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This page should serve as a resource for you and your student. You will find useful information on various topics from financial aid to the writing an effective admissions essay.
Madison Highland Prep believes that creativity, innovation, thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration are key skills that will characterize students who are prepared for the 21st century. We also believes that preparing young adults to develop critical thinking skills will better ensure that they become successful members of an increasingly innovation-driven society and global marketplace.
We believe that college and career readiness, are two of the most important determinants of a school’s success. We are committed to the belief that all of its students must attain college readiness. We will measure its college and career readiness by the rigor of its academic program and by the percentage of students who:
- Participate in college-level coursework
- Meet 4-year college prerequisites
- Enter college
- Complete a college degree
We will prepare students for college and career readiness through various academic means and measures including:
- Aligning curriculum with state and national college and career readiness standards
- Monitoring student achievement and growth through standards-based benchmark testing
- Offering Advanced Placement (AP) courses and Dual Enrollment courses in all disciplines
- Planning and tracking post-secondary education goals, opportunities, and requirements
- Communicating with alumni to assess post-secondary educational pursuits and achievements
Advanced Placement (AP) Coursework
We believe in exposing as many students as possible to the AP curriculum with the goal of each of its students taking at least one AP course prior to graduation. The AP exams are given every school year in May. Scores are reported to the colleges designated by the student and range from 1 (no recommendation) to 5 (extremely qualified). Each college determines the scores to be accepted for credit, but most consider a score of at least 3. Colleges may award three and sometimes six hours of credit per test. Students should contact individual colleges to find out about their policy.
Dual College Credit Enrollment
Pending administrative approval, eligible students may participate in local community college coursework that may be considered for concurrent high school credit.
College Readiness Testing
Students participate in PSAT, ACT, and SAT college readiness testing.
• Financial Aid
• College Planning
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What is financial aid?
Financial aid is any form of funding that helps you pay for college, including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs.You have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, to be eligible for most of it. We go into detail about the different types of aid below.
How to qualify for financial aid:
There are generally two ways to qualify for aid: through financial need and through merit.
The federal government calculates your financial need based on the information you provide on the
Work-study dollars and most grants are need-based.
Colleges and private organizations award scholarships to students with academic, athletic or artistic talent.
Student loans don’t fit squarely into either category. Some, including federal direct subsidized loans, are need-based. Others, including private student loans, depend on your credit score. And any student attending an accredited school can qualify for federal direct unsubsidized loans, regardless of his or her financial need or merit.
Where to get financial aid:
You can get financial aid from a variety of sources including the federal government, your state, your college and private organizations like your local Rotary Club.
Filling out the FAFSA will put you in the running for all federal aid and potentially some state and institutional aid. After that, check with your state’s higher education agency and the financial aid offices at the schools where you’re applying to see if you’re eligible for other state and institutional grants and scholarships. Then use a scholarship search tool, like
the U.S. Department of Labor’s Scholarships Search Tool, to identify outside awards you may qualify for.
Types of financial aid: Grants, Scholarships, Work-study, Federal Student Loans, Private Student Loan
- Grants are financial aid dollars you don’t have to pay back. You can get them from the federal government or your state government, and you typically have to have a financial need to qualify.
- Scholarships also are financial aid dollars you don’t have to pay back, but they’re typically based on your merit rather than your financial need. You can get scholarships from your college or university or private organizations, such as the local Elks Lodge.
- Work-study is a federal program that funds part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with a financial need. If you qualify for work-study, you’ll need to find an eligible work-study job on or near your campus and work to earn those dollars.
- Federal Student Loans are fixed-interest-rate loans from the government. The direct loan program is the main federal loan program. Undergraduate students can borrow direct subsidized or unsubsidized loans. Graduate students can borrow direct unsubsidized or direct PLUS loans, and parents can borrow direct PLUS loans.
- Private Student Loans are fixed- or variable-rate loans from a bank or credit union. To qualify, you typically need a good credit score or a co-signer who has good credit. Your rate will vary depending on your or your co-signer’s credit.
FAFSA On-line Application
Guide to Award letters
How to Complete FAFSA
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