Welcome Home!

With the Spring 2017 semester drawing to a close, it won’t be long before many of you who have been away at school will return to the City of Brotherly Love! During the week of May 22nd, we’re pleased to offer a variety of programs at the Philadelphia Futures office to welcome you back home and help you make the most of your summer break. Please plan to attend one or more of the programs below. We can’t wait to see you!

Monday, May 22nd 1:00pm-3:00pm
Resume Workshop
The period just after the end of the academic year is a great time to update your resume to reflect all of your recent accomplishments. Volunteer professionals will be on hand to review your resume and provide suggestions for improvement. Please arrive with both a printed hard copy and an editable electronic version of your resume. Additionally, if you would like to have your resume reviewed prior to the workshop, you must email a copy to Shari Cumberbatch (sharicumberbatch@philadelphiafutures.org) no later than Monday, May 15th. However, please note that ALL students are welcome,
even if you have not submitted your resume for review.
Please RSVP* for this event by Monday, May 15th.
 
Tuesday, May 23rd 9:30am-1:30pm
Career Futures Internship Orientation
(FOR CAREER FUTURES STUDENTS ONLY)
Maximize your internship experience! This mandatory program for students who have been placed in a summer internship through Career Futures is designed to orient students to professional workplace culture and expectations.
Please RSVPfor this event by Thursday, May 18th.
 
Wednesday, May 24th 9:30am-11:30am
OR
Thursday, May 25th 5:00pm-7:00pm
 
Financial Literacy Workshop with Santander Bank
Philadelphia Futures collegians and parents are invited to join us for this informative personal finance workshop hosted by Santander Bank. We are offering two sessions of this program in order to accommodate a variety of schedules.
Please RSVP* for this event by Wednesday, May 17th.
 
Thursday, May 25th 10:00am-12:00noon
Study Abroad Panel
Are you interested in studying abroad? Learn about opportunities and funding options from a panel of Philadelphia Futures collegians who have lived it!
Please RSVP* for this event by Wednesday, May 17th.
Please RSVP* for each event by its indicated deadline by contacting 
Kelly Crodian at 215-790-1666 ext. 420 or kellycrodian@philadelphiafutures.org.
*Please remember that by requesting an RSVP we are asking that you respond
whether you will or will NOT be attending.

Reminder: Complete Your FAFSA and PHEAA Application ASAP!

If you haven’t done so already, make sure that you submit your 2017-2018 FAFSA and PHEAA application as soon as possible. Some funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner you file, the better!

Remember:

  • Make sure you know your FSA ID. If you need assistance logging in with your FSA ID, contact FAFSA at 1-800-557-7394.
  • Because you’ll be using your 2015 tax information, you should be able to save time by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Watch the video below for more information:

  • After submitting your FAFSA, don’t forget to click the link on your confirmation page that will allow you to complete your PHEAA state grant application. If you don’t see a link on your confirmation page, you may access the PHEAA application here.
  • Contact your OCRS advisor if you have questions or get stuck!

 

The Election is Only 55 Days Away – Are You Ready?

Make sure that your voice will be heard this Election Day! Follow these steps to be ready to cast your vote on November 8th*:

  • Register online here (if you’re not already registered). Act fast – the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania is less than 5 weeks away!
  • Decide where you will vote. If you are registered in Philadelphia and will be in the city on Tuesday, November 8th, click here to find your polling place. If you will be away at school, you may either apply for an absentee ballot (see step 3), or register at your college address.

*Please note that all information provided here is specific to voting in Pennsylvania. If you go to school out of state and would like to register there, you may do so by visiting https://vote.usa.gov/ and selecting your school’s state.

Are You Ready for the New 2017-2018 FAFSA?

As you may have heard, some major changes are coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application process. Starting with the 2017–18 FAFSA, these changes will be in effect:

  • You’ll be able to submit your FAFSA earlier. In the past, the earliest you could file your FAFSA was the 1st of January prior to the academic year for which you were applying. Starting with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, You will be able to file as early as October 1st. That’s less than five weeks away! You should find this change helpful because you’ll have a much bigger cushion of time in which to submit your FAFSA before your school and state deadlines.
  • You’ll use earlier income and tax information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, you will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, you—and your parent(s), as appropriate—will report your 2015 income and tax information, rather than your 2016 income and tax information. This change should make the application process easier, because you will already have done your taxes by the time you do your FAFSA. That means that you’ll no longer need to estimate your tax information and then go back into the FAFSA later to update it. Additionally, you may be able to save time by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA (Learn about the IRS DRT at StudentAid.gov/irsdrt.)

We’ve adapted this post from this article from studentaid.gov, which we strongly encourage you to read. Then, contact your OCRS advisor if you need assistance or clarification. Remember, we’re just a phone call away!

Schedule Your Winter Consultation

It’s that time of the year again! We can hardly believe that finals are approaching! Where has the semester gone?

Please call Jack Byerly at 215-790-1666 x410 to schedule your winter consultation appointment.

Please allow an hour for your appointment and plan accordingly. Our schedules will be packed, so if you arrive late you may be asked to reschedule. You will need to bring (or print) a copy of the following documents:

  • Fall 2014 Final Grades
  • Spring 2015 Class Schedule
  • Spring 2015 Financial Aid Award Letter
  • Spring 2015 Itemized Bill
  • Student Loan Summary – Go to  https://www.nslds.gov/nslds_SA/SaFinLoginPage.do
  • Degree Plan (List of all of the courses that you must take to complete your major/graduate)
  • Expected Family Contribution – Log on to fafsa.ed.gov, log into your account, click on Student Aid Report

If you will be printing your documents in the Philadelphia Futures office, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time so your consultation will start promptly.

Remember, a complete consultation is required before you can receive your sponsorship funds or college allowance. Checks will be available at the Philadelphia Futures Annual Conference on January 3, 2015 for students who have completed their consultation and turned in all paperwork.  If you are unsure of your advisor assignment, please refer to the email you received regarding scheduling your consultation.

Wishing you the very best of luck for finishing the semester STRONG! Good luck on finals.

We are looking forward to seeing you all soon.