Project ASPIREE Parent Information

Academic Resources
Parental involvement is vital in the success of students at all grade levels. The following resources can assist parents in providing their children with helpful information.

Tutoring Connections

  • Barr-Reeve - Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., in the library
  • Lawrenceville High School - Available during the school day. Contact your teacher for a referral. Project ASPIREE's Heather Clark is available during your academic prep periods on Mondays and Fridays and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Loogootee - Times vary
  • Parkview Jr. High - Available Monday-Thursday after school. Contact the office or teacher for referral. Heather Clark is available during your study hall on Wednesdays
  • Shoals - Available Thursdays, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Shoals United Methodist Church, 502 Main St., for Grades 7 through 12
  • North Central - Available Wednesdays, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., in room 7

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)
The SAT is a college admission test that demonstrates a student’s college readiness. The SAT is globally recognized and assists colleges and universities in making admission decisions. The SAT test includes a critical reading section, a writing section, and a mathematics section. We recommend that students take the SAT once in the spring of their junior year and again in the fall of their senior year. Colleges will generally take a composite of the two scores. This means, they will take your highest verbal score and the highest math score from both tests and put them together to create a new score. Project ASPIREE can provide your students with SAT fee waivers in addition to college application fee waivers! For more information about the SAT or for SAT prep, visit www.CollegeBoard.org.

American College Testing (ACT)
The ACT is also a college admission tests that demonstrates a student’s college readiness. The ACT is covers four skill areas: mathematics, English, reading, and science. The ACT offers an optional writing test. Project ASPIREE can provide your students with ACT fee waivers in addition to college application fee waivers! For more information about the ACT or ACT prep, visit www.actstudent.org.

Career Resources
Career inventories can often be helpful when determining where you or your TRiO child’s interests fall. If you are embarking on a career change, you may want to take the career inventory at LearnMoreIndiana.org. Other resources available for you and your TRiO child when considering future careers are listed below.

WorkOne is the state of Indiana’s central hub for career resources. WorkOne assists with improving job qualifications, exploration of career opportunities, unemployment services, and more. The Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs provides the job outlook for Indiana residents.

WorkNet is the state of Illinois’s central hub for career resources. WorkNet assists with improving job qualifications, exploration of career opportunities, unemployment services, finding child care and health care. Illinois Job Outlook provides the job outlook for Illinois residents.

Graduation Requirements
Every state has different graduation requirements. It is important for parents to be aware of the graduation requirements that their children must meet. Remember that your TRiO Outreach Advisor or the Guidance Counselor at your school can be a great resource for this information. It is never too early to start planning! Many colleges require additional courses above what many state standards require.

In Indiana, students must meet the Core 40 requirement for graduation. Additional graduation options are provided, such as Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors. Also, an opt-out provision is offered for students if their parents believe they can benefit more from a General Diploma. However, completion of Core 40 is a minimum college admission requirement for Indiana’s public four-year universities, beginning fall 2011. Additional information can be found at Indiana’s Department of Education.

In Illinois, students meet all graduation requirements through their school. However, it is important to consider what colleges they will be applying to when choosing their high school courses.

Safety
A common worry for parents is the safety of their children. At Project ASPIREE, we wish to provide you with resources to help assist you in keeping your child safe. The following website provides key information that you can view alone, or with your children.

It is especially important for parents to be aware of internet safety in this digital age. Always caution your children on the information they are making available, as well as the images they are posting. It is becoming common for companies and colleges to check Facebook profiles before making hiring and admission decisions!

Financial Resources
Types of financial aid include grants, loans, and scholarships. Sources of financial aid include federal government, state government, colleges and universities, lenders; and private donors.

Two types of Federal Stafford Loans exist, subsidized loans and unsubsidized loans. It is important for parents and prospective college students to know the difference between the two.

Subsidized Loans
Subsidized loans are awarded to students based on financial need. Students who receive a subsidized loan will not be charged interest before repayment of the loan begins. The federal government subsidizes the interest of the loan during the time the student is attending college.

Unsubsidized Loans
Unsubsidized loans are not awarded on financial need. Students who receive an unsubsidized loan will be charged interest from the time the money is disbursed and continue to accrue interest until the loan is paid in full. The interest is also capitalized, which means the student will pay interest on the amount of interest that has already accrued.

Maximum Eligible Awards for College Students

  • $3,500 for the first year of undergraduate studies
  • $4,500 for the second year of undergraduate studies
  • $5,500 for each remaining year of undergraduate studies
  • Students have the option to apply for an additional unsubsidized loan of $2,000.

Other Resources for Parents