Fall PHEAA Webinars

PHEAA PAForward October webinars can help answer your questions about post secondary education funding and processes.

Learn about education loans – which loan is right for me

  I’ve found the schools I’d like to attend and after filing the FAFSA, State Grant Form, Scholarships and researching higher education costs and calculating the funding gap, I see that education loans are a necessity, but where do I go from here?  What loan programs are available?  What are the advantages and disadvantage 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.

October 14th Thursday – 6:30pm;      October 21st – Noon, lunch and learn

Financial Aid Timeline – know what to do when

  Follow financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of PHEAA’s PAForward program as they guide you along the exciting (and sometimes bumpy) road to an affordable higher education.  The journey will begin before high school and end in the land of education loan repayment – or maybe even education loan forgiveness.  One thing is for certain: it’s never too early to start preparing for a successful higher education experience.  This 1 hour presentation will provide the starting points and web resources- for effective research before, during and after your student makes post secondary decisions.  Knowing what to expect and to plan for it is the key.  Failing to plan, is planning to fail!

October 12th Tuesday, 6:30pm;     October 19th – Noon, lunch and learn;    

October 28th, Thursday, 6:30pm

Register at pheaa.org/virtual

Virtual FAFSA Completion Session Sign-up

Please join Penn Manor and PHEAA representative Sonya Mann-McFarlane on October 22nd, 2021. This event is offered to help you complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Before the event you and a parent each need to create your FSA ID at studentaid.gov.

Documents that you will need to complete your FAFSA are social security number, W-2 forms, federal income tax return from the past 2 years income tax returns, current bank statements, and stocks. *Please have these ready before your session begins*

Fill out this form to select your preferred time: FAFSA Completion Form

Financial Aid Night Recording

In case you missed our Financial Aid event, below is the link to the recording. Please enter the password to access: SvBGPqC8

Recording of presentation (32 min)

Remember that we are hosting a virtual FAFSA help day on October 22nd. Please email marjean.long@pennmanor.net to set up your time slot.

If you have any questions regarding the FAFSA or any financial questions regarding college, our PHEAA representative Sonya Mann-McFarlane would be happy to help. Contact her at sonya.mann-mcfarlane@pheaa.org

Penn State York- Fall Events

Fall events at Penn State York are a perfect opportunity for your college-bound juniors and seniors to learn more about Penn State before the November 1 early action application deadline and December 1 priority Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline! We are offering a variety of both virtual and in-person events.

Penn State Day Open House: Saturday, October 9 (in-person event)
Students will learn about the admissions and financial aid award processes and timeline, have an opportunity to interact with our faculty and current students, and view campus via a walking campus tour. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. (ET). Students will receive a $65 application fee waiver. Students can register online or call 717-771-4040.

Application Workshop (Virtual)

Admissions Counselors will be on-hand to help you work on the Penn State application. Application fee waiver of $65 for those who attend!

September 25 @ 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Register here.

FAFSA Workshop (Virtual)

Admissions and Financial Aid staff will be available to assist you as you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Limited spaces available

November 29 @ 4:00-6:00 p.m. Register here.

PHEAA Sept Webinars: Planning & Scholarships – for all grade levels

September PHEAA webinars are here to assist with planning!

Financial Aid Timeline – Know What To Do When     Sept 9, Thursday, 6:30 pm;  Sept 16, Thursday, Noon;  Sept 23, Thursday, 6:30 pm;  Sept 28, Tuesday, Noon 

THIS IS A PUBLIC EVENT-NOT PENN MANOR SPONSORED. PENN MANOR FINANCIAL AID NIGHT IS SEPTEMBER 20th at 6:00pm in the Manor Middle School Auditorium/Cafeteria. Financial Aid Night

Follow financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of PHEAA’s PA Forward Program as they guide you along the exciting (and sometimes bumpy) road to an affordable higher education.  The journey will begin before high school and end in the land of education loan repayment – or maybe even education loan forgiveness.  One thing is for certain:  it’s never too early to start preparing for a successful higher education experience.  This one-hour presentation will provide the starting points – and web resources – for effective research before, during, and after your student makes postsecondary decisions. Knowing what to expect and to plan for it is the key.  Failing to plan, is planning to fail!

Searching for Scholarships and Affording the Balance   Sept 14 Tuesday Noon;  Sept 21 Tuesday 6:30 pm;  Sept 30 Thursday Noon

There are many ways to pay for education, and one important step is to search and apply for Scholarships. More free money equals less borrowing.  This presentation will review the types of options available, along with tips on applying.  It will also offer samples of fun scholarship options to get you started.  We’ll then review what to do about the balances that might be left over in order to make affordable higher education decisions.  Join Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray from PHEAA’s PAForward Program for an hour of detailed information on this topic.

Register at:  Pheaa.org/Virtual

Help with the FAFSA Form

Do you need help with filing the Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)? The FAFSA is used by students to apply for financial aid such as grants, work study and student loans. You will be able to ask our Higher Education Access Partners questions about the FAFSA during this interactive webinar. Join this webinar for a walk through of filling out the form. Click the button to register!

Financial Aid Night

October 29th at 6pm

Google Meet Live Session, Thursday, October 29th at 6 PM. A link will be emailed to your Penn Manor Gmail and in the grade level Google classroom if you registered. Penn Manor’s PHEAA Representative, Sonya Mann-McFarlane, and counselors will host a Q & A  with breakout sessions to complete your FAFSA.
All parents/guardians and grades welcomed, but it is targeted to 11th and 12th graders
You can watch this informational video before the event.  

PHEAA PAForward has a new webinar on understanding borrowing for education.

