How Counselors Benefit from the Center

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 09:38

Laura Winter

While the High School to College Center exists to help students make the transition from high school to college, students aren't the only ones who benefit from the Center. Counselors who come to the Center have learned a great deal - from the students who have visited and from each other!

Most of the learning has been informal: Counselors sharing with one another how they help students or resources they find helpful. 

This week, counselors came together for a more formal in-service around financial aid. Almost every student who visits the Center has questions about financial aid: completing or amending the FAFSA; understanding the college's financial aid award letter or comparing letters from multiple schools; or finding additional resources.

Fortunately, the Center has a financial aid advisor from The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis on site every day. School counselors and youth organization staff who are working in the Center this summer asked the team from The Scholarship Foundation to host a training so counselors can better help students with financial aid questions - both during the summer at the High School to College Center and during the school year.

Maria Rebecchi and Teresa Steinkamp of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis happily obliged and hosted a terrific session. Click here for a copy of the handouts.

For students, this means more counselors will be better able to assist you on questions of financial aid - one more tool in the toolbox to help you enroll in college and continue your education.