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January 2016
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P&A in the Press

We are proud to share that Popp & Associates  was recently featured in  baystateparent Magazine . To learn more about what colleges value in applicants, read Mindy Popp's thoughts in  "What Colleges Want In Freshmen This Fall."

Looking Ahead: Winter Events for Families

Get out your calendar and save the dates! The winter is a busy and exciting time with numerous free programs for families, including college financial aid and summer program events, as well as college fairs. Teens and parents are invited to attend.

FAFSA Day Massachusetts is an annual event which offers free information and support for families applying for college financial aid. The program will take place in various locations throughout the state on January 31 and February

Newton South High School hosts the 12th annual Teen Summer Program Expo on February 8 . Find a rewarding summer experience for your teen and efficiently cut through the thousands of options online. Learn about the programs firsthand by meeting directors from many programs including travel, adventure, academic enrichment, community service, internships, sports, language immersion, arts & theatre and more.


Come join Popp & Associates at the MetroWest College and Career Fair at Ashland High School on March 19. Over 100 colleges will be in attendance, and Mindy Popp will be speaking on a college admissions panel.

Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School will also host a college fair on March 19. Students and families will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from colleges, as well as gap year and internship programs.
All events are free and open to the public.
Financial Aid Resource for Parents

The 2016-2017 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available for families to complete. Students and parents seeking federal financial aid for undergraduate study in the 16-17 academic year should submit the FAFSA to their colleges and may do so before 2015 tax returns are filed.  

Parents should also note this blog post from the U.S. Department of Education for directions on how to accurately report their information on the FAFSA.

Lastly, the CSS Profile is required by some colleges for awarding undergraduate financial aid. Families are encouraged to contact colleges' financial aid offices directly with any questions regarding required application materials, deadlines, etc.
News for High School Families

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On January 20, the Harvard Graduate School of Education released a report proposing recommendations for new factors to be emphasized when considering applicants for college admission. Numerous colleges endorsed the report that suggests redefining how achievement is measured and attributing more importance to students' contributions to their communities and their ethical engagement with others.  
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