Presented by PHEAA:  Borrowing for Higher Education
Following up on the highly successful “Covering The Gap” webinar series, PHEAA now offers a series of one-hour webinars focused more specifically on the borrowing aspect of higher education finance.  A significant percentage of students find that grants, scholarships, work-study, savings, PA529, and other funding sources are insufficient to meet the total cost of attending postsecondary school.  In an ideal situation, borrowing would not be necessary; yet, considering the lifelong value of a higher education, borrowing can be a smart investment.  Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of PHEAA’s PA Forward Private Student Loan Program will provide an in-depth look at federal and private education loans, to include calculating the amount to borrow, understanding loan terms and conditions, navigating the application process, keeping an eye on debt levels while attending college, and effectively managing debt after graduation.  The discussion will also provide a glimpse into the world of credit decisions.  Please register below to join us for one or more of these informative presentations.  Active participation is encouraged via Q&A!

Register for a webinar link    9/22, 9/23, 9/29 and 10/1

Financial Aid Night

On Thursday October 24th, students, parents and guardians are invited to the high school auditorium at 6:00 PM to learn how to apply for all types of financial aid, including completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required to determine eligibility for most student aid programs

Plan on attending this informative session sponsored by the PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) and the Counseling office. Topics will include:
How to plan and pay for college and career schools
Resources available to students and parents
Scholarships
Upcoming Career and College related events

Please contact your School Counselor with any questions.

CSS Profile

The CSS Profile enables colleges and universities to see a true picture of a family’s financial need and supports the mission of making college affordable.

More and more colleges are requiring the completion of the CSS profile as part of their financial aid process.  If a school that you are applying to requires it, you must complete the FAFSA and the CSS profile.  Please be aware of the schools’ deadlines to complete these pieces of the process.

There is a cost to complete the CSS Profile, but there are also fee waivers available if you meet the criteria.  If you have utilized a fee waiver for the SAT, the fee waiver to complete the CSS profile will be in your College Board account.

Please utilize the website provided below for more information about the CSS profile and how to go about completing it.  If you have any further questions, please see your School Counselor.

Visit: https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/?ep_rid=30156576&ep_mid=11408039

 

PACAC College Fair at Millersville University

If you would like to visit and meet with representatives from colleges and technical schools, we have an awesome opportunity for you! Millersville University is hosting a regional college fair with over 150 schools. This event is FREE for Penn Manor students. We will meet at 9:00am in the Cafeteria.

Information on: Colleges, trade schools, military, career options, financial aid, and scholarships

When: March 16th, 2017

Where: On Campus at Millersville University

Students have two options:

  • Go to the fair only from 9:20- 10:30
  • Stay and take a tour of Millersville University’s campus from 10:30- 11:30 – you will need a packed lunch

Even if you have ZERO interest in MU it would be great to take a tour so that you learn what to ask on a tour, and what to look for when taking a tour.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_OJvz7mEnBo3u9rjax2rviALcuhMyGhMh2asjsZOqPU/edit

Review which schools/organizations are attending here: Lancaster Regional College Fair Organizations

 

Elizabethtown College to Hold FAFSA Completion Event

Seniors planning to attend a two or four year college or university after high school must complete the FAFSA form in order to be eligible for any federal, state, or college grants or loans.  The FAFSA is not available to be completed after October 1st.  Check your colleges for their FAFSA deadlines.  The PM Counseling Office encourages you to complete your FAFSA as early as possible.  In addition to the PMHS FAFSA Completion Night on November 29th there are other local events.   Check out this free help session at E-town College.  This is NOT just for students who plan to attend E-town!

 2017-2018 FAFSA Workshop:

  Saturday October 22nd

  9am – Noon

  Esbenshade Room 281

  Elizabethtown College

Why wait to submit your FAFSA application? Work one-on-one with a Financial Aid Counselor to create an FSA ID, submit the FAFSA application, and ask questions. 

The 2017­–2018 FAFSA is available on October 1, 2016. You can submit it online at www.fafsa.gov. To speed up the FAFSA process, get prepared early. Here is what you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA:

  1. Your FSA ID* — In order to sign your FAFSA electronically, you will need an FSA ID. You can help to prevent processing delays by getting an FSA ID before you begin the FAFSA.

Tip : Make sure to record all FSA ID passwords and security questions. They are case sensitive.  

  1. Your social security number* —If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will also need your Alien Registration Number.
  2. Email Address*
  3. Your driver’s license number — If you don’t have a driver’s license, then don’t worry about this step.
  4. Your tax records* — Use income records from the 2015 tax year. If you have filed your taxes already, you may be able to automatically import your tax information into the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Tax records may include IRS forms 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ, and W-2 Forms.
  5. Records of your untaxed income* — Records and documentation of other untaxed income received such as welfare benefits, Social Security income, veteran’s benefits, military or clergy allowances, child suCampus Mappport received, money received or paid on your behalf, etc.  (if applicable).
  6. Records of all your assets* — This includes savings and checking account balances, certificates of deposit, 529 plans and other college savings programs, as well as investments such as stocks, bonds, real estate, businesses or farms.
  7. List of the school(s) you are interested in attending —We will use your FAFSA information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid you may receive.

*If you’re a dependent student, you will need this information for your parent(s) as well.

 

To Register contact :

 (717) 361-1404 or finaid@etown.edu

Overview of Financial Aid- All students who will be applying for college loans or grants should read this post!

If you are going to apply for any kind of loans or financial aid for the 17-18 school year it is time to begin preparing to complete your FAFSA!  One of the first steps is to create a FSA ID

Overview of Financial Aid:  https://youtu.be/kbJ55UWMEFE

Creating an FSA ID:    https://youtu.be/jPq_KYf0YMM

Filling out the FAFSA  https://youtu.be/jPq_KYf0YMM