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Understanding PSAT results

Testing Information
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The SAT and ACT are college entrance exams typically taken in the spring of your junior year and/or fall of your senior year.  Some colleges require either SAT or ACT scores.  It is important to check with each college you are thinking about applying to see what their requirements are to determine the best exam for you.  Please let us know if the test fee is a concern.  Taking the SAT and need some test prep?  Khan Academy is College Board approved and offers FREE test prep help.  http://www.khanacademy.com
If you have any questions please come and see us!
 
 
Upcoming ACT Exams

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CEEB Code used for financial aid or for use on college applications:
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College Representatives at MW
Interested juniors and senior students if you are looking to learn more information about Colleges and Universities check out the schedule below to sew when they may be coming to visit Madrid-Waddington.  Sign up in the Guidance Office.
 

September 17th - Clarkson University

September 24th-SUNY Potsdam

October 1st - Niagara University

October 1st-Wells College

October 2nd-Keuka College  

October 10th-Saint lawrence University

October 16th-SUNY Canton

October 17th-Utica College

October 28th-Cazenovia  College

October 29th-SUNY Plattsburgh

October 29th-LeMoyne

October 31st-North Country Community College

November 1st-SUNY Geneseo

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On October 11th MW hosted a financial aid night for juniors and seniors hosted by SUNY Canton's Kerrie Cooper, Director of Financial Aid.  If you missed the event you can click above to view the power-point presentation.    

FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid is a critical piece of the college selection process because it can help a family afford higher education for their child. There are many types of financial aid that a student can receive and the process can be confusing.   

Where to begin:
The Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is where every family who receives federal and state aid must begin.  Once a family fills out the forms, the federal government does an analysis and establishes an Estimated Family Contribution or EFC.  The EFC is the number that college financial aid offices use to determine what kind of aid students are eligible for and can receive.

How to fill out the FAFSA:
The FAFSA forms are now available October 1 of each year.  To receive financial aid this form needs to be completed each year a student attends college. It is important that you meet the deadlines for the colleges that a student is applying to or attends.  The earlier the FAFSA is complete, the better chances a student may have at securing different kinds of financial aid.   

Before you actually begin filing out the FAFSA form you need to register  for a FSA ID.  Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. You can create your FSA ID here: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm

Once the FAFSA and TAP forms (see below) are completed and sent in, the colleges will use the information from these forms to create a financial aid award package.  It is important to be in touch with the colleges to ensure that they have all the information they need.  

*** Important: Many private colleges require additional forms for financial aid consideration. Please check the college websites for this requirement.***

At no time should a student have to pay money to file for financial aid or for scholarships.  The sites that charge a fee are usually a scam, so beware! 
 
COMPLETE THE FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is now open to complete. Click above to get started.  
 
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COMPLETE THE TAP application
When you complete the FAFSA please plan to complete the NEW YORK State TAP application through HESC.  TAP is the Tuition Assistance Program for NY State Residents.  Once the FAFSA form has been submitted, an option will appear to fill out the NY State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) form.  Although you can apply for this state aid separately, it is very convenient to do it at the end of the FAFSA form because information that you have already filled out on the FAFSA will appear in the TAP form automatically.  Take a few more minutes to apply for TAP off the FAFSA, it makes it faster and easier to apply!
 
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Guidance Direct
Seniors click on Guidance Direct to explore your interests, careers, college options, scholarships and revise and update your resume.  Don't remember your user name and password come to the Guidance Office.
 
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GPS for success is a new website that students can use to learn more about career opportunities, income potential and education/training requirements in 16 different career clusters. This website can support students career exploration options to become better prepared for college and or a vocational career.
 
SUNY Smart Track
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SUNY Smart Track is a tool developed by the SUNY system to provide a clear and understandable information to students and their families about the cost of attending SUNY.  The tools on this website are designed to help you and your family to make the best decision in college financing.
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Guidance Staff

Counselor for students whose last names start with A-L: 


Toni Siddon, ext. 214
tsiddon@mwcsk12.org

 

Counselor for students whose last names start with M-Z: 


Sabrina Pribek-Britton,  ext. 215
sbritton@mwcsk12.org

 

 Guidance Secretary: 


Jodi Fox, Ext. 218
jfox@mwcsk12.org

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