Guidance

Overview

The Guidance Department is an integral part of the total education program at Archbishop Shaw High School and is designed to aid students in their personal, academic, and social growth. Our primary responsibility is to assist each student in achieving his maximum potential. This requires the combined efforts of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and counselors working together toward this goal. School counselors have extensive training in personal and academic counseling, interpersonal skills, and college and career planning. We are available to answer questions, listen to problems, and to provide academic guidance. Do not forget the role of the guidance counselor is to help you.

ONLINE RESOURCES

The Internet is a great place for researching and planning your next step.
Below is a compilation of great websites to help you get started.

Quick Reference Guide

Click here to download a handy quick reference guide for the 2015-2016 school year.  It has information about all things relating to college from ACT test dates to scholarship and loan information.

Financial Aid

FinAid

FinAid is an excellent general financial aid information site that covers federal, state, and private aid.

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) Website provides one-stop information on financial aid resources for Louisiana postsecondary students. The TOPS portal for students offers online TOPS eligibility status; TOPS rules and bulletins, TOPS forms and TOPS frequently asked questions. The Web site also features information on Stafford Loan status and a list of links to free private scholarship search services and Louisiana institutions.

Federal Student Aid
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Scholarship Searches

The following sites provide free searches for private scholarship and grant funding:

College Board

College Board’s website has a “Pay for College” section, which includes tools such as a “Scholarship Search” tool and “Calculators” for helping you plan your college financial needs.

FastWeb.com
Petersons.com
CASHE-Sallie Mae
Sallie Mae – College Answer

Testing Services

Information on test dates and locations, online test registration, and sample questions and answers for the ACT and SAT tests are available at the Web sites of American College Testing and The College Board:

ACT
College Board (SAT, PSAT, AP exams)
GRE

College Guides

These sites provide descriptions of colleges, a searchable database of colleges by major, online college applications, and information on summer programs:

College Board
Peterson’s
Princeton Review

Loan Services

These sites provide information on the current status of federal Stafford loans that are serviced by the company listed:

Nelnet
Sallie Mae

Other Sites

The Academic Common Market is a cooperative agreement between 15 southern states to provide a tuition reduction for students whose major is not offered by a public institution in their home state.

Academic Common Market