PA Governor's School Opportunities:
An excellent website that answers questions that college bound students have: http://Collegetransfer.net
Students must earn 7 credits their freshman year to be considered a sophomore.
Students must earn 14 credits by the end of their sophomore year to be considered a junior.
Students must earn 21 credits by the end of their junior year to be considered a senior.
Reporting Income on the FAFSA
The Department of Education has announced that students will file the FAFSA with Prior-Prior Year income tax information starting with the 2017-18 FAFSA. This impacts students who are currently juniors (graduating in 2017) and beyond.
The process will enable students to file their FAFSA earlier, with more accurate information (no need to estimate taxes anymore), and aligns more directly with the admissions process. Students will be able to receive earlier notification of their financial aid eligibility and, hopefully, make better decisions regarding the affordability of their final school choice.
Listing Colleges on the FAFSA
There have been concerns that some institutions have been using the list of colleges that a student includes on their FAFSA for purposes unrelated to the awarding of student financial assistance. In response, beginning with the 2016-17 FAFSA, the Department will only provide the federal school code and corresponding housing code for the institution receiving the student’s FAFSA information.
ED Releases Guide to Support DACA Students
The Department of Education (ED) released a resource guide, which is also intended to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, providing an overview of the rights of undocumented students, tips for educators to support undocumented students, information on access to federal financial aid and private scholarships, information on local federally-funded adult education programs, and guidance for students to access their education records for DACA.
NEW – 2016-17 FAFSA Completion Video
PHEAA’s How to Complete the FAFSA for 2016-17 provides students with timesaving advice and uniquely helpful tips about completing the FAFSA. Additional videos focus on MySmartBorrowing, federal and state aid, and scholarships.
View the PDF version.
Last Modified on January 13, 2017