BCIT Medford Counseling Department

December 2021

'Tis the Season for:

Being flexible, asking for help, letting go, self care & setting boundaries! When the holidays revolve around everyone else, practicing self-care is important. This upcoming winter break is a great time to not only celebrate your family traditions over the holidays, but take some time to rest, relax and enjoy yourself!


We wish all our seniors who applied through Early Action or Early Decision the best of luck! Decision notifications from these applications will generally arrive home by December 15th. Be sure to let your counselor know the results of all your admissions decisions!


The BCIT Medford Counseling Department wish you all the very best this Holiday Season.

Stay warm and Happy Holidays!
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Counseling Team

Ms. Amanda Avila (A-F) Ext. 8422 aavila@burlcoschools.org

Ms. Aja Jones (G-M) Ext. 8419 ajones@burlcoschools.org

Ms. Leah Ross (N-Z) Ext. 8498 lross@burlcoschools.org


Mr. Pensabene, Student Assistant Counselor & Anti-Bullying Specialist.

Ext. 8436 jpensabene@burlcoschools.org

Exam Registration

SAT:

Saturday, March 12

Registration deadline: Saturday, February 12


Saturday, May 7

Registration deadline: Friday, April 8

ACT:

February 12

Registration deadline: January 7


April 2

Registration deadline: February 25

ASPIRE Math Tutoring

Drop-in virtual math tutoring is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students can join one of our BCIT math teachers on Google Meet for assistance with their homework, preparing for an assessment, or general questions.


All classes will occur virtually from 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Tuesdays (Algebra 1), Wednesdays (Geometry), and Thursdays (Algebra 2) except on days when school is not in session. Students do not need to sign up in advance.


To access the full schedule and the Google Meet links for each session, please visit your campus homepage and then Student Life > Math Tutoring.

Graduation Requirements

Financial Literacy

This online course must be completed in order to attend graduation ceremony and receive your HS diploma.


Your school ID # is your username AND password.

https://www.moneyskill.org/

Keystone

If you failed an academic course, you can register for courses through two avenues:

1-(800) 255-4937 or www.keystoneschoolonline.com.


Please choose courses under the Credit Recovery Catalog and choose the “Online Credit Recovery” course option.

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Attention Seniors:

Purchase your cap & gowns on MySchoolBucks by Wednesday, December 17th!!


IF YOU'RE APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID, COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)


Your FAFSA should be done as soon as possible beginning October 1. Some colleges will also ask you to complete the CSS Profile. Click the Financial Aid Resources tab in your Common App. Pay careful attention to specific financial aid deadlines and requirements for individual colleges so you don’t miss out on any money you are eligible for.

Pro tip: Don't forget about scholarships! Also within the Financial Aid Resources tab in your Common App account you can connect with Scholar Snapp, a free service from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation that helps you apply to hundreds of scholarships around the country. Qualified applicants can even apply directly for The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Cooke College Scholarship Program using Common App.


**CSS Profile is requested by many private colleges. Click the link below to view the following colleges, universities, and scholarship programs that use CSS Profile and/or IDOC as part of their financial aid process.

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Most families count on financial aid to help with college expenses.

A VIRTUAL Financial Aid Workshop will be held on Dec. 7 from 7-8 pm

YOU’RE INVITED TO INCLUDE ANY QUESTIONS


Topics include:

  • Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — Why and How to File (Don’t Wait for an Admission Decision!)
  • The Two Key Components of Financial Aid Packaging: The Cost of Attendance (COA) and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and What They Mean to Your Family
  • The Difference Between Need-based and Merit-based Aid

FAFSA Q&A

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What is the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?
The FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a financial aid application that is used to determine the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as well as eligibility for need-based financial aid.

Students will first fill the FAFSA out during their senior year of high school as well as renew the FAFSA each subsequent year after while they are enrolled in college and/or graduate school.

The FAFSA will ask for student financial information, family size and the number of family members enrolled in college as well as the student's age, marital status and other demographic characteristics. All of the information given will be used to determine whether the applicant is an independent or dependent student. If a student is dependent, parent information will also be required on the FAFSA

When is the FAFSA due?
The FAFSA becomes available to complete on October 1 every year. The FAFSA has a 21-month application cycle and can be submitted as late as June 30 of the academic year, or by the last day of classes if that falls first. The FAFSA opens on October 1 of each year. The 2022-23 FAFSA opens, Oct. 1, 2021. It’s ideal to submit your FAFSA form as soon as you can after Oct. 1. This will help you ensure you don’t miss out on aid options.

Why should I fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and gives you access to federal student financial aid to pay for college, graduate or career school education. In addition, it can be used to apply for state grants, emergency federal grants, and money from most colleges and universities.

Who needs to fill out the free, federal student aid form (FAFSA)?
All students need to complete the FAFSA. High school seniors that are planning to attend any post-secondary school after graduation, and their parents will need to complete the FAFSA. If the student is a dependent student, the application asks for financial information from both students and parents.

What is a FSA ID?
An FSA ID is a username and password that is generated in order to fill out the FAFSA. The FSA ID is used to:
  • Sign in and out of the online FAFSA form
  • Confirm your identity
  • Serve as your legal signature to sign and submit the document electronically
Students and parents must create separate FSA IDs; they cannot use one master FSA ID for the whole family.
To create your FSA ID, you’ll need to have your Social Security Number, cell phone number, and personal email address
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How to Create an Account Username and Password (FSA ID)

Virtual/In-Person College Open Houses

Look for upcoming virtual open house dates on nacacfairs.org. Open to ALL grade levels.


Click the link below to view open houses in NJ. Technical schools are included.

Attend A NACAC National College Fair Near You!

Scholarship Resources

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Need Based Scholarships: Money awarded based on financial need; as demonstrated on the FAFSA. Packages are mailed home in early spring of senior year after electronic submission of FAFSA form. Please contact the financial aid office directly at the college or university for any financial aid questions you may have.

Merit Scholarships: Money awarded based upon academic achievement during high school and standardized test scores. Generally, no additional work is required and notification comes with (or shortly after) admissions offer.

College Based Scholarships: Money awarded by a specific college. Many competitive colleges award money based on additional requirements that are fulfilled on separate scholarship applications.

General College Scholarships: Many organizations offer scholarship money based upon a variety of factors. Each scholarship will require a separate application with varying degrees of additional work.

There are many free scholarship websites to find the money you need for college. Some are:

Additional Resources

Screening Crisis Intervention - (609) 386-7331
SCIP - (609) 835-6180

Non – Emergency Helpline: 211
Mobile Response: (1-877) 652-7624
DCP&P - (1877) 652-2873 (877-NJ-ABUSE)
Burlington County NJ - (856) 222-9400
Intensive Family Support Services 609-267-9339 (IFSS) Ext. 2826, 2824
NJ Addiction Services Hotline 1-844-276-2777
NAMI Burlington County NJ at 856- 222-9400 or email namiface@verizon.net.

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Here are our some final thoughts. "Remember tomorrow is a new day, it's never to late to turn over a new leaf, rise up to new challenges, raise the bar and compete, and the adventure of life is to learn".


The Medford Counseling Department