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Maranacook School Code: CEEB #2008472015 MCHS School Profile.pdf



Attention seniors and parents:
There will be a Financial Aid Night at Winthrop High School Performing Arts Center: November 19, 6-7pm

UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS TO MCHS:


National Guard
October 23, 2014 @ 10:30 am
WHEATON COLLEGE
October 27, 2014 @ 12:30 pm
UMF
October 28 @ 9:30
KVCC
October 30 @ 8:30 am
UMF, Honors Program
November 3 @ 10:40am
Clark University
November 5 @ 12 pm

Eric Brown, the Director of University of Maine at Farmington's Honors Program will be at MCHS on November 3 to speak with students who are interested in UMF'S Honors Program.  Please let Mrs. Tamborini know if you are interested in learning more about the program.


Mule Prep for SAT prep!

Interested in SAT help?  For more information https://sites.google.com/a/colby.edu/muleprep/




Connecticut College
Explore Weekend November 8 - 10

Explore weekend provides students the opportunity to explore the diversity of our residential campus, the academic and extracurricular opportunities.  All program costs, including room and board, will be covered by Connecticut College and scholarship funds are avaialbe to defray the cost of travel for students with desmonstrated financial need.  Interested students should complete the application online and submit a transcript and letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor.  Visit www.conncoll.edu/explore-weekend for more information or contact Mily Muñiz, Associate Director of Admission and Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment, mily.muniz@conncoll.edu, or by phone at 860-439-5472.


Guide to the Undergraduate Application


As you know, there are numerous steps to applying for college, each with a distinct process and deadlines. In an effort to make the process less overwhelming, this guide walks students through the following:
Taking admissions exams
Writing personal statements and entrance essays
Getting letters of recommendation
Doing interviews and campus visits

Check out the following link for the Undergraduate Application Guide:  http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/undergraduate-application-guide/.

Accredited Online Maine Colleges

With the rise of the internet, online education has become a more integral part of our higher education system. Top colleges and universities are now offering online options as part of their curricula. Unfortunately, in the past when students tried to research these opportunities, information is often fragmented and not easily accessible. While online learning continues to grow, it is critical to educate students about accreditation as it can significantly impact financial aid, credit transferability, and career potential.

Here are some specific pages  that might be of greatest interest to you.




5 Things To Do After Filing Your FAFSA



Congratulations! You finished filling out the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! Now what?

1. Look Out For Your Student Aid Report

[ http://www.ed.gov/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/9454496542_71b1d84d7c_b.jpg ]http://www.ed.gov/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/9454496542_71b1d84d7c_b.jpgAfter you submit your FAFSA, you’ll get a [ http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/student-aid-report ]Student Aid Report (SAR). Your SAR is a paper or electronic document that gives you some basic information about your eligibility for federal student aid as well as listing your answers to the questions on your FAFSA.

Any student with a Federal Student Aid PIN can view and print his or her SAR by logging in to [ http://www.fafsa.gov/ ]www.fafsa.gov and clicking on the appropriate school year. This is also where you can check the status of your application if you have not received your SAR yet. Once you get your SAR, you should review it carefully to make sure it’s correct and complete. If you made a mistake, make sure you go in and [ http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/correct-update ]correct or update your FAFSA.

2. Locate Your EFC

Found your SAR? Awesome! You may want to start by looking for your [ http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/how-calculated#whats-the-expected-family-contribution ]Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC can be found in the box at the top of the first page of your SAR, under your social security number.

Your EFC is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Its formula considers your family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) as well as your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year.

Schools use your EFC to determine your federal student aid eligibility and your financial aid award. However, it’s important to remember that your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate how much financial aid you are eligible to receive. Contact your school’s financial aid office if you have any questions about how they [ http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/how-calculated ]calculate financial aid.

3. Make Corrections If You Need To

It’s important to make sure that everything on your FAFSA is correct and complete, as your school may ask you to verify some of the information.

Did you fill out FAFSA [ https://fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1415/help/fotwfaq68.htm ]before your 2013 tax information was complete? Do you need to [ http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/correct-update#updates-if-your-situation-has-changed ]update any information? Did you find a [ http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/correct-update#corrections-if-you-made-a-mistake ]mistake? Don’t worry! It’s easy to make corrections online at [ http://www.fafsa.gov/ ]www.fafsa.gov. Log in and click “Make FAFSA Corrections.†You’ll need to enter your Federal Student Aid PIN to make any corrections. Corrections should be processed in 3-5 days and you should receive a revised SAR.

4. Review Your Financial Aid History Information

The last page of your SAR includes information about your financial aid history, specifically the loans you have taken out. It can be complicated and confusing to keep track of all of your loans and interest rates, but it is very important. Reviewing the financial aid history in your SAR will help you be aware of how much you are borrowing and how much you’ll owe later.

