Guidance and Counseling Research Center is staffed by MVCS – Leadership Institute’s faculty and staff, where we will provide individual and group appointments, small group workshops and numerous other enrichment opportunities for our students.
The primary objective of the MVCS Guidance, Counseling & Research Center (GCRC) is to anticipate the needs of our students in regard to their personal, spiritual and academic growth. An on-campus counseling center will be available to students throughout the school year.
Staff will provide both individual and group counseling to students, based on individual needs and concerns. Whenever possible, we will attempt to collaborate with students, guardians, parents and teachers. To maximize effectiveness, a referral and follow up processes will also be implemented.
This website is designed to assist and complement the guidance and counseling process. We encourage students and parents to refer to it frequently. It will provide important articles, testing dates and workshops, as well as college admission and scholarship information. Keep an eye out for upcoming events and feel free to post any questions you may have.
The goal of the GCRC is consistent with the mission of MVCS. We are committed to support all aspects of student growth and development.
COLLEGE SEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
The College Board www.collegeboard.com Organization of colleges and high schools. The site includes advice for students and parents, a college search, online applications, and everything you need to know about SAT Program and testing and the CSS Financial Aid Profile.
Christian colleges: www.christiancollegeguide.net Provides information on Christian colleges and universities in the United States. It also covers financial aid information.
Fastweb: www.fastweb.com One of the biggest and best scholarship search on the web.
Christian Colleges: www.christianconnector.com A free Christian higher education resource center available to those interested in attending Christian schools.
Scholarships: www.scholarships.com A free search tool for available scholarships on the web.
Standardized Testing Description & Calendar
Mountain View Christian Schools CEEB code is 290164.
The Major Types of Tests
PSAT/NMSQT – The PSAT/NMSQT (preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is given to all sophomores in October during the school day. The administration is used exclusively for practice. The results serve as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which is owned and operated by the National Merit Foundation and co-owned by The College Board.
SAT Reasoning Exam – The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test) is a nationally recognized college admission test that allows future colleges to see what you learned in school and how well you can apply that knowledge. This 3 hour and 45 minute exam focuses on writing, reading, and mathematical reasoning ability. The writing section, with a 25 minute essay, is designed to provide colleges with a measure of writing reasoning and critical thinking skills. Critical reading emphasizes reading skills. Math contains enhanced college-preparatory math (Algebra II). It is recommended that students take the SAT Reasoning exam for the first time in the spring of the junior year and again in October or November of the senior year. All testing should be finalized by the end of December senior year. Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college. Almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make decisions about your admission.
ACT (American College Testing Program) – The ACT is another national standardized college entrance exam given several times a year. The test consists of four 35 to 50 minute sections and measures achievement in the following areas: English usage, Mathematics usage, Reading comprehension, and Science reasoning. This test is curriculum based. In February of 2005, ACT added a 30-minute “optional” writing assessment. Post-secondary schools will shortly be making the decision whether the writing assessment will be required. All colleges accept the ACT.
SAT Online Registration
ACT Online Registration
MAJORS AND CAREERS
Architecture Schools: www.acsa-arch.org/students – Education resource site of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
Art Schools: www.artschools.com – Links and helpful information for the student considering a career in art of design. This is the site of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.
Engineering Schools: www.nspe.org/students – National Society of Professional Engineers site with student information.
Graphic Design Schools: www.graphicdesignschools.com – Information about earning a degree in graphic arts, multimedia, animation, web design or desktop publishing. Classroom and online programs are available.
Law Schools: www.lsac.org – The Law School Admission Council site with information on choosing and applying to law school. Also has information on the LSAT.
Medical Schools: www.aamc.org/students/considering – The Association of American Medical Colleges’ web site has lots of information on considering a career in medicine as well as preparing for and applying to medical school.
U.S. Military: http://www.military.com – Information about joining the U.S. Military.
Vocational & Trade Schools: http://www.tradeschoolsonline.com – You can study a variety of technical vocations in categories such as engine mechanics, electrical, paralegal, heating, plumbing and veterinary to name just a few.
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Getting ready for college is an exciting time in your life. You are looking forward to new experiences and preparing for your future. You now need to think about how you’re going to pay for it. Now is the time to start thinking about one of the biggest expenses and investments of your life, a college education.
A good place to begin is by understanding the sources and types of financial assistance. There are four (4) basic types of financial aid offered by four (4) basic sources. However, each type has many different programs and that is why it is important to find out which financial assistance programs are best for you. It will make more sense the more you read.
The four (4) basic sources of financial aid are:
Federal Financial Aid – the largest source of financial aid that offers (9) nine different aid programs;
State – Nevada has several aid programs available;
-Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship Program offers funding to high school students who meet eligibility requirements and plan to attend a Nevada college.
WICHE or (Western Undergraduate Exchange) offers Nevada residents the opportunity to attend select out-of-state schools at a special reduced tuition rate. http://www.wue.wiche.edu
Nevada GEAR UP helps economically disadvantaged middle school and high school students prepare for higher education.
Leveraging Educational Assistance Program (LEAP) A joint state-federal program that provides grants up to $5,000 for Nevada residents.
Institutional – colleges and universities offer numerous scholarships, grants, and loans to students;
Private Sources – come from many different civic organizations, associations, clubs, foundations, churches, and businesses.
The four (4) types of financial aid are:
Grants – awarded to students that show they have financial need. Grants typically do not require repayment;
Loans – a source of aid that must be repaid, usually with interest, after you graduate or stop going to school;
Employment – a program where students may work and earn money to help pay for school;
Scholarships – awarded to students based on special talents, skills or high academic achievement.
FINANCIAL AID WEBSITES
What is FAFSA?
All college students are expected to contribute towards their education costs. How much you and your family will be expected to contribute depends on your financial situation. This is what is referred to as your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form the U.S. Department of Education (ED) requires to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The government conducts a “need analysis” based on financial information, such as income, assets, and other family information, which you (and your parents if you are a dependent student) will be asked to provide.
Your application is examined by a federal processor and the results are sent by computer to the financial aid offices of the colleges you’ve chosen.
The FAFSA is the application most colleges use to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs
www.fafsa.ed.gov – Almost every college will require the submission of this free form to consider you for financial aid. You are encouraged to complete and submit this online.
www.collegeboard.com – This is a very comprehensive site with lots of answers to your questions. It contains several financial aid calculators, loan information, and much, much, more.
www.finaid.org – This site provides good general information on financial aid. It has a financial need estimator which will predict your estimated family contribution based on the information you provide. There is also an “Ask the Expert” section where you can send questions online and get a response.
http://studentaid.ed.gov – This is the financial aid site for the US Department of Education. The Student Financial Assistance Programs are the largest source of student aid in America. This site has a great deal of information including tax cuts for education and how to find out about direct loans from schools.
www.salliemae.com – This site lists both private and public educational loans and has a tutorial on Financial Aid 101 which includes eligibility, the application process and how to go about securing a loan. It also has calculators to compare different loan products.
NAIA: www.naia.org The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Information on sports programs at member institutions.
NCAA: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net Site of the college sports organization. Information for student athletes. Eligibility and recruiting, letter of intent information.
MUSIC AND DRAMA
www.musicscholarships.us: Grants, competitions and awards resources for students preparing for an exciting career in music.
www.menc.org/gp/scholarship: Resources for music students.
www.dramascholarships.com: For those interested in drama and theatre.