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Some Helpful Hints for Seniors and their Parents

 

Advice for seniors and their parents:

 

*Your student has several options for post-secondary education:  technical school, community college, four year university, military service

 

*colleges tend to have good websites with tons of information- make use of them to check out scholarships, activities, majors offered, etc.

 

*apply early to college- many offer scholarships for students who make the early enrollment deadline (often Nov. 1)

 

*accept scholarship offers even if you are not certain of attending that school- you can always call back and decline the offer, but if you don’t accept by the deadline, chances are it won’t be offered again

 

*keep a notebook for college choices and one for scholarships

 

*keep a calendar with due dates written in of scholarships and college deadlines

 

*keep a file for essay questions your student has written on scholarship applications.  Many of the questions are similar and once you have a good one written, it is easy to tweak it to fit many other applications.

 

*finish your taxes early this year so you can fill out the FAFSA

 

*DON”T pay someone to fill out your FAFSA forms for you!  I am available if you need help and there are also financial aid people at the colleges who are there to help.

 

*visit the campuses of the colleges your student is considering

 

*when choosing a school, consider several things:  distance from home, cost of attendance, majors offered, size of campus

 

*register with a scholarship search engine online but don’t pay for someone else to look for scholarships for you- it’s all available for free

 

*discuss openly with each other the choices and your opinions- you may not have the same ideas and talking about things openly will help you understand all the angles

 

*Enjoy this senior year!  There will be stress and tears along the way, some of frustration and some of happiness, but in the end, this is a big milestone for your entire family.  It’s scary for both parents and students to be moving from home for the first time.  Talk openly to each other, stay on top of deadlines, and always keep moving forward.

 

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