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New Salem - December 13, 2006

Counselor’s Corner



By Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
New Salem High School

How Will You Finance A College Education?

Wonder how you are going to pay for college? If so, be sure to attend the "Financial Aid Night" meeting this Sunday night – December 17, 2006 – at 7:00 P.M. in the ITV Room at New Salem High School. If you are a high school senior, the parent of a senior, or if you are someone who is planning on attending a post-secondary institution in the next year or two, then this meeting is for you.

Every year it is difficult to pick a time – between 4 schools - without a major conflict with school activities. As a result, we decided to try a Sunday night this year and see how it works.

Sandy Klein, Dickinson State University Director of Financial Aid, will be our presenter. She will go through the entire Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This application is what is required to be completed and submitted for the following:
1. Federal subsidized & unsubsidized student loans
2. Federal grants such as:
a. PELL Grants
b. SEOG Grants
3. Federal work-study
4. State Grants, and more.

Many people miss out on obtaining the best possible financial aid package each year in the U.S. So that you don’t miss out, find out about: deadlines to meet; Federal Income Tax issues; what do some of the questions on the forms really mean; and what steps need to be completed prior to actually applying for federal student aid. Of course, various income and asset criteria are what the FAFSA is really all about. This is also referred to as need.

If you or your parents have attended a financial aid meeting within the last few years, you probably don’t need to attend this meeting. However if you or your parents haven’t, then this meeting will save you a lot of time in completing the FAFSA as well as provide you with the knowledge of what needs to be done to obtain the best college financial aid package possible. This can translate into fewer college loans, to pay back after graduation and more.
Two years ago, one student from one of my schools received a $ 300. scholarship from the North Dakota Association of Financial Aid Directors. I haven’t heard if this scholarship is being offered this year.
Thanks to Sandy Klein for volunteering to do this for us each year. See you there.

Holstein Basketball!
Congratulations to the boys' basketball team on last week’s victory! Way to go Lady Holsteins on a great tournament last week! I hope you all continue to work hard and have fun.

For more information on career information and links, please go to http://www.cplanning.org. If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!