College Beat for Seniors
- Normally, I would send you this information a little later in the school year regarding filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). However, our government is now allowing families to fill out FAFSA beginning October 1 using your 2019 tax returns! Please feel free to read about filling out the application at www.blog.ed.gov sometime during September so that you will be ready to complete it in early October.
- I strongly recommend that you fill this out every year your student will be attending college. All students must complete this to receive any scholarships, work-study on campus, or loans. Even if you do not think you will receive any federal help, it still needs to be completed in order for a student to be eligible for any financial aid. PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR FSA ID (or PIN number) once you establish it! The site is www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- You may go back to the site after saving a page, so please do not feel like you must complete it at one sitting. And, you will need to assist your student all along the way on this site.
- The sooner your senior is accepted to a college, the sooner you can begin scholarship applications. Two sites that I recommend are: https://parents.collegeboard.org/ and www.fastweb.org
- I will meet with each senior individually in the next couple of weeks. We will discuss their future endeavors, both in general and specific terms. I will also let them know their next steps to complete and will continue to encourage them to have a strong Senior finish!!!
- I realize that some of our seniors do not know yet what they want to major in. Therefore, I strongly suggest they go to https://roadtripnation.com/edu/careerfinder. This exploration tool helps students make informed career choices based on what truly drives them.
- By the way, I hand-delivered all our senior transcripts to Lamar University. I encourage all seniors to apply to Lamar. Even if they do not want to attend there, they may still want to take a summer course from Lamar.
As always, please feel free to call me
College Beat for Juniors
Juniors should be signed up to take either the SAT or ACT sometime next semester. If possible, they need to take one early on and then possibly take the test again around May. This way, when college applications begin in August, hopefully your child will have the scores needed to be admitted to the university of their choice.
To sign up for the SAT, go to www.collegeboard/SAT.
To sign up for the ACT, go to www.actstudent.org.
I also suggest that you and your student discuss at least 3 university options and that you plan a “road trip” sometime this summer to visit the possible universities! You will need to visit each university’s website and contact them to reserve an official visit day/time.
There is also a new program that can tailor a student’s scholarship money for a specific college. Please visit Raise.Me regarding this program and see the current universities that participate. Our students can “earn” scholarship money for doing well in high school!
Please remember that our college trip is next Wednesday, November 20! I will send a reminder later this week.