UPDATE!! THANK YOU to all the generous PHEA families who have helped! Hannah has not only been matched with a dog but they have completed the training and Timmy is now with Hannah full time. They still need to finish paying for him and for the new harness and other accessories he must have when he goes off to college with her. They still need to raise about $2000. Hannah leaves for college in a couple of weeks. In the meantime though we are enjoying having Hannah and Timmy in the office (all except my cats who think the world may have turned upside down!)
Both Hannah and her mom Lisa have worked for PHEA for years. Hannah was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease this year. This is a chronic disease that affects everything she does. Despite the disease, she is graduating from high school this month and is getting ready to go to college this fall. Her doctors have recommended that Hannah have a service dog to help her. She needs to do the training early this summer if she is to take the dog with her to college so they need to raise the funds quickly. The cost (added to the high medical bills) is overwhelming. If each family in PHEA could give just $10, the needed funds would be raised. The family has a website that explains more and has a link to paypal. Hannah's site If you are uncomfortable giving on the internet, you may also make a check out to the Service Dog Institute and mail it to them (the address is on the website) or make it to Hannah and mail it to the PHEA address. I will make sure she gets it. I know that for some families it is not possible to help but for many this would be giving up a cup of coffee or two. If you are able to help, please do.
Please take some time to look over our site. In our forms section you can find all the forms you need to register, re-register, and apply for a transcript or diploma.
We've expanded the Getting Started section to include more information to help you get started homeschooling quickly. We've reworked the High School section to provide more information on what courses your student needs to take and all the things your student will need to graduate. We've also included a handy option for you to submit your high schooler's grades by email.We now have a free blog which allows us to offer more timely updates about field trips and other opportunities for your family as well as more thought-provoking articles. Be sure to follow our blog so that you will receive an email each time we add something new. We would love to see you interacting with each other and us by leaving comments in the comment section. If you would like to follow us see the blog post .
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The PHEA staff has been working hard to make our services as helpful to you as possible. If there is something you would like to see on the website or a question you would like answered on the blog, please let us know.
PHEA requires standardized testing for students in high school. (We do not require testing for special needs students.) This applies to student in 9th -11th grade. Twelfth graders only need to take the testing if we have no previous test scores or you want your student to try to improve their scores. The parents may choose any of the national tests (eg: Stanford, Iowa, SAT, ACT) to meet this requirement. We no longer offer testing as BJU Press has opened a test center that provides more services at a lower cost than we are able to. We strongly recommend that your student take the PSAT in 9th or 10th grade. The 11th grade PSAT is the qualifier test for the National Merit Scholarship. We encourage you to have your student take the SAT or ACT in their junior and senior year. If the parent feels that the junior year SAT or ACT scores are adequate, they may waive testing during the senior year. We MUST have SAT or ACT scores from previous years in order to waive the senior year testing.
PLEASE USE PHEA'S CODE (410293) WHEN REGISTERING FOR THE PSAT, SAT OR ACT. This is the high school code - do not use the generic home school code they may give you. If your student qualifies for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, the Commission on Higher Education requires us to send an official high school score report - not the student report the family receives. If you use our code, we automatically receive this score report. If you do not use the code and have to request a copy be sent to us, they will charge you a fee to do so.
Twice during the year we have the privilege of nominating seniors who are at the top of their class for the state's Palmetto Fellows Scholarship. The December nomination is for any senior who meets the PFS requirements during their sophomore or junior year. They must be in the top 6% of their class and earn either an SAT score of 1200 or above (combined math and critical reading scores) or an ACTof 27. Alternately, if they earn a 1400 or above on the SAT or a 32 or above on the ACT they qualify regardless of their position in the class rank.
This year PHEA had 10 seniors who qualified for this scholarship; four of them with the higher test scores. One student has a perfect 800 on her critical reading SAT score. Two others are also in the running for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. Congratulation to Hannah, Daniel B., Hudson, Daniel G., Scot, Alex, Katherine, Haley, Johanna and Amalie!
Update July 25th: We had four more students qualify for this scholarship for a total of 14 Palmetto Fellows. With 134 seniors this year, that represents 10% of our senior class. Congratulations to Jacob, Caroline, Esther and Emily. Way to go gang!
This has been an interesting week in the PHEA office . . . one where someone is asking the question, "Why does it matter?" while someone else is experiencing the pain of finding out the hard way that it really did matter. What is 'it' you ask? RECORDS. Records, and more specifically turning them in to PHEA.
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If you are looking for Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) try this weblink: http://www.pheaa.org
This is the website for the college loan program that is often confused with PHEA.
If you are a PHEA high school student looking for scholarship information, please go here: High School Information