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T&E Care'sCollege/Career Assistance Program
If you are a Conestoga High School student or CHS graduate, or you live in the TESD and attend a private school, and you need assistance related to college or a trade school - you might consider getting in touch with T&E Care. We are excited to support those students who take their education VERY seriously, because we value hard work as a path to a strong future. If you are such a student - and would like to apply for assistance through our CAP program - please talk with your school counselor and have him/her contact us.
Funding for this program is limited to students who:
Show true interest in being successful and who maintain good grades throughout their school years
Submit requests for assistance well ahead of payment deadlines
Complete the FAFSA each year
We strongly encourage you to work with one of our volunteer mentors to help identify affordable college or trade school options. Criteria used in determining who will be considered for support include:
Grades - The higher your GPA, the more likely you are to receive financial assistance, because we believe that students who have worked hard in class and were not afraid to challenge themselves are more likely to be successful adults. Your grades will be given the most weight as we look at your report card or transcript. Continued success (in both high school and college/trade school) is important – we won’t just look at one marking period! (over a 3.4 GPA - extremely likely to get assistance; below a 2.6 GPA - unlikely to get assistance) NOTE: For all CHS students, the GPA is based on their unweighted (4.0) GPA; however, their weighted (5.0 and higher) GPA will also be considered. Students willing to challenge themselves by taking higher level classes will be give extra consideration. A copy of your grades and GPA should be emailed to us at CAP@tecare.org. Screen shots are fine. Continued success is key – your entire CHS/college schedule and grades are important.
School clubs/sports/projects and volunteer activities/community service work - Extracurricular activities in school or the community offer important opportunities for individual growth. The more involved you are in school and community activities, especially activities that show initiative and/or leadership roles, the more likely you are to receive T&E Care’s support.
Employment - T&E Care is more likely to help students who recognize the responsibility of having a job to help cover their personal expenses, and especially those who budget and save money when possible. We're looking for those students who make/leave a good impression and your job, and have a sense of commitment to their employer(s).
School discipline - Students who have few, if any, disciplinary or attendance problems are considered favorably in their request for an interview and future assistance.
School counselor recommendation - The school counselors may have information about a student that warrants consideration for support - and we will consider this criteria.
Financial need - “Gross income” is the amount earned by all adult members in the household before taxes and other deductions. It includes money earned from wages, welfare, unemployment, child support, alimony, social security, pensions, retirement, disability, and any other income. If the adults in your family make less than this cap, you are more likely to qualify for an interview and assistance through this T&E Care program.
General Income Eligibility for CAP program - 2016-17
Monthly Gross Income Cap for a family
Yearly Gross Income Cap for a family
Each additional family member
+ $1000/family member
+ $12,000/family member
Based on 300% of 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines
How can we help? T&E Care will help CAP students in a variety of ways, depending on the situation. Some students just need help with some of the logistics of applying to college - visiting a college, deciding which colleges to consider, filling out an application, completing the FAFSA forms, understanding the financial aide packages offered by colleges, etc. We can find a local volunteer who would help with this. As long as you have worked with one of our mentors, fnancial assistance comes in a variety of ways as well. We might help with SAT costs, or college application/acceptance fees. We sometimes help with the purchase of text books for a students. Sometimes we can help with some of the tuition costs (after FAFSA support and other assistance is already determined). We might be able to buy a new laptop for a student. And sometimes we'll even take a student shopping for dorm room supplies. This assistance will continue each year the student remains in college - as long as you stay in touch and continue to meet our criteria. Remember - we want to help those students who want to help themselves and are serious about their education!
If you have any questions about these criteria or the CAP program in general - you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to see the criteria used in determining selection for the College Assistance Program - look at this form.
T&E Care is an IRS recognized non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. The official registration and financial information of Tredyffrin & Easttown Care may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
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