It’s April 1st, Do You Know Where Your FAFSA Is?

If you’re planning on starting at Central Penn College in either the summer or the fall term, you will need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you haven’t done so already. The deadline is April 15th, which is coming up soon! Have you submitted your FAFSA? If not, we have some helpful tips for you to finish it up as soon as possible!

1) If you haven’t already gotten a PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov to request yours as soon as possible.
2) When you have your pin, start your FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.
3) To save lots of time and paperwork, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for both students and parents.
4) Make sure to add Central Penn’s school code to your FAFSA! Our school code is 004890.
5) Answer EVERY question on the FAFSA, even if it seems unnecessary! (For example, one question will ask if you are a US Citizen – even if you think that the answer is obvious, you still need to answer the question, or you will have problems with the FAFSA!)

In addition to submitting the FAFSA, you’ll also need to fill out Central Penn College’s Financial Aid Application. Make sure to check your email – that’s how you’ll be receiving the form!

If the financial aid office needs additional information from you, or if we see any problems with your forms, we will be getting in touch with you as soon as we can. So if you get a message from us, please help us out by trying your best to get in touch with us too!

If you have any questions while you’re working on the FAFSA, you can contact me, Kelly Fox, your Financial Planning Coordinator, at KellyFox@CentralPenn.edu or 717-728-2246.

Again, make sure to submit your FAFSA and your Central Penn Financial Aid Application by April 15th! Once we’ve received all of your financial aid paperwork, your award letter will be sent within a few weeks.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://blogs.centralpenn.edu/admissions/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/03/Central-Penn-Counselors-831.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Kelly Fox is the Financial Planning Coordinator for traditional students at Central Penn. She has worked at Central Penn for almost ten years, and she loves helping students and their families through the financial aid process![/author_info] [/author]

Spring Open House

Last Saturday, March 16th, we had 164 visitors at Central Penn College for our Spring Open House! Visitors had a full day of activities including:

• Tours of campus with Central Penn’s fabulous Student Ambassadors
• Brunch
• Keynote speech from Mr. Steve Hassinger, Career Services Director
• Presentation on the “Central Penn Experience” covering academics, student life, applying to Central Penn, the fantastic Advising team, graduate success, and much more
Financial aid information
• Video and information about Central Penn’s Cultural Immersion Program
• Program-specific reviews from the champions of Central Penn’s different areas of study
• Fashion show of Central Penn’s Appearance Policy with our current students
• Fun prizes and treats
• Photos with Sir Will, our mascot!

Sir Will, working the runway!
Sir Will, working the runway!

Have you visited Central Penn yet? Whether you’ve visited already or not, we always welcome you to check out an event at Central Penn! Check out our visit page to see future event dates, or contact admissions to schedule an individual visit.

One of our next events will be Discovery Day on Wednesday, April 24th, where visiting students will be paired up with current students and experience student life by sitting in on classes, trying lunch in Scoozi Café, and more! Contact admissions if you’d like to register to attend that day.

Starting College Mid-Year

Starting college can be a very scary and difficult choice to make, but Central Penn makes it easy. My name is Erin Fausnaught, and I started attending Central Penn College in January of 2013 in the winter term. At many colleges there is one time in the year when the entire new freshman class starts, normally in the fall. At Central Penn students are given four different opportunities throughout the year to begin their education.

Starting at a different time in the year could be intimidating, but not at Central Penn. I was very nervous to be starting in the middle of the year. The thing about Central Penn is that all of the four opportunities to start are the beginning of a new term. This means that when you start you’re not behind at all because it is the beginning of the new eleven week term.

The first day spent at Central Penn is orientation. It is a really great day because it gives you the opportunity to meet all the other new people who are also starting and are probably just as nervous as you! Orientation is how I met my best friend here, and it can help you start to build relationships.

