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+ Step 1: Talk to your guidance counselor

Students: Don’t wait! Schedule a visit with your designated guidance counselor at your high school.

Parents: Contact the guidance office at your child’s school and request a meeting with the designated counselor. Ask the counselor about the primary things you need to know about how to navigate the college application process and how you can best support, prepare, and encourage your child in pursuing education after high school.

Atkins Academic & Technology High School: 336-703-6759
Career Center: 336-727-8181
Carter High School: 336-703-4119
Carver High School: 336-727-2230
Early College of Forsyth: 336-757-3301
East Forsyth High School: 336-703-6792
Forsyth Middle College: 336-734-7163
Glenn High School: 336-771-4505
John F. Kennedy High School: 336-703-4144
Kingswood School: 336- 703-4128
Main St. Academy: 336-703-4185
Mount Tabor High School: 336-703-6728
North Forsyth High School: 336-661-4890
Parkland High School: 336-771-4700
Reagan High School: 336-703-6776
Reynolds High School: 336-703-4146
Walkertown High School: 336-703-4152
West Forsyth High School:336-712-4403
Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy: 336-712-4403

+ Step 2: Choose 3 Schools That May Interest You

Forsyth Technical Community College
Website |Discover Forsyth Tech
Facebook | YouTube

Website: http://www.salem.edu/
Discover Salem College: http://www.salem.edu/about/facts
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salemcollege/
YouTube

University of North Carolina School of the Arts:
Website: https://www.uncsa.edu/
Info for Prospective Students: https://www.uncsa.edu/prospective-students/index.aspx
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uncschoolofthearts/
YouTube

Official Website | Our Philosophy
Facebook | YouTube

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WSSU1892
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WSSUmedia/

Website | Why WSSU

+ Step 3: Plan Your Campus Visit

To set up a campus visit at our local colleges/universities, call:
Forsyth Technical Community College: 336-734-7556
Salem College: 336-721-2621
University of North Carolina School of the Arts: 336-770-3290
Wake Forest University: 336-758-5201
Winston-Salem State University: 336-750-2073

+ Step 4: Ask a friend, family member, or loved one to join you

Top 5 Google hits on questions to ask on a college visit (review with friend, family member or loved one who will join you):

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/find-colleges/campus-visit-guide

http://www.northwarren.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/ToughQuestions.pdf

http://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/campus-visits/articles/campus-visit-tips/essential-campus-visit-question-list/

http://www.collegecosts.com/docs/publications/college-tour-tips.pdf?sfvrsn=7

http://nsse.indiana.edu/pdf/nsse_pocketguide.pdf

+ Step 5: Take a step forward

Forsyth Technical Community College
2100 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Winston-Salem State University
601 S Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Salem College
601 S Church St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

University of North Carolina School of the Arts
1533 S Main St, Winston-Salem, NC 27127

+ Additional Information to Help Start Your Journey

Concerned about being able to afford educational studies after high school? There are a number of resources and supports in place to help you and your family get a head start on securing the financial assistance you need to help you achieve your higher education goals. Go ahead and take a step forward toward your future!

· Search for scholarship opportunities through resources provided by your high school and scholarship search tools like: www.fastweb.com, www.scholarships.com, www.bigfuture.collegboard.org, www.wsfoundation.org, and www.CFNC.org.

· Learn about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the process of filing the form, and the documents that your family will need at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

· Read and prepare for applying for financial aid using the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid web site (www.studentaid.ed.gov), giving close attention to the following links:
o What Types of Aid Can I Get?
o Do I Qualify for Aid?
o How Do I Apply for Aid?
o How Do I Manage My Loans (optional)?

· Share with your parents that the VITA-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Services are available at various locations across Winston-Salem, including a mobile unit, and these services are provided free of charge to families with incomes up to $40,000. More information at http://forsythfreetax.org/.

· If you accept a federal student loan, you will need to complete initial loan counseling and a Master Promissory Note – you can reduce the amount of loan awarded; only borrow what you need as you will be required to repay this loan. Each college will provide information on how to do this.

· Report outside scholarships received to your selected college’s financial aid office and then review your revised student aid award from the college.

· Research how your financial aid will be disbursed and when outside scholarships will be sent to your college.

· Write thank you notes to those scholarship organizations that awarded you a scholarship.