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April 9, 2013

Program offers financial aid information

Corsicana — The Navarro County CAP (College Achievement Program) is now scheduling appointments with current 2012-13 juniors who plan to graduate from high school in the spring of 2014 and plan to go to college. Students and their families are encouraged to call the CAP office at 903-872-0180, as soon as possible, for an appointment with a CAP Advisor to learn about the college and financial aid process.

 “There are so many deadlines for college entrance applications, financial aid, and Navarro County scholarships that need to be understood before a student’s senior year begins” said CAP Coordinator, Afton Jones. Students and their parents are encouraged, to make an appointment and to come to the CAP office and discuss their college plans.  

All CAP services are provided at no charge to the student or the family. Current juniors have a chance to win a $2500 scholarship if she/he enrolls in CAP before July 25, 2013. Also, a second opportunity for a chance at another $2,500 scholarship will be available to all current juniors who complete CAP requirements by March 15, 2014 (spring of their senior year). These dates were chosen so that CAP students could make the best use of CAP services and offerings, as well as helping to:

• find the college just right for each student.

• develop a clear plan for college completion.

• meet college application deadlines.

• learn about college scholarship deadlines.

• develop full knowledge of the financial aid process.

Many students may not be aware that the regular registration deadline for the last SAT of this school year is May 2 (test date is June 1) and May 8 is the regular registration deadline for the last ACT of this school year (test date is June 8). These dates give current juniors an opportunity to not only take the test, but still have time to retake the test their senior year and perhaps make better scores prior to scholarship application deadlines.

Late registration for the May 4 SAT and Subject test closes on April 19; regular registration for the June 1 SAT and Subject exam closes May 2, and late registration closes May 17.

Regular registration for the June 8 ACT closes May 8, and late registration closes May 17.

It is really helpful if families begin the college application process early. Students who plan to use the services of CAP will learn that there are several local scholarships that are only available to seniors who complete CAP requirements. Also, scholarships available in colleges and universities usually have very specific deadlines for applications.  In order to begin CAP, students need to make an appointment by calling (903) 872-0180 and learn about the requirements to complete CAP.

Navarro County trusts and foundations are funding CAP so that Navarro County families will have up to date information, on college entrance, financial aid options, and college completion plans. All CAP supporters do not want families disappointed when they learn they have missed deadlines because they waited until the spring of their son’s or daughter’s senior year to begin thinking about college entrance for fall of 2014.

In the past, many families have told CAP Advisor, Dr. Toni Brown, that the family was not aware of how complicated the college application and financial aid process had become.

“In many ways the process does get more complicated every year,” Brown said. “Deadlines come earlier, scholarship applications have specific pre-requisites, and the path to a broad opportunity for state and federal financial aid is more complicated. For instance, students, who qualify for certain federal financial aid have to maintain college-determined levels of achievement to maintain that source of financial aid.”  These conditions need to be understood by the student and the student’s family.

CAP services have grown out of the generosity of numerous successful business people who have left their legacies, in trust, specifically designed to promote educational opportunities for Navarro County high school graduates for education beyond high school.  

 Navarro County CAP  wants to encourage every high school current junior to call (903) 872-0180 and make an appointment to learn more about the college application and completion process.

Parents of 2012-13 juniors should be expecting a letter from CAP in conjunction with all area Navarro County high schools encouraging them to enroll in the CAP program. Also, CAP representatives will be visiting all Navarro County schools and speaking to juniors about the CAP.

CAP is a program of VOICE in Corsicana and serves all Navarro County schools.

“Too many seniors wait until college and scholarship deadlines have passed and miss great opportunities that are available in Navarro County and in the colleges of their choice,” said Lynda Sloan, CEO of Voice. Sloan encourages all families who have a current junior who plans to attend college in the fall of 2014  to make an appointment with CAP staff in the next few weeks.  

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