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From the category archives: College Planning

College Planning

Free College Financial Planning Night


Please join us for a FREE Educational College Financial Planning workshop for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors and their

We’ll discuss the FAFSA form and all the information you need to maximize the financial aid you are eligible to receive! There are new FAFSA timelines that your family needs to be aware of! Even if your family is not eligible for need-based aid, we will cover the best strategies to pay for college on the most tax efficient basis, without putting a strain on the rest of your finances .

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to increase your tax deductions and tax credits.
  • How to pick colleges that will give you the best financial aid packages.
  • How to send your child to an expensive private university for less than a state school.
  • Which assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Family Contribution.
  • How to pay for college in a failing economy without relying on 529 plans, expensive private student loans or raiding your retirement accounts.
  • How to get ahead by developing a customized plan to meet all the college costs you will incur as a family.
  • How to lower your “out-of-pocket” costs and get the maximum amount of money from each school.


Schools look to boost mentor programs

Schools look to boost mentor programs

Board of Education to distribute $5M to Idaho districts

State Senate Bill 1290 and its companion bill, House Bill 629, direct the State Board of Education to distribute $5 million throughout Idaho school districts, based on enrollment numbers, for the purpose of giving students the "opportunity to identify academic strength, areas in need of improvement and areas of interest for the purpose of making informed choices and setting post-secondary education and career goals." Officials in the Post Falls and Lakeland school districts will likely use the funds to pay for a successful college-planning program already in place in those districts. Coeur d’Alene plans to use the funds to establish a brand new program.

Read the Full Story in the Coeur d'Alene Press

Idaho trying to help more students go on to college

Wide gap in educated workforce, Idaho boosting high school advising programs, "Summer Melt" shrinks college-bound pool, Coeur d'Alene High Schools awarded, first generation college bound students, "gap year" gamble, ...

Read the article in the Spokesman Review

EVENT - Every Thursday in March & April: FAFSA Help Sessions @ North Idaho College

Thursday, March 31, 2016
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

1 to 3 p.m.
Every Thursday in March/April
No appointment needed.
Just stop by the Financial Aid window in Lee-Kildow Hall.

We're here to help!

Phone: (208) 769-3368


April 13, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Presentation & Book Signing

In an interactive, hands-on presentation, Author, Speaker, and Trainer, Stanley B. Lemons, talks with parents and students about the educational path from middle and high school to college. Mr. Lemons highlights critical steps for students to be successful in school and ultimately to earn their college degree.

The event is open to the public and will be at Lake City High School (6101 N. Ramsey Road in Coeur d'Alene)

Pre-register on the events page of your copy of the Expanding College Opportunity book an student workbook on the website. Order online today! A limited number of copies of the book and student workbook will be available for sale the night of the event, with scholarship opportunities for families who may need or want assistance covering the cost of the materials. 

March 5: FAFSA Completion Day at North Idaho College

North Idaho College is sponsoring a FAFSA Completion Day THIS SATURDAY. Students do NOT have to attend NIC to attend this event.

Saturday, March 5, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Molstead Library

Get help completing the 2016-2017 financial aid application regardless of which college or university you plan to attend.

Social Security Number
Driver's License
2015 W2 Forms
2015 Federal Tax Return (if filed)

Sponsored by: Financial Aid Office
Phone: (208) 769-3368

April 1 Deadline: Idaho Community Foundation Scholarships for 2016 Graduates

FROM ICF Feb 2016 e-bulletin:

The Idaho Community Foundation has more than 70 scholarship opportunities for students seeking assistance with the cost of higher education. The deadline to submit the ICF Scholarship Application is April 1.

In 2015, ICF awarded nearly $525,000 in scholarships to over 220 students throughout Idaho.

The application and information about all ICF scholarships is here. For more information, email Donor Services Director Elly Davis or call her at (208) 342-3535.



2016-2017 FAFSA Application Available Now!

The 2016-2017 academic year lasts from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

A FAFSA can be filed for the 2016-2017 academic year any time between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

NOTE: You do NOT need to have completed your 2015 Tax Return to begin the application process.

Visit for more information.

Direct Admissions Initiative helps Idaho High School Seniors

"The Idaho State Board of Education is implementing this initiative, called Direct Admissions, to provide more Idaho students with the opportunity to obtain a postsecondary certificate or degree." (

Idaho High School Seniors and their parents were sent Idaho College Acceptance Letters in November. The next step is for students to submit application materials to their desired college by February 15, 2016.

Learn more about the Direct Admisisons Initiative on the Next Steps Idaho Website.

Read Marc Stewart's article in the CDA Press (Dec 7, 2015) about how this initiative helped a local CHS student.

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