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Calendar Revisions for the 2016-17 School Year check the Calendars page on left hand side

Financial Planning

Many families do not have savings built up to pay for college education. However, there are many ways to fund this investment. Do not rule out college based on your bank accounts. Do consider the cost of your education compared to the benefit. Having a college education increases your chances of being employed and having higher earnings. People with a bachelor's degree earn over 62% more on average than those with only a high school diploma. Over a lifetime, the college graduate will earn $1 million more than the high school graduate. Considering that the average Iowa student's debt upon college graduation is $22,025, this number doesn't seem as large after acknowledging the gap in pay between a high school diploma and a bachelor's degree.* Just like any other major purchase in life, it takes investigation to get the most for your money. Do your research and choose wisely. Included here are great articles to read when getting started.

*Statistics taken from "A State-by-State Analysis of Rising Tuition and Student Debt" which can be found at http://kennedy.senate.gov/downloads/CostReport.pdf. Caution: It contains 70 pages and is a very large file.

College is Possible Provides information concerning financial aid programs, college prices, financial aid vocabulary, and myths and realities.

www.studentaid.org Provides information concerning what college costs, how to pay for it, types of financial aid, the FAFSA process, and a financial aid checklist.

www.collegeplanning.org Provides information on how to apply, financial need, award letters, grants, scholarships, loans, tax incentives, and Iowa college's deadlines for FAFSA.

www.studentloan.org Provides information about the financial aid process, types of financial aid, how to choose a lender, borrower benefits, current interest rates, what to expect with repayment, debt management, loan calculators, and various application forms.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Here you can find out what determines eligibility for federal student aid, use the Financial Aid Wizard, read 34 tips to reduce college costs, request a PIN number, complete the FAFSA online or download a PDF format in English or Spanish.


  • Daily Announcements

    March 23, 2017

    Day 141



    1.  MS Girls/Boys Track: Informational/Parent Meeting!  Thursday, March 23rd, 5:30-6:00 p.m. in Maxwell!  Plan on attending with your parents.  Boys will be in commons, Girls will be in the lunchroom!  The meeting is at 5:30 pm, I think there was some confusion as to whether it started at 5 pm. 




    2. If you are planning to take a DMACC class in the fall please see Mrs. Allen for paperwork.  Paperwork must be completed before you are registered for a course.




    3. A representative from Ellsworth Community College will be here Thursday at 11am.  See Mrs. Allen if interested.




    4. The Speech Club will be having their end of season pizza party this Thursday, March 23rd during Lunch in Mr. Smith's room.



    5. After Prom 2017 Can & Bottle Drive, March 25th 9:00a - 12:00p.

    Save your cans! After Prom can drive Saturday, March 25th 9 a.m. - noon at the bus barn. Or let us know if you'd like someone to pick up your donation. Thanks!!
    Seniors & parents - Clean-up day at Larry & Kathy French's, 408 Ashford St, Maxwell Sunday, March 26th at 1:30 p.m. We will be helping theMaxwell Fire Dept. with odd jobs around French's yard. Please dress accordingly. This is in return for a very nice donation to After Prom. Please come & help. Thanks!




    6. StreetSmarts will be the company we will be using for Drivers Education. Gary Smith will still be teaching. The program will run from April 5-May 6 on Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm and Saturday mornings from 9am-noon. Also, there is a mandatory meeting with parents on April 5 starting at 6pm.

    Classes will take place at Collins-Maxwell Middle/High School. Specific room details will be sent out by Mr. Smith after registration is complete.

    Registration is done online at streetsmartsdriversed.com or by calling 515-279-1112. 

  • 1:30 Dismissals on Tuesday (August 23) and Wednesday (August 24).

    Zootopia Under the Stars on Friday, September 9! 

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