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Frequently Asked Questions

                                                           
                                                                                                    
 
                          
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Willis High School Code:  447-565                                                                           

Requesting Transcripts:

PARENTS AND STUDENTS:

Please come by the College and Career center for a blue request form. Complete the form and return it to Mrs. Kandy Kaliszewski in the main office.

**Please allow 2 to 3 business days for transcript order to be filled. Each transcript is $1.00 and must be paid to Mrs. Kaliszewski before the transcript orders will be mailed or released. All transcript orders can be picked up in the front office with Mrs. Kaliszewski, or mailed to a designated College, University, or other High School.

Please contact:
Mrs. Kaliszewski
(936) 856-1414
(936) 890-7215 Fax
kkaliszewski@willisisd.org
 

 

FINANCIAL AID


Willis High School Scholarship List:
 
 In the fall, the College and Career Center starts compiling a list of all scholarships that are made available to our students. This is a fluid document and new scholarships are added regularly. Be sure to check for scholarships at least once a week so you do not miss out on a great scholarship opportunity. 


Outstanding Scholarship Websites
 
 
http://www.collegeforalltexans.com
 
 www.aie.org/scholarships Enter a key work in the search bar

 www.collegeanswer.com Create a Password and a Screen name, Click on Scholarship Search; Register Click Search; Complete Profile

www.scholarships.com Complete a thorough profile and receive an accurate and personalized list of scholarships

http://www.cappex.com Students can fill out a questionnaire and scholarships are matched to a student's profile,

Cappex will send out an e-mail with the scholarship's information. This website also has other great college resources as well. 
 
http://www.collegeboard.org 

DEFINITIONS

Scholarships:

Student's can apply for scholarships online or through the College and Career Center for scholarships that are not available online. 
 
 Grants:
 
 A grant is a form of federal or state financial aid that does not need to be repaid. They are typically given to people who demonstrate financial need. Advice: Grants are amazing sources of financial aid for people with need. Need is determined by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Every prospective college student needs to complete FAFSA.  Even if you don't qualify for grants, you may receive scholarships or favorable loans.
 
 Loans
 
A loan originated by the government or a private bank for educational expenses.


Subsidized Student Loan:

A subsidized student loan is one in which the government actually pays the interest while a student remains enrolled in a qualified college or university. This means that any interest that would have been added to a subsidized loan balance is essentially erased by the government. Subsidized loans are often confused with student loans that are in deferment. These loans still have the interest added to them throughout the student's education career, but no payments are due until after graduation or withdrawal. Subsidized loans are generally reserved for students demonstrating financial aid on an ongoing basis, throughout their college education. The most common subsidized loans are Stafford and Perkins loans.

Unsubsidized Student Loan:

 Unlike a subsidized loan, an unsubsidized student loan has interest added to the balance even while a student is still enrolled in school. This means that a student's balance will likely be significantly more than what they initially borrowed by the time the graduate. For example, a student borrowing $10,000 per year at 8%, would owe $48,666 dollars after four years of college (approximately $8,666 more than they initially borrowed). A popular technique of students and parents looking to eliminate the "sticker shock" of an unsubsidized loan is to attempt to pay off the interest as it is added throughout the college years. Unsubsidized loans are generally the only choice for students who fail to demonstrate a financial aid, though they still generally offer attractive interest rates (less than 10%) over private loans. The most common subsidized loans are Stafford and PLUS loans.

TECH PREP with Lone Star College


 What is Tech Prep?

Tech Prep is an education initiative linking high school career and technical courses to college workforce courses on a 2-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree through course articulation. Articulation simply means that high school course work and instructor credentials are elevated to match similar college coursework and instructor credentials. Articulated courses are completed in high school. The students apply for credit after graduating high school and meeting eligibility requirements. AAS degrees offer an alternative route to the bachelor's degree. The student completes 2 years of specialized skill training in the AAS and then transfers that degree to a partnering university to complete the remaining courses for the bachelor's program.

What does Tech Prep do for my student?

Jump starts your student's college education by beginning the 2-year degree in high school and transferring the completed 2-year degree to a linked bachelor's degree later. Provides your student an opportunity to explore the many possible occupations available while gaining marketable job skills. Enhances reading, writing, and math skills by applying academics into an integrated hands-on learning experience. Prepares your student to be financially self-supporting, while saving your money!

 What happens in High School?


Talk to your student's high school counselor for a list of articulated course options and Tech Prep 6-year degree plans. Encourage your student to explore the different careers and options available in and through higher education.

What happens after High School?


Visit with an advisor on LSCS campuses for more information on the technical AAS degrees offered and the jobs available for 2-year degree graduates. Witness your student become a productive, responsible adult as a result of Tech Prep's college and career preparation. Visit the Tech Prep@LSCS website for more information: www.LoneStar.edu/techprep

Eligibility Requirements:


Complete the CTE sequence of courses during the Junior or Senior year of high school. Score an 80 or above in articulated CTE courses.

Apply for admission, enroll in courses, and request articulated credit within 15 months of high school graduation (36 months if applying for the nursing program).

Tech Prep 2-year AAS degree programs:

Automotive Technology
Computer Information Technology
Emergency Medical Services
Engineering Design Graphics
Technology Engineering/Electronic Technology
Geographic Information Systems
Health Information Technology
HVAC
Hospitality Management Interior Design - Facilities Management
Interpreter Training
Logistics Management Management
Nursing
Paralegal Studies
Professional Office Technology
Veterinary Technology
Visual Communication
Welding Technology

 Web Resources:
 www.LoneStar.edu/techprep
 www.techpreptexas.org
 www.gulfcostetw.org
 www.achievetexas.org*all information was retrieved from LoneStar.edu