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Success Tips for Freshmen
What to do in 9th Grade

  • Meet your high school guidance counselor at the beginning of the school year.
  • Take the right classes.
  • Colleges will evaluate you based on the classes you’ve taken.
  • Develop the skills and habits that will allow you to continue to be successful academically.

Success Tips for Sophomores
Ramping Up in 10th Grade

  • Take charge of your study skills.
  • Developing excellent reading comprehension skills is key to success in 10th grade.
  • Superior time management skills are key to success in 10th grade.
  • Continue to be involved in extra-curricular and community service activities.

Success Tips for Juniors
Critical Steps in 11th Grade

  • Take academically challenging courses.
  • Prepare for and take standardized tests.
  • Your junior year grades are the most important for college admissions.
  • Stay or get involved in extra-curricular activities.

Success Tips for Seniors
Understand How to Pick Your College in 12th Grade

  • Finish and submit all your college applications.
  • Continue making campus visits.
  • Complete your college essays the college essay is an important part of the application process.
  • Meet with your high school counselor to make certain you are on track for graduation.
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It is Time to Fill out the FAFSA for Financial Aid

October 8th, 2019|

Each year, families find themselves completing at least one, if not two, financial aid forms for college scholarships. The forms may seem daunting but without them, no aid will be forthcoming. To apply for federal student aid, you need to complete the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid. Why should I fill out the FAFSA? If you don’t fill out the FAFSA, you could be missing out on a lot of financial aid! I’ve heard several reasons students think they should not complete the FAFSA. Here are a few: “I (or my parents) make too much money, so I won’t qualify for aid.” “Only students with good grades get financial aid.” “The FAFSA is too hard to fill out.” “I’m too old to qualify for financial aid.” The reality is, EVERYONE should fill out the FAFSA!   When do I fill out the FAFSA? The FAFSA becomes available in early October each year, and there are different deadlines for different programs. Aid Program Deadline Information Federal Student Aid The 2020-21 FAFSA form became available on Oct. 1, 2019. However, there are a few first come, first served federal student aid programs, so be sure to apply as soon as you can. Before you can apply, the STUDENT and sometimes the PARENT must create their own ID. Go online at https://blog.ed.gov/2018/09/7-things-you-need-2020-21-fafsa/ to get specific details.   State Student Aid You can find state deadlines at www.fafsa.gov. College (or Career School) Aid For student's applying regular decision, filing deadlines are usually early in the new year (often in February or March). Check the school’s website or contact its financial aid office to verify dates. Many private colleges require the CSS profile also be completed. Check out what colleges require this form here: https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/ IF YOUR TEEN IS APPLYING EARLY DECISION OR EARLY ACTION, THESE FORMS MAY NEED TO BE SUBMITTED TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE PRIORITY DATE. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND CHECKING EACH COLLEGE'S WEBSITE TO VERIFY SUBMISSION DATES. Private Aid and Scholarships Some programs other than government or school aid require that you file the FAFSA. For instance, you cannot get certain private scholarships unless you’re eligible for a Federal Pell Grant—and you can’t find out whether you’re eligible for a Pell Grant unless you file a FAFSA. If the private scholarship’s application deadline is in early to mid-January, you’ll need to submit your FAFSA before that deadline. As you can see, it’s a good idea to file the FAFSA as soon as it’s available so you don’t miss out on anything. You must fill out the FAFSA every year you’re in college in order to stay eligible for federal student aid. If you have any other questions about selecting a college, or the admissions process, feel free to contact me through my website at www.Prep4collegeNow.com or call me at 760.877.7200. I’d [...]

The Benefits of Today’s College Co-Op Programs

August 27th, 2019|

If you are a senior, this is the time of year you are finalizing your college list and applying to these colleges. If you are a junior in high school, you are beginning to investigate colleges and majors of interest. Most high school students (and their parents) are unaware of Cooperative Education Programs available in multiple majors at many colleges and universities throughout the United States. There are many benefits to getting involved in a co-op program. Below is a blog I posted several years ago, discussing co-op programs. Enjoy! Andi These days, the “college internship” can often be viewed as the maximum amount of real-world job experience a college student will get before graduation. In many cases internships are unpaid, and the level of work interns do is a step below the real-world experience an internship is made out to be. For too long, students were forced to accept these internships as a best-case scenario. But now they have options. And one of the best is college cooperative education programs (“co-ops” for short) – which are redefining the college work experience. A college co-op program weaves “real world” work experience into a program’s curriculum. Typically, you begin working at selected placements during your sophomore year. Each year, the workload and level of learning increases until you graduate. Co-ops are always paid positions. Always. By the time you graduate, you’ll have 18 months of experience working at a handful of positions related to your field of choice. Not only is that 18 months of wages in your pocket while in college, it’s an impressive amount of experience that a recent college graduate can boast on their résumé. More than 500 U.S. colleges and universities have co-op programs. All totaled, more than 300,000 students are working paid co-op positions. These students are getting a first-hand, boots-on-the-ground preview of their career path in a way their textbooks and professors cannot fully describe. The National Commission for Cooperative Educationreports that 60 percent of co-op students accept jobs from their co-op employers upon graduation. What’s more, 95% of co-op students find jobs after graduating. If this sounds too great to be true, you may be asking why haven’t I heard of this before, and where do I sign up? There is ONE catch you need to know before you decide if a co-op is right for you: All this extra cash and experience requires you spend an extra year in school. So, if you can get past that, here is by far the biggest benefit of co-op programs. Benefits of College Co-op Programs Co-op earnings – which range from $1,000 to $2,500 per month – are typically not included in the financial aid formula. What that means is that a co-op student filling out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) could still be eligible for a sizable portion of financial aid. Compare that with a student working an unpaid internship and a part-time job on the side, either during the school year or in [...]


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