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College Planning

With college application season now in full swing, many of you may find yourself in need of more information regarding financial aid, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and how it all works.  With that in mind, two important sessions have been scheduled to help you.  Please note the following dates:

Thursday, September 17, 6pm - Financial Aid Information Session
Presented by the NJ HESAA. This session will provide families with information on all of the Federal and State grants, scholarships and loan programs available through the FAFSA.  Key information and requirements on filing the FAFSA are covered. The presentation is approximately one hour in duration and includes materials. Please RSVP and be prepared to take notes!
Wednesday, September 30, 4pm - FAFSA Workshop in computer lab.  Presented by the NJ HESAA. At this workshop HESAA staff will hand out materials and discuss the FAFSA process. This talk is followed by an interactive support session where HESAA staff will assist students with their FAFSA completion. The workshop runs for approximately 2 hours. Only 25 seats available. 
You must RSVP for this event and you must come with the following items prepared:
  • FSA ID and Password (needed for the student and at least one parent).  Attached is a flyer detailing how to obtain an FSA ID and Password.  Create User IDs and Passwords by going to  The students will use their login to access the FAFSA at the parent will use their ID to sign the FAFSA.
  • Copy of all 2019 Federal Income Tax Returns and W-2 forms for student (if applicable) and parent(s).
  • Social Security numbers for parent and student or if the student is not a U.S. Citizen, Alien Registration number or documentation as U.S. Permanent Residents or U.S. Citizens.
  • Records of balances in checking and savings – for student and parent(s).
  • Marital Status of parent(s) and date of marital status (for example, the date of marriage).
  • Student Driver’s License # (if applicable).
  • Note: Attendees without the above documents will not be able to participate

Welcome to your Senior Year!

In the Guidance Department, we’ve been busy preparing to begin the College Application Process for the Class of 2021. To that end, I request that you complete the “Student Profile”. This form will assist teachers and counselors in writing letters of recommendation for you. The completed profile is due to the Guidance Office no later than September 13, 2019.


In addition, the Guidance Department will be holding four FREE Common Application Workshops, please check back for dates.


Interested students MUST email Ms. Connor at to RSVP for the workshop. Sessions with no registrants will be cancelled. Students will be able to complete the bulk of the application in one sitting. The Common Application also has an essay requirement; therefore, students must arrive prepared for the workshop with the essay already begun: either a rough draft or a completed draft the student would like feedback on. To help jumpstart the writing process, the 2020-2021 Common Application essay prompts are below.


We look forward to working with you and your student during the upcoming academic year!

2020-2021 Common Application Essay Prompts

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? 

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. 

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. 

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.  

The Naviance Family Connection College & Career Readiness Program

Each student will be given a registration code for Naviance, a comprehensive college and career planning website that will help students throughout the college admissions process. Some of the information on Naviance that should benefit students include:
  • A College Matching section to help you find schools that are the right fit for you.
  • Tasks that are assigned to you by the Guidance office to make sure you complete all parts of the college search and application process.
  • A current list of scholarships available.
  • A Career Interest survey to help you find the majors and careers you might like.
  • Surveys to complete that will help the Guidance office serve you better.
  • A section to list the schools you are interested in and are applying to so that you get reminder emails letting you know when those colleges are coming to Holy Spirit High School.
These are just some of the great uses for the Naviance software. To access the Naviance Family Connections website, click here.
HSHS Information:
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Full Name of School:
Holy Spirit High School

Address of School:
500 S. New Road,
Absecon, NJ 08201

School Telephone Number:

Guidance Fax Number:

Mr. Thomas Farren

Director of Guidance 
Ms. Lauren Connor

Please leave blank any questions about size of senior class and rank, your counselor will fill this in. If your application has other questions about which you aren´t sure, please see your counselor.