• Class of 2021 College Planning and the Application Process

    We are very excited to start this school year and to have you back at WHS! With the start of your senior year comes the college application process for many […]

  • Welcome Back 20-21

    Parents and Students— Welcome Back!!! On behalf of the WHS Counseling Team, I want to thank you for taking a moment to review this email.  We know that as information […]

  • Navigating Your College Application Journey: Virtual College Application Resources

    Because our annual College Application Boot Camp was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, we have made these extremely valuable resources available to all students! While this info is open […]

  • Class of 2020 Senior Recognition & Awards Night

    Please join us as we recognize the Westfield HS Class of 2020, and their academic accomplishments, during the Senior Recognition and Awards Night. In addition to being able to view the video […]

  • WHS Counseling Center Update–April 27, 2020

    Check out the latest update regarding 20-21 Student Schedules, Senior Awards Night, and Summer School Registration! Click Here

Fact of the month

From the National Center for College Costs (NCCC) – "Results show that after controlling for background characteristics and college experience variables, students who filed a FAFSA have 72% higher odds of persisting (in college) than their peers who do not file. The effect of filing a FAFSA was even more significant among lower-income Pell Grant eligible students, as these filers have 122% higher odds of persisting compared to their peers who do not file a FAFSA. These results emphasize the critical need for targeted public policies and institutional practices aimed at increasing FAFSA completion rates." From: McKinney, L. & Novak, H. (2011). The Consequences of Leaving money on the Table: Examining Persistence among Students Who Do Not File a FAFSA. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 41(3)

College Vibe Reverb

Providing Indiana families with a powerful resource to determine the cost of college through the formula applied for all need-based aid available through FAFSA. Free! To receive an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as well as estimates of financial aid at Indiana colleges and universities, you will need to complete five screens of information. The more fully and accurately you complete each screen, the more accurate the EFC estimate and the estimates of net cost for a chosen institution.
Link: http://www.indianacollegecosts.org/calculate-your-college-costs

Student Costs

National Center for College Costs compiled quality feedback from parents and students on the topic of talking with college admission representatives. Practical suggestions include the “big three” questions that need to be asked when drilling down into final student costs.
Link: http://www.collegecosts.com/nccc/whats-new/monthly-features/?id=ff6279be-c051-4242-a2dd-c974ae32e1bf

529 Savings Plan

I frequently access podcasts of APM: Marketplace Money – a recent search with key words “529 Savings Plan” produced some great articles and resources. Among the resources listed – SavingforCollege.com which provides performance rankings information on college savings programs.
Link: http://www.savingforcollege.com/articles/2012-plan-performance-rankings-q3