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Financial Aid and Scholarships for Students
Did you know that $2.9 billion federal grant dollars went unused in 2014 due to high school students not filling out the FAFSA? In the face of a looming student debt crisis and shrinking funding, college students cannot afford to miss out on any aid available to them. We want to help students avoid crushing student loan debt, so our team created a guide to financial aid to help students understand all of their options.
Our guide covers the important stuff, such as:
The basics - filling out the FAFSA and choosing an accredited school
Financial aid - minimizing student loan debt with scholarships
Student loans - choosing the right one and knowing how to pay it back
Here's the link:Financial Aid and Scholarships for Students Guide
Columbia County Youth Leadership
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Hope Rigor Requirements
for the Graduating Classes of 2016, 2017 & 2018
New-Hope Rigor Course List
New-Hope Scholarship Program Information
Georgia Code 20-2-157 requires that certain course credits must be earned in order for students to be eligible for a HOPE Scholarship. The requirements are as follows:
Beginning with students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2015, in order to be eligible to receive a HOPE scholarship, a student must receive at least two credits in courses from the following categories, prior to graduating from high school:
1) Advanced math, such as Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry, Math III, or an equivalent or higher course;
2) Advanced science, such as Chemistry, Physics, Biology II, or an equivalent or higher course;
3) Advanced Placement courses in core subjects (English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language);
4) International Baccalaureate courses in core subjects (English, math, science, social studies and foreign language);
5) Courses taken at a unit of the University System of Georgia in core subjects (English, math, science, social studies and foreign language) where such courses are not remedial and developmental courses; or
6) Advanced foreign language courses.
Students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2016, must receive at least three credits in courses from the above categories, prior to graduating from high school; students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2017, must receive at least four credits in courses from the above categories, prior to graduating from high school. Students may earn one or more credits in each category; provided, however, that an earned course credit may only be counted one time toward the credit requirement. If a course is assigned one-half credit, the student must take another half-credit course in the categories listed in order to satisfy one course credit requirement. Students should review the credits assigned to courses to determine satisfaction of the above requirements.
***The attached "Listing of Courses Possessing Academic Rigor That Will Meet the HOPE Rigor Requirement (September 2012)" is the comprehensive list of all courses that meet the rigor requirements in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
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Bullying: http://www.bullying.org; http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov; http://www.qualityansweringservice.com/resources/call-stop-bullying
Depression/Suicide prevention: http://www.save.org; http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Study Skills: http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/stdyhlp.html; http://www.howtostudy.org; http://www.d.umn.edu/student/loon/acad/strat/
More Great Resources
*Join The ScholarshipPoints membership program! It awards over $125,000 in scholarships to high school and college students each year. It's FREE, FUN and will help pay tuition, what more could you ask for? www.scholarshippoints.com
*Need another website to search for available scholarships??? www.scholarships4students.com has a comprehensive listing.
*Are you seeking answers to questions or in need of suggestions about college scholarships, financial aid and opportunities for taking various practice tests? Useful tips can be found at: http://www.testprepreview.com/college-scholarships.htm
*Remember Juniors and Seniors, you are encouraged AND allowed 3 excused absences for College Campus visits. For those "far reaching" schools visit www.campustours.com for a virtual tour.
*Find your match Juniors and Seniors!.... www.Cappex.com is a great resource to search more than 3,000 college profiles. Here you can quickly see admission facts, deadlines, majors, scholarship matches AND plan campus visits. Create you own profile today to find your ideal match!
*The Common Application: www.commonapp.org The Common Application is a standardized 1st year application that promotes access to over 500 member colleges. Members share a commitment through holistic admission by standardizing deadlines, application fees, etc.
*College Raptor - Get college matches based on GPA, majors, location, culture and test scores. We'll match you against every U.S. 4-year college to find the best fit for you, and automatically build a list of colleges we think you should check out. Here's the link: https://www.collegeraptor.com/