It’s time for students and their families to complete the FAFSA®. We know this can be a confusing process and you’re likely getting a lot of questions during this busy time of the year.
In fact, according to a recent annual survey from Discover® Student Loans, 72% of parents say they plan to fill out the FAFSA, but there is still a lack of understanding about when and how to complete it.
Here are two easy-to-share tools to provide them with the information they need to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible:
FAFSA 101: Your Financial Aid FAQs Answered – Help students and parents find answers to common questions and clear up any misconceptions about the FAFSA with this comprehensive article and download.
9 Key Things to Know About Applying for Federal Student Aid – This simple one-pager breaks down the most important information students need to know about applying for federal student aid.
Don’t forget to share our interactive college prep checklist, the College Planning Calendar, with your seniors and their parents this year. From applications to move-in day, they can receive reminder emails and customizable to-do lists to keep track of each step of the college planning process from start to finish.
The HAGAN Scholarship assist students with up to $6,000 FREE money per semester. See attached brochure and feel free to come and TALK WITH ME about any of these scholarships.
Basic Eligibility Requirements:Must attend an eligible public high schoolMust have achieved a 3.5 GPAMust enroll in an eligible college or universityMust maintain a 4 year or less graduation scheduleApplicant’s Adjusted Household Income reported for Federal Income Tax Purposes must not Exceed $85,000.
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Georgia College and State University is waiving the $35 application fee if you apply now through September 28th (next Wednesday).
If you apply via the common application, you can use the following code: GCSU2023FW. If applying via the GAfutures application, select the fee waiver option at the time of submission.
You can find all the details at gcsu.edu/applynow.
Let me know if you have questions!
Attached are resources for students that are interested in exploring HCBU's or Historically Black Colleges and Universities. There are about 104 current HCBU's in America and below are the ones located in Georgia.
You can apply to all participating HBCU's by using a platform similar to Common App, but it is called commonblackcollegeapp.com. You complete only one application, and then can push it out to as many participating colleges as you wish. There are about 67 participating HCBU's on this platform and you pay a one time fee of 20$ and can push out as many applications as you like for that one time fee.
As always, visiting colleges is a vital part of making your decision on which college will be the best fit for you. The truth is, there are many schools you will be able to thrive in, so visit as many as you can and then be able to make the best decision for you.
Please let me know if you ever want to set up a time to discuss options and learn more about these platforms.
Don't forget, Seniors, that FAFSA opens up October 1st and the earlier you apply for FAFSA, the more opportunities you have to financially plan your college decisions.You can complete FAFSA, even if you haven't already applied/or been accepted to a college yet.
August 9, 2022 – State School Superintendent Richard Woods seeks students in grades 10-12 to serve on his 2022-2023 Student Advisory Council. These students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom and other education-related issues. They will serve as the Superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools.
Applicants must be enrolled in a Georgia public high school (including charter schools) for the 2022-2023 school year as a sophomore, junior, or senior. Virtual learning students are still considered enrolled. The Student Advisory Council will meet four times in person during the school year; meeting dates are listed in the application.
“Each year, as I make decisions that impact students across the state, my Student Advisory Council serves as an irreplaceable resource," Superintendent Woods said. “Meeting and learning about each council member and seeking their feedback, opinions, and perspectives allows insight for all Georgia Department of Education leadership and staff to make the best possible policy choices."
Click here for the 2022-2023 Student Advisory Council application. Applications must be submitted by September 9, 2022, at 5 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.
Students in grades 10-12 enrolled in a public high school (including charter schools and virtual students) are eligible to apply.
Selected students will be contacted via email. All students may visit gadoe.org/studentadvisory on October 11, 2022, at 10 a.m. to determine if they have been selected.
Please note that we typically receive hundreds more applications than we can accept. Not being selected for the Student Advisory Council does not mean the student's application did not meet qualifications.
Welcome back to school! On behalf of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, we are excited to release the Junior Leadership Jackson 2022-2023 program and nomination process for current Juniors and Seniors at your high school.
Junior Leadership Jackson (JLJ) is a community based, 8-month leadership program for high school students who live in Jackson County. JLJ aims to support the development of young leaders through structured events and educational programs in partnership with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Jackson program. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and learn from representatives of various industries and organizations in and around Jackson County.
The timeline for student nominations begins now and the deadline for nominated students is September 9, 2022. Any person may refer an eligible student and nominations may be directly submitted from the JLJ's website at the following link: https://sites.google.com/bgcjcga.org/junior-leadership-jackson/home
Welcome to a brand new school year! Student Services is working very hard to ensure you have all the academic, career and social/emotional support you need this year! Communicating with your Counselor is so important in order for you receive the tools you need. Effective emails that are polite, clear in what you are asking for, and professional can results in you receive quicker response time and resolution to your concerns. Below is a quick reference sheet that explains how to create effective emails for great communication!
Ms. Holly H. McShane
Counseling Services Coordinator