Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Did You Miss The Deadline For UNG's MOWR program? Spring Deadline Information Below

UNG has set their deadline for Spring MOWR- if you are interested in applying, please check out their link for the MOWR program.  The official deadline is November 1st, however, they have filled up much quicker than the deadline in recent application cycles.  Our office recommends for students to go ahead and apply for this program as soon as they can to ensure prime scheduling options.

Please check out the link on the counseling webpage for more MOWR documents and information.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Who Is A Know-It-All?

I have been having multiple conversations with various parents/students about programs, opportunities, scholarships, etc.  I want to let you know that I APPRECIATE those conversations.  Please continue to send links to articles, programs, scholarships, etc. our way.  We can't keep up with it all and are delighted to hear advice, suggestions, and feedback from our constituents.

A great example occurred at the end of May when I ran into a parent at a recognition event.  The parent informed me that UGA's college of engineering had scholarships for high school seniors and students that were already enrolled in the engineering program.  As I looked up the information, I began to wonder how many other majors had similar programs.  It looks like several.  I have linked the UGA Engineering website below for those of you that are interested.  I also wanted to advise you guys to check out the college of enrollment/interest for your student and check out their major/program webpages to see if they might have similar scholarship offerings.

Engineering Undergraduate Scholarships

Those types of tidbits are super helpful and strengthen our program.  Please continue to help us be better advisors to the Titan family.  We appreciate you guys and all that you do to help us serve our students!

Kid Going To College? This Is A MUST Read!

Rick Clark does a great job of putting himself in the seat of many parents.  Our students have goals, aspirations, and sometimes the desired end result is lofty and highly competitive.  How do we best prepare our students for what they are hoping to achieve?  We don't want to kill their dreams but we also don't want to not prepare them for rejection.  This article does a great job of sharing a personal conversation between an admissions rep and his son on how he has chosen to tackle those types of situations.

Mr. Clark also does a great job of explaining the Common Data Set- a tool that we reference often.  Please take the time to read the article below- you will be glad that you did!


Kitchen Bars and Common Data Sets

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Are You Working On Your UGA Essays? Things You Need To Know

If you are planning to apply to UGA and do not follow their admissions blog- you are MISSING out!  The post below is a great example of why following their page can be a game changer for your application.  Check out their advice regarding the essay portion of their application-

2018 Freshman Essays

Important FASFA Information For Graduated Seniors and Rising Seniors


IRS Data Retrieval Tool status


In March, the IRS disabled the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) following concerns that identity thieves could use data from the tool to file fraudulent tax returns. Extra security and privacy protections have been added to the IRS DRT.

On June 2, the IRS DRT became available for use on the Electronic Income-Driven Repayment Plan Request. Note that transferred data will not be visible to borrowers on the IRS DRT website or on the Electronic Income-Driven Repayment Plan Request.
The IRS DRT will be available on Oct. 1, 2017, to use on the 2018–19 FAFSA form on fafsa.gov.
The IRS DRT will not return for the 2017–18 FAFSA form.
Further details about the IRS DRT outage are at StudentAid.gov/irsdrt-outage.



Verification changes for the 2016–17 and 2017–18 FAFSA® information

In response to concerns about the impact of the suspension of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) on students and families who have been selected for verification of their FAFSA® information, we have provided colleges with flexibilities they may choose to use as part of their verification procedures. These flexibilities begin immediately and apply to both the 2016–17 and 2017–18 FAFSA processing and verification cycles.

If you are assisting students who have been selected for verification, you can read Changes to 2016-17 and 2017-18 Verification Requirements on our Information for Financial Aid Professionals website to find details about the updated guidance to colleges.


FSA ID enhancements—thanks to your feedback

On May 14, we implemented several enhancements to improve the FSA ID experience. Users can now request that a secure code be texted to their verified mobile phone number to reset their password, retrieve their username, or unlock their account. Users can still use the existing account recovery methods (i.e., requesting that a secure code be emailed or providing answers to the challenge questions). In addition, the “significant date” challenge question is now optional.

Find more details about the FSA ID enhancements on the Financial Aid Toolkit website. And remember: Send your students to StudentAid.gov/fsaid for FSA ID information.

We recommend that you encourage students and parents to create their own FSA ID over the summer. Try this resource: Creating and Using the FSA ID fact sheet—it explains what an FSA ID is, how to get one, and where it can be used. Plus, it includes tips for using an FSA ID.



Federal Student Aid
U.S. Dept of Education
801 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Can College Sticker Prices Matter? What Do You Need To Know?

Once again Lynn O'Shaughnessy has blown my mind with resources and food for thought!  The post below does a great job educating parents, students, and counselors, on how to navigate the financial aspect of college.  Whether a student is staying local, going out of state, private, etc. this link is for you!  Great resources and easy to read- please take advantage of this informative post- I know that our office will!

College Sticker Prices Can Matter

College Sticker Prices May or May Not Matter- What You Need To Know!

I am saving this post into my favorites!  Once again Lynn O'Shaughnessy has given us a gold mine of information at our fingertips.  If you have a student that is considering college, please read the blog below from Mrs. O'Shaughnessy!  She has provided great resources and words of caution when considering the cost of college.

College Sticker Prices Can Matter