Graduation Plan and CES Payment Formula

Graduation Plan

Milton Hershey School students have the ability to earn CES funding in each of their 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade years. Each year students must earn: (1) 80% or higher GPA (CES Scholarship) or 75% – 79.99% GPA (CES Grant); (2) no more than 50 demerit points; and (3) no Level 4 discipline incidents. During the senior year, all students wishing to utilize CES funding for post-secondary education must also have a GRADUATION PLAN approved by their College & Career Counselor. The Graduation Plan is based on research and experience and is designed to ensure, to the best of our ability, that students have the financial and developmental support necessary to succeed at a degree program and post-secondary school that fits their abilities and aspirations.

The Graduation Plan consists of the following six essential components:

  • Family/Milton Hershey School Support – the post-secondary school must be within five driving hours of a parent, sponsor, relative, or MHS support (“older” alumni mentor);
  • Post-Secondary School Support Services – services such as learning centers, study skills assistance, tutoring, orientation programming, writing centers, applied learning centers, and other support services must be available to assist students in succeeding at the school;
  • Post-Secondary School Visit – the student must visit the school;
  • Course of Study – the course of study/major required for the student’s career/educational goal must be offered by the post-secondary school; the student must demonstrate proper aptitude for the course of study; online degrees are not supported;
  • Financial Feasibility – the post-secondary school’s financial aid package, combined with the student’s CES funding, permits the student to attend, and  GRADUATE from, the school while using no more than one student loan – the Direct Subsidized Loan. The current Direct Subsidized Loan limits are as follows: $3,500 first year, $4,500 second year, $5,500 third year, $5,500 fourth year; Direct Unsubsidized Loan borrowing is not permitted;
  • High School Performance Matrix – the student must meet  the required guidelines regarding academic readiness for specific types of post-secondary schools set forth in the “High School Performance Matrix.”

In cases where unique circumstances exist, additional documentation may need to be attached to the Graduation Plan in order for it to be approved by the College & Career Counselors.

CES Payment Formula

Class of 2011 and beyond…

Standard Tuition, Fees, Room & Board
MINUS  Grant Aid
MINUS  $2,500 Student Loan (self-help component)**
= CES Payment Amount

**For students graduating from post-secondary school within six (6) years, MHS may repay up  to $2,500 in student loans per year IF the student has CES funds remaining after graduation!

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