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Planning and Choosing a College or University
Trip to College, K-12 www.triptocollege.org
Indiana’s step by step guide through the college planning process. Timeline, Real Answers, Indiana Colleges, and Paying for College (TRIP).
Learn More Indiana, K-12 www.learnmoreindiana.org
Indiana’s college and career connection for parents, students, community members, adult learners, and counselors.
Know How to Go www.knowhow2goindiana.org
The four steps to college, middle school through senior year.
College MatchMaker http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/adv_typeofschool.jsp
National college match maker service through CollegeBoard.
US Department of Education website in collaboration with students on why go, what to do, and how to pay for college
St. Joseph County College Fair http://www.scholarshipfoundation.org
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County hosts a FREE annual College Fair at the Century Center in South Bend in early October. Many college and university representatives are in attendance. There usually is a free financial aid seminar too.
Applying to Colleges and Universities
Senior students have the ability to request transcripts through Indiana e-Transcript. Transcripts requested online are sent securely to the destinations that you select. We will only provide paper copies of transcripts to colleges and universities that do not accept them through E-transcript.
Common Application https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx
The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an admission application – online and in print – that students may submit to any of our 391 members. (Your Penn Counselor can submit your transcript directly through Common Application, no need to submit a request through E-transcript.)
FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid www.fafsa.ed.gov
College costs can be high, so federal student aid is financial assistance for students who need help paying for college. Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, provides federal student aid, which includes grants, loans, and work-study.
Be sure to apply as soon as possible after January 1 of your senior year (or the year when you plan to enroll in a college, university, or other school). You can apply for financial aid after March 1, but you will not be considered for State of Indiana financial aid programs.
Most colleges and universities require you fill this form out before considering a student for financial aid.
In addition to the FAFSA, many private colleges and universities require the CSS Profile to help award nonfederal financial aid.
Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid
In English and Spanish PDF or HTML formats
Penn Guidance Newsletter http://penn.phmschools.org/sites/default/files/pdffiles/107%20Guid.%20Newsletter.pdf
Scholarship opportunties for all grade levels, college and universities open house announcements, and college, university, and military visits to PHS.
Scholarship Scams: Federal Trade Commission http://www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams
Find out if the scholarship you are using is legitimate.
Free Scholarship Websites
CollegeBoard Scholarship Search and Articles on Paying for College http://www.collegeboard.com/student/pay/index.html
Resources for Athletes
National Junior College Athletic Association http://www.njcaa.org/
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics http://naia.cstv.com/
NCCAA: National Christian College Athletic Association http://www.thenccaa.org/
College Entrance Exams
AP Credit Policy from CollegeBoard http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp
Find colleges and universities with AP credit policy information
21st Century Scholars http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2345.htm#