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Guidance Services

Fontbonne's Guidance Department encourages informed decision-making by providing the following resources to students:

  • Personal counseling related to each student's overall four-year program and selection of courses
  • Aid in resolving academic difficulties through study skills help, accessing extra help, progress reports, and time management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Materials related to colleges, careers, financial aid
  • Visits by college representatives who familiarize interested students with their schools and programs
  • Workshops on topics such as self-esteem, current issues, financial aid, college selection, and adjusting to a new school environment
  • Various department-generated publications to bring current and pertinent information to students.


Maura Lamadore-Spignesi, Chairperson
Margaret Lamb, Counselor 

Jessica Eiras, Counselor

Sr. Lorraine Quinn, Guidance Secretary

Click here: College Acceptance List

College Planning Guide

The Guidance Department will be publishing the steps you should follow when applying to college.  You can be in touch with your child's Guidance Counselor for specific planning details. 

NOTE:   A reminder to all Senior Parents: Please have your daughter bring to the Guidance Office, all college acceptance letters and all award, grant, or scholarship letters as well. These must be submitted in order to be included in the graduation program.

Financial Aid

Along with applying and being accepted to your colleges, financial aid is of paramount importance to most families. The colleges’ Financial Aid offices have deadlines for application which must be adhered to if your daughter is to be considered for financial aid. We recommend completing financial aid application and forms as soon as possible.

How you pay for college is ultimately your decision. There are number of ways to put together the amount necessary, and colleges assist in the process by providing you with a “Financial Aid Packet” – basically, they will tell you what the sources of aid are for your daughter and how you can pay for the costs involved for their particular college.

Aid comes in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, and work study opportunities. Nearly every college requires the submission of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to be considered for financial aid. This form must be submitted as soon after January 1st  as possible – but not before! 

The CSS Profile is another major financial aid form that some private colleges require. This form can be found on the CollegeBoard site. If a school requires this form and it is not submitted, you will jeopardize your chances for receiving any financial aid.

Finally, many colleges have their own financial aid form. Again, this form must be submitted by the designated deadline – which is often not the same as the college’s admission application deadline.

Excellent detailed information for the financial aid process and forms can be found on the site: Go to the link “Paying for College”. Another excellent source of up to date information is at

Guidance Resources

Financial Aid Links
To understand the financial aid process, financial planning, eligibility, and loans:
College Is Possible
The Financial Aid Information Page
FASTWeb - Financial Aid Search
Sallie Mae
Project EASI (Easy Access for Students and Institutions
Massachusetts Educational Financial Authority
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Wired Scholar 

Scholarship Information
Information on Scholarships 2013-2014

College Information
The College Board
CollegeNet Search
The Princeton Review
Peterson's Home Page
FastWeb Student Bulletin

College Directories
The sites listed below are links to various universities and college web sites.
American Universities
University Pages

General Information

College Quest
A site for parents and students to assist you in making the right choice for college

College Board Online
The College Guide
Educational Testing Service
U.S. News Online - Education
Register for the SAT I & II

Virtual Tours of Some of the Top Colleges
The following information was taken from the Kaplan, Inc. test site. To take a look at their admission requirements and see virtual tours, click on the school of your interest below.
Amherst College
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Carleton College
University of Chicago
Columbia University
Cornell University
Davidson College
Duke University
Grinnell College
Harvard University
Haverford College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Middlebury College
Oberlin College
Pomona College
Princeton University
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Vassar College
Wesleyan University
Williams College
Yale University


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Click here for a listing of resources for multicultural opportunities

Career Search
My Road
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Career Key 

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