Counselor’s Report

Attention Senior Parents – Financial Aid: One of the first steps of the college financial aid process is completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  The FAFSA enables students who qualify to receive federal/state grants, scholarships, as well as to participate in work-studies programs.  This form was available for submission on October 1.  ALL senior parents are reminded to fill out and submit their FAFSA form as soon as possible!  Time is running out!  Additional financial aid websites to check out are: studentportal.isac.org, collegecost.ed.gov, and www.FSAPubs.gov

Tri-County Youth to Washington Trip:  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who live in a home served by Tri-County Electric are eligible to earn an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.  Please see Ms. Tesha Maschhoff for more details.

Scholarships: As we receive information on scholarships, they will posted on the Counseling Office webpage at: https://sites.google.com/a/nashville-k12.org/scholarships/   

Foundation After School College: Kaskaskia College is offering college courses to high school students for college credit during the spring semester.  Tuition and fees are waived.  The spring Foundation After School College schedule and registration form are available at: https://www.kaskaskia.edu/academics/ college-for-high-school-students/foundation-after-school-college/  

Going Merry Scholarship Search: Going Merry (www.goingmerry.com) is a great new scholarship website.  It makes scholarship application easier.  Students can sign up at:  https://www.goingmerry.com/c/tesham-8nr3d  Going Merry is completely different from the older scholarship search engines.  It allows for:

  Matching – Once students fill out their profile, they are automatically matched with scholarships they are most eligible for.

  Direct Applications – Students can apply directly to multiple scholarships from the website.  They never need to leave the site.

  Autofilled Applications – All of the information from students’ profiles are autofilled into each application, thus saving time.

  Estimated Application Times – Every scholarship has estimated application time to help students prioritize them.

  Scholarships Grouped By Essay Topics – Scholarships are grouped by common essay topics so students can minimize the number of essays they have to write

College Greenlight: College Greenlight is a free resource for any student who is beginning their college and/or financial aid search.  It helps students discover, research, and build relationships with the colleges and universities that will assist them in becoming successful.  It has an easily searchable database filled with thousands of scholarships, grants, and merit-aid opportunities.  Students can receive a customized list of the awards best suited to their academic, social, and community accomplishments.  Visit: www.collegegreenlight.com to create an account.

College Fairs: As we encourage students to apply early to college, we also encourage parents and students to be educated about their decisions.  An excellent avenue to find out about various colleges is a college fair.  Listed below are various college fairs in our region.

St. Louis Metro East Baccalaureate College Fair

Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville Campus Varsity Gym

2500 Carlyle Ave

Belleville, IL  62221

Sunday, February 23, 2020

College Fair: 1:30-3:30

Financial Aid Workshops: 1:45-2:15 and 2:30-3:00

FAFSA Completion Assistance: 1:30-3:30 (Walk-in)

ACT Testing Dates:  The next ACT test with open registration is February 8.  Registration is due by January 10.  Additional ACT testing dates for the year are April 4, June 13, and July 8.  Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date.  Students may register at www.ACTStudent.org. Our high school code is 143-110.

SAT Testing Dates:  The next SAT test with open registration is March 14.  Registration is due by February 14.  Additional SAT testing dates for the year are May 2, and June 6.  Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date.  Students may register at www.collegeboard.org.  Our high school code is 143-110.

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