In order to qualify for a student or parent loan, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed during the Senior year college application process, and each year the student attends college.
- FAFSA Worksheet - gather the information you need during the application process
- The Guide to Federal Student Aid 2019-20
- College Board Financial Aid Checklist
- 5 Things to Do After Filing Your FAFSA Form
Certain colleges/universities require applicants to complete the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA form. Please review the CSS Profile link for more information.
Financial Aid Night
Haldane hosts a Financial Aid Night at the start of each school year. A college financial planning expert presents the ins and outs and provides valuable tips for navigating financial aid process. Families of all high school students are welcome to attend this event.
College Financial Planning Resources
- Net Price Calculator
- New York State Grants, Scholarships, and Loans
- fastweb.com - scholarship databse
Please use caution when applying for scholarships. Students should never be required to pay a fee to apply for a scholarship. Visit www.studentaid.ed.gov/types/scams to learn more.
Common App Resources
- The Common App Advantage
- Gathering Your Materials
- Getting Started
- Completing the Common App
- FERPA & Your Application
- Tips & Best Practices
- Quick Guide to the Application
- Completing the Common App
- Understanding the My Colleges Tab
- Scholarship Snapp - Your Scholarship Connection
- Managing Deadlines
- Application Fees
Butterfield Library is offering two college prep workshops during the month on October:
10/7 and 10/9 - Essay writing workshop for seniors. Bring a draft of your essay.
10/10 - How Much Does College Really Cost? program for Junior and Senior families, given by an independent educational consultant
During Junior year, each student and their parent/guardian will meet with the high school counselor and receive the Junior College Planning binder. At that time, they will develop a personal college planning timeline and to-do list. Juniors will also participate in a Naviance training session where they will build on career interests developed through the years. Using the Super Match Engine, they will create a list of target colleges and learn about admissions requirements. In April, Juniors will attend the College and Career Fair at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES.
College Application Blue Form - you must complete a separate form for each school
COLLEGE VISIT DAY
In October, the Senior class spends a day visiting a college of their choice. Haldane coordinates tours at Dutchess Community College and Mount Saint Mary. Students also have the option of visit a college with their family that day, or remaining at Haldane to participate in a college essay workshop.
In October, the high school celebrates College Week when faculty and staff proudly display and wear their college or university gear. These conversation-starters encourage students to ask questions about teachers' own college decision-making process, areas of study, and overall experiences.
Instant Decision Day
Throughout College Week, the school counselor coordinates several Instant Decision Days with schools such as Dominican College, Mount Saint Mary's College, Dutchess Community College , St. John's University, and Mercy College. Admissions representatives visit Haldane to conduct student interviews, review applications and transcripts, and provide instant acceptances. In 2017, instant decision students were awarded over $117,000 in scholarships.
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PANEL
In the Spring the guidance office will coordinate a college admissions panel that will consist of admissions counselors from SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Oneonta, Utica College, Manhattan College and Mount Saint Mary College. The counselors will offer advice on the college application process and provide an inside view on the admissions process. There will be time at the end of the session for questions and open discussion.
College Visit Absences
Students who plan a college visit during a regular school day must provide the attendance office with documentation of the visit, tour, or interview.