If you are considering taking this next big step in your life to continue your education, Central Penn is a great place to go. They work with you and make things easy to accomplish. No matter when you decide to start, you will have great opportunities to be successful here.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://blogs.centralpenn.edu/admissions/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/03/Erin-Fausnaught.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Erin is a current student at Central Penn College, and she is in her first term. She is working toward her associate’s degree in criminal justice, and she is originally from Muncy, PA. Erin is currently taking steps toward going to Croatia this coming fall with Central Penn’s Cultural Immersion Program.[/author_info] [/author]

 

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here to visit our ‘Disclosures’ page.

Should You Come to Closer Look Weekend?

Hey! My name is Aaron, and I was once in the same place you are in now. Just a year ago, I was thinking “What college to go to? Is it too far from home or is it too close?” At that time, the next school visit that was on the list for me was Central Penn College. When I came to visit during Closer Look Weekend in April 2012, I must admit that I was a bit nervous. I had no friends or classmates from my high school, and I didn’t know anyone. But after I came back home from visiting, I could not stop running my mouth about how much I loved the school and the people I met.

The weekend kicked off with the placement exam testing which honestly was very easy and quick. After that, we all regrouped and participated in activities for a little while, which included a scavenger hunt and a reception with our parents. Then finally all the outrageous fun began. We were paired up with current students at Central Penn. I was lucky to be paired up with someone who was exactly like me. We went to the arcade, played laser tag, and rode go-carts. It was so much fun. After that, we stayed overnight (which was even more fun), and in the morning we met professors and explored some of the majors that Central Penn College had to offer.

Overall, Closer Look Weekend is one of the main reasons why I am here today. It can really have a positive effect on your decision to come here.

If you are ready to register for Closer Look Weekend for yourself, contact Central Penn Admissions!

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://blogs.centralpenn.edu/admissions/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/03/Aaron-Watson.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Aaron is a current student at Central Penn College, and he is in his third term. He is working toward his bachelor’s degree in accounting, and he is originally from Philadelphia.[/author_info] [/author]

 

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here to visit our ‘Disclosures’ page.

Applying to College is MORE than an Application!

Submitting an application to a college is NOT the same thing as applying to college! Think about the kinds of questions that you filled out on your college application – name, address, high school, parent information – does that seem like enough information for a college to decide whether or not to accept you? No! There is far more to the process.

The admissions counselors at Central Penn want to get to know you! You are more than a cumulative GPA, an SAT score, or a high school resume. You are far more than the basic contact information on your application. Applying to college does require some work on your part, but it’s because we need to know more about you! We want to know more about who you are so that we can make the most educated admissions decisions.

Applying to Central Penn College does start with an application. If you haven’t done it already, click here to fill out our online application. (And guess what? It’s free! Applying to Central Penn won’t cost you a cent!) After you’ve done the application, we need a little more information still. That’s why we want you to send in an essay. Write about 500 words (that’s about a page, single-spaced, typed) on your work ethic. Tell us what a hard worker you are, and use examples from your life! Or submit a graded copy of a paper that you wrote for English or history. Next, ask your guidance counselor to send in your high school transcripts so that we can take a look at all the hard work you’ve done over the last few years.

Last, call us to set up an admissions interview. The admissions interview really lets us get to know you – your goals for the future, your reasons for wanting to go to college, and anything else you want us to know about you! If you can visit the campus, interview in person and take a campus tour on the same day!

**Future Physical Therapist Assistants and Occupational Therapy Assistants, we do have a few more requirements for you. Contact us today to set up an interview. During your interview we can talk about those other requirements.**

As for the rest of you, future business leaders, accountants, medical assistants, and more, that’s about all we need! Your admissions counselor will let you know if there’s anything else we might need – a letter of recommendation or anything else. But other than that, that’s it! It’s not too hard to apply, but it is more than just filling out an application. When you complete the four main requirements:

  • Application
  • Essay
  • Transcripts
  • Interview

That gives us a chance to get to know you, and it helps us make the best decision! Any questions? Comment on this post or contact your admissions counselor!

 

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here to visit our ‘Disclosures’ page.

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