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    Students who took the PSAT NMSQT on October 30th, your score report is available online and a printed individual score report will be distributed to you by your homeroom teacher. Scan the QR code to view more scoring information from the College Board as well as a video on how to interpret your scores:

        

     

     

     

    *After you complete your FAFSA make sure you complete the PHEAA PA State Grant before May 1st 2024

     

    FAFSA and FSA ID/Account
    FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It determines a student's eligibility for need-based federal and state financial aid for college, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. If eligible, it can really help you pay for school!  You will need your family’s 2022 W2 wage and tax statement to complete the application. FAFSA applications will open December 31 2023. See information below:

    Students and families will be able to complete and submit FAFSA forms online by Dec. 31. We expect applications to peak in late January and February 2024. The new FAFSA will allow students and families to use federal tax data transferred directly and securely from the Internal Revenue Service. Once the application is complete, students will receive a confirmation email including their estimated Student Aid Index and Pell Grant eligibility. 
      

    If you plan on applying for financial aid for college, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Dependent students will need an FSA ID for one or both of their parents as well.  All students and contributors (such as parents and spouses) must create an FSA Account—even if the contributor does not have a Social Security number. The FSA ID (account username and password) allows students and parents to identify themselves electronically to access, complete, sign, and submit a FAFSA form. If you don’t already have an FSA ID, go to: studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch to create an FSA ID now. The application is available in English and Spanish.Each person will need the following:
    Full name and social security number as they appear on a social security card (if applicable) 
    Date of birth
    Valid email address and phone number
    Immediate access to your email account
    Your residential address

    Please note: Parents or guardians of students who have a sibling who has already attended college may already have an FSA ID.Who needs to create an FSA ID?
    Every person contributing information to the 2024-25 FAFSA will need an FSA ID - including parents who do not have a social security number.Independent students will not need to have a parent/guardian create an FSA ID. Students can review the FAFSA dependency status to determine if they qualify as an independent student.
    Parents: If you previously created an FSA ID, you don’t need to create another one. You can only have one FSA ID linked to your Social Security number. However, if you don’t remember your username, select “Forgot Username.” If you verified your email address or mobile phone number during account creation, you may enter your email address or mobile phone number instead of your username. If you forgot your password, select “Forgot Password,” and follow prompts to reset your password.

     

    FAFSA Changes Overview:
    Both students and guardians are required to create their own FSA accounts, ensuring personalized and secure access to the application.
    A new term you will see with the FAFSA is "contributor." A contributor is anyone who is required to provide information in support of the student's financial aid application.
    After a student provides their necessary information and consent, an email will go out to the contributor to complete their portion.
    Applicants and contributors will be using the IRS Direct Data Exchange tool to streamline the process of providing tax information and reduce errors, expediting the application process.
    The Expected Family Contribution formula is being replaced by the Student Aid Index (SAI). The SAI represents a need-analysis formula, which financial aid staff will employ in the allocation of need-based grants and scholarships. 

     

     Do you need help with your FASA?

    Additional Financial Aid for College (PA State Grant, PHEAA):
    Due before May 1st, 2024: (Do this after FAFSA) You should receive an email once you submit your FAFSA to this link:
    Link to Apply

     

    SAT: (remaining test dates) see your school counselor for a SAT fee waiver code. 

    SAT Test Date* Registration Deadline* Deadline for Changes, Regular Cancellation,
    and Late Registration**
    Mar 9, 2024 Feb 23, 2024
    Register
    February 27, 2024
    May 4, 2024 Apr 19, 2024
    Register
    April 23, 2024
    June 1, 2024 May 16, 2024
    Register
    May 21, 2024
    *Students who need to borrow a device from College Board will need to register and request their device earlier than the registration deadline—at least 30 days before test day.
    **Late registration is available internationally starting in March 2024. Additional fees may apply.

     

    LCCC 2024 SPRING EMT COURSE LCCC BERWICK CENTER (EAGLES BUILDING, 107 S. Market Street Berwick) Classes start 1/17/24 and end 5/4/24 Mondays, Wednesdays (lecture) and Thursdays(lab) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm *3 Saturdays scheduled Students must be at least 16 years of age to take the course Flyer

     

