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New Salem - December 5, 2007

Counselorís Corner


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



How Will You Finance A College Education?

Wonder how you are going to pay for college?
How will you assist your son or daughter pay for college? To find out more attend the:

What: Financial Aid Night
When: 7:00 P.M. - Sunday, December 9, 2007
Where: ITV Room @ New Salem High School.


If you are a high school senior, the parent of a senior, or if you are someone in the area who is planning on attending a post-secondary institution in the next year or two, then this meeting is for you.

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 donít 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. The above forms of financial aid are based upon both the student and the parentsí income and assets. This is also referred to as need. Under certain conditions, farmland and other farm assets are not always considered an asset for the determination of financial need for students.

If you or your parents have attended a financial aid meeting within the last few years, you probably donít need to attend this meeting. However if you or your parents havenít, 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.

In addition, there usually is a chance to win a $ 300.00 scholarship. One of my students won one of these scholarships three years ago. The student who won had her name entered 3 times Ė both parents and she Ė parents please come. I havenít heard if this scholarship is being offered this year.

Door Prizes!
One more thing, I have some door prizes for those in attendance. Thanks to Sandy Klein for volunteering to do this for us each year. See you there.

Go Holsteins!

For more information on career planning, 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!