College counseling is about helping your student understand and determine her strengths, 目标, and aspirations in order to pursue admission to a college or university w在这里 she can achieve success and satisfaction. 在Mercy的四年里，大学准备工作一直是重点. Our 大学咨询 office will set the stage of discussing college during freshman year, and begin meeting with 学生 and 父母 more consistently junior year (sophomores can request meetings as well, 虽然大二的时候不需要。). 与大学辅导员密切合作, 还有她的顾问和老师, 每个学生都被引导完成一个彻底的, 信息丰富的大学录取流程. 在秋天, representatives from nearly 50 colleges and universities visit the campus to meet with our 学生 and provide information about their schools each year.
Our primary goal in the college admissions process is to assist your daughter in finding the right match for her. 为此目的, the process is highly personalized and focuses clearly on her desires and the criteria she has established for choosing the right school. We are proud of our college placement record primarily because our graduates report to us that they achieve success at institutions that are right for them.
大多数经济援助是根据需要发放的(这被称为“基于需求的援助”)。. 学术奖学金最受关注, 但大部分经济援助都流向了那些能够证明“经济需要”的学生." Financial need is simply the difference between the amount a family can pay—as calculated from the financial information in the application—and the cost of attendance.
不管大学是如何发放助学金的, 无论是由于需要还是由于需要和功绩, 大多数大学都希望学生家庭至少提交一份表格:入学申请表 免费申请联邦学生援助(FAFSA). It is produced by the US Department of Education and processed by Federal 学生 Aid Programs. This form must be filed every year and includes such information as income and asset information from both 学生 and 父母. (Typically the form asks for parent income information on the parent who provided the most financial support during the previous 12 months).
此外，如果一个学生申请私立大学 CSS档案 可能需要. 可以找到需要CSS配置文件的学校列表 在这里. This form is available in early fall and typically asks for more specific information about assets and home equity. The individual institutions may then send an additional list of questions specific to their criteria for determining financial aid eligibility.
Merit based aid from schools is considered automatically by schools- 学生 do not need to submit specific scholarship applications to colleges.
Families should check with each institution to see which forms are required and what the deadlines are but it is strongly recommended to submit them as early as possible (once 学生 know their final list of schools).