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Dear Parents and Prospective Graduates:

As you begin your processes of applying for college admissions and financial aid, the following information is given to you to help with these processes. Should you or your parents have questions at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me.

When choosing a college, it is important to choose one that meets your academic needs while meeting the costs you can comfortably afford. You will be offered credit cards (payments begin the next month), student loans (payments begin about six months after you graduate or quit college), and your parents will be offered parent loans (payments begin the next month). Keep in mind that if you accept the maximum amount of student loans each year, you will graduate with nearly $20,000 of debt that you - the student - are responsible for paying.

To keep debt to a minimum, it is important to apply for financial aid, scholarships that you qualify for, and plan ahead to minimize your debt. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed in order to qualify for scholarships at the college you choose. This cannot be completed until January 1. Mountain Empire Community College conducts workshops at Lee High School in December to prepare students for the financial aid application process. In January, February, or March, MECC personnel come to Lee High School to help complete the forms and can sometimes give the parent an estimate of what the family is expected to pay based upon their income information. If you miss scheduled workshops, personnel at MECC will assist you at their office. Students do not have to attend MECC to receive help.

In the meantime, you can apply for national and local scholarships. The following list of available scholarships is based upon scholarships offered last year. Other scholarships to keep in mind are scholarships through your parents' employers, national scholarships that are not offered through Lee High, and scholarships you discover through scholarship searches on the internet. Type the words Scholarship Search in any search engine and several sites will be available. The website www.FastWeb.com is most commonly used.

If you are not sure what your major in college will be, that's okay. You can enter college with an undeclared major. You will take core academic classes (math, English, science, speech, etc.) that fit in nearly any field of study. To help you choose some career options based upon your likes and dislikes, search the web to complete career interest inventories. Most are free of charge, and you do not have to complete any inventory that charges a fee. Lee High and Lee Vo-Tech have a career assessment - Kuder - if you would like to take an inventory with assistance from a career coach.

All scholarships are announced at monthly senior meetings. Scholarships are also announced over the intercom, and teachers receive announcements with scholarship postings. Many teachers read these to their homeroom students. Scholarships are also posted on the doors or in the classrooms of teachers who teach required senior classes. Applications and information are available inside the guidance office in a prominent place. Students may help themselves, ask for help, or have a parent come in for applications/information. Deadlines on applications and deadlines to have applications returned to guidance sometimes are different. In those cases, the number of applications from Lee High School is limited and a scholarship committee must be formed to determine which applications are submitted.

Transcripts are needed for applications to colleges and for scholarship applications. A request form for transcripts is available in guidance and the form must be signed by a parent if the student is under the age of 18 years. Each time a transcript is needed, a form must be completed. Due to the large demand in the past on the last day of school before Christmas break begins, guidance will not send any transcripts during the Christmas holidays. Only transcript requests made by December 17, will be sent.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 346.0176 or by e-mail at melisa.rasnic@leecountyschools.net.

Lee High School
Guidance Department