Archive | February, 2013

FAFSA deadline Saturday!

26 Feb


Just a reminder that the FAFSA deadline is this Saturday, March 2, for California students and their families. File it by going to the FAFSA website:

If you do not live in California, go to this web page to find your state’s deadline:

California students also must have their Cal Grant GPA Verification filed by March 2. See your high school counselor for more information about this wonderful grant that can pay ALL tuition and fees for low-income families.

Spring to-do list

25 Feb


Need to send your transcript?


Once you have finished your college applications and filed the FAFSA and state grant application, it may seem as though you’re DONE. However, there are still some things to do:

  • Make sure you have completed any additional scholarship application that each of your colleges may require (check with the Financial Aid offices).

  • Have your high school send your official midyear transcript (if and when your colleges request this–some may only want the end-of-year transcript).

  • Notify your academic advisor at your high school when you receive acceptances.

  • Write thank you notes to those who have helped you complete applications and write recommendation letters.

  • Continue applying for every scholarship for which you are qualified. Many local organizations are now posting their notices. 

  • And if you’re planning on attending a community college, apply now and make an appointment to have placement testing done and to enroll in classes. 

Enjoy the moments!

20 Feb

Student at library

Take moments here and there to appreciate your last months as a senior!


Lately I’ve been hearing seniors groan, “I can’t wait until this is all over!”

With all the pressures of testing, college applications, senior projects, scholarship paperwork and interviews — it’s just challenging to be a senior!

I totally empathize! I well remember thinking I could not WAIT until I was done with chemistry and essays and long bus rides to and from school. And then it was all over.

The rest of your senior days will fly by — and then you’ll be sobbing on graduation day, because those days are gone and you will realize that you won’t be seeing much of those folks with whom you have spent the last many years.

I often see students experience a form of grieving, actually, that they didn’t let their thought process slow down some in the last months, especially — those months when you are sharing the traditional senior activities. Prom. Senior show or play. Senior banquet. Senior project presentation. Baccalaureate. Senior trip. And then . . .  commencement and grad parties.

Open your eyes. Soak in the sights and sounds of the various characters in your class. Someday, believe it or not, you’ll look back on these days with fondness and even wistfulness.

Oh, yes, the college years are wonderful! However, the demands are even greater intellectually and personally. So, for now . . . enjoy the moments!