    EXPIRED PSU 2024 SUMMER Program 10th Grade Students: Do you have an interest in educational careers and want an opportunity to experience college course work at PSU this summer? Apply for the S.C.O.P.E program. The Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (S.C.O.P.E) is a program under the College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University in 2022. The deadline is December 8th 2023. This program provides high school 10th graders of diverse backgrounds interested in educational careers (teaching, counseling, rehabilitation, special education, vocational education, education policy, etc.) the opportunity to experience college life while earning credit for college work. S.C.O.P.E. is a four (4) week academic intensive program during which students take several courses including an English language and composition course, and a college preparatory/SAT course.  The program will run in its entirety from Monday, July 1st through Friday, July 26th, 2024  The program will be held at the University Park campus located in State College, Pennsylvania. The program comes at no fee to the participant and will be challenging academically, but students having completed the program leave with a renewed sense of potential and determination.  It is our hope to prepare students for a successful college experience.  Overall, S.C.O.P.E. is a wonderful opportunity through which students get a feel for educational careers, college life in general and Penn State in particular.
    Application & Website  The application due date (postmark date) is December 8th, 2023. 

    Lehigh University Summer Program for current 10th and 11th grade students: We are excited to share that we are accepting applications from current high school sophomores and juniors for our Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive (IGEI)! This program will be hosted on Lehigh's campus from June 23 – July 20, 2024 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. During this immersive experience, participants engage in dynamic learning opportunities, workshops and design labs, visits to companies and start-ups and a team-based business consulting project with a real client company. Through experiential learning, we challenge participants to become innovative, interactive and culturally adept doers, ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond in creative and collaborative ways.For more information and to apply, visit the Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive website, or join us for an upcoming information session: 

    December 5, 2023 at 7 p.m. EST
    December 13, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. EST
    December 14, 2023 at 7 p.m. EST
    January 10, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. EST
    January 11, 2024 at 7 p.m. EST 

    All applicants who choose the January 15 deadline will receive the 10% early bird pricing discount; applicants in that cycle will also have the option to apply for need-based financial assistance. The early decision deadline for this program is February 12, 2024. Your students can reach out to gesummer@lehigh.edu to sign up for an information session, to ask questions or to learn more!

     

    Keystone Boys State Leadership Summer 2024 Keystone Boys State Leadership training and Civic Experience. June 16-22, 2024. KBS is an intensive, in-depth, and hands-on course in leadership in which participants conduct the operations of city, county, and state government. To be nominated, contact your school counselor, coach, GATE or NHS sponsor, your local American Legion Post or the PA American Legion HQ. You must also submit an application through the KBS website: KBS website  Contact us with any questions at 717-730-9100 or email: cmdr5thdist@gmail.com Chairman Patrick Love Flyer & Keystone Boys State application & American Legion Post Locater

     

    Quest Bridge Are you a junior and thinking about college and need help financially? Apply to Quest Bridge. Quest Bridge is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that connects academically outstanding students from low-income backgrounds with opportunities at top colleges. The Quest Bridge path to college begins with the College Prep Scholars Program, which helps high school juniors become strong applicants to top colleges. In their senior year, students can apply to the National College Match, an admissions process that connects students with admission and full four-year scholarships or generous financial aid at Quest Bridge’s college partnersStudents admitted to a college partner through the National College Match join the QuestBridge Scholars Network, which provides them with engagement opportunities and a supportive community on campus and nationwide. After graduation, the QuestBridge Alumni Association provides additional opportunities to support students to achieve success in their careers and communities.Apply Now (Must be a current Junior) DEADLINE: MARCH 20, 2024

     

    PA American Legion Summer 2024 The Pennsylvania American Legion, Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania National Guard are sponsoring a National Guard youth Camp from June 9-15,2024. This is a 6-day camp to introduce students interested in pursing a career in law enforcement or a branch of the military. The program includes but not limited to marching in a platoon formation, participating in a drill competition, physical training, forensics, canine, SERT team, drug laws, a marksmanship course, and familiarity with weapons. The fee is $175, including meals and lodging. To get an application or if you have any questions, contact the American Legion Department of Pennsylvania. Telephone 717-730-9100  Flyer For more information, call 717-730-9100

     

