Guidance Events & Announcements
Check here for the latest events and announcements from the Guidance Department!
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Saturday, November 7 @ 2pm  The Eligibility Center is hosting a webinar for your college-bound student-athletes and their families Register here:
Posted by Krista Simonis  On Oct 22, 2020 at 2:39 PM
Thursday, October 29   6 – 8:00pm  Sunday, November 15, 1-3pm Students have the opportunity to meet with over 250 colleges and universities at this virtual college fair. Registration is required, but is FREE! In order to register, please visit and follow the steps to register and gain access to the fair.
Posted by Krista Simonis  On Oct 22, 2020 at 2:39 PM
Tuesday, October 27 @   6:30pm  Join Nik Ray to get an overview of the college admissions process. To join visit:  Enter   Password: 707732
Posted by Krista Simonis  On Oct 22, 2020 at 2:38 PM
For Juniors and Seniors Friday, October 23 Courses are tuition and fee FREE for qualified students. Course-specific fees may apply, but there are no general fees. Students who are new to ExplorEC can find accessible training materials here. The enrollment checklist has a description of the difference between ExplorEC and MaineStreet, and is designed to help counselors, students, and families learn the terminology and steps to navigate this process. 
Posted by Krista Simonis  On Oct 22, 2020 at 2:38 PM
October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 If you have questions or need assistance with a FAFSA or FSA ID (the username and password used to access the FAFSA), register to join us for a free Virtual FAFSA Help session. This Zoom session will consist of two parts. First, a short FAFSA overview, followed by private, individualized virtual help from FAME staff, if needed.  Sign up for Sessions here:
Posted by Krista Simonis  On Oct 22, 2020 at 2:37 PM
Explore opportunities at some of the nation's best-in-class Historically Black Colleges and Universities!  Event Info Page-use this link to check out degrees programs offered by HBCUs Student Degree Program Interest Survey-use this link to let the colleges know which programs you are interested in before the event. Use a PERSONAL email address when filling out this form! Eventbrite Registration Link-use this link to sign up for the October 21st HBCU virtual college fair!! Use a PERSONAL email address when registering for this event!
Posted by Krista Simonis  On Oct 19, 2020 at 9:51 AM
Bill Smith, local Financial Aid Expert for ScholarsFit and proud dad of a recent Deering grad, is hosting a virtual workshop on Zoom for DHS 11th and 12th grade parents, guardians, and students  called Understanding College Financial Aid on Tuesday, Oct. 15th starting @ 6pm sharp.  Please register in advance for this Zoom meeting After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Learn about the different types of financial aid and how to choose a college you can afford! This presentation takes the mystery out of financial aid and college cost. Understanding financial aid enables you to make good college choices and informed decisions to manage college costs. We’ll discuss how to identify your student’s need and merit profile and learn how to match that with college awarding policies so you can identify affordable colleges. Topics include: Types of aid: grants, scholarships, work/study, loans. How do colleges decide how much aid to give? Need- and merit-based aid, what's the difference, how to get it? What do you need to know about financial aid applications: the FAFSA and the Profile forms? Using net price calculators to estimate your cost after aid at any college. Estimating the 4-year bottom line: how much will you pay for a college degree? How can you estimate how much college debt you’ll need? How can you decide if college debt is reasonable and affordable? About Bill Smith:  For many years Bill worked with colleges to program their financial aid policies into online financial aid estimators known as Net Price Calculators. His clients included Amherst, Fordham, MIT, Rutgers, University of Arkansas, Yale, and many others.  Bill became an expert at determining eligibility for need-based aid, using both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile methods to calculate the Expected Family Contribution. He also learned how colleges package aid, the process they use to decide how much merit and need-based aid to award, and the mix of gift aid, loans, and work-study. Bill has spoken on financial aid issues at forums sponsored by the College Board, admissions and financial aid professional associations, and schools. He operates ScholarFITS LLC, working with families throughout the US from his office in Portland Maine. Bill's BA is from Williams College, he has an MBA from Northwestern University, and a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA.  
Posted by Krista Simonis  On Oct 09, 2020 at 9:12 AM