So, what do you want to do with your life? The question can bring about feelings of longing and anxiety. It certainly helps to understand what you like to do, but it may be more important to understand who you are. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? The answer to these questions guide your decisions on what college you will go to, what you will study, and ultimately, what your career will be.
Do you know where you want to go? There are thousands of college in the United States and many great ones in our home state. Colleges and universities differ greatly in their environment, student population, and mission. Are you interested in a state college or private? Would you prefer a rural or urban setting? These are jsut some of the questions to consider when selected the school that best fits your needs.
The thought of paying for post-secondary education strikes fear in the hearts of many parents and students alike. There are a variety of scholarships and grants available to students based on academic achievement, demographics and demonstrated need. Fastweb.com and finaid.org are the best places to start when looking for scholarships and learning about the financial aid system. If you know that you will need to take out student loans, you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early during the second semester of senior year. All loans classified as "student loans" are provided and managed by the Department of Education and are dispersed based on demonstrated need. Virginia 529 prepaid educational prograpms (VPEP) offers parents a tax protected way to lock in tuition expenses at current rates by paying a monthly premium while their child is in school. As tuition increases over the years, you may find VPEP to be a worthwhile investment
The mission of The Carmel School is to prepare students for success in our ever-changing world by creating a community supportive of academic, physical, and spiritual growth rooted in Christian values to instill honor and integrity.