College Counseling Center - November Update

College Counseling Center - November Update
by Gerard M. Brett
Director of College Counseling


College Counseling Website of the Month
FAFSA4caster


Net Price Calculator
In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act, a college must post a Net Price Calculator on its website (typically the financial aid webpage) that uses institutional data to provide estimated net price information to current and prospective students and their families based on a student's individual circumstances. The following are related articles that explain this tool in greater detail:

US News and World Report
Why Prospective College Students Should Be Using Net Price Calculators

College View
Net Price Calculators Help Determine College Costs


College Fair
Philadelphia National College Fair
Sunday, November 10, 2013
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center

This is an excellent opportunity to interact with and receive information from admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions. Over 450 colleges and universities will be in attendance.

Financial Aid

November 19, 2013
7:00 pm
Mount Saint Joseph Academy

A Financial Aid Information Night for Parents of La Salle's juniors and seniors will be held on November 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Mount Saint Joseph Academy High School. Bonnie Lee Behm, Director of Financial Assistance at Villanova University, will present. This evening is filled with important information regarding the current financial aid situation and the financial aid application process.


A number of sites dealing with financial aid are listed on our webpage. Go to "Links and Resources" on www.lschs.org/college and look for the section on "Financial Aid". Also check out the latest newspaper articles regarding the current state of financial aid posted on our webpage. Understanding financial aid, especially current changes by lenders, is an important part of the college application process.


In order to qualify for Federal or State funds, parents and students need to complete the FAFSA. Go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ for information and the online form. The form may be filed beginning January 1, 2014. In order to have an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid, check out www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov.

In addition to the FAFSA, some colleges require their own financial aid form or the CSS Profile. Here is a list of colleges that require the CSS Profile. Please note that you can fill out the CSS Profile starting October 1, 2013.

Additional websites are listed at our site. A few particularly helpful ones are http://www.finaid.org/ and www.pheaa.org for an excellent overview and specific information, and www.fastweb.com and www.meritaid.com for scholarships. Click Scholarship Information for information on individual private scholarships that are sent to our College Counseling Office. Last year's senior class earned $32 million in documented scholarship aid. Don't miss out! Encourage your sons to take advantage of the opportunities that are available.

Meeting requirements and deadlines for financial aid is crucial and is the family's responsibility.


SENIORS

Please note that it is your responsibility to forward from College Board or ACT any October, November, December SAT or ACT scores to the colleges to which you are applying. Also be sure to fill out the standardized test section of the college application where it asks for any tests you have taken OR plan to take in the future.


NCAA

Any senior who is considering playing Division I or Division II intercollegiate sports must make application for eligibility clearance through the NCAA Eligibility Center. Read the directions carefully and inform Mrs. Kathleen O'Connell in the College Counseling Center so transcripts can be sent to the Clearinghouse. NCAA information is explained on our webpage, www.lschs.org/college. Coaches and counselors are available to answer any questions.

Additions To Lists Of Colleges

Seniors are reminded to inform the College Counseling Center by Monday, December 2nd, about any colleges they are adding to their original list. The counselors need time for processing these requests before the Christmas holidays. Copies of letters of acceptance or scholarship awards also need to be brought to the College Counseling Center.

JUNIORS

Juniors should make plans to take standardized tests in the second semester. The junior grade level counselor has introduced the juniors in Advisory Class to the SAT/ACT test preparation module on Naviance. Students and parents can access Naviance through the Parent Portal and Student Portal. Click "PrepMe" to begin the test preparation. On this site students have the ability to practice taking both the SAT and ACT and determine areas of strength and weakness. Please keep in mind that all colleges accept both the SAT and ACT and no preference is given to either test.

Parents of juniors are invited to the Financial Aid Information Night mentioned above. Also, College Open Houses, Fairs, and Information Nights and the Junior Monthly Planning Calendar are listed on our webpage. These are an excellent introduction to the college search process. Advisory classes for juniors regarding the college search and application process will begin at the start of the second semester.

IMPORTANT REMINDER TO JUNIORS AND SENIORS

As the second quarter begins, keep in mind that the GPA in college preparatory courses is the most important criteria in the college admission process.


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