Crosby Senior Newsletter

CLASS OF 2016 - December

Reminders

  • Dec 5: SAT Test Date
  • Dec 11: Senior Advisor Meeting Deadline for Nov/Dec
  • Dec 12: ACT Test Date
  • Dec 21: RSSS Winter Break
  • Dec 25: Crosby Scholars Office Closed
  • Dec 28: Deadline to register for Jan 23 SAT
  • Jan 1: Crosby Scholars Office Closed

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The holiday season is the perfect time to spread joy and serve the community. There are many volunteer opportunities available - just ask around! Here are a few that we have heard about:



When you volunteer, bring a copy of your Community Service Form with you to be signed.

Online Senior Academy - CFNC Financial Basics

Crosby Scholars is offering an online, self-paced Academy opportunity for Seniors through CFNC's Financial Basics for High School and Beyond. We believe that the concepts presented in these modules can help you develop the sound financial habits that are critical in college and your future. This online opportunity will allow you to earn one academy credit toward fulfilling your Senior requirement of participating in 2 Academies.


You must complete a minimum of 6 modules with a grade of 80% or better on each, by April 15, 2016 in order to receive credit for this online Academy. Click here for full details.
(FYI - If you complete all 15 course modules, you'll be automatically entered in a CFNC college scholarship drawing for $500. See their official rules here.)


TO ACCESS THE COURSE

  1. Go to https://basics.financialliteracy101.org/

  2. In the classroom code box, for Crosby Scholars Rowan enter: 6633A7

  3. Enter your name, grade level, and phone number in the boxes provided

  4. Enter your e-mail address (twice) and create a password

  5. Then, get started with a quick Financial Basics course introduction and "Meet the Coach" to learn about how your participation is scored
  6. Complete a minimum of 6 courses with a score of 80% or better

Getting Ready for Financial Aid Season

  • Remember to create your FSA ID before you start the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Need help understanding some of your options for funding your education? Here is a Guide to Federal Student Aid.
  • If you are not sure if you should apply for student financial aid, complete an Early Estimator like a Net Price Calculator or FAFSA4caster—both are early eligibility estimators that can help you plan ahead when it comes to paying for college. Use the results from an early estimator to make informed decisions about college affordability. Remember, neither form is an application for financial aid. The results are only as reliable as the data you provide, and these forms will only give you an estimate of your aid eligibility. The financial aid office at each college will send you your official financial aid award after you have submitted the required financial aid forms.
  • Confirm which financial aid forms (FAFSA, CSS/PROFILE, Institutional form) are required by the colleges to which you have applied.
  • Remember that the student financial aid process is very time sensitive — you do NOT have to wait to receive an acceptance letter before you apply for student financial aid.
  • The FAFSA form will be available on January 1st. We recommend that you apply online as soon as possible after 1/1/16! You can use estimated income data (based on the last pay stubs of the year, and W-2 and 1099 statements) to fill out your FAFSA. However, it is highly recommended that you and your parents file your taxes as early as possible. Soon after your federal income tax returns are filed, you can utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to complete or update your FAFSA. Follow the steps in this tutorial video for help!
  • Complete and submit student financial aid forms as soon as possible but definitely before priority filing dates. (Some schools priority deadlines are as early as mid-February!)

May your days be merry and bright! - Bing Crosby