October 2016 through March 2017, FAFSA Day events will be hosted at educational sites across Wayne County. During these workshops any high school senior or parent can visit a host site to receive FREE hands-on assistance in completing the 2017 – 2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or ask questions about college admissions, financial aid, etc. A flyer with all of the dates, times, and locations of these workshops can be found here. The final deadline for filing FAFSA is March 10, 2017.
Indiana started the 21st Century Scholars in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education. Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed to receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. If you attend a private or an independent institution, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a public institution. To be eligible for the program each student must earn a cumulative (overall) high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, earn a Core 40 diploma or a Core 40 diploma with Academic or Technical Honors, meet specific income requirements, and sign up for the program by June 30th of their 8th grade year. Specific information about this program, its exact requirements, and the ability to enroll in t are available on the 21st Century Scholars website.
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. Developed by the College Board, CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. Pass any of the 33 CLEP exams and achieve your college and career goals earlier at less cost. They provide an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in specific subject areas and bypass undergraduate coursework. Many take CLEP exams because of their convenience and lower cost compared to a semester of coursework for comparable credit. See https://clep.collegeboard.org for more information.
DSST exams are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense's Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program. The program is an extensive series of 38 examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in many college courses. These tests are frequently used in conjunction with CLEP (College Level Examination Program) tests by students pursuing college degrees. Whereas CLEP tests are almost exclusively used for lower level credit at regionally accredited institutions, DSST's are available for both upper and lower level credit. See http://getcollegecredit.com for more information.
Attention Junior Parents: You can find an important timeline here that is helpful to follow for you to begin to plan for your student's important upcoming senior year. Please take a look at it and talk with your child about things that need to be accomplished. There are also links to register for the SAT and ACT. You need to begin to make a plan as to when your child will take these exams. There is no "perfect" time, but I recommend that your child get at least one of the tests taken before his/her senior year begins. If he/she is not happy with their score then there will be time to retest. Make sure that your child is preparing for the exam. Use the materials online that the SAT and ACT offer, check out a book at the library to help, buy a study guide at the bookstore or sign up for one of the many online classes. Proper preparation is instrumental in a favorable test score. We also have a helpful quiz for parents linked here to help you prepare for senior year.
Attention Parents and Students: If you are interested in preparing for the upcoming SAT, PSAT, and ACT tests please see the links below for some valuable information to prepare, study, and improve your test scores.
Khan Academy: The College Board and Khan Academy recently announced a partnership to provide free SAT resources to help in preparation for the new SATs. The website gives tips, practice tests, quizzes, and interactive feedback for anyone preparing to take the test. Check out https://www.khanacademy.org/sat to sign up and learn more.
Method Test Prep: This is a website that helps students and parents prepare for the SAT and ACT test. If you visit the site you can click on Your Needs and choose Students or Parents to find information about preparing for the test. See this site if you are interested.
Read all about your favorite colleges and universities! Come visit Mrs. Stamm's office for a wide variety of brochures about many different colleges and universities from Indiana and beyond. Come learn about IU to Saint Mary of the Woods to Ball State to University of Miami. We have many more for you to take, read and learn about higher education choices.
Cappex is a free college and scholarship website that allows students to explore their options as they consider colleges and universities. On the Cappex homepage students can create accounts or log back in for easy access to their student dashboard. In The What Are My Chances? Calculator: students can determine their chances of being admitted into various colleges. This empowers students to make more educated college choices! Finally, on the Cappex Scholarships homepage students are directed to matches with local and national scholarships. Check out http://www.cappex.com/ for more information.
ISM College Planning promotes educated decision making for higher education choices to students, families and counselors. Strong choices before college are the best way to limit debt after college. For over 30 years, the goal of ISM has been to provide students and their parents with solutions to help put higher education within reach. To learn more about ISM College Planning check out http://ismcollegeplanning.org/ for more information.
Here is a list of wonderful scholarship and financial aid resources that will help making looking for college aid simpler.
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