• Information for Seniors

Senior Parent Night Meeting 22-23

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Senior Classroom Lesson 22-23

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College Planning and Financial Aid

  • College Planning Info

    Researching Postsecondary Options 

    More Information and Tips

    **Remember that Mrs. Kimbro, the College and Career Specialist, is very helpful with College, Financial Aid and Career planning options** 

  • College Application Timeline

    College Application Timeline: 12th Grade

    Adapted from bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

    Want to know if you’re on track in the college application process? This checklist shows you what you should be doing, and when.

    Fall

    • Narrow your list of colleges to between five and 10. Meet with a counselor about your college choices and, if you haven’t done so yet, download college applications and financial aid forms. Plan to visit as many of these colleges as possible. Ms. Kimbro can help with this.

    • Create a master list or calendar that includes: 
      • Tests you’ll take and their fees, dates, and registration deadlines 
      • College application due dates 
      • Required financial aid application forms and their deadlines (aid applications may be due before college applications) 
      • Other materials you’ll need (recommendations, transcripts, etc.) 
      • Your high school’s application processing deadlines

    • Ask a counselor to help you request a fee waiver if you can’t afford the application or test fees.

    • Take the SAT® one more time (or ACT): Many seniors retake the SAT or ACT in the fall. Additional course work since your last test could help you boost your performance. Plus, you already know what to expect on test day.

    • Be sure to have your SAT or ACT scores sent to the colleges you’re applying to.

    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): To apply for most financial aid, you’ll need to complete the FAFSA. Oct. 1 is the first day you can file the FAFSA.

    • Complete the CSS PROFILE®(If needed)  PROFILE is an online application used by certain colleges and scholarship programs to determine eligibility for their aid dollars.

    • Prepare early decision/early action or rolling admission applications as soon as possible. Colleges may require test scores and applications in October and November for early admission decisions.

    • Ask a counselor or teacher for recommendations if you need them. Give each teacher or counselor an outline of your academic record and your extracurricular activities. For each recommendation, provide a stamped, addressed envelope and any college forms required. Submit these at least three weeks before the due date.

    • Write first drafts and ask teachers and others to read them if you’re submitting essays. If you’re applying for an early decision, finish the essays for that application now.
    • Complete at least one college application by Thanksgiving.

    • Ask counselors to send your transcripts to colleges. Give counselors the proper forms at least three weeks before the colleges require them. Transcripts cost $5.

    Sending Electronic Transcripts Through GAFutures

    Go to https://www.gafutures.org/ and click Create an Account at the top of the page. Complete all fields (name, birth date, social security number, account name, password, etc.) Once your account is created, go to the College Planning tab to order transcripts. Electronic transcripts are free and are available for colleges in the state of Georgia only.

    Winter

    • Keep photocopies as you finish and send your applications and essays.

    • Have your high school send a transcript — it is sent separately by mail to colleges if you apply online to colleges.

    • If an application is due over Winter Break, be sure the counselor/teacher has all the information by December 2.

    • Give the correct form to your counselor if the college wants to see second semester grades.
    • To send first semester grade reports (Mid-Year Reports) to colleges, notify your counselor by January 13.

    Spring

    • Keep active in school. If you are waitlisted, the college will want to know what you have accomplished between the time you applied and the time you learned of its decision.
    • Visit your final college before accepting. You should receive acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April. Notify your counselor of your choice. If you have questions about housing offers, talk to your counselor or call the college.

    • Inform every college of your acceptance or rejection of the offer of admission and/or financial aid by May 1. Colleges cannot require your deposit or your commitment to attend before May 1. Talk to your counselor or adviser if you have questions.

    • Send your deposit to one college only.

    • Take any AP® Exams. Show what you’ve learned in your AP classes. A successful score could even earn you credit, advanced placement, or both in college.

    • Waitlisted by a college? If you intend to enroll on the case that you are accepted, tell the admission director your intent and ask how to strengthen your application. Need financial aid? Ask whether funds will be available if you’re accepted.

    • Work with a counselor to resolve any admission or financial aid problems.

    • Ask your high school to send a final transcript to your college. Fill out the Final Transcript Request Form, $5 for paper copy or through MyPaymentsPlus. Students can send them for free through GAfutures.org to colleges in the state of Georgia (see Winter heading for details).

    • Review your financial aid awards: Not all financial aid awards are the same, so it’s important to choose the aid package that’s best for you and your family. Be sure to note what you have to do to continue receiving financial aid from year to year, and how your aid might change in future years.

  • Counselor Recommendation Form

    Request for Counselor Recommendation 2022-2023

    Deadlines for Submitting Recommendation Letters 

    Recommendation Letter Ready

    (College due date)

    Request for Recommendation Request Form Submitted

    October 15

    September 23

    November 15

    October 25

    December 16

    November 18

    January 1

    December 2

    February 15

    January 25

    March 1

    February 8

  • Financial Aid Info and Planning

    **Remember that Mrs. Kimbro, the College and Career Specialist, is very helpful with College, Financial Aid and Career planning/options** 

  • SAT Vs. ACT

    SAT Vs. ACT Info

Using the Naviance App

  • Basic Directions for Naviance and Common App

    1.  Log into your GCPS Student Portal and Click on “Naviance” under Additional Resources.



    2. Here’s what you’ll see on your Naviance Home Page. 
      Click on “Colleges I’m applying to” on the right and add your college(s) to your list.

      Naviance home screen


    3. Open a New Tab and access the Common App website.https://www.commonapp.org/

    4. Create your Common App account or login to one you already created.



    5. Add your college(s) in Common App. 

    6. After you’ve added your colleges in Common App, click on the “My Colleges” Tab and then Complete ALL Parts of your Common App Questions and the FERPA section. (You CANNOT Match your Common App and Naviance Accounts until you do this part.)

      College information screen in Common App


    7. Go back to the Naviance Tab. You should see a pink banner asking you to Match your accounts.  Click Match Accounts on the right.

      Naviance screen - match accounts
    8. The next time you login to Naviance, you should see a green banner indicating that you have matched your Common App and Naviance Accounts. You will now be able to request Teacher Recommendations directly through Naviance!

    9. Continue to add colleges in Naviance as you expand your college application list.
    10. You do NOT need to request a Counselor Recommendation through Naviance. Once you begin an application, your counselor will see you in their queue and will complete their forms as well as upload a transcript for the college application. 

  • Video: The Student Journey with Naviance

  • Video: College and Career Readiness Curriculum [no captions]

  • Video: Naviance Student Tour and Overview

  • Video: Common App Registration and Naviance Account Matching

  • Video: Building a List of "Colleges I'm Applying To"

  • Video: Editing List of "Colleges I'm Applying To"

  • Video: Letter of Recommendation Requests

  • Video: Requesting Transcripts for the Application Process

  • Video: Setting Your Attending College

  • Video: Requesting a Final Transcript from High School

  • Video: Google Translate for Naviance Student

  • Video: Registering for Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan [no captions]