Senior Reminders

FAFSA

Beginning January 1, 2016, submit your FAFSA (www.FAFSA.gov).

  • It is crucial that you take care of the FAFSA as soon as possible.
    • In the past, state money has run out as early as the end of January.
    • For those qualifying for financial aid, not taking care of the FAFSA in a timely manner could result in your financial aid package being reduced by several thousand dollars by missing out on state aid.
  • You will need your parent/guardians’ 2015 income tax information.
    • You can use estimated information from 2014 income taxes, and then update with 2015 information once it is available.
    • Using estimated information from 2014 will “hold your spot in line”.
  • We will be taking seniors to the computer lab on January 11 to help you get started if you have not already.
    • Keith Ritchie from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority will be here to assist.
    • Parents may also come from 8:00 to 2:00 on the 11th.
  • There will be a FAFSA workshop for parents/guardians on Monday, January 25 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Keith Ritchie will be here to assist parents.
  • If your parents/guardians need guidance, this is their opportunity to receive expert advice. Hayes and Mrs. Miller are not comfortable answering the tricky questions on the FAFSA and are thrilled to have Mr. Ritchie’s assistance. If you have questions after the opportunities to meet with Mr. Ritchie, we will refer you either to him or to your college’s financial aid office.

Scholarships

  • As we have said many times before, scholarships are work. You must be willing to seek them out and complete the requirements for those in which you are interested.  However, persistence pays – hopefully, you will luck into something if you keep at it.
  • Good places to research scholarships
    • Rockcastle County High School Website
      • Bottom of the Guidance Tab – National Websites
      • Scholarships Tab under Guidance – local scholarship information (We will also announce these on the morning announcements and keep a running posting in the guidance office.)
    • Colleges/Universities – contact the individual places you are interested in attending and see what they have available
  • Copies of the scholarship applications not available online will be kept on the bookshelves in the guidance office. Feel free to come check the shelves periodically.

Recommendations

  • Recommendations don’t write themselves – please give those you are requesting to write a recommendation plenty of time (preferably 2 weeks)
  • If you decide not to apply for something and no longer need the recommendation – let the recommender know
  • Fill out the “Bragging Rights” sheet we gave you in senior interviews to help your recommenders (Extra copies are on the bookshelf in the guidance office.)

Students Interested in Somerset Community College

  • Fill out the SCC Scholarship application, available under the “Financial Aid” tab on the SCC website http://www.somerset.kctcs.edu/

Students Interested in Starting at a KY Community and Technical College and then Transferring to EKU

  • Colonel Connection Program
  • Must be accepted to EKU in addition to the Community and Technical College
  • A program that will keep you in contact with EKU while at the Community and Technical College
  • Many benefits
    • Community and Technical College transcripts automatically sent to EKU
    • Degree plan is locked – not as likely to get caught by “curriculum changes”
    • Will be assigned a Colonel Connection advisor to help you stay on track with the classes you are taking at the Community and Technical College
    • Do not have to re-apply to EKU when transferring
  • Go to EKU’s webpage (eku.edu) and search for “Colonel Connection” in the search bar or call (859) 622-7686 for more information.

Students Interested in EKU

  • New Scholarship – Trailblazer Scholarship
    • Application Deadline – March 1, 2016
    • Must be a 1st generation college student (neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree)
    • Priority given to students who are not eligible for merit scholarships
    • Must complete the FAFSA to be eligible
    • Go to EKU’s webpage (eku.edu) and search for “Trailblazer Scholarship” in the search bar to access the application.
  • EKU Foundation Scholarships
    • Application Deadline – April 15, 2016
    • Go to EKU’s webpage (eku.edu) and search for “Foundation Scholarships” in the search bar to access the application.
    • Completing the application for EKU’s Foundation Scholarships places you in consideration for numerous scholarships that have specific credentials.
    • Not usually stacked
      • If you qualify for an academic scholarship, it is unlikely that one of the Foundation Scholarships would be worth more than a merit scholarship, BUT it is always worth a try – you never know.
    • Nova Program
      • Provides assistance to first generation college students
      • Apply as soon as possible – it is a competitive program.
      • Go to EKU’s webpage (eku.edu) and search for “Nova Program” in the search bar to access the application.

Things to Remember

  • Now is the time!!!
    • Be completing applications if you have not already done so.
    • Check deadlines
      • Admissions
      • Scholarships
      • Housing
    • Promptness is critical – you can miss out on a lot of opportunities, money, and possibilities by missing deadlines
    • Don’t get overwhelmed – take things one step at a time

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