Today the School Counseling Office organized our annual Reality Store Event. Juniors and Seniors enrolled in Economics and Personal Finance participated in a simulation where they were assigned a career, income, and family situation. Students then had to pay taxes and purchase all of life's necessities on a monthly budget including groceries, making a car payment, buying or renting housing, paying for healthcare needs, arranging childcare costs (if needed), and so much more.
We are very grateful to the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension office for organizing this simulation for our students!
Are you interested in pursuing a career as a Power Line Worker? The Southside Virginia Community College program is a great way to learn how to install, remove, maintain and repair distribution lines and associated equipment. The 11 week program covers the fundamental aspects of power line work allowing students to enter a rewarding career with many opportunities.
The Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) can help pay tuition and costs for qualifying VA residents. this is a great opportunity for students!
Please watch the youtube video below for more information about this great career opportunity!
The program is holding an informational session at the SVCC Occupational/Technical Center on TUESDAY, JANUARY 9th, 2018 at 6:00pm. Please see the flier below for more information.
Please RSVP for the Informational Session by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors, have you received your financial aid award letter for the college you are planning on attending?
If so, make sure you understand the different types of aid you may be offered. The chart below explains the order in which you should accept aid. You may not have received all of the types of aid below.
If you haven't received an award letter yet, do not panic! They can take time! But you'll only receive the award letter if you have filed your FAFSA AND you've sent your FAFSA to the college. Students often forget to do that last step! If you did, log into your FAFSA account and have it sent to each college you are considering! If you need help, please see your school counselor.
If you have questions about your financial aid award letter, be sure to see your school counselor! We can help you interpret your financial aid package and discuss options you have.
Talent Search, Student Support Services, and Student Services at DSLCC will team up to offer two opportunities for parents and students to get help with the FAFSA.
Families are asked to bring all relevant documents (W2s, tax forms, etc.) in order to receive help with filing the FAFSA.
Today we held our annual Financial Aid Workshop, presented by our colleagues with Educational Talent Search. Senior parents and their families attended to learn more about scholarships and filing a FAFSA.
Thank you to all that attended!
For those that were unable to attend the event, the presentation slides are posted below and are archived on our "Parent Presentations" page of this website (under the Resources tab).
Today, our school counseling office welcomed back many graduates from the Class of 2015 to talk about their experiences during their first years in college. Seniors were able to attend the event during 2nd period to ask their former classmates any questions about college. Our graduates talked about the importance of time management, how to stay organized during the college application process and during college, how to find scholarships and financial aid opportunities, how to get to know professors in large classes, navigating the complexities of living with a roommate, and so much more!
Thank you to the 2015 graduates that returned to help at our event and to all of the current seniors that came to the event! It was a huge success!
According to the New York Times, the White House just unveiled their new website College Scorecard, which is designed to provide students and parents with information about annual costs, graduation rates, and prospective salaries after graduation for colleges and universities across the country. This is an attempt to supplement existing ranking systems and provide families with clear,
clear, reliable data on critical questions of college affordability and value, such as whether they are likely to graduate, find middle-class jobs, and pay off their loans.
This website is very easy to navigate and contains a lot of valuable information in one place. We recommend that families utilize this website when beginning the college search process.
The following information is generally provided on each school's profile
Positive Findings For Local Universities
The following VA Colleges were listed on the site's list of 15 Colleges with High Graduation Rates Leading to High Incomes
The following VA Colleges were listed on the site's list of 23 four-year schools with low costs that lead to high incomes. These are colleges that have demonstrated high earnings and low costs for their lowest-income students
Wells Fargo Bank has posted a very helpful college-preparation guide on their website. You can check out their full article here.
Here are some important highlights.
First, did you know....
Here are some financial suggestions from recent college graduates: