Volume IV | February 2021
February CCAA Counselor Corner (CCC): Scholarships & Financial Aid
We hope the fourth edition of the CCAA Counselor Corner (CCC) finds you warm, healthy and well. We know this is a time of year that is filled with many different emotions for your students and their parents--the excitement of receiving acceptance letters, the disappointment of receiving unfavorable admission decisions, and the stresses of how to make their dream school a reality with scholarship offers and financial aid packages being released.

This month's issue is full of financial aid and scholarship resources and information to help you as you walk your students and their families through the final few months of their college search. Continue reading to learn some helpful tips from an assistant director of financial aid at one of our National CCAA member institutions and to hear from a current student at a different CCAA member school who is also 2020 National CCAA Scholarship recipient.

We know that juniors are also starting to knock on your doors --either in person or virtually--so we've also included some dates for you to share with them in hopes that they'll join us for some upcoming Spring 2021 Virtual College Fairs and Events designed to provide more information for students who are just starting their college searches.
The Top Five Financial Aid Facts Everyone Should Know When
Advising Students Through The Financial Aid Process
Neil Leibundguth, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at National CCAA member University of St. Thomas (MN) shared the Top Five Financial Aid Facts Everyone Should Know When Advising Students Through The Financial Aid Process.

In this video, he explains:
  1. what to do if a student or student's family's financial situation has changed since the year used on the FAFSA.
  2. about the federal FAFSA verification process.
  3. why a student needs to file the FAFSA each year they are in school; and the importance of following deadlines.
  4. about the federal loan process.
  5. about outside scholarship opportunities and resources.

Watch the video here.
2021 National CCAA Scholarship
For the 9th consecutive year, we are pleased to offer the National CCAA Scholarship.

The National CCAA Scholarship is a one-time, $1,000 award that is given to 16 randomly selected seniors and transfer students from various geographic regions who attend one of our member institutuions in Fall 2021.

This year's application is now available here and the deadline to apply is Thursday, April 1.
Hear From a 2020 National CCAA Scholarship Recipient
We spoke with 2020 National CCAA Scholarship recipient, Elise Helfrich, to see how her first year at National CCAA member Newman University is going and to ask about the impact the National CCAA Scholarship has had on her college plans.

Elise also shared some helpful tips for seniors who are finishing their college search during a pandemic. Listen to our conversation here.
Save The Date: Upcoming Spring 2021 National CCAA Virtual Events
If you have any questions or would like to add a counselor colleague to our email list, please contact us at info@nationalccaa.org.  

Additional helpful links, available on our website, which is a great resource for counselors, students and parents:
Helpful Links From Some of Our Member Institutions

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