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Five tips for financing college

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CASTLE ROCK - When are you eligible to submit a FAFSA? What assets do you need to report on the FAFSA? How do students incur so much student loan debt when there are limits on what they can borrow each year?

The thought of paying for a college education is daunting to parents. Armed with questions and concerns, parents took advantage of the information presented by Wells Fargo in Douglas County School District’s Financing College workshop last week. The workshop was part of the Parent University series, which provides free classes and workshops on a variety of topics for parents throughout the school year.

The decision surrounding where to go to college can be exciting and stressful and, if not careful, can put students and their parents on a path to incurring a large amount of debt.

Here are five tips to get you started off on the right path:

1. All families should complete the FAFSA annually because all federal aid and most state and institutional aid require it.

2. Start applying for scholarships early in high school – before your senior year and continue throughout your college career.

3. Get access to over 7 million scholarships totaling more than $41 billion to help pay for college at

4. Use your college’s Net Price Calculator to help estimate your total college costs. A school you may have initially ruled out due to cost might actually be less expensive than you think.

5. Ideally, your total student loan debt should not exceed the salary you expect to earn your first year working after you graduate from college.


Click here for more details on the above tips and for the full presentation by Wells Fargo


November 9, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category:

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.