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
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.



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:

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 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

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:

Creating an FSA ID:

Filling out the FAFSA

Financial Aid Night September 26, 2016 6:30PM

All Grade level students and parents/guardians are invited to this free event on how to pay for College and Career Schools.

Plan on attending this informative session sponsored by PHEAA ( PA Higher Education Assistance Agency) and the PMHS Counseling Office.  Topics will include: What are the different types of financial aid, how to plan and pay for college and career schools, filing the FAFSA, resources available to students and parents, scholarships, deadlines and more!  If you have any questions contact  The event will be held in the High School Auditorium.

College 101


The 2016 College 101 event is Wednesday, March 30th at 6:30 pm in the high school auditorium. We will be addressing…

  • What are college and university representatives looking for in their applicants?
  • Where do I start when writing my college admission essay?
  • What should I be looking for in a college?
  • What might I be able to expect for the 2017 financial aid timeline?
  • What resources are available to me?College 101 logo

Everything you need to know about the admissions process from college reps and school counselors. This event is targeted towards 10th & 11th graders and parents are strongly encouraged to come!

It’s never too early to think about….. Elementary Financial Aid Night

On Wednesday January 20th from 6pm-7pm an Elementary Financial Aid Night will be held in the Hambright Elementary Library.  See the attached flyer for more information.

Encourage families with children in elementary and middle school to attend this information session to find out about helpful tools and resources available for free to families.



Senior Financial Aid Information

Seniors, beginning January 1st you can start to complete your FAFSA form for freshman year of college. View this video provided the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA):

Completing the FAFSA for 2016-2017

The student needs to get a FSA ID PIN and a parent gets a FSA ID PIN. Once you receive your tax information for 2015, fill out the FAFSA application yourself or attend FAFSA Completion Night.

Check out this How to Apply for Your FSA ID sheet. Seniors will also get more information about this at the Senior Meeting on December 22nd during homeroom and February 2nd.  Bring this Pin to FAFSA Completion Night Feb. 17th. Sign-up for the 5pm or 7pm session: Google Form

Financial Aid Night 2015

Wednesday, October 21st at 7pm in the HS Auditorium

Plan on attending this informative session sponsored by PHEAA (PA Higher Education Assistance Agency) and the PMHS Counseling Office.

Topics will include:

  • How to plan and pay for college and career school
  • Resources available to students and parents
  • Scholarships!
  • Deadlines
  • Upcoming career and college related events