Each month, we here in the Guidance Department hold meetings to share important information, tips, and suggestions with you as well as to answer any questions that you might have about navigating high school and the college application process. This month, our meeting topic is Advanced Placement Exam Registration.
These meetings are developed to offer support to our Keystone students and families and participation is highly encouraged. Below are the details about February's guidance meeting for currently enrolled students and their parents.
This is a mandatory webinar for all current Advanced Placement students and parents at The Keystone School. The registration process for May AP exams is fast approaching and we want to be sure you understand the steps necessary for a successful exam experience.
Paying for college can be a challenge for many families. Fortunately, there are ways to secure financial aid to help make a college education more affordable. Student aid is money provided by the federal government or another entity, such as a school or a state government, to help students pay for college.
Next Thursday, January 27th, I will be hosting an online discussion about the various forms of financial aid available for students wishing to attend post-secondary institutions.
Hello everyone, this is your official reminder about today's free webinar from the Guidance Department about the College Application Process at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific. All Keystone parents and students are invited to attend.
Meet with me this evening to discuss the final steps in the college application process. This meeting will primarily be a question and answer session for students and parents needing assistance. We will revisit some of the topics from earlier webinars: Financial Aid, Document Requests, Deadlines, Types of Applications, and Finding the Right School.
Be prepared with questions the whole group can benefit from so it can be a learning opportunity for all.
As always, check your email or your Blackboard Homeroom for details and the session link. If you can't find this information, please call Student Services at 1-800-255-4937 to have the link sent again.
I look forward to seeing you there!
P.S. If you can't attend today's session, a link to the recording will be posted in the Guidance Services course in Blackboard for you to review later.
Last night we we had a pretty good turnout (23 participants) for our discussion of the different types of financial aid available for students wishing to attend post-secondary institutions. We talked about grants, loans, work study and scholarships.
One thing I hope everyone took away from this meeting is that every student and family should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when it comes available on January 1st. Often students say” I’ll never qualify for financial aid” but that is the wrong approach; you may be pleasantly surprised. Unless you fill out the FAFSA you’ll never know!
One question that came up is what can we do now to prepare for January 1st.? The answer is: get your documents in order, apply for your PIN, and complete the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet so you’ll be all set to go on January 1st.
Our international participants were interested in financial aid for international students so we discussed that as well. I really enjoy that Keystone has students from all over the world. However, international students do not qualify for American federal financial aid; the best source of financial aid for overseas students wanting to attend college in the United States comes directly from the institution in the form of merit scholarships and grants.
International students need to submit a statement of financial feasibility stating that they can afford to come and study in the U.S.; this is needed to get their I-20 which is needed for a student visa.
I hope all students remember, if you want to go to university or college, you can! Don’t let paying for it stop you, because the money is out there.
If you were unable to attend last night's meeting or want to learn more about the different ways you can pay for college, parents and students get the link to the recorded session in the Guidance Course in Blackboard.
One of the greatest benefits of attending a school like Keystone is the expansive list of courses students can choose from. Even today, students in rural or underfunded school districts have very limited access to the curriculum and instructors needed to serve a broad array of student needs.
At The Keystone School, we give many students choices they might not otherwise have by offering more than a dozen Advanced Placement® (AP) courses for high school students. Sure, many students don't want or don't need AP® courses, but college-bound students should look closely at the opportunity for several reasons: