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Current September 2014

Counselor:  Wanda Bird
 

Seniors, are you interested in being nominated the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy or the U.S. Military academy at West Point by Joe Manchin III?  Contact Missy Phalen at 304.342.5855 with any questions.

 

Selective Service Registration.  Under federal law, virtually all men must register with selective service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.  However, the selective service system now accepts early submission of registration information by 17-year-old men.  They can submit information to selective service at age 17 years and 3 months old and be automatically registered when they turn 18.  The agency holds their registration information and automatically enters their data into the system when they turn 18.  Register on-line at www.sss.gov

 

The ASVAB test will be given on October 24, 2014 beginning promptly at 8AM.  The ASVAB test is a Multi-Aptitude Test Battery.  It helps the student identify his/her different abilities.  This test is free.  Representatives of the military will be administering the test.  Juniors or seniors planning to take the ASVAB test are to sign up with Mrs. Bird by Friday, October 17.

 

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS—Wanted:  Actors, Creative Writers, Dancers, Instrumentalists, Vocalists and Visual Artists.  We are searching for sophomores who are interested in looking for an incredible, cost-free, three-week (July 5-25) immersion in the arts at West Virginia Wesleyan College.  Applications should be available at www.wvgovschools.org in October.  Deadline:  December 3 (GSA applications must be postmarked by the end of the day). 

 

JUNIORS--The West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy will be held at Fairmont State University from June 28-July 18.  Applications should be available with detailed information online at www.wvgovschools.org on November 15.  Applications are due to Mrs. Bird by February 2.  A committee will rank the students from Scott High who apply.  All applications will then be sent to Dr. Beck.  A county committee will nominate students from Boone County to the state committee.  The state committee will make the final selections.

 

Any athlete planning to play ball for a Division I or a Division II School following graduation from high school must meet certain standards.  The NCAA Clearinghouse determines whether or not an athlete is eligible to play.  All rules and regulations may be found at www.eligibilitycenter.org

 

Division I Changes—Overview This impacts the incoming ninth grade class (class of 2016) who plan to participate in intercollegiate athletics at the Division I level. 

  1.  Increase in the minimum required core-course GPA from 2.0 to 2.3
  2. Ten of the 16 required core courses must be completed before the beginning of the 7th semester (senior Year).  7 of these 10 required courses must be English, math or natural/physical science.  A repeat of one of the “locked In” courses will not be used if taken after the 7th semester begins.

Increase in the overall core-course GPA as it relates to the ACT or SAT score, which results in a new sliding scale. 

 

 

Division II Change—Reminder Seniors (class of 2013) must meet this new rule if they plan to participate in intercollegiate athletics at the Division II level.

Increase in the number of required core courses from 14 to 16.

  1. One additional course in English, math or science.
  2. One additional course in any core academic area (English, math, science, social science) or foreign language, comparative religion/philosophy.

 

In an effort to continue the NCAA Clearinghouse emphasis on the educational mission of intercollegiate athletics, the responsibilities of the NCAA Clearinghouse will expand to include evaluating the amateurism status of these prospects.  This process will focus on amateurism issues by asking the prospect several questions about his/her athletics participation prior to enrolling at a Division I or II institution.  The intent is to determine if a prospect is still an amateur, and therefore qualified to participate in college athletics at the Division I or II level.  

 

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A Senior Orientation meeting for parents will be held in the Media Center at 6PM on October 22.  Financial representatives will be speaking. 

                                     

Don’t get stung!!!!!!!  Many sites on the internet are related to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but only one www.fafsa.ed.gov. is the official site.

 

Be wary of organizations that charge a fee to submit your application or to find you money for school.  In general, the help you pay for can be obtained for free from your school or from the U. S. Department of Education.  You may also get help from the financial aid administrator at your college, The FAFSA’s on-line help at www.fafsa.gov and The Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.  If you are asked for your credit card information while filling out the FAFSA on-line, you are not at the official government site.  Remember, the FAFSA site address has .gov in it!

 

If you or your family has unusual circumstances (such as loss of employment), complete the FAFSA to the extent you can, then submit the application and consult the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend.

                                              

FEDERAL RESOURCES

www.studentaid.ed.gov  This site provides a wealth of knowledge, including information about applying for college and financial aid, information about financial aid, scholarship and career searches, and links to other Web sites. 

 

www.students.gov  In addition to college and career resources, this site provides information about the military, campus life, study resources, and information about the U.S. government.

 

www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov  Students and families will receive an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid.  This web site provides students with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of the financial aid process; become familiar with the various types of federal student aid that are available; and investigate other sources of aid, such as grants and scholarships.

 

When students are ready to apply for aid, they can easily transition from FAFSA4caster to FAFSA on the Web.  Much of the information that students enter in the FAFSA4caster will populate the FAFSA on the Web application, making the experience of applying for federal student aid much easier.

 

www.fafsa.ed.gov  This is the Web site where students complete and submit the FAFSA on the Web.  Students and families may also print the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet from the site.  After submitting the FAFSA, students may use this site to check the status of their application, view processing results, and submit corrections.

 

THE WEST VIRGINIA HIGHER EDUCATION GRANT—is available to degree-seeking residents of WV.  The following criteria are used to determine student eligibility:  1. U.S. citizenship, 2. WV residency for at least twelve months prior to date of application, 3. High-school graduate or General Education Development (GED) diploma, 4. Demonstrate an established level of financial need, 5. Demonstrate academic promise, 6. Enroll at a participating institution in WV or Pennsylvania as a full-time undergraduate student, 7. Have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree.  Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  The award amount each year varies based on a number of factors including the financial need of applicants and available funding.  For more information, as well as a list of all participating institutions, please review the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s website at www.hepc.wvnet.edu.