Remember: You can access your financial aid history information anytime by logging into [ http://www.nslds.ed.gov/ ]www.nslds.ed.gov with your Federal Student Aid PIN.

5. Double-Check With Your Schools

Lastly, make sure that you double-check with the financial aid offices at the schools you applied to.  Sometimes schools need additional paperwork or have other deadlines. You never want to leave money on the table!


FINANCIAL AID TOOLKIT

Federal Student Aid (FSA) launched the Financial Aid Toolkit (financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov).  The toolkit consolidates FSA resources into a searchable online database.

GI BILL – MONEY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

If one of your parents is a Veteran and, as a result of military service, is deceased or was determined to be 100% disabled, you could be receiving over $900 each month while you attend high school.  You must be at least 18 years old to receive this money.  These benefits are also available for education and training placements after high school graduation.  For more information, talk to your Guidance Counselor or contact the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Programs.  Robert B. Haley, Director 207-582-2100  saa-vets@maine.edu.


Seniors!

Do you need to take the Accuplacer for college?
Are you nervous you may need extra help in math or English to pass the Accuplacer?
Sign up in guidance to schedule your Accuplacer testing and talk about your options!



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Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) - A great resource for college planning/scholarship info.  Please visit: http://www.famemaine.com/index.aspx
College Portrait – A reliable website that provides a free source of clear, comparable info. about public colleges and universities.  It helps student/families compare costs, locations, academic programs, graduation rates, campus activities, safety, etc.  For more info. please visit www.collegeportraits.org.
College Financial Aid Advice - This is a terrific free site with helpful information/links for college planning.  From college savings accounts to student loans, scholarships and grants, student jobs and tax credits; explore the many ways to fund your college education. This site can help guide you through your choices, so you can choose the best options for you. They provide an extensive list of scholarships based on majors, ethnicity & religion, minorities & women, athletics, weird/unusual,etc. Please visit: http://www.college-financial-aid-advice.com/
Net Price Calculator  - By the end of October, all colleges and universities are required to have a net price calculator on their web site-some already do! This new tool will help families gage what they might expect to receive in aid from that particular institution. You will need to enter much of the information that will be used in the FAFSA so the better your data is, the better the end result will be. This is not a guarantee of award, but just a ballpark. Some schools have much better endowment funds and all schools do financial aid differently so please use this as it's intended-another tool to help plan for college and college payments. Colby's is up on their admissions page. Other schools may put them with financial aid.
US News University Directory - A fantastic website for researching colleges.   http://www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com/
Free online SAT course - Offering SAT prep, with over 100 math, reading, and writing study guides, 5000 SAT vocabulary flash cards, practice quizzes/tests, etc.  For more info. please visit:  SAT Prep - http://domesatreview.com

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Counselors:
Kristen Levesque (A-J)
p 207.685.4923 ext.1040
f 207.685.9597

Sara Chisholm (K-Z)
p 207.685.4923 ext.1048
f 207.685.9597

Administrative Assistant
Christine Tamborini
p 207.685.4923 ext.1025
f  207.685.9597

The Role of MCHS School Counselors
Professional school counselors address the needs of students through the implementation of a comprehensive, standards-based, developmental school counseling program. MCHS counselors work with all students, including those who are considered at-risk and those with special needs. We are specialists in adolescent behavior and relationships and provide assistance to students through four primary interventions: counseling (individual and small group), large group guidance, consultation, and coordination.

Above all, school counselors are student advocates who consult and collaborate with teachers, administrators, and families to help students be successful. School counselors are an integral part of all school efforts to insure a safe learning environment and safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community.

Professional school counselors meet the state certification/licensure standards and abide by the state laws. To assure high quality practice, school counselors are committed to continued professional growth and personal development. We are proactively involved in professional organizations that foster and promote school counseling at the local, state, and national levels. We uphold the ethical and professional standards of these associations and promote the development of the school counseling profession.

To make an appointment to see your counselor, please contact Christine Tamborini, guidance secretary at 685-4923 ext. 1025

Adapted from ASCA Delegate Assembly, June 1999

Click here to review Graduation Requirements

The following is is a link to a 20 minute video called "Destination College", http://video.collegeboard.com/educators/destination_college_psat_med.mov.  It is designed to help students interpret and use their PSAT score reports. It provides information about My College QuickStart and describes other free resources to help students improve academic skills, prepare for the SAT and plan for college.








 
Last Modified: Oct 20, 2014
 



Maranacook Community High School
2250 Millard Harrison Drive, Readfield, ME 04355-3573
Phone: 207.685.4923 | Fax: 207.685.9597
Dwayne Conway, Principal
Email: dwayne_conway@maranacook.org
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