Counselors Network

Easy Ideas

  • Financial aid help
    Ask a financial aid officer from a local college or university to be available on your campus one day after school for a couple of hours to answer specific questions about the FAFSA. Advertise this assistance to students and parents.
  • Financial aid process publicity
    Visit with the editor or sponsor of your school newspaper and have them write an article about seniors and college financing. If you have a small town or neighborhood newspaper, call and ask them to do the same. These articles raise awareness that January is the month when students begin the financial aid process.
  • Junior lunch bunch
    Conduct weekly lunch sessions in your office or a classroom for juniors (5-8 at a time) to provide them with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss college preparation. With busy junior schedules, lunch may be their only free time. This activity also allows you to be time efficient — better five at a time than one at a time.