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Guidance and Counseling Staff

 

Guidance Counselor At-Risk Coordinator
Tricia Oltmanns
toltmanns@wcv.k12.ia.us
Meghan King
mking@wcv.k12.ia.us

 

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DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

March 22:  Career & College Fair, 1-3:30 pm HS Gym

 

March 28: College Planning Night, 6pm  HS Commons

                      Financial Aid Night, 7 pm  HS Commons 

                        

April 8:  ACT, 8 am, HS Commons 

 

May 16:  Awards Night, 7 pm, HS Commons

 

May 20:  Graduation, 11 am, HS Gym

SENIORS AND PARENTS- NEW CHANGES TO THE FAFSA FOR 2016: 

On October 1, 2016, students will be able to complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the 2017-2018 Iowa Financial Aid Application.  The FAFSA is the standardized form used to determine eligibility for federal, state and in some cases, institutional financial aid.  Upon completion of the FASFA, all Iowa residents have the option to link directly to the Iowa Financial Aid Application (IFAA).  The IFAA is the State of Iowa’s supplemental scholarship/grant application that collects eligibility information for specific state-funded scholarships and grants.

Instead of applying for financial aid 8 months prior to starting college, students will be able to complete the FAFSA 11 months prior.  For a more detailed explanation of the change, please see this article.

What this change means to Seniors and their families:

  • Students who will be going to college during the 2017-18 academic year can be encouraged to complete the FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016.
  • The tax questions on the 2017-18 FAFSA will ask for data from tax year 2015.  The IRS retrieval tool makes it easy for students/families to access their tax data from the IRS and transfer the data directly to the FAFSA.

  • Students should be aware of the college/university FAFSA deadline, the state of Iowa deadline (July 1) and any other scholarship/grant deadlines to ensure their FASFA is submitted by the earliest deadline.  Some colleges/universities will be changing their FAFSA filing deadline as a result of the early FAFSA release.

 

As a reminder, the official FAFSA site is www.fafsa.ed.gov. Filing the FAFSA is free; students should never pay to submit the application.  Please note:  if the student and parent want to electronically sign the FASFA, they will each need their own Federal Student Aid Identification (FSA ID).  In order to generate an FSA ID each person will need a different email address; families can’t create multiple FSA ID’s with a single email address.   If a parent has multiple students, the parent only needs to create one FSA ID; that ID can serve as the parent’s signature on multiple student’s FAFSAs. FSA ID’s can be requested at any time at https://fsaid.ed.gov/


*If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, the College Planning Center will help you for free. They are located on DMACC's Ankeny Campus. Call them at 877-272-4692 for an appointment.

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