Our annual Newsletter is packed with information for students with most of the current information that comes through our office.  Please use this as a vital resource for this school year.
Financial Aid Webinars:
Understanding the Offer Letter and Balances
The "Offer Letters" or "Financing Plans" that you receive provide an idea of the costs associated with attending a postsecondary institution and can be confusing because each school formats their information differently. PHEAA"s PA Forward Private Student Loan team, represented by Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray, will assist you in this 1-hour webinar in understanding and navigating the types of aid that are listed, what you are being offered, identifying the balances, and the next steps needed so you can make knowledgeable and affordable decisions. Q&A interaction is encouraged.
November 9th 6:30 pm; November 18th 6:30 pm; November 23rd Noon


Covering the Gap: Pieces of the Puzzle to Help Pay Your Education Bill

Understanding education balances can be confusing. Whether your're trying to address the costs or beginning to plan for higher education, this review is for you. Join Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray of PHEAA's PA Forward Private Student Loan team for a 2-hour webinar that will emphasize best practices (such as seeking grants and scholarships first), remind families about additional resources (such as PA529 and payment plans), and review private/alternative loans as a last resort in the process of covering the gap and keeping balances affordable. The discussion will also include the basics of credit, what factors impact credit score, how can a credit score be improved, and the effects of credit on your borrowing capability.


November 4th 6:30 pm; November 11th 6:30 pm; November 16th Noon;

November 30th Noon



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                                    THE STAFF
Department Chair
Mr. Yingling
814-946- 8278
"I hope to help one student at a time achieve their potential and realize their strengths."

Mrs. Anderson
"The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. " ~Winston Churchill
Mrs. Yahner
"Many of the things that seem impossible now will become realities tomorrow."~Walt Disney
Mrs. Johannides
"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?" ~Henry David Thoreau

Ms. Rogan 
"Many of the things that seem impossible now will become realities tomorrow."~Walt Disney
Mrs. Biesecker 
"The best part about my job is working directly with my students, watching them mature and learn to become independent, responsible young adults and helping them reach their goals."
Mrs. Starr
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Mrs. Wasko
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Mrs. Fox 
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Ghandi
Mrs. McGinnis
Counseling Office Secretary

"The best thing about being the guidance secretary is having the interaction with the students."
Mrs. Brubaker
Counseling Office/SAIT Clerical Aide
"I get great satisfaction from assisting students!"
Location:    Altoona Area High School
                   Second floor B building –
Room: B200
Hours of Service:  Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM