Students invited to attend “College Planning Night”

Katelyn Beebe, Staff Writer

College planning night for juniors will be held Feb. 4 at 6:30 P.M. in the LHS auditorium. All students who plan on attending college are encouraged to attend with their families.

The night will start off with Tesha Ward, Class of 2017 guidance counselor, giving an overview of the night and encourage students to make college visits.

First, Tony Curd, from the Princeton Review, will talk about preparation options and strategies for the PSAT, SAT and the ACT tests. He will also talk about how the scoring works.

Second, Kate Shea from Westfield State University will talk about how Mass Transfer, which guarantees community college students who are enrolled in mass transfer programs an associate’s degree with credits that can transfer to a four-year program. This is different from regular transfer.

She will give some information on admissions, the importance of senior year, and how state schools are different than the UMass system.

Later, Ashley Tucker from Elms College will speak about college essays, GPA info, and the timeline you should have for your choosing the right college. For instance, when you should apply to college and when the right time to make college visits is.

Since Elms College is a private school she will tell you why you should chose a private school over a state school.

To conclude the night, Katie Lynch from HCC will talk about the difference between a grant and a scholarship and how parents should be preparing their child for college now. She will also share information on CSS (Financial Aid) profiles and FAFSA (Federal Student Aid).

Everyone is welcome to attend this event to get some information on college and how you should plan for your future.

“If you can’t make it yourself, have a family member go,” Ward said.