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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Home Stretch

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

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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

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March: Award Letters

Financial aid letters will start showing up between now and mid-April. Use this month to get a clear financial picture. Understand each award you have received, compare them side by side and explore the ramifications each choice will have on your future.

Understanding Awards
Financial aid letters differ in presentation. Call the financial aid office to get clarification as to what part of the award is gift aid, what part is a loan, and/or what part is

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February: 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.

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Life 101: Beyond High School - January 2014

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

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