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Moraine Valley Community College


JUNIORS & SENIORS: Financial Aid Questions? College and Career Questions? Need time to apply for scholarships? Stop down to the Astro Café to meet with the FAFSA and Moraine Valley Reps!


DATE: 1/11, 1/25; 2/8; 2/22; 3/8(ISAC only); 3/10 (MVCC only); 3/22; 4/12 (MVCC only); 4/19

TIME: 3rd, 4th, 5th 6th period (students must get teacher permission to miss class)

WHERE: Astro Café

WHO: Counselors, ISAC rep and Moraine Valley rep will be available to answer your questions!

**Parents are welcome to contact their student’s counselor to schedule appointments with ISAC or MVCC reps on these dates and times. Counseling Office: 708-371-1111 ext 3751


2/16 IMPACT College Readiness presentation for Juniors: 

Juniors will be scheduled to meet in the FAC for one 50-minute session to cover the following:

Part 1 College Selection Process

Part 2 College Admissions Process

Part 3 Financial Aid Process


2/16 Sophomore and Junior Parent Night:

5-6pm in the FAC

Parents and Students: Please plan to attend to receive information on the College Application process.  We will also have a college panel in attendance to answer questions.  The following colleges were invited to attend: Eastern Illinois University, Moraine Valley Community College, St. Xavier University, Western Michigan University and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). 


3/8 Award Letter Presentation for Seniors:

Seniors: need help determining the best college to attend financially? Bring your award letter(s) to the FAC the first 20 minutes of your lunch period and Lisa Purdy from ISAC will help you interpret them! (*If you do not have a lunch period and would like to attend, then please sign in during one of the sessions and counselors will update your attendance.)


3/17 Field Trip to Moraine Valley College Fair for Juniors

Juniors are encouraged to pick up a field trip form in Counseling and return it by March 10th. The first 40 students who return a permission form will be allowed to attend.


3/22 College Application and Financial Aid presentation for Juniors

Juniors will learn from Counselors and ISAC rep, Lisa Purdy, about the college application and financial aid process during their English class. This presentation will cover the following:

  • College search, college application and transcript request process
  • How to meet with college reps who visit Shepard
  • Filing for Financial Aid (FAFSA)
  • Scholarship search process                                                  


4/19 Moraine Valley Presentation for Juniors

All juniors are encouraged to attend the FAC during the first 20 minutes of their lunch periods to hear from Moraine Valley rep, Andriana Esparza. You will learn about MVCC associate, certificate and transfer programs!


Lisa Purdy                                                                                          

Illinois Student Assistance Commission                                            

Phone: (708) 613-1254     
Andriana Esparza
Moraine Valley Admissions Recruiter
Phone: (708) 974-5356