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Pathway program eases college admission process

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finein_pathwayphoto_newsThe new Pathway Program guides Mason seniors with assistance on preparing for college. The program is a partnership between George Mason High, Northern Virginia Community College, and George Mason University that is designed to help seniors pursue a bachelor’s degree at any four-year institution, even if they attend NOVA before transferring to a four-year school.

The program is open to any senior, regardless of their GPA. The deadline for seniors this year has already passed, but the program will run next year for the class of 2013.

Upon being accepted to the program, students will receive assistance with filling out their FAFSA forms which is required by all colleges and universities to receive financial aid. Students will also register for NOVA as a backup plan in addition to taking the placement tests for free.

Throughout the year, there will be a few meetings that members must attend. There will also be activities at both the NOVA and George Mason University campuses to prepare for college in the fall. As program coordinator Monica Gomez told the senior class at the beginning of the year, even if you don’t really want to go to NOVA, it is a good “back-up” plan if your plan-A fails.

Students with any questions should contact their guidance counselor, email Gomez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or stop by her office in room E119 anytime on Thursdays.