Admissions Counselor or Enrollment Advisor
[ad-mish-uh ns] - coun-sel-or [koun-suh-ler]

An individual from the Admissions Office who will work one-on-one with your child and see him/her through the entire enrollment process, from application to orientation. 

Care Package
[kair] - pack-age  [pak-ij]

A surprise gift that can be ordered for your child at anytime for any reason. They can be ordered throughout the year and we'll deliver right to the student. They are great for mid-terms, finals week, or just because you miss them!

Compass Weekend
-pass [kuhm-puh s] - week-end [week-end]

A 3-day, 2-night group adventure that new students take part in before the fall semester begins. They will have several activities to choose from, and each adventure will include upper classmen, alumni, faculty, and staff members. This is the second part of the New Student Orientation program.

Emergency Preparedness and Alerts
e-mer-gen-cy [i-mur-juh n-see] - a-lert [uh-lurt]
The College is dedicated to the safety and well-being of all of its students, staff, and faculty members. There is an emergency preparedness plan in place that includes when and how to notify the campus community should an unexpected event occur, such as inclement weather and other emergency updates.

FAFSA Form - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
faf-sa [faf-suh] - form [fawrm]

This is your student's blanket application for the Stafford Loan, state and federal grant monies, and institutional aid.  This form can be completed online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Be sure that Keystone College is included on your form.  Our code is 003280.  The Office of Financial Assistance and Planning can assist you with any questions or concerns you have along the way.

Federal Parent PLUS Loan for Undergraduates
fed-er-al [fed-er-uhl] - par-ent [pair-uhnt] - plus [pluhs] - loan [lohn]
These loans are available to parents and students to help meet educational costs.  Through the PLUS Loan Program, parents may borrow the difference between a student's cost of attendance less any financial aid they are receiving.  Eligibility for a PLUS loan is based on credit-worthiness of the parent borrower.  The interest rate is not to exceed 9%.  The repayment period begins on the date of the last disbursement of the loan during the academic year, unless you chose a lender that has the option to defer payments.

FERPA - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
fer-pa [fur-pah]
Also known as the Buckley Amendment, protects the privacy of a student's educational records. All of the rights under FERPA belong to the student, once he or she has enrolled in a post-secondary institution. 

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
fi-nan-cial [fi-nan-shuhl] - aid [eyd] - sat-is-fac-to-ry [sat-is-fak-tuh-ree]
ac-a-dem-ic [ak-uh-dem-ik] - prog-ress [prog-res] - pol-i-cy [pol-uh-see]
Students must remain in good academic standing at the College to maintain their financial and institutional aid.

grant [grahnt]
Unlike loans, grants do not have to be repaid.  Eligibility for grants is determined through a student's FAFSA form.

Institutional Aid
in-sti-tu-tion-al [in-sti-too-shuh-nl] - aid [eyd]

The College provides institutional aid, known as merit awards, on the basis of academic achievement during the admissions process.  Some other examples of institutional aid include the Keystone College Grant, Metro Commuter Grant, Resident Hall Grant, endowed scholarships, and Program Scholarships.

Keystone Promise
[kee-stohn] - prom-ise [prom-is]

Keystone guarantees, in writing that our students will be successful upon graduation. This guarantee is extended to all new, full time students.

Mapping Day - Part I of New Student Orientation
map-ping [map-ing] - day [dey]
This is an all day event on campus for new students to "map" their freshmen year at Keystone.  Students meet their academic advisors, receive class schedules, complete their Stafford Loan entrance interview, and complete a host of other pre-enrollment activities.

Merit Scholarship
mer-it [mer-it] - schol-ar-ship [skol-er-ship]
Each student who applies to Keystone College and is accepted may be eligible for a merit scholarship. A student can only receive one and the scholarship is not need-based. The Admissions Office uses several pieces of information to determine which scholarship and dollar value a student receives. These factors include, but are not limited to, SAT/ACT scores, high school academic record, and information provided in the application file.  Scholarships are renewable annually upon maintenance of a specified GPA.

New Student Orientation (NSO)
[noo] - stu-dent [stood-nt] - o-ri-en-ta-tion [awr-ee-uhn-tey-shuhn]

A two-part program, including Mapping Day and Compass Weekend, designed to assist new students in making the transition into college life.

Stafford Loan
staf-ford [staf-erd] - loan [lohn]

These loans are available to students enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) per semester.  In order to determine eligibility for the federal interest subsidy, all applicants are required to file a FAFSA form. Additionally, a student must complete a Federal Stafford Master Promissory Note (MPN).  Before a Federal Stafford Loan can be applied to a student's account, he/she must complete Loan Entrance Counseling (this occurs at Mapping Day).

Students With Learning Differences
stu-dent [stood-nt] - learn-ing [lur-ning] - dif-fer-ence [dif-er-uhns]
We understand that there are students who learn differently and we offer opportunities to help these students to be successful. Keystone College complies with policy and federal law, specifically Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of a disability. 

A document that outlines a course, containing information on how, when and where to contact a faculty member, a schedule of what topics, assignment due dates and test dates, the grading policy for the course, specific classroom rules, and other pertinent information pertaining to the course.  Faculty are asked to post their syllabi online for ease of student access.  

Teacher Evaluation Form (PDF)
[tee-cher] - e-val-u-a-tion [i-val-yoo-ey-shuhn] - form [fawrm]

A necessary part of any student's application; it is similar to a letter of recommendation, but is very specific to the potential for a student to succeed at the college level.

The "Stone"

Commonly used term referring to Keystone College, as in, "I'm heading back to the 'stone this weekend."