Announcements

COUNSELING ANNOUNCEMENTS

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ATTN SENIORS: SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY APPLICATION

Shepherd University is now accepting applications for all WHS seniors and waiving the application fee. Apply by November 20 at www.shepherd.edu/apply and use code WHSAPPLY. This year Shepherd is test optional. If you do not have ACT/SAT scores, you should submit a personal statement and letter of recommendation along with your application. If you have any questions, email Kristen Lorenz, the Director of Admission, at klorenz@shepherd.edu.

There will be paper applications available in the Guidance Office for students who do not have internet at home. All students must complete a transcript request form and submit it to Mrs. Seylar by Nov 16th in order to have the application complete by November 20th.

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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
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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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