Everything You Need To Know About FAFSA

FAFSA opens on October 1 at www.fafsa.gov. This form is required for anyone who wants to receive financial aid (loans, grants, work-study) to pay for college or career/technical schools. Even if you don’t believe you/your student will receive aid, it is still important to file the FAFSA! You may be surprised by what you get. Additionally, almost anyone can receive a federal student loan, which is much lower interest than any loan from a bank. FAFSA may also be required for certain scholarship applications. In short, COMPLETE THE FAFSA! Keep an eye on FAFSA deadlines for any prospective colleges. And remember: FAFSA is always FREE! Never pay to file a FAFSA.

Ms. Taylor is available to answer any questions students or parents have about the FAFSA. To schedule an appointment, email Ms. Taylor at kataylor@ccps.us, or give her a call at 804-633-9886 ext. 5026.

Please inform Ms. Taylor when FAFSA is submitted. Students who show proof of completion will be entered into a raffle for gift cards and other prizes.

CHS will be hosting a FAFSA Night on October 23 at 5:30pm. Senior parents and students are encouraged to attend. A financial aid professional from Germanna Community College will be available to answer any questions.

Sign up to attend CHS’s FAFSA Night here!

U.Va Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia invites high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to apply to our High School Visitation program on Saturday, November 17th, 2018. The program gives young women a comprehensive look at the different engineering fields and UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers, panels, lab tours, and hands-on design activities. The program is designed to benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience, but we particularly target those students who are not yet familiar with the field and may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing a STEM career.

To apply, students should complete the HSV Fall 2018 Application which can be found on the UVA SWE Website (https://www.virginiaswe.org/hsv). This fall session particularly targets high school seniors, but sophomores and juniors can also apply. Students who have previously applied to HSV, are in the targeted grade level, and demonstrate a strong interest in engineering through their essay will receive priority acceptance and priority consideration for an overnight stay at UVA hosted by a SWE member.

The attached flier and information sheet provide more information about the event and instructions on how to apply online through our website.

The application must be completed online by 11:59 pm on Saturday, October 22nd, 2018.

College Visits

Juniors and Seniors,

Be sure to click the “College Reps @ CHS” tab above to view the list of college representatives who are scheduled to visit CHS.  You will find a link that allows you to sign up for these visits – they are a great opportunity to hear about schools you are interested in attending, and to ask questions that may have come up as a result of conversations with your counselor.

Senior Profile


The Senior Profile is now available in an electronic format.  This document is very helpful to counselors, teachers, and others who may need to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  Keep in mind that filling out the Senior Profile does NOT automatically mean that a letter will be written for you – you must meet with your counselor to make those requests, and requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the deadline.  Click the link below, or the permanent link above.

CHS Senior Profile

August Newsletter

Welcome back students.  Please be sure to click the “Newsletters” tab to access the August 2018 School Counseling Newsletter.  You will want to keep up with this document throughout the year.  See your school counselor if you have any questions.

April Newsletter

The April edition of the school counseling newsletter is available.  Click the Newsletters tab above to get yours.

College Night March 8th

CHS will host a College Information Night on Thursday March 8th in the CHS Cafeteria. Sign-in and pizza will run from 5:30 to 6:00 pm and the presentation will begin at 6:00 pm. There will be information on different types of colleges, how to apply to college, financial aid, and scholarships. In addition to free pizza, there will also be a raffle for three $500 scholarships. Students must be present for the entire event to win. The event is targeted towards 11th graders and their families, but all grades are welcome! Its never too early to start planning for college! See Ms. Kusnerik, college adviser, with any questions.


Junior Class School Counseling Newsletter

Juniors – It is time to start making moves on college, career, enlistment, employment, or whatever your post-high school plan may be.  Take a look at the Junior class edition of the School Counseling Newsletter, under the Newsletters tab, for some helpful suggestions on where to start.  Your individual meeting with your counselor will be coming up soon, so come prepared with any questions you may have.  See you then!