- Scholarship Recognition (let Dr. Harkleroad know by May 20 of any scholarships you are receiving, any that are not related to Pell Grant, HOPE/Zell Miller, or Federal Work/Study)
- Final Transcript Requests procedure/link (see our Transcript Requests page)
- Zell Miller Scholarship requirement adjustment due to COVID-19's impact on ACT/SAT testing (also noted here)
- reminders about Prom, Graduation dates
- reminders about how to find scholarships, complete your FAFSA, college application considerations, and college/career exploration tools.
All seniors were sent an important updates/reminders email yesterday evening. Please check your student email account accordingly. Topics included:
In this 10-minute video, we explore some vital resources for landing free money for higher education. With all this extra time on your hands, why not file your FAFSA this weekend? Fill out some scholarship apps? Also included: a PSA for seniors who are failing a class.
For more info, please also visit our College Financial Aid page!
(Please note that this is about regular admissions, NOT Dual Enrollment admissions.)
Our Dalton State College representative and class of 2012 alum, Gabriel Alvarado-Gonzalez, contacted the NMHS Counseling Office about a special update. In light of current events, the following adjustments are being made to the admissions requirements for the upcoming 2020 semesters:
The role of school counselors is to deliver a program that nurtures development in Academic, College & Career, and Social-Emotional Domains. To continue this under the current, extraordinary circumstances, we have assembled resources categorized under these very domains. Visit our new menu for Resources During COVID-19 for more! We will also update these pages periodically as more resources/tools come to our attention. We also plan to add a page under this new menu to offer activity suggestions by grade level.
Visit our College Financial Aid page (under College and Career Planning menu) to download the Local Scholarship Application. While you're there, don't forget to review the rest of the page for more about securing free money for college!
Thank you to all the senior parents and students who participated in the 11/07/19 Title I Senior Parent Night! We appreciate your braving a cold, rainy evening to learn more about the high school-to-post-secondary transition.
For any and all who need it, the slideshow and handout items are now available on the Senior Parent Night resources page.
This article features a Dalton State College nursing student who refused to let her learning disability hold her back from achieving her goals. Through positive working relationships with Dalton State classmates and instructors, learning strategies tailored to her learning disability, and grit, she found success in Dalton State's challenging nursing program and is thriving in the workforce!
We encourage all students to read this inspiring story about a student with a growth mindset!
‘Hard but Rewarding:’ Nursing Graduate Pushes Through Disability to Succeed (Dalton State College)
This might be a good time to ask: Did you know that Exceptional Student Services (ESS; also known as special education) does not have to stop in high school? In earlier levels of education, ESS is often initiated by educators or parents who notice students who may have special needs that impact their education. After high school, a student can still arrange for such accommodations. If you have received ESS accommodations in grade school and/or high school and are interested in securing accommodations in college, you must reach out to your college's disability services department. The approval process does not automatically begin for you just because you had an IEP or 504 Plan in high school. The exact name of the department providing disability services may vary from college to college, but it's usually a title like disability services, student success services, etc.
If you think you aren't worthy of scholarships, think again! From scholarships for your height to scholarships for best duct tape prom dress, there are a variety of scholarships that don't necessarily require financial need and/or academic prowess.
Follow the link to see CNBC's 7 of the Strangest College Scholarships
As always, you can also visit the NMHS Counseling Office's own College Financial Aid page for more information about state and federal aid, aid based on financial need and merit, and searching for scholarships.
In this article by the "College Corner" columnist for Davis Enterprise, Jennifer Borenstein answers a common question she receives: "What are my chances of getting into (highly competitive college)?" Using her know-how as an independent college advisor, Borenstein offers practical pointers for making your application stand out.
Read Borenstein's article here: For Selective Schools, Here’s How You Stand Out (Davis Enterprise)
Once a high school senior has filed their FAFSA as well as been accepted to a higher education institution, that school's financial aid office gets to work on the student's financial aid award package. After interfacing with the appropriate federal and state agencies to confirm what free money (grants and scholarships) and federal education loans the student is eligible for, the financial aid office lets the student know what college financial aid is being offered to them and gives them the opportunity to accept or decline the different sources.
But what if the federal/state free money and federal ed loans won't totally cover your cost of attendance? Visit HomeRoom, the blog of the US Department of Education, to learn their suggestions:
7 Options to Consider if You Didn't Receive Enough Financial Aid
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