Posted on January 20th, 2024 in Uncategorized by hallen




  • UPDATE 1/23/24:  “In a nutshell:  The U.S. Education Department’s FAFSA math, for deciding how much aid a student should get, is wrong….The department will fix this mistake in time for the 2024-2025 award year.” (
  • UPDATE 1/30/24:  “The Department will begin transmitting batches of FAFSA information—known as the Institutional Student Information Record or ISIR—to [schools and state agencies] in the first half of March. Students will also be able to make corrections to their form starting in the first half of March.” (
  • UPDATE 3/25/24:  “’The FAFSA Processing System (FPS) was not including all data fields needed to correctly calculate the Student Aid Index for dependent students who reported assets,’ the department wrote in an announcement. ‘This issue resulted in inaccurate ISIRs for dependent students with assets delivered to [institutions] prior to March 21, 2024.’” (Inside Higher Ed)



Class of ’24 Family Night

Posted on August 31st, 2023 in Uncategorized by hallen

Class of ’23 Meeting (Oct. 3): NC Countdown to College Month

Posted on October 3rd, 2022 in Uncategorized by hallen
  1. Our regional College Foundation of NC representative Devon McCarthy-James presented an informative overview of financial aid and pro-tips with Haywood County families last Thursday evening. With her permission, I am attaching a recording from last year. Also, I can forward Devon’s slideshow upon request (the file is too large to upload here).
  2. Below are a few links for easy reference as you begin the process of paying for college, specifically with need-based financial aid. However, some scholarships, like the Haywood County Schools Foundation, require a hardcopy of the FAFSA Student Aid Report, so ALL families are encouraged to apply. Although there is not a deadline, “the early bird gets the worm” – I recommend mid-November.

CFNC’s Navigating FAFSA and RDS

FAFSA Who’s My Parent

FAFSA Worksheet for 2023-24

FTC How To Avoid Scams

3.  I am re-sharing our College Planning Jumpstart Guide from Graduating Senior Family Night in August with updated information (e.g., additional admission application deadlines, FAQs and the announcement of NC College Application Week participating colleges).

4. In addition, CFNC is offering virtual programming throughout October.

5. Finally, I sent a Remind on September 22nd about WCU’s new Catamount Commitment. I am linking it here also for ease.

PSAT/NMSQT Fall 2022

Posted on September 7th, 2022 in Uncategorized by hallen

Shared 9/6 via Remind and TVs

9th and 10th Grade Meetings 9/2/22

Posted on September 2nd, 2022 in Uncategorized by hallen

Today, we will be completing the following tasks in preparation for our fieldtrip on Monday, September 12th.

9th Grade

  1. Create a College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) account.
  2. Once logged in, navigate to Plan Your Future -> Career Interest Profiler -> Interest Finder (Short Version). Later, we will talk about college majors for your possible career(s) and colleges/universities that offer those majors.

9th – 13th Grades

  1. College Fair Registration
  2. WCU Campus Tour Registration

* Remember to submit the HEC permission form with a parent/guardian before we return to school on Tuesday 🙂


Update 9/7 – Slide shared via Remind and TVs

The preliminary application for ETSU’s Roan and UNC-CH’s Morehead-Cain scholarships is due to Dr. Allen before Tuesday, September 6th, at 8:30a.

Posted on August 29th, 2022 in Uncategorized by hallen

Prestigious Scholarships (shared via Remind on 8/26 and in a class meeting on 8/29)

This document also includes information about the following scholarships that do not require a school endorsement:  Duke/UNC-CH’s Robertson, NCSU’s Park and Goodnight, QuestBridge National College Match and UNC-C’s Levine.

Class of ’23 Family Night

Posted on August 20th, 2022 in Uncategorized by hallen

Thank you for attending Thursday’s event! I hope that you feel more informed and confident about next steps and the year ahead. Attached is the organizer. Remember that the underlined text are embedded links to simplify your navigation. If viewing on a mobile device, select “Print layout” for the best formatting.

Jumpstart Guide

Financial Aid Offers & Student Loans

Posted on February 24th, 2022 in Uncategorized by hallen

Linked is a presentation by our CFNC representative Devon McCarthy-James that I have permission to re-share. Seniors, this is a great resource to reference as you receive and try to understand each college’s financial aid package.

From Yearbook: Please participate in the following Google Forms before or on December 10th.

Posted on November 30th, 2021 in Uncategorized by hallen

Our Yearbook Staff wants to create an exceptional publication inclusive of you all, so please participate and submit well-written responses and quality photographs. You must be signed in to your account to access.

Friends, Family, Hobbies & Cars

Pets, Food & Memes


Graduating Senior Superlatives & 60 Things (All grade levels are invited to vote on Superlatives.)

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