Announcements

COUNSELING ANNOUNCEMENTS

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***ATTENTION SENIORS - CAP/GOWN ORDER DEADLINE***

You are reminded that the last day to order your cap and gown is Friday, April 2nd.
The information for you to order is below.

Catalog:

https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/XBg3CXDAm8S47q9KSGR0fY?domain=issuu.com

Ordering:

Jostens has given you three options to place your order:

1. Order online: Visit http://www.jostens.com/ to place your order. Make sure that you search for Washington High School in Charles Town, WV.

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Order by phone: Call the Jostens' Customer Care Center and speak to a specialist to place your order. The number is 1-800-567-8367.

3. Mail your order: Print the attached order form and mail it to the address on the form. 

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***PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP/FAFSA DEADLINE EXTENDED***

As of Wednesday 3/3/21, the application deadline for the Promise Scholarship and the FAFSA application has been extended through July 1, 2021 so if you have not yet applied, now is the time to do so!  If you have any questions, please reach out to your school counselor for assistance.

The Promise Scholarship eligibility requirements, including test scores, remain the same:

  • ACT: 22 composite score with a minimum of 20 in English, math, science, and reading.
  • SAT: 1100 total score with a minimum of 520 in math, and 530 in evidence-based reading and writing.

The Promise Scholarship application is available at cfwv.com/promise. The FAFSA is free and available through the U.S. Department of Education at fafsa.gov.

For assistance with applications, students and families are encouraged to call the state’s financial aid hotline at 877-987-7664. Students are also encouraged to sign up for West Virginia’s text-message college counseling program, “Txt 4 Success,” by visiting http://www.cfwvconnect.com/txt-4-success/.

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FREE ACT FOR SENIORS

The Governor has authorized a Free ACT test for seniors who have applied for PROMISE and filed their FAFSA but have not met the minimum test score requirement.

Please see this link for details of when and where the tests will be offered. The site will be updated as more information becomes available.

https://www.wvhepc.edu/act-on-campus-exams/

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SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY VIRTUAL COLLEGE EXPLORATION WORKSHOP

Shepherd University is hosting a virtual College Exploration Workshop Wednesday, March 31st from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Join the members of the Shepherd Admissions and Student Success Center Departments as they guide you through the following topics:

  • Selecting a college major
  • Preparing for a campus visit
  • Considerations in a college
  • Scholarships and financial aid
  • The application and essay process

This free workshop will provide valuable information that will assist you in your college planning. Also, attending will count towards your mandatory experiential learning hours. 

To register, use the link below.

https://www.shepherd.edu/college-workshop/

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BLUE RIDGE CTC DUAL ENROLLMENT/JUMPSTART PROGRAM

Below you will find the Power Point and brochure regarding the JumpStart Program for High School Seniors at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.  Earn college credit while in high school and get a "jumpstart" on your college classes.

Students may also register for individual classes if they do not want to participate in the JumpStart Program.  The brochure for registering for individual classes will be soon to follow.  Please contact Mrs. Alemar or Mrs. Stuntz with questions.

JUMPSTART PROGRAM POWER POINT

JUMPSTART PROGRAM BROCHURE

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SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY DUAL ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Please see the link below for the Shepherd Dual Enrollment Information Video of the webinar we hosted for Jefferson County schools.

Dual Enrollment Information Video

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FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION SESSIONS

Due to Covid, we are unfortunately unable to provide the in person Financial Aid presentations that we have had in past years.  Below you will find a link to Financial Aid workshops, webinars, and Q&A hotline hours schedules to help all seniors and their families.

Financial Aid Information

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IMPORTANT FAFSA INFORMATION

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key that opens the door to financial aid. It serves as the application for most of the financial aid from federal and state programs and from colleges and universities. Even if you are not sure that you will need financial aid, we recommend that you fill out a FAFSA anyway -- it's free.

The FAFSA launches on October 1st

When you file the 2021-22 FAFSA, you will use what the U.S. Department of Education calls the Prior Prior Year (PPY) for income information. This means that you will use your 2019 income information to complete the 2021-22 FAFSA.

You should submit the FAFSA as soon after the official starting date, which is now October 1, as possible, making sure you meet any college or state deadlines. The quickest and most accurate way to file the FAFSA is online. In contrast to a paper copy, the online form displays only the data entry fields you need to complete. You also receive directions as you need them. The FAFSA site is also available in Spanish.

To complete the FAFSA you will need an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid), a username and password that enables you to log in to some Department of Education websites. Both you as the student and a parent will need their own FSA ID

You may wish to make use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT). This tool transfers your income tax information directly from the income tax form that you filed onto the FAFSA. You can read more about this process and find out when your tax information will be available through the IRS DRT here.

If you prefer to fill out a paper copy of the FAFSA, you can obtain one by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID.

The FAFSA may not be the only form required to receive an award letter from a school. You must also complete the college admissions process. Check with each of the colleges and universities you listed on your FAFSA to determine their requirements.

If you filed your FAFSA electronically, you will receive an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) within a few days of submitting your completed FAFSA. (SAR results may take three weeks if you filed a paper FAFSA.) The SAR is the result of your FAFSA. Read it immediately and follow any directions. The schools you list on the FAFSA will also receive results. You can also file your FAFSA by using the "myFederalAid" app on your mobile device. Go to either the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app.

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PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Below is some useful information to help seniors apply for Financial Aid this year. Due to Covid-19, we cannot have the in-person workshops this fall as we have had in the past. The Video link below is from The College Foundations of WV and includes a FAFSA Step By Step.  FAFSA and PROMISE must be filed by March 1, 2021 to qualify for most financial aid in WV including PROMISE and WV Higher Education Grant.  

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeXDnTYiObMXuJJhXtQ-Acg

Below are some handouts to help you through the process of applying for the FSA ID and password needed to sign your FAFSA and the PROMISE and WV INVESTS Grant applications.

FINANCIAL AID REQUIREMENTS
FINANCIAL AID 101
FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DIRECTIONS

Please let your Counselor know if you require further assistance after viewing the Videos and handouts.

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ESSAY CONTEST - WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF CITIZENSHIP

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is seeking submissions for its 2021 essay contest.

Students are invited to consider and share their thoughts on the question: "What are the responsibilities of citizenship, and how do those responsibilities support and reinforce the rule of law?"

The contest is open to all students currently in grades 9 through 12 from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Essays are limited to 1,000 words and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021.

Students have the opportunity to win one of three cash prizes: first place, $2,000; second place, $1,500; and third place, $1,000.

Winners will be announced in the summer, and travel will be provided to the court’s Essay Awards Program in September 2021.

For additional information and instructions on how to submit an essay, please visit:

www.ca4.uscourts.gov/essay-contest.

For questions, contact the Fourth Circuit Clerk’s Office at essaycontest@ca4.uscourts.gov or (804) 916-2706.

Please note: Prior award winners as well as children, grandchildren, stepchildren, and members of the household of a federal judge or federal judiciary employee are excluded from the competition.

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