Advice from Academic Adviser, Debby Bartz
Students who are ready to study 11th grade level courses are encouraged to use the College Board’s Big Future website to discover college majors they are interested in and review expectations of colleges. Students are also encouraged to visit campuses and representatives, and examine college websites and catalogs/guides.
The Junior year is the year of test! Register for the PSAT/NMSQT as soon as possible with a local school. The test will be given in October and you can take the practice test here. Students will also want to complete the ACT or SAT in the spring of the 2017-18 academic year.
The College Board advises students to narrow their college choices between 5-10, download their applications and financial aid forms, and create a master list of college fees, dates, and registration deadlines. Students are also encouraged to visit colleges they are interested in.
If seniors need to retake the SAT or ACT to boost their scores, test preparation and a registration for a fall test date will be essential. Be sure to arrange to have an official SAT or ACT score report sent to your colleges of interest. Students who plan to apply for early decision/early action are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible. Some colleges may require the ACT or SAT test score report and applications November 1-15 for early decision candidates.
As of October 1, 2017, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be completed and filed. Aid can come from the U.S. federal government, the state where you live, the college you attend, or a nonprofit or private organization.
Seniors should be researching and applying for scholarships now! Sources for scholarship information may include college financial aid offices or career centers, foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, civic groups, ethnicity-based organizations, and your employer or parent’s employers. The U.S. Department of Labor’s free scholarship search tool may also be useful.