Unless they apply for financial aid, even high-achieving students will miss out on it. Showcasing hard work, strengths, and talents are all part of securing scholarships. If students approach this process systematically and start early, scholarships can take a big bite out of college-related expenses. Consider sharing some attributes of a strong application to help students streamline the scholarship application process regardless of the type and number of applications they fill out.
“Why should my child or my family apply for FAFSA if we are not low income?” As a parent and educator, I am asked this question often. My response comes from personal experience working with college-bound students and their families for the past 25 years.
It’s financial aid season, which means that students, parents, and educators around the country have “paying for college” on their minds. FAFSA is a definite buzzword, but what about those students who aren’t eligible for federal financial aid?
From the time our children are small, we teach them what we know. Soon enough, it comes time for them to learn things we don’t know, and that’s when we call in the experts: educators. Time flies, and soon our students are in their *gasp* last year of high school! This is a crucial time when years of hard academic work and focus come to fruition. It’s also when senioritis might set in! It’s imperative that parents and guardians support their students in staying on course through high school graduation.
As a counselor or adviser, you may be uncertain of all your roles and responsibilities when navigating the transition to postsecondary life for high school seniors with special needs. Planning far ahead and ensuring that special needs students achieve certain milestones and meet state standards in middle and high school is crucial. Take a moment to explore the information provided in this table, and keep it handy – it’s been a lifesaver for me as a counselor.
Backpacks are on the shelves, and some stores are even stocking holiday merchandise. Say it isn’t so! Despite our best efforts to keep pool floaties inflated, the mind can’t help but wander toward what is to come in August.
What’s a student to do during the summer? After a time, another day at the pool or afternoon spent playing video games can seem humdrum. Summertime offers a wonderful opportunity for students to broaden their life experiences. The more life experiences, the more well rounded the student – and the more potential college essay material! It’s all about changing it up. Here are several options:
For many students, the prospect of leaving their hometown for college after high school is an exciting one. For others, it can be anxiety-producing. And of course, there is a whole spectrum of emotions in between that can ebb and flow during the first year away from home. With this in mind, we partnered with Roadtrip Nation to produce some videos about this impactful time. Who better to interview than real college students who made the transition themselves? We challenge you to share these video with a student who could use them. Happy watching!
Topics: College Planning
Seniors and their families make a million crucial decisions throughout the course of about eight months that can completely alter their life. Once the end of senior year arrives, it can be easy for students to get caught up in the excitement of what’s next after wrapping up a major chapter of their lives. Yet the summer before college comes with lots of new responsibilities and deadlines.
Topics: College Planning
Supporting undocumented students and their families might feel like a daunting task. As a counselor who works primarily with migrant students, I’m happy to share tips and best practices so it’s easier for you to support undocumented students.