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Wednesday, December 23, 2015


College Goals Sunday

Program Providing Free Assistance for FAFSA

Sunday, January 31

Eastern CT State University

1:00-4:00 pm

Need help working your way through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?  It's available.  See below.

The Connecticut College Goal Sunday (CGS) program is an effort by hundreds of volunteers from across Connecticut who will come together with the common goal of making sure that the process of applying for college financial aid does not become an obstacle that would keep any person from pursuing an education beyond high school. By attending a College Goal Sunday event, participants will receive free, hands-on assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and they will walk away with the satisfaction of knowing they have accomplished one of the biggest steps in getting ready to go to college. Connecticut’s CGS will take place at a number of accessible sites throughout the state. In addition to receiving assistance in filling out the FAFSA, participants will receive general information regarding financial aid programs.  

Click on link  for more information and other dates/locations.

UConn Courses On Campus for Second Semester

Students interested in taking a course on the UConn campus during the second semester should contact Doug Melody.  Preliminary registration has begun, although formal registration will be completed in mid-January.

For those students taking UC MATH 2410 (Differential Equations), be advised that the section available for EOS students is scheduled to take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 PM.

Students must complete an application form (available in the Guidance Office) in order to seek enrollment in a course on campus.

PSAT Results for EOS Students

PSAT results will become available on January 7th for EOS students who completed the test back in October. The test was administered on a school day this year.  Students will need to create accounts with The College Board in order to access their scores (see below for the link to create an account).

 PSAT is the acronym for Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test. The "P" could also quite easily mean "Practice" because it's what the test essentially serves as for most students who take it. Those who score in the top half of the 99th percentile are named National Merit Semi-Finalists and enter into a scholarship competition ($2500) with other students in this category.  This year's PSAT marked the introduction of the new SAT that The College Board will roll out in March.

Hard copies of individual score reports will become available at the end of January.  The EOS Guidance Department will mail home a copy of this report along with the test booklets each student used when taking it. The Guidance Department chooses to mail these scores home rather than distribute them in classes so as to protect the privacy of this information. The test booklets accompany the score reports so that students can use this information when preparing for the SAT.

Click here to create an account to access scores when they become available on January 7th and for more information about the PSAT and interpretation of scores.

New Website to Help With Loan Repayments

A new website is now available to students and their parents that is designed to help with student loan repayments.  Called IBRinfo - click here - it is an independent, non-profit agency that provides information about Income-Based Repayment Plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness options.   

Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness are two new federal programs that help make student loan repayment fair and manageable. The site explains the programs and will be updated as new information becomes available. Users can register to get updates on important developments as the U.S. Department of Education finalizes regulations and creates the systems for managing the new programs.

Do You Need Money for College?

The Office of Federal Student Aid in the U.S. Department of Education has made publications available for students and parents that provide information about federal student aid at a glance.  Students and parents may download electronic versions of publications, videos, and infographs by clicking here . 

A Reminder About Creating an FSA ID

The FSA ID - the username and password a student needs for signing the FAFSA and for various other uses on Federal Student Aid websites - replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN in May.  Students should click here to learn about and create an FSA ID. 

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