Your one stop shop! Here is a list of helpful financial aid links and their descriptions.

ResourceNote
Board of Governors Scholarship for PASSHE SchoolsProvides the 2020-21 scholarship cut-offs for a scholarship specific to PASSHE schools.
CSS ProfileFinancial aid application required by some schools but not all.
CSS Profile explanation slidesOverview of CSS Profile.
CSS Profile list of institutionsList of schools that require CSS.
FAFSA login creationMust be done before starting FAFSA.
FAFSA websiteGather all documents before you start.
FAFSA completion guide (simple and in-depth)“How-to” guides
Financial aid guide for studentsGets you started with financial aid
Financial aid guide for undocumented studentsBest overview out there – and if you find one better, let us know!
Financial aid resources for counselorsPHEAA’s page with counselor resources
Financial aid resources for studentsPHEAA’s page with student resources
Foster care: Chafee GrantChafee is a national program for people who have been in foster care, and this is the PA website
Foster care: free tuition in PAPA has a new program offering free tuition for people who have been in foster care
How much aid is given by each collegeLists the percent of need met by 450+ colleges, plus the average aid package
PA State Grant instructionsStep-by-step guide for applying to PA’s state grant
State grant websites for DE, MD, NJ, and PALinks to each state’s websites
Scholarship guide from Malvern PrepCompilation of PA and national scholarship sites
Scholarship guide from Girard CollegeCompilation of Philly-area, identity-based, highly selective, lower selectivity, and national sites
TheDream.USScholarship resources for undocumented and DACAmented students who came to the US before November 2016

PHEAA April Webinars

Covering the Gap – pieces of the puzzle to help pay the bill    

4/12  6:30 pm  and  4/19 Noon – Tuesdays

Understanding education balances can be confusing and whether you’re trying to address the costs or beginning to plan for higher education, this review is for you.  Join PHEAA representatives Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray for a 1 hour webinar that will emphasize best practices (such as seeking grants and scholarships first), remind families about additional resources (such as payment plans), and review private/alternative loans as a last resort in the process of covering the Gap and keeping balances affordable.  The discussion will also include the basics of credit, what factors impact a credit score, how can a credit score be improved and the effects on your borrowing capability

Borrowing for Education – which loan is right for me?  

4/14 Noon  and  4/21 6:30pm – Thursdays

I’ve done everything right so far: found the perfect school, made it through the admissions process, filed my FAFSA, filed my State Grant Form, applied for scholarships, researched higher education costs and calculated my funding gap.  Now that I can see an education loan is a necessity, where do I go from here?  What loan programs are available? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various types?  Join financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for a 1 hour webinar to review the different borrowing options and examine the details associated with each option.  Linda and Dan will answer your questions as you sort out the information and make decisions that are right for you and your family.

Register for all webinars at pheaa.org/virtual

Virtual College Fair

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Virtual College Fair
Registration is Open!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Educational Sessions at 4pm
College Presentations at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Registration is now open for our Virtual College Fair! Sign-up to virtually connect with colleges and universities from around the country for free. During the Virtual College Fair, you will have the chance to hear from many different colleges. You can choose which colleges you want to hear from by registering for their sessions. You and your family can ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations too! Each program will start with a college knowledge session:  
April 19 – Ask a Counselor
April 27 – Financial Aid 

Admissions Information Meeting for Military

United States Military Academy at West Point, Valley Forge Military College & Army ROTC at Princeton, Drexel, Temple, Villanova, West Chester, and University of Delaware

Tuesday, 22 March 2022 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Valley Forge Military College
Eisenhower Hall
1001 Eagle Rd
Wayne, PA 19087
Doors open at 6pm.

Parking: In front of the building, next to the parade field.

Join us to learn about exciting opportunities at West Point, Valley Forge & Army ROTC!

Who should attend: Parents, students with an open admissions file, students interested in applying to West Point, Valley Forge Military College, or ROTC in the future; guidance counselors.

Click here to RSVP

NCAA Eligibility

If you or your students are thinking about playing a sport at the college level, look into the NCAA eligibility requirements now. This is great information for 8th grade families as they prepare for the future. Know your options and be prepared. There is a full video with information, here.

You can also visit the NCAA Eligibility Website here.

Thaddeus Stevens has a New Program

The Civil Engineering Construction Technology program will launch in the fall of 2022. We’re accepting applications now!

The civil engineering construction industry provides tremendous career advancement, including transformational financial growth. 

The theory and hands-on field portions of this program will allow students to develop the skills to work in the construction of roadways, municipal and state infrastructure projects, underground utilities, horizontal site development, and construction of water and wastewater infrastructures.

If you like to work outside with innovative equipment, civil construction is right for you. There will also be opportunities to gain field experience during a summer internship. 

For more information, contact our Office of Admissions.

Interested in learning more about our brand new Civil Engineering Construction Technology program? Join us for a virtual info session on February 22 at 7pmStudents who attend this virtual event will have their application fee waived.

Thaddeus Stevens also offer an Associate’s Degree in Water and Environmental Technology.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection requires that operators of drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities are certified. Certification is obtained through a combination of exams and operating systems. The completion of an approved associate degree program significantly reduces the number of years of operating experience required for certification. Students in the Water and Environmental Technology program gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for successful completion of Department of Environmental Protection examinations.

