Senior Updates

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VSAC Facebook live event helps families fill out FAFSA

VSAC invites you to join in on its Facebook Live event with step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a Vermont State Grant and any of the 100+ scholarships that VSAC manages. Tune in Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. for this essential walk-through to receiving over $25 million in financial aid. It only takes about an hour to complete both applications! Visit VSAC’s Facebook page or click on the event link here.


Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) Unified Scholarship Book is now available in the School Counseling Office. This publication highlights private scholarships available to Vermont students. Seniors may apply for several scholarships with only one application. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019. You can also access this information online at: https://www.vsac.org/pay/student-aid-options/scholarships/vsac-assisted-scholarships.


Upcoming Events:

Thursday, December 5th there will be a Post-Secondary Programs Night held at Mt. Mansfield Union High School. This event is an opportunity to learn about alternatives to 4 year colleges. There will be an informational table fair from 6:30-7:00 pm and then a panel presentation from 7:00-8:00 pm

Gap Year Fair: January 16, 2020, Burlington High School 6-8:30 pm

Consider Canada College Fair: April 6, 2020, South Burlington High School, 6:30-8:30 pm. Panel presentation followed by an opportunity to meet with individual Canadian college representatives.

COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS:

By now you should have a pretty clear idea of where you may apply. Here are some things to consider:

-Be on the mailing list at those colleges so you can be receiving up to date material.

-Know the application process and deadlines at each school.

-Create an account at the Common Application website.

-Consider some essay topics that you could write about.

-Sign up to take any required admissions tests.

-Think about who will write letters of recommendation for you.

-Meet with your School counselor!!!

As you apply to school, your counselor's office should be a regular stop in your school week. Stop by and make an appointment or be on the lookout for a pass as we will be inviting you in to talk about your post-secondary plans after the drop-add period ends. Parents are always welcome to call or make an appointment to meet about post-secondary planning.


CONSIDERING THE MILITARY:

Recruiters from all branches of the U.S. Military have the opportunity to meet with students at Mt. Abraham. Representatives may set up table displays and meet with students individually based on appointment. We are happy to provide meeting space with the understanding that parents are aware that these meetings are taking place at school. If you need assistance in locating a recruiter, see your school counselor.


PURSUING A GAP YEAR, JOB, OR UNDECIDED:

The School Counseling website has many links to help students learn about GAP year opportunities, job placement and availability, and provide other ideas for students who may be undecided about their future plans. Follow those links to learn more about these opportunities.


RELATED INFORMATION:

FIT Block Future Planning Wednesdays: Are you a senior working on your college applications or a junior beginning to think about what will be next for you after high school graduation? The school counselors will be available Wednesdays in Room 1108 off the library during FIT block beginning September 18th to assist juniors and seniors with all aspects of future planning! Sign up to attend a Future Planning FIT Block through your Advisor!

SAT/SAT Subject Test/ACT Information: Testing schedules are available at the SAT and ACT websites. Please visit these websites to see testing dates and deadlines by which you must sign up. If you have any concerns about testing dates, which test to take, or even if you should take any tests at all, see your counselor.

Fee Waivers: Junior and senior students who qualify for free or reduced school meals are eligible for fee waivers to take the SAT, ACT, and AP Exams. During senior year, students may also be eligible for college application fee waivers. Almost all colleges in the United States accept these waivers. For the 2019-2020 school year students must have completed the Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals, and have been determined eligible. Applications are available in the school counseling office, the main office, and the cafeteria.

COLLEGE REPS We will once again have representatives from various colleges visiting Mt. Abe. It is a very good idea to meet with them if you are interested in that particular school. Simply ask for a pass to attend. Please check your school email as we are sharing the schedule through student gmail. Follow this link to see the current schedule of visits


FINANCIAL AID TIPS

There are three ways in which you may need to apply for financial aid. All financial aid applicants must fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and may fill out the Vermont Incentive Grant application. Follow the links to these sites. Families may submit these forms as early as October 1 of the student's senior year. A third application you may need to fill out is the CSS Profile. This application is used by certain schools in order to gather more information about your family resources. Log on to the CSS Profile page for information about the Profile. Online registrations are accepted beginning October 1. Do not hesitate to register as soon as possible if you are required to do so. Mt. Abraham hosts a financial aid forms night, presented by VSAC, in early October. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is an invaluable resource for financial aid information. They can be reached at 1-800-642-3177 or www.vsac.org

FAFSA FRIDAYS ARE BACK SPONSORED BY VSAC

  • Parents and students can complete the FAFSA at fafsa.gov starting on October 1, 2018 for the 2019–2020 school year. If they need help, VSAC is at the ready: Every Friday in October, November (except the 23rd), December, and January between 10:00 am–3:00 pm, parents and students can come to the VSAC Resource Center in Winooski. We'll set them up at a computer and help them complete the application. You may walk in or call for an appointment.
  • VSAC'S FAFSA HELP LINE
  • If your family can't get to the VSAC Resource Center, call the toll-free FAFSA helpline at (1-833) 802VSAC, Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–4:30 pm.