 

FASTWEB’S ADVICE ON THE SAR & EFC:  STUDENT AID REPORT & EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION

 

STUDENT AID REPORT (SAR)—After completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you should receive your SAR in 1-3 days if you filed electronically or 2-3 weeks if you filed a paper version.  Check immediately for EFC (on upper right of pg 1) and for any mistakes or errors (pages 5-8).  The SAR is a summary of the information you entered on the FAFSA.  The SAR also notifies you of your EFC and if you are eligible for a Pell Grant.  It is the form that tells you how much student aid you are eligible to receive from the federal government, and how much your family will be expected to pay.  Immediately check for any mistakes or errors.  Any colleges you listed on your FAFSA will also receive a copy of your SAR.  Notify your prospective colleges’ financial aid office immediately to make corrections.  A delay could mean less aid.  Call 1-800-4-fed-aid if you do not receive your SAR in 3-4 weeks.  Once your prospective colleges review your SAR and verify your eligibility, they will each construct an aid package and send an award letter.  You do not need to accept all of the aid that’s offered to you; accept only the aid you want.  

 

WHAT IF I FIND MISTAKES ON MY SAR?— On the web using your pin:  go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and under “FAFSA follow up,” click “make corrections to a processed FAFSA”:  You will be able to check off the items you want to change and make corrections accordingly.  On paper:  flip to the last few pages of the SAR and find your original FAFSA info.  Make necessary changes in the spaces provided.  Only fill in the areas that need to be changed and/or corrected.  Once finished, you must mail it in.

 

EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION (EFC) –is the amount your family will be expected to pay based on your situation.  It should be on page 1 of your SAR.  The U.S. Department of Education uses the Federal Methodology (FM) to calculate your aid eligibility.  The FM takes into account:  your family’s income, the number of family members (in college or not), net value of assets and your enrollment status, among other factors.  If there is an asterisk next to your EFC, it means you have been selected for verification and must provide documents to your prospective college(s) to verify the information submitted on the FAFSA.  About 1 in 3 is selected.  If there is no asterisk, you have not been selected.  If your college asks for verifying documents, send them as soon as possible to avoid a delay in the aid process.

 

Early Decision (ED) vs. Early Action (EA).

 

Early Decision is binding.  If accepted, you must attend that school and withdraw any applications sent to other schools.  You won’t be able to compare financial aid offers.

 

Early Action is not binding.  If accepted, you may compare admissions and financial aid offers from other schools and wait to commit to the college until later in the year.

 

Some schools now offer Single-Choice Early Action.  This option is similar to Early Action, except that you agree to not apply early to other colleges (though you may apply regular decision).

 

Many ED or EA deadlines occur in the fall. Verify with the college whether you are allowed to apply early action to other schools.  Ask your prospective school for more information.

                

THE WEST VIRGINIA HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY COMMISSION—has the following enhancements on their website, www.hepc.wvnet.edu.  1.  A newsletter, Education Connection, has been developed for high school juniors and seniors.  Students will be provided timely post-secondary and financial aid information through the newsletter.  2.  The COMPASS publication, “Finding Your Future Through Education”, contains extensive information about post-secondary educational and financial aid programs.  The COMPASS publication is now available in an electronic format on this website.  3.  A graphic has been created to encourage financial aid questions from students and parents on this website that includes an e-mail “click” to submit a question.  This graphic is under the “For Students” link on the website.  All types of financial aid questions may be submitted, not just those related to the state financial aid programs.

 

FOODLAND SCHOLARSHIP—A $1000 Scholarship is awarded from your local Foodland.  Pick up your application today at Customer Service. 

 

THE GREATER KANAWHA VALLEY FOUNDATION ---has several scholarships and is available on-line only.  The application will be available at www.tgkvf.org on November 1.  Students must read the Steps to Prepare and Apply before starting the application.  They must create a password to complete the application in multiple sessions, if necessary.  They must save their work or it will be lost and they will have to re-enter all information.  Deadline:  January 15, 2015.

 

ITHACA COLLEGE—offers the Martin Luther King Scholar Program, an interdisciplinary learning community emphasizing citizenship and service in our global community.  The program is offered to academically exceptional students from traditionally underrepresented populations who have demonstrated strong character and leadership through service and community involvement.  Go to parkscholars@ithaca.edu for more information.  Deadline:  The application is due January 2 and other required materials must be completed by January 15. 

 

UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON-MAROON & GOLD DAYS are October 4 & November 15.  To register for one of these events, visit www.UCwv.edu/MGDay. —Meet with professors, visit with current UC students, take a personalized tour of campus, learn about scholarship opportunities, and join us for a tailgate as UC battles Shepherd University on October 4!  Apply now & you could win:  A new KINDLE FIRE HD or a $4000 UC Scholarship!

*****Seniors meeting the GPA criteria for RANKING and wishing to be considered for honor distinctions must complete the ACT by the December test date of their graduating year.  Fee Waivers are available for students unable to pay for the test.

 

2014 DISABILITY HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST All high school seniors are invited to submit an entry Contest rules are located on the bottom of the entry form. All entries must include the completed entry form and must comply with all contest rules. The essay topic is included in the application. All entries must be submitted to WV Statewide Independent Living Council, PO Box 625, Institute, WV 25113-0625 ATTN: Essay Contest. Deadline: October 31.



PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS! This award is open to students in grades 5-12 who have participated in a volunteer activity within the past year. Honors are granted at the local, state and national level. Top honorees earn cash prizes and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. for four days of special recognition events. Visit http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit for the application. Deadline: Complete the application and the student/parent agreement by November 4.

 

 

  

 

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