What This High School Counselor Wants Parents To Know

High School is a lot different compared to elementary and middle school. For parents it’s a whole new ball game – driving, dating, parties, ACT, SAT, college, etc, etc.
Here is some great advice from a high school counselor
What This High School Counselor Wants Parents To Know
Today’s parents are flooded with well-meaning advice, but it’s not always practical or easy to implement. Erin O’Malley, who is the Dean of Student Se…Read the entire article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-breheny-wallace/what-this-high-school-counselor-wants-parents-to-know_b_11949674.html

Important New FAFSA Submission Information

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Do your college bound students know about
the new FAFSA submission date of October 1st
The single most important thing your students can do to get financial aid for college is to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s important students stay up-to-date on all things FAFSA, including key changes like this one, for academic year 2017-18.
Start by sharing the Sallie Mae® Beginner’s Guide to FAFSA video with your students and their families, and visiting PlanforCollege.com/FAFSA.
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MOST – Missouri 529 College Savings Plan

Building a successful college-going culture begins with early education and planning.  You can help families in your schools by introducing middle & elementary school parents to planning for higher education expenses through savings and financial aid concepts while they still have time to plan.  High School parents may not have as much time to plan but are still able to take advantage of the benefits of saving as well.  Families also need to know that saving with MOST 529 is not just for 4 year colleges/universities, it can also be used at qualifying technical/trade schools – anywhere in the country. The MOST 529 plan can be opened with pocket change, contributions can be made any time, provides tax benefits and has a convenient gifting option with Ugift – allowing friends and family to contribute for birthdays/holidays.

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College Acceptance: What if you are rejected from your dream school?


It is officially Spring!  Seniors are checking their emails and mailboxes daily.  They are waiting for a very special envelope.  It’s the one that contains the acceptance letter from their first choice of colleges.

Is your house on pins & needles?  Mine is!  As a parent, I am in the seat right next to my child on the roller coaster of emotions.   The waiting is almost unbearable!  The fear of rejection and the uncertainty about what to do next is heart breaking.   I hate the “what if” game!

About Parenting has some great information about how to help your child deal with the rejection, finding other options and what to do now if he/she is having second thoughts about their choice or post-secondary plan.