Thursday, January 12, 2017

On Tuesday, January 24, Siena College is hosting a live financial aid chat.

Ideal for students and parents with financial aid questions, the 90-minute event will cover an array of affordability topics, including the FAFSA, financial aid packets, scholarships and loans.
Led by Robin Wojcik and Katie Szalda, from financial aid and admissions, respectively, this chat will be particularly informative for those with an interest in Siena. We hope you’ll encourage your students and their parents to register!

Tuesday, January 24
7-8:30 p.m.

Look who's chatting:
Robin Wojcik, Director of Financial Aid
Katie Szalda, Director of Admissions
With over 30 years of combined higher education experience, Robin and Katie are the perfect pair to answer your financial aid and admissions questions. From making college affordable to making good choices, these two directors are ready to talk!                                  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hillsdale College - Hillsdale, MI

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High School Summer Study and Travel Programs

Summer Study - In these programs, students spend several days on campus studying with Hillsdale College faculty before setting off for an intensive two-week travel session. These sessions offer students a taste of the rigor and excitement of studying in a college environment, and students earn three college credits as part of these programs. There are four sessions.
Summer Science Camps - Through these camps, students deepen their scientific understanding and appreciation. Camps focus on molecular biology, chemistry and physics, and mathematics. An optional examination at the conclusion of the camp provides the opportunity to earn one college credit.

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute at Princeton University
Students entering the Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh grades in the fall of 2017 are eligible to participate.

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It is a pleasure to invite applicants to participate in the 2017 W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute at Princeton University. The Institute will be held on the campus of Princeton University from June 24 2017 to July 29, 2017. Founded in the summer of 1988, the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute provides scholarship and leadership training for high-achieving youth. Each year for more than 28 years, the overall average SAT score for our W.E.B. DuBois Scholars has been significantly higher than national norms. Approximately 99 percent of the participants attend college and graduate. An overwhelming majority of them attend highly selective colleges and universities.

While in residence, participants receive between four and five weeks of rigorous instruction in university-level courses taught by university professors, post-doctoral fellows, and doctoral candidates from top research universities and institutions throughout the country. The Institute aims to sharpen students’ research and quantitative analysis skills, as well as writing, verbal, and critical reading skills through a diversity of high-level academic courses. Students entering the Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh grades in the fall of 2017 are eligible to participate. Please note that scholarship amounts are decided and awarded on a rolling basis upon receipt of application and supporting materials. Early and prompt submission of materials is highly recommended. For scholarship consideration, the application and supplementary materials submission deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017. Following this deadline, online applications and supplementary materials are due no later than Friday February 24, 2017.

The W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute provides leadership, scholarship, community service, and entrepreneur training along with exposure to science and technology for high-achieving youth attending middle and secondary schools. It was founded with an aim to develop a cadre of brilliant leaders/activist scholars with a commitment to contributing their talents for the betterment of others by solving major problems facing our society. The scholars of the Institute are encouraged to be leaders/activist that define personal success in terms of the impact of their talents on the well-being of others, especially members of underserved communities.

Each summer at Princeton University, we convene a body of talented middle and high school students from around the country, and in some cases throughout the world. While all students take courses that enhance their aforementioned skills, the Institute offers a unique system of Academies, allowing each individual to pursue a specific course of study- from Engineering to Social Science-during the summer. Not only does the Institute prepare students academically and socially for college, but it also provides them tools to navigate bureaucracies  in institutions of higher learning and have a positive impact upon the challenging political, social, and economic landscape of the times.  

To download applications and get information about requirements, cost, scholarships, curriculum, residential living, and deadlines click on the link  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Pre-College Program at Stevens Institute of Technology
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A Message from Stevens Institute of Technology...

Pre-College Programs allows rising high school juniors and seniors to explore a potential major and test drive the college experience during the summer months. All of our programs are carefully designed by Stevens faculty to be creative, project-driven, hands-on immersions. By day your students will visit major companies, work on a tangible project and learn alongside industry experts. By night they will live in the residence halls, explore historic Hoboken, and experience campus life

Each summer we provide need-based financial aid to qualifying students. Last year, we awarded $58,000 in pre-college scholarships to talented, local high-school students. Students can apply for financial aid at the time of application by submitting a copy of their parent's most recent W-2's and either their 2015 or 2016 federal tax returns. All application materials must be submitted online here

Thursday, January 5, 2017

SAT Subject Tests - what you need to know!

