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Guidance Department News ACT Special Testing

Scholarships Scholarships take time to locate and to prepare: completing applications, gathering recommendations and evaluations, writing essays, etc. You have to be prepared to work hard to earn a scholarship. Students are encouraged to check the scholarship folders and college catalogs and folders in the guidance office or specific college websites to locate scholarship opportunities. Consider family employers or organizations of which you are a member as resources for scholarships. Check the public library, too. Be willing to take the time to ask questions of the financial aid officers of colleges in which you are interested.

Any student with a current, documented disability, who has been professionally diagnosed as physically, psychologically or learning disabled, may request special ACT testing by completing a Request for Special Testing form. To be current, the diagnosis must have been

Applying for Financial Aid

made in the last three years. For further

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web Worksheet is available in the Guidance Office. Most colleges recommend that this form be completed by the end of February--the sooner, the better. The application can also be filed over the internet at


information, contact one of the counsel-

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Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services This agency serves students with varying levels of limitations with a variety of disabilities and can assist students with career goals, possible financial assistance with college, and vocational and career assessments. IVRS can help with college by helping to determine what program is right for your student and what assistance they may need to be successful. Your student’s IVRS counselor provides guidance throughout college and assists with finding a job once he or she is finished with college. The ultimate goal of IVRS is to help your student find a job. Whether your son or daughter will pursue employment right after high school or after two, four or more years of college, they want to help along the way. If you have a junior or senior who may benefit from these services please contact one of the counselors in the Guidance Office.

Dave Schemmel

Joy St. Andrews

ACT Prep Seminars EduCare Learning Centers will hold ACT prep seminars beginning Sunday, February 26 in preparation for the April ACT. The EduCare program features five Sunday class meetings scheduled from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at EduCare. Parents may register online at or call EduCare at 832-1965 for more information. Students are enrolled on a first come, first served basis. Enrollment is limited.

Zaps Learning Co. ACT Preparation Workshop Zaps Learning Co. ACT Preparation Workshop will be held at Xavier High School on Saturday, February 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration information will be mailed to all juniors. To take advantage of this opportunity you may

Guidance Counselor (319) 294-6635 x 311

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Guidance Counselor (319) 294-6635 x 314

enroll and/or pay on-line at www.zaps. com or call toll-free 1-877-927-8378.

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January 2012 Navigator  

January 2012 Edition of the Xavier High School newsletter.