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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Basic Needs

How can I access free breakfast & lunch when my school is closed?2020-03-19T12:25:12-04:00

Here is a list of schools that will be open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM providing up to 2 “grab and go” meals while schools are closed.

What if my family is unable to pay for utilities (water, gas, electric, internet?)2020-03-19T12:25:59-04:00
  • PECO: No services will be cut off and there will be no late payment fees until May 30th.  Click here for resources to help pay your bill.
  • PGW: No services will be cut off and there will be no late payments until further notice.  Click here for resources to help pay your bill.
  • Internet/Cable (Verizon subscribers): Due to economic circumstances related to the coronavirus and to keep customers connected during this economic and global crisis; Verizon waives late fees for those impacted by COVID-19.
What do I do if my parent isn’t able to work (because their workplace is closed) and we need money for basic necessities?2020-03-19T12:27:36-04:00

If they are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits. Please visit this website for more information to check eligibility and to apply.

What about other things I might need support with?2020-03-19T12:28:34-04:00

Check out the Social Care Network. All you have to do is type in your zip code, and you will find over 2,800 programs in Philadelphia that provide support in a variety of ways (health, housing, transit, food, and legal services)

Online Learning

I don’t have access to internet at home. Is there a free option?2020-03-19T12:44:04-04:00

Comcast has expanded their Internet Essentials program to be free for at least 2 months. They’ll deliver (via mail) the supplies and a router for families who need them. Click here to learn more and sign up.

What if I don’t have a laptop?2020-03-19T12:42:09-04:00

Does a family member have a computer you could borrow?  If not, consider using your smartphone to access a variety of online academic resources.  If you don’t have access to a smartphone, can you borrow one from a family member?

How can I continue to work on my academics while my school is closed?2020-03-19T13:52:55-04:00

Here is a list of websites that offer online classes, videos, and academic resources so you can continue to focus on your academics while schools are closed:

Scholastic has a service for students in grades K-6.  If you have siblings at home with you, this service might be a great way to keep them engaged in academics.

Khan Academy

Here is a very large list of over 100 online, academic resources for students.

What if I take AP classes? What will happen with my AP tests?2020-03-19T12:45:05-04:00

The AP Program is finalizing streamlined AP Exam options that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. They are working to give every AP student the opportunity to claim the college credit they’ve earned. The AP Program will communicate the details of these additional solutions to educators and students by March 20.

Financial Aid

I still need to complete my FAFSA. How can I get help?2020-03-19T12:46:33-04:00

Check out this great resource (available in 9 languages!) that helps both students and adults understand and complete their FAFSA.

Here is a great video that walks you through the FAFSA in 12 minutes!

This page, run by Federal Student Aid, is a robus, “one-stop-shop” filled with FAFSA & financial aid resources.

I still need to complete my PHEAA PA State Grant application. What should I do?2020-03-19T12:47:31-04:00

Visit this page to learn more about the PHEAA PA State Grant application and how to apply.

Where can I find scholarships that I can work on?2020-03-19T12:48:42-04:00

We have a great resource with lots of scholarships.  Check it out!

I’m starting to get financial aid award letters, but I don’t understand what they mean. What should I do?2020-03-19T12:49:18-04:00

Check out this great guide that explains how to understand financial aid award letters.

Here is a worksheet you can use to better understand what financial aid you are being offered, and what the “out of pocket” cost will be for the colleges you are considering.

College Decisions & Deposits

Are colleges extending their usual May 1st deadline to submit my enrollment deposit?2020-03-19T13:05:59-04:00

Yes, everyday colleges are announcing changes in their May 1st enrollment deposit deadline.  Click here for the most up-to-date list of colleges with a new deposit deadline of June 1st or later.

What if my family is struggling financially? What can I do about the deposit?2020-03-19T13:05:49-04:00

Reach out to your admissions representative and explain your circumstances.  Ask them if they offer to reduce or waive enrollment deposits.  Many colleges will be announcing policies given the current situation with COVID-19, so it’s important to check the websites of the colleges you are considering for the most accurate information.

Most colleges have cancelled their spring tours and open houses. How can I make a decision about where I want to go if I haven’t even been to campus yet?2020-03-19T12:53:05-04:00

Many colleges offer virtual tours and videos on their website so you can see what campus looks like.  Try this website and search the schools you are interested in to get a virtual tour or watch some videos about campus life.

Resources for High School Juniors

Where do I begin?2020-03-19T12:58:07-04:00

Check out all of our resources and a timeline to begin preparing for your post-secondary journey.

What resources are available to help me start my college essay?2020-03-19T12:57:03-04:00

We have a great resource that can be found here.

The College Essay Guy has some great free resources on his website.  Check them out here!

Looking for some sample essays that worked?  The College Essay Guy has those too!  Check them out here.

Here’s a video of 7 great tips for your college essay.

What about the ACT, SAT, and ASVAB?2020-03-19T13:02:03-04:00

Most of the spring test dates have been postponed due to COVID-19.  It’s important to keep checking the specific websites below for updates about rescheduled tests. 

SAT:  This is the website where you will register to take the SAT, and there are many free practice resources and tests on the website, as well as SAT Problems of the Day.

Khan AcademyOfficial and FREE SAT prep resources. It will create a personalized study plan for you!

ACT:  This is the website where you will register to take the ACT, and it also has free practice materials.

ACT Academy:  Official and FREE ACT prep resources including free assessments, videos, fames and personalized practice.

ASVAB :  The ASVAB is required for people planning to enlist in the military. This is the website where you can learn more about the ASVAB and see some sample questions and practice.

Most colleges have cancelled their spring tours and open houses. What can I do to learn more about the colleges I might want to apply to?2020-03-19T13:02:17-04:00

Many colleges offer virtual tours and videos on their website so you can see what campus looks like.  Try this website and search the schools you are interested in to get a virtual tour or watch some videos about campus life!

I have general questions about college. Where should I go for information?2020-03-19T13:02:49-04:00

Check out the Philadelphia Futures Step Up to College Guide.  It’s also a mobile app!

Check out this great resource from Khan Academy about colleges, careers, and more!

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