tour, take time to walk around the campus on your own. Go back to see areas of particular interest.

9. Talk to current students. You can find students hanging out in the Student Union, cafeteria, or around campus. Students love to talk about their college life experiences. Don't be afraid to ask them questions!

10. Eat on campus or ask students for restaurants they recommend near campus.

11. Drive through the college's town. This will help you and your student get a feel for the area.

12. Check college websites for more campus visit opportunities. Most colleges offer a Junior Day or Open House. These visits are usually a half day or full day visit. These visits cover more in depth information about their programs and college life. Many colleges offer an overnight campus visit where your student will get to spend the night with college students in a dorm room. Many also offer students the opportunity to sit in on a class lecture.

13. Remember to keep everything in your Campus Visits file. You may need the information to help narrow your application process.

Narrowing Your College Search

What college is right for your student? This seems to be a daunting question. Your student will be more successful if the college is a good fit for them. You don't want to wait until your student is enrolled in college to find out that they don't like the campus size, the distance from home, the academic programs offered, etc. Here are several tips to help you narrow the choices.

1. Do you want a large university setting with large classroom sizes, a medium sized campus, or small campus where you can receive personal attention from professors? In large campuses, you may have a longer walk across campus in varying weather conditions versus a smaller campus.

2. What academic programs interest you? You may know exactly what program you are interested in, you may not know exactly what you want to to study but have an idea of several areas of interest, or you may prefer a liberal arts education.

3. Do you want to attend a college close to home or in another state? Keep in mind climate changes and tuition differences in out of state schools.

4. Are strong sports programs important to you? Does the college have major team sports, club sports, and intramural teams?

5. How strong is the career placement center?

6. What internships or study abroad opportunities does the college provide?

7. What kind of campus housing does the college offer? Is it important to stay on campus all four years? Is off-campus housing available?

8. What extra-curricular opportunities are available?

9. Are you interested in Greek Life? Find out about fraternities/sororities on campus.