Guidance Department: Important Dates for HS Students and Parents
A list of important dates and deadlines for 2013-2014
High school is a busy time for students and their parents. Freshman take the EXPLORE exam in October to inform them of career interests and strengths. Sophomores take the PLAN exam in October to help predict their ACT scores (the ACT is taken during Junior year) and career interests. Also in October, Juniors take a practice ACT to give them experience with the exam (they will get a score, but the results are not official). Seniors need to be active in post-graduation planning: many colleges have early decision deadlines in the fall, while other college and vocational programs have open houses. Numerous college and military representatives visit during the lunch hour to inform students of their programs. In the spring, seniors need to stay on top of financial aid and scholarship applications. This list of important dates is to keep students and their parents informed of major tests, presentations, open houses, deadlines, and related events that will help them succeed in school and after graduation. Please check the list frequently as it will be updated throughout the year. I wish you all the best for the 2013-2014 school year!
*For an estimate of your FAFSA package (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/f4cForm?execution=e1s1 For aid for the 2014-2015 school year, you can officially start filing January 1st, 2014.
**We are hosting a Financial Aid Night on Thursday, January 16th from 6:30-7:30 PM in the high school computer lab. The guidance counselor and a financial aid representative from ICC will be available to help you file your FAFSA and to answer questions. We encourage parents filing for the first time to attend this session. If you are planning to file that night, you will need to bring:
• Your Social Security Number
• Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
• Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
• Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
• Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
• A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically. (If you do not already have one, visit www.pin.ed.gov to obtain one.)
If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).
Taken from http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help/before003.htm
Please note that not all events apply to all students, and some information may need to be sought by students individually (e.g., exact application deadlines for the colleges of their choice).