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Thursday October 6, 2016 at 11:59am Age: 2 yrs
Category: District, High School


The college application process can be froth with questions and difficult decisions—enough to unleash a time of great anxiety for college-bound students and their families. But school counselors are here for you.


On Oct. 4, the MVHS Counseling Center hosted and organized a College Night which provided advice on the application and the admissions process. Barbara Winchell, director of financial aid at Mount Saint Mary College, presented on the fundamentals of financial aid and the FAFSA application.  The presentation was followed by a college fair with representation from over 90 colleges and universities, along with the US Army, Coast Guard, Marines and National Guard.


For those who were there, and those who were unable to make it, school counselors are providing this important information.


Financial Aid Takeaways


  • You can now file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as October 1. Most colleges, and the federal government, use the FAFSA to determine a student’s eligibility for assistance in paying for college. That’s why the FAFSA is critical to the college enrollment process.  The chance to file earlier is important because it affords you and your family more time to evaluate your options.
  • File both a FAFSA and TAP application (if you are a NYS resident).
  • Contact your financial aid office if your family circumstances change from one year to the next.
  • Look into monthly payment plans to reduce what you need to borrow.
  • Slow down when you are completing the application; errors will make it more difficult for your son or daughter to receive aid.
  • Contact 1-800-4-FEDAID
  • Review the Naviance website for all local scholarships