Interested in learning more about our Water and Environmental Technology program? Join us for a virtual info session on February 23 at 7pm! You’ll have the chance to meet faculty and members of our admissions team, take a virtual tour of the program lab, get answers to questions, find out about financial aid opportunities, and much more. Students who attend this virtual event will have their application fee waived. See you there!

College Fair Field Trip

Now is a great time to begin your college planning! Join the Counseling Department for a Field trip to the PACAC Lancaster College Fair on Tuesday, March 15 from 9:30 am until 11:20 am. The fair will take place at Thaddeus Stevens College. Field Trip forms are available in the Counseling office and Juniors Google Classroom. Forms must be returned by February 25, 2022.  Cost is free and space is limited. Masks are required for the bus and in the buildings of the college.

This trip is best suited for Juniors and undecided Seniors.

FAFSA Help

There are many resources available to help students and parents with the FAFSA and student loan options.

Presented by PHEAA: Financial Aid 101– Understand the financial decisions students need to make concerning higher education. We plan to discuss higher education costs, the types of financial aid available, and how to apply for financial aid.

Presented by PHEAA: FAN Junior Jumpstart– This session will focus on the planning and goal setting high school juniors should be working on to prepare for the financial aid process they’ll face as seniors. All students who are looking into any post secondary education, and their parents, will benefit by the information that will be provided. Join us for a JumpStart!

Presented by PHEAA: FAFSA Overview/Line by Line– Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Access Partners will present an overview of the 2022–23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. They will guide students and families through a step-by-step process of filing the FAFSA and state grant application.

Summer Honors Program

We are offering SHP 2022 on campus and in person!

The Cook Honors College Summer Honors Program is a unique opportunity to explore college level honors classes without the pressure of grades.  Whether you love learning for its own sake or want to distinguish yourself this summer, SHP 2022 may be right for you. Click here for more info! Application opens February 1, 2022.

Who Can Attend?

SHP 2022 is designed for high school students currently in tenth or eleventh grade who will be juniors and seniors next fall. We do, however, encourage highly motivated and confident ninth grade students (sophomores in the fall) to apply.

IU13 Transition to Secondary Education Fair- LIVE Virtual

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

High school students with 504 Plans or IEPs and their teachers and parents are
encouraged to attend this year’s live virtual fair to learn about making a successful
transition to post-secondary education. Live sessions by agencies, administrators, and
counselors from various schools and colleges will cover numerous aspects of self-advocacy as well as steps for accessing disability support services in a post-secondary
school environment. Attendees will also be able to view information on colleges and
universities, trade and technical schools, agency, and financial supports with just a click!

Registration opens on January 19, 2022
Register by clicking HERE or go to: https://forms.gle/oe2pLn5UcXvY6nVV8

Road to Safety Scholarship Contest

Each day, over 200 people are injured and 4 people are killed in traffic accidents in Pennsylvania.

At Metzger Wickersham, we have represented thousands of people injured in auto accidentsand we know how a serious or fatal car crash can devastate a victim’s family, friends and the surrounding community.

Many motor vehicle crashes are caused by risky behaviors like driving under the influence of alcohol or texting while driving. These types of accidents are especially heartbreaking because they are fully preventable.

Metzger Wickersham’s scholarship program encourages students to take a stand against dangerous driving. The Road to Safety Scholarship Contest provides high school seniors with the opportunity to submit a creative project about the dangers of drunk driving and/or distracted driving for the chance to win college scholarship money. The ultimate goal of the contest is to help spread the message to drive with safety in mind all the time!

First place winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship, second place winners will receive $750 and third place winners will receive $500.

2021 winner poster: Slow Down: This is not how you want to donate blood

CONTEST RULES

Enter Metzger Wickersham’s Road to Safety Scholarship Contest by submitting a creative project that educates people about the perils of dangerous driving. In your own creative way, tell us how teens can drive with safety in mind, all the time.

Who is Eligible?

Metzger Wickersham’s Road to Safety Scholarship Contest is open to graduating, college-bound high school seniors in Pennsylvania.

Rules

College-bound seniors may enter the contest by submitting a creative project that sends a memorable message about the dangers of drunk driving and/or distracted driving.

Students may submit no more than one entry. All entries must be submitted with a completed 2022 Entry Form.

An entry must fall under at least one of the following categories:

The more creative, the better!

All projects must be the original work of the entrant. Entries cannot include Copyright graphics, photos or songs. We are no longer accepting essays or poems.

PSAs, videos, songs or dances should be no longer than 2 minutes.

If emailing audio or video file, please submit in .mp3, .mov, or .wmv format. You may submit entries via file sharing service (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)

For judging purposes, it is preferred to receive a hard copy of artwork submissions. However, if emailing artwork, please submit in JPEG or PDF format.

All submitted entries become the property of Metzger Wickersham law firm. Projects will not be returned to any entrant. Upon submission of a project, entrants acknowledge that Metzger Wickersham will have all rights to use, reproduce, publish, display, distribute or promote the entry as deemed necessary.

How to Enter

All entries must be submitted with a completed 2022 Entry Form.

MAIL ENTRIES TO: Metzger Wickersham Attn: Road to Safety Scholarship Contest 2321 Paxton Church Road Harrisburg, PA 17110

EMAIL ENTRIES TO: road2safety@mwke.com

Deadline

The scholarship entry period deadline for 2022 graduates ends April 1, 2022.