Education tour stops Jan. 23 in Charlotte

January 19, 2014 

Education tour in Charlotte Thursday

A cross-country, whistle-stop train and motor coach tour in support of school choice will make a stop in Charlotte.

Hosted by National School Choice Week, the tour – which features 14 whistle-stop events from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco – provides students, parents, educators and community leaders with the opportunity to celebrate effective education options while calling for even greater school choice in North Carolina and across the country.

The Charlotte event, the fourth on the tour, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Carolinas Aviation Museum. Attendance is free, but reservation is requested by visiting schoolchoicetrain.com.

In its fourth year, National School Choice Week (Jan. 26-Feb. 1) shines a spotlight on the need for all types of education options – from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning and home schooling.

The MOMS Club of Steele Creek will be holding a preschool fair on Friday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church located at 9401 S. Tryon Street, NC 28273. Whether you are looking for a full- or half-day preschool, or a Moms Morning Out, come join us to find the right program for your child. More than 10 preschools/programs will be participating from the area. Email steelecreekmomsclub@hotmail.com for information.

Scholarship offered for CHS student

Clover native Lelia Jackson will award the second annual LANDIS Scholarship to a deserving Clover High School senior.

Jackson, a 1983 graduate of CHS, named the scholarship after her father, Landis Jackson, who worked in the Clover school district for many years.

Students applying for the Lifting And Navigating Determined Inspired Students Scholarship must demonstrate volunteer community service, exhibit leadership skills and have a financial need, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Students should see the Clover High School guidance department for additional details. Applications are due to the CHS guidance department by April 9.

Sophomores can apply for GSSM

The Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is accepting applications from high school sophomores through Feb. 15. Online applications are available at scgssm.org/apply-now.

The program is a two-year, public, residential high school specializing in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math.

GSSM applicants should be high school sophomores and state residents; have a PSAT score of 110 or higher, math and verbal only; have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher; and complete geometry, algebra I and II, English II and one lab science by the end of sophomore year.

Time for college-bound seniors to fill out the FAFSA

According to KHEAA, high school seniors planning to attend college or technical school in the fall should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also called the FAFSA, as soon as possible.

The information on the FAFSA determines if students qualify for federal grants and student loans. It is often required to apply for state grants and scholarships. Many colleges also use the information to award grants and scholarships administered by the school. Therefore, students should submit the FAFSA even if they feel it is unlikely they will qualify for aid.

The FAFSA asks for information about income, assets and expenses. A formula set by Congress determines eligibility for federal and state aid. If the student is considered a dependent under federal guidelines, both the student and parents must provide financial information. Nearly all students going directly to college from high school are considered dependents.

Some student aid programs have limited money and provide funds on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified students, so it is important to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Submit the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov.

Student tip: Play your cards right

As students become more responsible for paying their own bills, they need to be aware of the types of cards available, according to KHEAA.

Debit cards are tied to a bank account. When someone uses a debit card, the money is automatically deducted from the account. Most colleges issue a type of debit card to students that can be used to buy books, supplies and meals. In that case, the card is not tied to a bank account but is preloaded with funds deposited each semester or quarter.

When a debit card has been lost or stolen, report it to the bank or credit union immediately to limit losses from unauthorized use.

Credit cards offer what is essentially an interest-free loan if the balance is paid in full each month. Students who use credit cards should pay them off at the end of each pay period when possible to avoid paying interest fees. Most credit cards also offer cash advance services at a higher interest rate.

Lost or stolen credit cards should also be reported immediately. However, there is a $50 limit to the consumer’s liability on fraudulent charges with stolen credit cards.

ATM cards allow users to withdraw cash from their accounts when the bank or credit union is closed. Most banks and credit unions charge a fee when ATM cards are used at a machine not owned by that institution’s network, and those fees can add up. Students should not use an ATM card outside their network unless absolutely necessary.

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