Colleges May Require Subject Tests

Some colleges require or recommend that you take SAT Subject Tests, especially if you’re applying to take specific courses or programs. See a list of colleges that require, recommend, or consider Subject Tests. 

The Basics

  • There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. See the subjects.
  • Each Subject Test is an hour long. They are all multiple-choice and scored on a 200–800 scale.
  • Subject Tests test you on your knowledge of subjects on a high school level. The best way to prepare is to take the relevant courses and work hard in them.

When, Where, and How

  • SAT Subject Tests are generally given six times in any given school year, on the same days and in the same test centers as the SAT — but not all 20 tests are offered on every SAT date. Find out when specific tests will be given.
  • The Language with Listening tests are only offered in November.
  • You can take one, two, or three Subject Tests on any test date.
  • You can’t take the SAT and an SAT Subject Test on the same day.
  • Some SAT Subject Tests require you to bring special equipment — for example, CD players for Language with Listening tests.
  • You choose what tests to take when you register, but on test day, you can add, subtract, or switch tests — with some limitations. Learn more.
With financial aid, many students who can’t afford the full cost of college are able to earn their degrees. In fact, most full-time college students receive some type of financial aid.

Financial Aid Defined

Financial aid is money that the government and other organizations give you or lend you so you can pay for college. To qualify for financial aid, you have to apply.

What should parents know about financial aid?
Jeanette Arnhart, Latin American and Latino Studies Outreach, University of Arkansas

Sources of Financial Aid

Financial aid comes from these sources:
The federal government (the largest source)
State governments
Colleges and universities
Private organizations, such as companies, clubs and religious organizations
Banks and lending companies
Types of Financial Aid

There are four main types of financial aid.

Grants are called gift aid because they do not have to be paid back. Grants come from federal and state governments and from colleges. Most grants are need based, which means they are usually given based on your or your family’s financial circumstances.

Scholarships are also gift aid. Scholarships come from governments, colleges and private organizations. They may be awarded for academic or athletic ability, interest in a certain subject, or volunteer work, for example. Some scholarships are given based on membership in an ethnic or religious group. Companies may also give scholarships to children of employees.

Borrowing money from a bank, government or lending company is called taking out a loan. A loan must be paid back with an extra charge called interest. The federal government offers low-interest loans to students with financial need. Other lenders charge more interest.

Our Student Loan Calculator can help you figure out how much you can afford to borrow.
Work-Study Programs

The Federal Work-Study Program offers paid part-time jobs to help students pay for part of their college cost.
Net Price

Net price is the real price that a student pays to go to a college. It’s the published price of the college minus the gift aid that the student receives. The net price of a college is often much lower than its published price.

Most colleges now offer a tool on their websites called a net price calculator. This online tool gives you an estimate of the actual price you would pay to go to a certain college, based on information you enter about your finances.

Your net price will be different for every college, so it’s a good idea to use each college’s net price calculator. Visit a college’s profile in College Search to access its net price calculator.

Most full-time college students receive some type of financial aid.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial aid from the federal government, state governments and many colleges. You can also apply for financial aid directly from the colleges you’re applying to and from private organizations. Some of these may require you to submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE or other forms. Both the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE open on Oct. 1 each year.

Remember that meeting deadlines is your responsibility. You have to submit your applications on time to qualify for financial aid.
When to Apply for Financial Aid

Oct. 1 of the year before you plan to go to college is the first day you can file the FAFSA. College, state and private financial aid deadlines vary. Aim to file the FAFSA as close to Oct. 1 as possible; remember that financial aid dollars are limited, and in many cases are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Don’t Rule Out “Expensive” Colleges

Keep in mind that a college that charges a lot for tuition might offer you generous financial aid. It might even be more affordable than colleges that charge lower tuition. So think about net price, not published price — and don’t be afraid to apply to colleges you think you can’t afford..

Once you hear from the colleges you’ve applied to, compare your financial aid offers to see which options are best for you.