Friday, December 7, 2018

USA Gap Year Fair

Come learn about Gap year options at the Chapel Hill area fair in Carrboro, NC on Saturday, February 9th from 1:00-4:00 PM for an incredible FREE opportunity to learn about a number of life-changing gap year programs from all around the world!
For more information, visit the website

You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. See you there!
*Presentation 1:00-2:00 PM, Fair 2:00-4:00 PM

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Getting Help with the FAFSA

Getting Help with the FAFSA and CSS Profile

If you need assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the CSS Profile – or wondering where to start – you’ll find helpful resources below!
If your child will be in college for the 2019-2020 school year, you can file the FAFSAand the CSS Profile now. The official release date for both financial aid applications was Oct. 1, 2018.

FAFSA Resources

FAFSA on the Web.

This is the official website to complete the FAFSA. 
It’s highly recommended that parents complete the FAFSA online, but here is the  2019-2020 FAFSA in PDF form.
The paper FAFSA contains eight pages of questions and two pages of explanations.

Trending FAFSA questions.

The U.S. Department of Educations maintains a list of trending FAQs about the FAFSA. See what questions other parents are asking and you might discover what you need here.

FAFSA Contacts.

Questions about the FAFSA? Here is how to get answers:
FAFSA hotline: (800) 433-3243.
Email contact:
When parents are working on the FAFSA online, they can click a live help button for assistance.

FAFSA on the Web Worksheet.

This FAFSA worksheet for the 2019-2020 school year provides a preview of FAFSA questions.

FAFSA YouTube Videos.

FAFSA videos from the U.S. Department of Education include a FAFSA overview and how to complete the FAFSA.

Financial Aid Toolkit.

This federal website provides student aid information for counselors, nonprofits and college consultants. Families can take advantage of the materials.

Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid.

On the toolkit website, you’ll also see a guide that provides a great deal of background on the federal financial aid system and FAFSA.

Khan Academy Video: FAFSA Walkthrough

 This step-by-step video guide, narrated by the financial aid director at Stanford University, explains how to complete the FAFS

National Association for Student Financial

This website for financial aid professionals includes a section entitled, Students, Parents & Counselors. You’ll find information about financial aid on this site, including links to state aid programs in the 50 states.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Appalachian State Martha Guy Summer Institute

The Martha Guy Summer Institute for future business leaders was created to give high achieving high school students, interested in pursuing a college degree in business, a premier summer experience exploring the different disciplines within business, exposing them to regional business leaders and developing leadership and professional behavior skills needed to be successful in the business realm.
Former participants call the Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders (MGSI) the best summer opportunity available to high school juniors. Since 2004, the institute has provided a select group of students an unparalleled opportunity to learn about business and develop leadership skills in a fun and friendly environment.
The program brings students to Appalachian’s campus to learn about business, and to develop leadership and professional skills. Included in the three weeks is travel to various businesses and cultural activities. The entire experience is described by all as "amazing!"
The online application will open on December 1, 2018. Please review the admission requirements before submitting your application.
Application Deadline is Thursday, February 28, 2019.

See the link below or Ms. O'Kane for more information.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Duke Summer Session Applications Open

Dear Students, 

The day has arrived! We are thrilled to share that Duke Summer Session applications are now open. Through participating in one of our three transformative summer programs at Duke University, you will experience our commitment to academic excellence and personal growth as you challenge yourself, connect with new people, and create lasting memories over the course of the summer. All the while, you will be enhancing your college application and laying the foundation for future success at elite universities. 

Why wait? Apply online today to secure your spot in one (or more) of our incredible programs.

Going Merry Scholarship Application Platform

One app for all  scholarships

It just got a lot easier for anyone to find and apply to scholarships online, absolutely free.

What is Going Merry?

Going Merry is a scholarship application platform. This platform is developed to help students find, apply for, and win scholarships without ever having to leave the site. GM is different from scholarship search engines, and is inspired by what the Common App.. Students can apply directly to multiple scholarships using auto filled applications from the profiles that they create.

All VAHS seniors have been invited to register for an account and start using this scholarship platform. So far 16 scholarship applications have been submitted.