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College Planning & Admissions

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY 

Begin process of selection early
Use the internet to take interest and career tests, search for schools and find financial aid.
Meet with college representatives when they visit our school (Junior and Senior year).
Plan to do college visits before making final decisions.
Be aware of your grades, class rank, strengths and areas for improvement.
Secure information about deadlines, special requirements, testing, etc.
Follow directions and submit applications in a timely manner.  Consult "Senior College Planning"
for details (see below). 
Allow at least two weeks when requesting a letter of recommendation. 
Follow your grade specific timeline 

PARENT RESPONSIBILITY

Discuss future plans, including the financial picture and any restrictions with your son or daughter
early in the selection process. (In-state v. out of state)
Be aware of deadlines.
Complete your portion of the application (signature, checks, verification of residency, etc.)
Keep records of everything.
Fill out financial aid forms including the FAFSA in January after you have completed your taxes and
submit by the deadline.
Call the college representative if you have specific questions about college admissions.
Call the college's financial aid office or visit their website for specific scholarship/financial aid
information and deadlines.
Check with your child about college or scholarship information given over the announcements.
Encourage your child to check in at the guidance office and online for scholarship applications.

COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE OFFICE RESPONSIBILITIES

Discuss college planning with the student.
Provide information regarding admissions, colleges, financial aid and visits from college representatives.
Provide SAT and ACT registration forms. These can be mailed or students can apply online
at www.collegeboard.com for the SAT or www.actstudent.org for the ACT.
Assist with scholarship applications.             
Prepare transcripts and recommendations to be sent to colleges within two weeks of being
turned in/submitted.
Send mid-year and final grade reports to colleges when the student makes a request
through Parchment, Common Application or in writing with a stamped, addressed envelope.
These reports ARE NOT AUTOMATICALLY MADE AS WE DO NOT KNOW WHICH COLLEGES
REQUIRE THEM and it may vary according to the student’s application status.
 
Post-Secondary Planning Guide for Juniors College Admissions FAQ
A Guide to Your Junior Year: Presentation College Planning/Admissions Tips
Post-Secondary Planning Guide for Seniors Completing College Applications