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Seniors take time to apply to college and financial aid

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  • Michelle Reese/ Higley Unified School District

College Goal Arizona Poster. Photo Courtesy Higley Unified School District

Higley High seniors received an extra hand this month to complete and submit college applications, as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) used to help students receive scholarships and financial aid.

The Higley High Counseling Office organized the events on Nov. 8 and Nov. 16. Counselors, teachers and volunteers from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon University and the Arizona College Access Network were available to provide assistance and help.

During Social Studies classes, all seniors expected to graduate in 2018 had the opportunity to apply for admission to at least one college, university, or other postsecondary experience, if they had not already done so.

The purpose of this campaign is to acquaint students with the college application process and to communicate the importance of applying to college and financial aid, said Career Center Specialist Patti Smith. Prior to the event, students completed a pre-application at home with their families.

Completing the pre-application worksheet allowed students to quickly and easily complete college applications online.

“Applying for college is stressful and difficult, especially because the major that I want to specialize in is a bit difficult to get into,” said Veronica Porter, a senior student in Higley High. “I want to be an aviation pilot. The volunteers from the different schools have been very helpful with helping us fill out our applications. I’m still not sure if I want to attend in-state or out-of-state, but I’m very open to go wherever to pursue my goals. The good thing is that my parents are very supportive and Higley High has been a huge help in getting me to where I need to be and developing certain skills.”

In addition to these events, the school planned a Financial Aid Night Nov. 16 for families to make additional assistance and computer access available.

The project is part of the school’s efforts with the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education and their College and Career Goal Arizona initiative.