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Guidance Notes and Timeline for Class of 2019

 

August and September

◦ Meet with Mrs. A. Denney (L-Z) or Mrs. T. Denney (A-K) to check your credits and discuss post-secondary and career plans. You must have the 40 required credits completed by the end of 2nd semester to participate in graduation.

 

◦ Register for the SAT or ACT if you have not yet taken either one or if you are not happy with your scores from junior year. If you receive free or reduced lunch you are eligible for a fee waiver. You must get that from Mrs. Denney before registering. You can register online at: www.collegeboard.com for the SAT Reasoning test and at www.actstudent.org for the ACT with writing.

 

◦ Complete the Community Foundation LILLY application. Deadline to submit is September 24, 2018.
The scholarship application is available as a google form. Click
here when you ready to apply.

 

◦ Wabash will be offering the SAT to seniors October 10th.

 

***If taking the SAT on another date, please include the WHS school code 153625 on your registration to insure your scores are received by the high school and can then be posted on your transcript. You may also need to send scores directly to some colleges (IU /PU) when you apply. For some colleges, exams are a critical part of the college admission process. However, IVY TECH and other technical colleges usually do NOT require the SAT or ACT.

 

College Go Week – September 24-28 – all seniors should complete a college application.

◦ Watch for announcements to learn which colleges and branches of the military will be visiting Wabash High School.

 

 Visit http://www.indianacollegecosts.org/ to examine profiles to learn admission requirements for Indiana colleges.

 

Narrow down the list of schools to which you will apply. Apply on-line to those schools or request a paper application.

 

Create a Parchment account to request that a transcript be sent to any colleges(s) that you have submitted an application. www.parchment.com.

 

Start/continue a resume of school activities, community service activities, work experience and internship/externship experiences. You will need this to complete scholarship applications and to give to anyone you ask to write a letter of recommendation. If you do not have many things to list, you still have time to get involved with some group or activity.

 

◦ Check the Scholarship page on our website and access college financial aid web pages. Check the information weekly so as not to miss deadlines. If you are planning to play Division 1 or 2 NCAA sports, apply to www.eligibilitycenter.org. See Mrs. Denney or your coach.

 

◦ Have your parents complete a “college costs estimator” to find out how much financial aid you might be eligible for. Parents can complete a 4caster form on www.fafsa.ed.gov. This is a great opportunity to see how much financial aid you might be eligible for before April.

 

October

◦ Make plans to visit the college campuses on your list or to shadow someone in a career that you are interested in pursuing.

 

◦ Use the Internet to continue to research colleges and narrow your college choices. Great websites include: www.learnmoreindiana.org and www.collegeboard.com

 

Work on completing applications and submitting them by November 1st.

 

◦ October 10th is SAT day for Wabash High School.

 

◦ DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!

 

◦ Remember that scholarships will be posted on the WHS website and added to announcements as they become available. Make time to search out and find scholarships to help pay for college.

 

GET YOUR FSAID IN PREPARATION FOR SIGNING THE FAFSA. (Fsaid.ed.gov)

 

◦ Start work on your FAFSA, www.fafsa.ed.gov., as the FAFSA will now be available on October 1. Remember that you and a parent must have an FSA ID to sign electronically. The FAFSA must be submitted by the tax deadline in April. Keep a copy for your records. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT THE FAFSA form, you will not be eligible for state or federal grant money or loans.

 

FAFSA DAY WILL BE OCTOBER 18TH IN THE HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER FROM 4-8. MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY FINANCIAL AID OFFICERS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU FILE YOUR FAFSA.  CLICK HERE FOR FAFSA NIGHT STUDENT/PARENT CHECKLIST

 

November

Finish college applications!! Many college merit scholarships have a November 1 deadline so check each college website for deadlines. Make sure to request a transcript through parchment.

 

◦ Continue to check the guidance webpage.

 

◦ If you have not done so, schedule a college visit or job shadow.

 

December

Scholarships, scholarships, scholarships. Work on your resume so that you can complete as many scholarships as you can over Christmas vacation. Look at the Community Foundation website for scholarship listings.

 

January

◦ Continue working on your FAFSA form and be sure to submit by the deadline.

 

February

◦ If you have not completed your FAFSA get it done. Remember that

you and a parent must have a FSA ID to sign electronically. It must be submitted by Indiana’s tax filing deadline. Keep a copy for your records.

 

◦ WHS will hold another FAFSA Day at a date to be announced to help your parents file your FAFSA. Continue to check for scholarships.

 

◦ Colleges should be sending you letters of acceptance. Begin to finalize selections and plans.

 

March

◦ Submit your FAFSA if you have not done so by APRIL 15TH 

 

Local scholarships will be due. Log in to announcements and check the guidance webpage on the website for due dates.

 

Mrs. Denney will meet with students in AP courses to sign up for the exams in May.

 

Continue to determine future plans. Notify colleges that you are NOT going to attend.

 

April

◦ Submit your FAFSA if you have not done so by APRIL 15TH.

Make your final college choice by April 30. Make colleges aware of your choice.

◦ Send thank you letters to anyone who wrote you recommendation letters and helped you along the way.

 

May

◦ AP exams will be given during the first two weeks of May. A schedule will be given to you.

◦ Relax!!! Enjoy your last month of school but keep your grades up.

 

 

Graduation-Friday, MAY 31 (unless we have lots of make-up days)

 

 

 

 
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An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature.Only create an FSA ID using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use.
 
You are not authorized to create an FSA ID on behalf of someone else, including a family member. You are not allowed to have an employee or agent of a commercial entity, or other third party, create an FSA ID for you for any purposes including but not limited to: payment reductions, debt consolidation or applying for aid. Misrepresentation of your identity to the federal government could result in criminal or civil penalties.
 
WEBSITES OF INTEREST 
Free Scholarship Searches

FastWeb

www.fastweb.com

College Board’s Scholarship Search

www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org

Good Call

www.goodcall.com/scholarships

Unigo

www.unigo.com/scholarships

Scholarships

www.scholarships.com

 
 College Selection and Preparation Web Sites

Indiana College Costs Estimator

www.indianacollegecosts.org

FAFSA on the Web (FAFSA completion website)   

www.fafsa.gov

Federal Student Aid   

www.studentaid.gov

The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

www.finaid.org

Indiana Commission for Higher Education  

www.in.gov/che

21st Century Scholars  

www.in.gov/21stcenturyscholars

The Internet Guide to 529 & Other College Savings Plans

www.savingforcollege.com

 
 College Selection and Preparation Web Sites

Virtual Campus Tours & more

www.ecampustours.com

College Board (including SAT Test registration)

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

ACT (including ACT Test registration)

www.actstudent.org

National Application Center

www.nationalappcenter.com

Learn More Indiana

www.in.gov/learnmoreindiana

College Navigator (Find the Right College for You)

https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Go College

www.gocollege.com

Number2.com (free test preparation website)

www.number2.com

The Common Application

www.commonapp.org

 
Career Exploration

Indiana Career Explorer

www.indianacareerexplorer.org

CareerOneStop (U.S. Dept. of Labor)

www.acinet.org

Bureau of Labor Statistics-Occupational Outlook Handbook

www.bls.gov/ooh

Indianacareerconnect.com (A Better Career Starts Here)

www.indianacareerconnect.com

O*Net – Career Exploration & Job Analysis

www.onetonline.org

 
Minority Websites

Black Excel: College Help Network

www.blackexcel.org

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

www.hsf.net

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program

www.gmsp.org