- COLLEGE APPLICATION DEADLINES: Please be aware of application deadlines for your schools. Most schools have an Early Action deadline and this gives you better consideration for admission and scholarship. It is best to have all of your applications submitted by November 1. Please remember that transcripts and letter of recommendations must be requested at least 10 days before the due date.
- CUMULATIVE GPA/PAST GRADES: You will need your cumulative GPA for college applications. In some cases, such as if you are applying to Purdue, you will also need to input all of your high school courses and grades. A copy of your current transcript was sent to your parent/guardian email address on file around noon on 10/18 to help you access that information. Your cumulative GPA is the one listed next to Grade 12.
- TEST SCORES: ORDER YOUR TEST SCORES NOW. This is the number one thing that prevents students from meeting deadlines or being considered for specific scholarships. Test scores have to be ordered by the student directly from the testing service (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/sending-scores; https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/scores/sending-your-scores.html) and sometimes take 2-3 weeks to arrive to the colleges.
- COMPLETE APPLICATIONS. As soon as you complete your information, please click submit on your applications. Do not wait for your teacher recommendations or counselor form.
- COMMON APPLICATION: If you use the Common Application, transcripts are submitted automatically. Optional reports, midyear reports, and final reports do not need to be submitted at this time.
- PARCHMENT:If you have colleges that are not on the Common Application, please submit transcript requests through Parchment. We do not receive notifications from these schools, so you have to tell us what you need for non-Common App schools.
- SCHEDULE CHANGES: Please remember that colleges admit you based on your schedule at the time of your application. If you make changes to your schedule after first semester, you will need to notify each college to which you have applied.
- REQUIRED MINIMUM GPA: Please remember that the Honors diploma requires all semester grades to be a C- or higher and your cumulative GPA to be above 3.0 at the time of graduation. 21st Century Scholars must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to receive those funds.
- FAFSA: We recommend that you complete your FAFSA by 12/1. Many schools have priority deadlines. The deadline for the state of Indiana is April 15. ,
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- FINANCIAL AID PRESENTATION: There will be a financial aid presentation at 6:30 on October 23 for senior parents in room 102.
- CELEBRATE: When you are admitted to a college or receive a scholarship, please notify Mrs. Alerding or Mrs. Nixon. We need copies of all letters for school data purposes, as well as for Honors Night, the bulletin board in the hallway, the website, and recommendations for other outside scholarships.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is nationwide application that calculates the EFC (Expected Family Contribution), that is used to determine federal, state and institutional financial aid and sometimes scholarships for a college student.
Application generally opens around October 1 with early submission recommended by December 1. Students must apply in order to be eligible for both Indiana and Federal Student Aid.
See flyer for details.
2016 presentation by Sheila Blackwell, Butler U., about FAFSA