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Class of 2017 Graduation Information

Attention Parents of Graduating Seniors!

By now, your student should have made progress on several major milestones for life after TCS@ODU.  Some of the things he or she should have completed by now include:

  • Taking the ACT or SAT at least twice
  • Completing at least three college applications (preferably including one local school in Columbus)
  • Started searching for and applying for scholarships!  Places to look online include college websites, The Columbus Foundation, Ohio Means Jobs K-12, and Ohio Higher Ed, the United Nego College Fund, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

As of October 1st, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) became available for families to fill out.  The majority of students are considered dependent, and the FAFSA will require parent information.  If you have questions about your student’s dependency status, the student should see Ms. Konet to discuss his or her individual circumstances.  A good goal to have is to file the FAFSA by mid-February.  Some steps to get started include:

  • Signing up for an FSA ID.  Each student and one parent must have a unique FSA ID.  Sign up online at http://fsaid.ed.gov.
  • Complete the FAFSA using your 2015 tax information.  This may be different than what you have used in the past if you have previously filed the FAFSA for yourself or another student.  This is a new change!  The 2017-2018 FAFSA will use your 2015 tax information.  If something has dramatically changed in your income, you should contact the schools your students is interested in attending to find out about applying for special circumstances.

Please encourage your student to regularly check his or her TCS email during this last semester.  There will be numerous surveys to gather information, including height/weight for ordering caps and gowns, announcements about tickets and meetings, and graduation progress.  It’s extremely important that students stay current, and email is the most efficient system we have. 

The first graduation meeting for the Class of 2017 will take place on Friday, February 17th, 2016 at 5PM.
Important aspects of graduation will be discussed, including details of the ceremony, graduation tickets, initial discussion of graduation speakers and graduation fees.

This meeting is taking place toward the end of parent-teacher conference day.  If you have questions or concerns about your student's graduation progress, please come early to meet with Ms. Konet, our college counselor.  She will be available for individual questions between noon and 4PM, but will not be available for private conversations after the meeting.  Thank you!