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Home Stretch Seniors

Life 101: Beyond High School by Joanne Barnard

Seniors, your last month of high school is here. This series has given you a monthly to-do list to prepare for life beyond high school and culminates in this article. Among the last few items to deal with are housing contracts, orientation and actually moving forward.

Housing Contracts
Whether you are living on campus, in an apartment or staying home, make sure you have read and understand what is expected

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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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March: Awards Letters

March: Awards Letters

By Joanne Barnard

You have come a long way Class of 2015, with only a few more months of high school left. Financial aid letters will start showing up between now and mid-April. Use this month to reflect on what you can do best, what fuels your passion, and while reviewing theses award

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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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