April: Making The Decision

By Joanne Barnard

It’s decision time for seniors. The school year is winding down and schools want confirmation of your choice. Making any decision is tricky and deciding what you are going to do after high school may seem overwhelming. However, with a clear target, reflection, and a deep breath, any decision can be made with confidence and courage.

Making Decisions Based On Goals

Whether you are working on a post secondary education choice, finances, or personal achievements, making decisions is easy if you have a basic framework. Choosing to make your own lunch instead of

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Follow-up, the Future and Financial Aid

February is the lull month between the frenzy of applying for school and financial aid and the anticipation of award letters and the decision. Take this opportunity to follow up on all you have accomplished, catch up on all that you haven’t, and prepare yourself for what is to come.

Follow up:
If you have already applied for post secondary education, scholarships and completed the FAFSA, follow up with schools to ensure they have transcripts and all application material. Some schools require your mid-year transcript. You may have requested ACT/SAT scores be

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January: FAFSA

Most individuals pursuing post-secondary education receive some sort of financial aid. Financial aid is comprised of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Last month, high school seniors were advised to focus on applying for scholarships. Use January to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Saving for Education 2014

By Joanne Barnard
Paying education costs can be stressful for parents and graduates; estimates are staggering. Yet post secondary education is becoming a necessity to ensure a productive life. Planning for post-secondary education now will

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November: The Application

High school seniors can apply to post secondary programs every day of the year. Most regular admission deadlines are in January or February, however to take advantage of financial support this series encourages a concentrated effort in November.

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October: The Search

Whether it’s a two or four-year college, a gap year, or a technical/vocational institute, choosing what to do after high school will be one of the biggest decisions a senior can make.  Spend this month sifting through

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Life 101: Beyond High School - September: Getting To Know You

By Joanne Barnard

Hello again and welcome to the second installment of Life 101 for the class of 2015;  a series of ten articles that breaks down the senior year “to do” list into a task per month, in preparation for what lies beyond.

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Life 101: August: Important Documents

Welcome Class of 2015 to Life 101, a series of ten articles that divides the otherwise daunting process of preparing for life after high school into a the monthly “to do” list. There are a plethora of post high-school options. One path may get you loads of money, but you loath the very idea. Another option may be something

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