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Postsecondary Persistence

Students define, prepare for, and pursue their college and career plans at IPS Future Centers. These advising centers support students and help guide them to make plans a reality. Resources and supports available to IPS students and families include:

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important document for determining a student’s financial aid eligibility to help pay for college (and it is now a requirement for all high school seniors to file). IPS Future Center staff work with students to understand and complete financial aid forms, including the FAFSA and scholarship applications, which can make college costs more transparent and manageable and ease the stress surrounding the process. All high school seniors in Indiana are required to file a FAFSA. Students can file the FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.   

College Applications

IPS strives for every student to submit at least three college applications. IPS Future Center staff and school counselors provide guidance and use Xello to pull together transcripts and other critical information to complete the college application process. 

Transcripts 

Securing high school transcripts is an essential part of college applications. IPS staff help students access their transcripts through Xello and ensure those transcripts are sent to any institutions to which students are applying.  For more information, follow this link. Xello – How to Request a Transcript.

Indiana University-Indianapolis Seamless Admission

IPS students with at least a 3.0 grade point average can receive automatic admission to Indiana University Indianapolis. Interested students can activate their admission to IU Indianapolis by filling out a verification form, skipping any fees or applications to be admitted.

Writing Centers

The Vonnegut Youth Writing Centers at Arsenal Tech, Crispus Attucks, George Washington, and Shortridge high schools connect students with volunteer college and community tutors for individualized academic support. Each dedicated space is run by a Writing Center Specialist who facilitates opportunities for one-on-one and small group tutoring, as well as working with teachers to set up class visits and to help support writing rigor in their curriculum. 

As a community partner, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML) helps recruit, train, place, and retain tutors who help boost student confidence by assisting with a wide range of tasks–from college applications and scholarship essays to academic assignments from all subjects including math and STEM. KVML is a cultural and educational resource that champions the literary, artistic, and cultural contributions of Kurt Vonnegut, the late writer, artist, teacher, Indianapolis native, and IPS graduate

The Writing Centers present opportunities for creative writers to be published in school-based literary journals and for language learners to work on reading comprehension and translation. This support system is fully embedded in the advanced academic pathways at each school, helping to improve success rates in dual credit and IB courses.

Additionally, the Writing Centers have piloted a peer tutoring program that empowers upperclassmen to connect with younger cohorts of students and assume a leadership role within each school’s academic culture. During the first year of operation in all four schools, the Writing Centers generated more than 10,000 contact points between students and tutors, whether through individual appointments, class visits, or extracurricular sessions.

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Resumes 

IPS Future Centers work in tandem with students to build out resumes for future employment and education opportunities. Using Xello’s resume-builder template, students can curate a resume based on the interests and information they have already submitted through their Xello accounts, making it simple for students to have a prepared resume.

Career Discovery Meetings

Starting in 2024, all juniors and seniors in Indiana will be required to participate in 30-minute career discovery meetings with college representatives and employers to discuss career opportunities and education needed for those college and career pathways. IPS Work-Based Learning Coordinators will host and work with agencies and intermediaries, such as Junior Achievement and EmployIndy, for example, to host employer meetings. Postsecondary Readiness Counselors will host college admission counselor meetings.

College, Career, Military visits 

IPS provides opportunities for high school students to get informed on college, career, and military pathways with on-site visits from various organizations. Future Centers have previously hosted military recruiters, admissions counselors, HBCU College Tours, career fairs, college fairs, and attended local postsecondary conferences/summits and more!

Scholarships 

IPS students can update scholarship statuses, see deadlines and scholarship amounts within the Xello app. Educators can view students’ scholarship progress or applications and run progress reports and families and students can search for local scholarships

The IPS Foundation Scholarship Program is made up of several different funds, prioritizing different areas such as academic achievement, areas of interest, and financial need. All IPS seniors are eligible for a scholarship through this scholarship program. To learn more , visit www.ipsfund.org

Work-Based Learning 

At IPS, we’re committed to helping you explore and prepare for your future career. Our Future Centers offer additional support through a dedicated Work-Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator. Our WBL Coordinators are here to help you dive into career exploration and engagement, offering immersive experiences such as paid internships, apprenticeships, and exciting summer opportunities. Families and students can explore current opportunities available on the Xello platform.