GUIDANCE

Class of 2014 ~ Notices & Links

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SAT Test Dates in Canaan (**Photo Required to Register)

Saturday, March 14 - Register by Friday, February 13        Late registration date: Feb 27

ACT Test Dates in Canaan

Saturday, February 7 - Register by Friday, January 9          Late registration: January 16

Complete the FAFSA

Not sure how to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?   The link that follows will provide you with several resources: www.vsac.org/FAFSAfirst.  Looking for personal assistance?  Attend one of the workshops listed below.

Financial Aid Assistance

There are two opportunities for families to receive assistance in filing the FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid).

  1. Monday, January 19th at Colebrook Academy.  Appointment times are listed below (multiple appointments are available for each time listed).  Please contact Cynthia Mills at cmills@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-8351 to schedule an appointment.
  1. 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  2. 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  3. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  1. Saturday, January 24th at Canaan Schools in the library.  Appointments begin at 10 a.m.  Please contact Lisa Becker at lbecker@canaanschools.org or (802) 266-8910, ext. 28 to schedule an appointment

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the amount congress has determined a family can be expected to contribute toward a student's college costs.  The EFC is calculated using the data obtained on the FAFSA, and a formula determined by the federal government.  The EFC is one of the criteria used by colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for financial aid.  However, it is probably not the amount that you’ll be expected to pay for college, as each institution has its own formula to determine your financial aid award.

The College Board has a tool called the EFC Calculator that asks you all of the questions necessary to return a good estimate of what your EFC will be.  The closer the information entered into this calculator to what you enter when you actually do the FAFSA, the better the estimate will be.  Google “College Board EFC calculator” to access this tool.

Net Cost Calculator

All colleges are now required to have a Net Cost Calculator on their websites.  Net Cost Calculators allow you to input your information to any college you choose and offers you an idea Keep going...more great information below!

of how much financial aid you can generally expect to receive.  As with all self reporting sites, the more information that you enter, the more accurate the results.  Google “Net Cost Calculator” to access this tool.  Or, visit each college or university that you are interested in to use a Net Cost Calculator.

New Hampshire Residents

The NHHEAF Network is similar to VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation).  There is information on their website for planning for college, financial aid, and scholarships available to New Hampshire residents.  http://nhheaf.org/index.asp

Be sure to check out the Guidance Bulletin Board!

Seniors - Looking for more scholarships?

There are many scholarships available at www.careeronestop.org  Click on “Education + Training”, then click on “Scholarships”.  There are several options for searching available scholarships.

Looking for information and links to Vermont colleges, universities, career schools and technical schools?  Click here.  

Scholarship America and U.S. News & World Report produce a weekly blog entitled: “The Scholarship Coach”.  This blog is a great resource that offers expert advice on various scholarships.  New posts occur each week.  To access the Scholarship Coach go to:

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/the-scholarship-coach

Click on the link below. The website will link you to many free scholarship search sites that are available. Scholarships are free money...take the time to search the many scholarships that are available at http://college-scholarships.com/vermont.htm

The National American Legion’s “Need A Lift” is a College Financial Aid Handbook that lists most of the available scholarships in the Nation.  This handbook is available online at www.needalift.org.  Take some time to look at this valuable resource.

Another useful website to visit for scholarships is www.meritaid.com

Looking for Information on VT Colleges?

Go to http://www.vtcolleges.org/.  The Consortium of Vermont Colleges (CVC) is a collaborative organization of Vermont's colleges and universities committed to sharing the wealth and diversity of opportunities for higher education in Vermont with potential students in Vermont, the United States and the world.

There are many resources available to students and parents from test preparation to college visits to paying for college. Check out the resources at the following sites:

http://www.collegeboard.org/

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http://services.vsac.org/wps/wcm/connect/vsac/VSAC

http://nhheaf.org/

Why Should Students be Volunteering?

It is never too late to become a volunteer.  There are several benefits to volunteering:

From ASCA (American School Counseling Association)