By Jennifer Varnell, Assistant Director of Education, School Counseling
Services, Laurel Springs
If your child is in
your family may be preparing for the college application process. One aspect
admissions process that can feel confusing for some families is financial
aid. There are many types of financial assistance for college, including
need-based aid, merit scholarships, and grants. The
is dedicated to helping our students and their parents navigate the process
of applying for financial aid.
How do we know where to begin?
The first step many families take is to
complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
which can be submitted
This worksheet is an excellent starting point for parents and students to
better understand the information required by federal and state governments
who determine financial aid. At Laurel Springs, our students begin planning
for college during the first year of high school, when our school counselors
that meet the goals of individual students. By the time our students are
seniors, they are well-prepared to manage the college application process.
What financial aid options
should we pursue?
Students and their families can investigate
what financial aid programs specific colleges offer. Private and state
institutions have a variety of scholarship options, so it is important for
students to understand what financial aid plans may be available to them.
One key component of many programs is the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)
which is what a university determines that an individual family should
contribute toward the cost of college, based on their particular financial
circumstances. Laurel Springs School Counselors have years of expertise in
helping students and their families understand the many options available to
them for financial aid. As a result, our graduates are
into the colleges of their choice, and receive substantial financial aid
from a variety of sources. One recent Laurel Springs graduate said,
"I was accepted into my top pick colleges, and earned
enough scholarships to make anything possible."
How can our family better understand the
At Laurel Springs,
high school students
and their families are fully supported by our school counseling team,
especially when they need assistance in understanding the complexities of
college financial aid. While the applications can feel complicated, our
expert counselors are ready to answer individual questions and guide
families through each step of the process.
In addition to its high-quality academic offerings, Laurel Springs is
dedicated to offering comprehensive college preparation services to our
students and their families. If you are curious about accredited,
college preparatory distance learning,
please register for one of our
virtual open houses,
which allow you to meet our caring staff and teachers, and have your
questions answered. We look forward to collaborating with your family
to provide exceptional teacher services and curriculum personalized
specifically for your child.