    The Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference Summer 2024 (RYLA).  (FREE) RYLA is held at Keystone College in Northeastern PA. It is a 5-day, 4-night leadership program for high school sophomores who have shown leadership potential in their home, school, and community.  The conference is designed to introduce participants to thoughts and ideas which will strengthen and develop their leadership skills. It also provides an environment where participants may discuss and exchange their ideas with other students from NEPA. RYLA Program Information- The program consists of different components, including: - TEAM PROJECTS: Each student will be a member of a team during the conference. Each team works on a project that is a hands-on experience with student planning, implementation, and evaluation. - SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES: Discussion groups are held to share and explore ideas which result from each day's programs.- SOCIAL LIFE: There is time in the program for organized sports, dancing, and other activities to develop lasting friendships with other participants and staff. Program dates and Location: RYLA will be held Sunday, June 23- Thursday, June 27 at Keystone College in La Plume, PA. Cost: The only cost to attendees is transportation to/from the program. Application Process: There is an application that will ask you to answer some short answer questions. Applications can be submitted online at the following link On the application, all students should indicate The Hazleton Rotary Club as their sponsoring club. The Hazleton Rotary Club will receive the applications, and they will select three area students to receive a full scholarship to attend RYLA. The applicant must: 1.  Be a current sophomore ready to enter his or her junior year in the fall. 2.  Have shown leadership potential in home, school, and community. 3.  Demonstrate the qualities of a good student. 4.  Submit a completed application. 5.  Be selected and sponsored by the Hazleton Rotary Club (RYLA is 100% FREE to attendees.) 6.  Be accepted by the District RYLA Committee Deadline to apply: April 20, 2024 If you are selected to attend, you will be emailed a medical form that must be signed by a doctor or school nurse and returned to the RYLA registrar.  You will also then receive additional information regarding the conference.

     

     

    Class of 2024:Would you like to earn summer credits this summer for free before college? 
    EOC (Educational Opportunity Center) is sponsoring a new program via the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) at no cost. There are 34 possible exams-on a variety of topics. Get assigned to one of our qualified tutors to work through the Exam prep and meet with the tutor virtually from your home-FREE tutoring! Pre-test-identify the required score needed for the college of your choice (we have the assembled list). Take the CLEP Test-EOC pays for the cost.

     

    Attention Senior Class: Would you like to study abroad this summer in Costa Rica and earn credits? Flyer

     

     

    Do you want to be a student of the month this school year?
    B.P.O Elks Hazleton Lodge No. 200 / 2023 Elks Student of the Month Program
    Application

     

    Free Financial Aid Webinars for You and Your Family: Register for our upcoming webinars at PHEAA.org/virtual 
    REGISTER HERE

     

    Interested in becoming an Early Childhood Teacher?
    Earn your Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA), Associates Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, and/or Master’s Degree for free while gaining valuable full-time experience in a nationally accredited, four-STARS, Pennsylvania Department of Education licensed program. Click here for flyer information. 

     

    Do you know someone recovering from addiction and is looking to start college? Luzerne County Community College is presenting an awesome opportunity for people who are in recovery from substance abuse.  This will be free college education through the AllOne Recovery Education Institute. Click the link for the flyer: 
    LCCC Flyer for students recovering from addiction

     

     

    HILL IMPACT The PA State Police Hill Impact Program is designed to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and those individuals looking to seek a career in law enforcement. 
    Information and Application

     

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    The Hazleton Area School District and the Hazleton Area High School guidance staff believe that school counseling services are an integral part of the total educational program. Our school counseling program, in collaboration with faculty, parents, and the community, is designed to provide all students with opportunities and resources to accomplish developmental tasks within the areas of academic, career and personal/social development needed to become effective learners. These learners achieve success in school, enjoy successful and rewarding lives, and develop into contributing members of society.

    Please click on the links to the left to view information that pertains to your child.
    Please feel free to contact your child's school counselor with any questions or concerns you have. 
    Counselor assignments are based on your child's last name and grade level. 
    Please look below for a listing of which school counselor will work with your child. 
     
     
    HAHS School Counseling Department 2023-2024

    High School Caseloads:
    Daniel Corrado, Letters A-C
    Phone x. 81518
    corradod@hasdk12.org
     
    Alyssa Hyduk, Letters D-He
    Phone x. 81517
    hyduka@hasdk12.org
     
    Chritine Chegwidden, Letters Hi-M
    Phone x. 81523
    chegwiddenc@hasdk12.org
     
    Megan Davis, Letters N-R
    Phone x. 81519
    davism03@hasdk12.org
     
    Angela Turse, Letters S-Z
    Phone x. 81520
    tursea@hasdk12.org
                                                                          
    Guidance Office Secretary
    Kristen Kozel       
    570-459-3221  x.81516       
    Kozelk@hasdk12.org
     
    Secondary Guidance Department Chair
    Daniel Corrado                     
     
    Contact Information:
    Hazleton Area High School
    Guidance Department
    1601 West 23 Street
    Hazle Township, Pennsylvania 18202
    570-459-3221 Office Voice Extension 81516
    570-459-3137 Office Fax