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!
The Common App can be a great time-saving way to apply to college if at least a few of the colleges that you are interested in applying to are partnered with Common App. There are over 600 schools on Common App currently. To see a full list, click here. Specifically, the screen shot below shows which schools in Virginia are on the Common App:
Mrs. Burkhardt created a video to help students and families understand the Common App process and set up their accounts. To view that video, click here.
Here are some highlights from the video:
Helpful Common App Tools
The school counseling office will begin hosting Lunch Bunch this Wednesday, October 7th during 4th period (covering all lunches). Lunch bunch is designed for seniors that want feedback or assistance on their college application essays. School counsleors and students from W&L will be available to read your essays, give feedback on your essays, and answer any questions that you may have about college application essays or the college application process in general.
No appointment is needed. Just stop by the Counseling Office during your lunch period. We will be working with students in the Counseling Office Conference Room. If you have any questions about Lunch Bunch, please see Mr. Rapoza!
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
The counselors have now presented to each grade level during English classes. To review the presentations that were given, please click the button below. If you have any questions, please see your school counselor
For Juniors and Seniors - in our presentations, we mentioned the importance of signing up for the College and Career Weekly Update, a newsletter created within our school counseling department. You can turn in a form with your email to Ms. van Ravenswaay in the counseling office, or you can click the button below to sign up to receive it via email. Parents are also encouraged to sign up! We promise that we won't spam you, and you can opt out of receiving the emails at any time when you receive them.