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October 24, 2013

Seniors should be prepared

NORMAN — Now that the school year is in full swing, your senior students will be told very important information. We know sometimes this doesn’t always make it home to the parents. Because of this, we want to relay a few things to parents of seniors.

Now is the time to set up your FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid) account. Don’t be confused by any other similar websites. Go to FAFSA.gov and get the preliminary information entered so when January arrives along with 2013 tax amounts, you’ll be ready to go.

Keep your PIN number in a safe place because you will use this for years each time you log on. Even if you think you won’t qualify, colleges and universities use this for their own financial aid offerings.

It’s highly recommended to visit potential college campuses to find out if that school is a good fit. Just because grandparents or parents attended a particular school doesn’t always mean it’s the right school for the child.

In case you’ve forgotten, senioritis is a real disease. There is no cure other than graduation. Your seniors need to know that good attendance and keeping their grades and GPA up are essential. Encourage them to take ownership in their school, be involved in activities and have fun. The time will go by very quickly.

If your senior hasn’t taken the ACT or SAT, make sure they do so. Some universities are beginning a holistic approach to the application process, meaning they consider all aspects of the student based on short-answer, thought provoking, essay questions. This definitely helps that student who may not have the best GPA or highest ACT score.

Your student may be considering other options besides college. If the military is of interest, the recruiters will come to the high schools and talk to them about what is best. They may want to finish a second year of a tech center program.

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