Happy fall from the team at ForwarDirections! We provide this monthly newsletter free of charge, so feel free to share it with others.
It is with great pleasure that we tell you that our seniors from last year were accepted into a wide variety of public and private colleges in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. They are now enrolled at their chosen colleges, and we look forward to hearing about their successes as part of our network in the future.
We have created room for four separate cohorts of students in our network: sophomores, juniors, seniors, and college students. Each group is designed to share ideas with one another, while we work individually with students so they can be successful at every level.
Our mission is to empower students to be college and/or career ready by helping them discover their passions and bring their future into focus
It is not too late to join our network! Just fill out this form, and we’ll get in touch with you to get you started.
Joining ForwarDirections provides:
- Initial consultation process to determine student interests and goals
- College or career selection based on interests and goals
- Ongoing online support via group and individual meetings
- Ongoing network for collaborating and sharing with one another
- Ongoing support and guidance through the first year of college
For high school students:
- For those applying for scholarships, check your high school counseling website about your eligibility. Also, consider registering for Fast Web scholarships (http://www.fastweb.com/). Note: If you don’t apply, there is no way to receive any money!
- Make sure that you are giving your schoolwork your very best effort. Identify how you are managing your time so you can complete everything at a high level of quality. Consider making adjustments as needed.
- Talk with your counselor, teacher, and/or parents if you need help with managing any part of your school experience.
- Check your high school counseling website to be aware of any school counseling deadlines, college visits, and/or future scholarships.
- Seniors: Get your FAFSA ID now. Complete this first stage of the FAFSA, even if you don’t think you will need federal aid.
For college students:
- How have the first weeks of school gone for you? Are you keeping the balance between your academics and your social life? Take a minute to read these “10 Tips for the First Month of College”: http://www.forwardirections.org/archives/268
- Regardless of what stage your child may be in in terms of determining what colleges he/she wants to attend, these tools can help you and your child understand the options.
- If you are the parent of a senior:
- Ask your child to share the essays they have written with you. It’s a lot of work to write these essays, and your child will appreciate sharing them with you.
- Have your child get his/her FSA ID now. It’s important to complete this first stage of the FAFSA, even if you don’t think your child will need federal aid: https://pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/appinstr.jsp
Further articles and considerations for students and parents:
- East Coast Ivy League Acceptance Rates, Class of 2019. Ivy League colleges accepted between 6 and 9% of their applicants. http://www.businessinsider.com/ivy-league-acceptance-class-of-2019-2015-3
- Stanford Admits 5% of Applicants. http://www.stanforddaily.com/2015/03/27/admit-rates-dip-slightly-for-class-of-2019-stanford-expands-financial-aid/
- Seven Things to Do Before Your Kid Goes to College (From Time Magazine). It is never too early to start thinking about these important items such as doing laundry and opening up a bank account. http://time.com/2855449/parents-kids-college-tips/
- Are U.S. Colleges Still a Good Investment? Provides a nice chart of college costs and the “return on investment.” http://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/121814/are-us-colleges-still-good-investment.asp
- Ways to Pay for College from U.S. News and World Reports. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college
- Financial Aid Questions and Answers from an expert who has written a series of articles about financial aid in the New York Times. http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/guidance-office-fafsa/
- Financial Aid Application Guidelines and Links from the College Board. A nice comprehensive list of links and the timeline for applying for financial aid. http://professionals.collegeboard.com/guidance/financial-aid