Financial Aid Junior JumpStart Webinar

Juniors, this is your chance to get a head start on your college planning! Join the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for an exciting session targeted specifically to high school juniors. This session focuses on empowering students to plan and set goals which will help them prepare for a successful senior year. Students will be equipped with valuable information regarding how to navigate the financial aid process. 

This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (ET). For more information and to register, please visit

West Point’s Summer Leaders Experience (SLE)

West Point’s Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) is looking for high-achieving young people who are in great standing with their school and community, and who want to challenge themselves. 

What is SLE?

  • SLE is a one-week program for current Juniors (High School Class of 2025) to visit West Point in June.
  • Students in this program get to spend the week with cadets, live in the barracks, and eat in the mess hall.
  • Learn about West Point’s world class academics by trying 5 of our 17 academic workshops.
  • Learn about military training and becoming a Leader of Character at West Point by completing two military days to include rappelling, Zodiac boats, combatives (like Jiu-Jitsu) training and more!
  • Challenge themselves physically by attempting the Candidate Fitness Assessment, conducting physical training, and sports.
  • Complete their admissions interview with a cadet.
  • Spend the week making friends with other students from all over the US who are applying to West Point.

Students may sign up for this program now at Their priority application deadline for SLE is Friday, March 15th, and they will accept applications until April 15th. SLE is competitive and not all who apply are offered to attend.

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Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning Interest-Free Student Loans Application

The online application for interest-free student loans at Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning is now open! Students can apply at until April 30th for the 2024-25 academic year. Please note, prior to applying, students will need to complete the FAFSA and then submit the FSS (FAFSA Submission Summary) as a requirement of the loan application. 

Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning’s mission is to provide financial resources to Lancaster County residents in support of their post-secondary educational goals. They have provided more than $19,000,000 in interest-free loans since 1961! 

PACAC College Fair Field Trip

The Counseling Department is planning a field trip to the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) Lancaster Regional College Fair on Tuesday, March 12th from 9 – 10:30 am. The Fair will take place at Thaddeus Stevens College and is open to Juniors and undecided Seniors. 

This is a great opportunity to meet with college admissions representatives and learn about applying to college. Students will register for a barcode through Strive Scan which will allow them to show their barcode to colleges they are interested in. Colleges will send them more information about their schools, and the day after the fair, students will receive a report with information about each college with whom they scanned.  There is no cost to attend the Fair and space is limited. Field trip permission slips are available in the Counseling Office and due by February 23rd. 

Penn Manor Education Foundation (PMEF) Scholarship Workshop Sessions

Each year, the Penn Manor Education Foundation (PMEF) awards over 70 different scholarships to graduating Penn Manor High School seniors, with total awards in excess of $120,000. The application period runs from January until March 13th, 2024.

Applicants should have their current high school transcript, resume, and essay ready to complete the general application form. The essay prompt is as follows:

So many life experiences guide and shape your perspectives and inspire your decision-making processes. In a one-page or less essay, discuss how the following have impacted the choices you have made in pursuing your desired career path:

           –Your participation in school, community, and/or faith-based activities

           –Your personal and/or family struggles

           –Your natural abilities and strengths

We will be offering Scholarship Workshop Sessions to assist you with the process of applying for PMEF Scholarships on January 31st, February 28th, and March 13th during Flex Day 3 in the Counseling Office Career Center. The registration form can be found here (you will need to be logged into your Penn Manor account) and is also posted in the Senior Google Classroom.

Financial Aid Night Presentation

Thank you to everyone who attended Financial Aid Night on October 24th! Sonya Mann-McFarlane from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) was our guest speaker and did a fantastic job providing our students and families with an overview of financial aid and the application process.

A copy of her presentation can be found here:

We also have materials available in the Counseling Office for those who were unable to attend. Thank you to everyone involved for such an informative evening!

Thaddeus Stevens Early Enrollment

Penn Manor has an agreement with Thaddeus Stevens to allow students to participate in Early Enrollment for their senior year. For this program, that is when a student will fully enroll in college during their high school year. Students need to start the application process by early January of their 11th grade year (the application Opens in November, 2023). As long a student has taken their 3 english, math, science, and social studies and has a 2.5 GPA, they are eligible to apply to Thaddeus Stevens Early Enrollment.

To learn more about the process, students are invited to attend an information session

  • At Penn Manor High School on Tuesday, October 24th, at 5:15pm in the High School Media Center/Library across from the auditorium.
  • At Thaddeus Stevens: Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. REGISTER FOR A SESSION
  • At Thaddues Stevens: Thursday, December 14 at 6 p.m. REGISTER FOR A SESSION

(9th-11th grade students are invited to attend). 11th grade students should stay for Financial Aid night following the information meeting because this will apply to them for Thaddeus Stevens. The advantage of early enrollment is that tuition is half the cost, but it is the responsibility of the families to pay for the remaining tuition or apply for financial aid and scholarships. Early Enrollment students are eligible or the same fiinancial aid at Thaddeus Stevens and Lancaster Dollars for Higher learning as current seniors.

Recap on College 101 Night

A huge thank you to all the students and families who made College 101 Night such a success! We were delighted to have the event in-person again and appreciated the wealth of information provided by our guest speakers Joni Klopp (Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Millersville University), Kelly Lowery (Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment, West Virginia University), and Valerie Smith (Admissions Counselor, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology). 

The evening focused on the college planning, search, and admissions process. A copy of Ms. Klopp’s presentation on Admissions Fundamentals can be found here:

Thank you again to everyone involved for helping prepare our students for this important next chapter in their lives! 

Financial Aid Night – October 24, 2023

Penn Manor High School will host a Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 6 p.m. The event will be held in the High School Auditorium and is open to all students in grades 9-12 and their families. Learn how to apply for financial aid for college and gain tips on making smart decisions when it comes to college funding. We hope to see you there!

NCAA Free Webinar for College-Bound Student Athletes and Families

Are you a student-athlete dreaming of playing your sport at the NCAA level? Invest in your future and spend an hour on Sunday, September 17, from 5-6 p.m. Eastern time, understanding the requirements and how to prepare for NCAA certification. Join NCAA Eligibility Center staff, who will walk you through what you need to do to compete at the NCAA Division I, II or III level. Staff will be answering questions live during the presentation, so come prepared to learn how to take your game to the next level! Click here to register: