The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
and you may file it any time after January 1, 2012.
Many colleges recommend you file it before February 15, 2012.
If you have submitted the FAFSA
, you should receive the Student Aid Report
Carefully look it over for accuracy.
Errors can cost you thousands of dollars.
Some colleges require the CSS Profile
which is available online at https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp
A list of colleges and universities that require the CSS Profil
e is available at this website.
Families should submit the CSS Profile
as soon as possible after January 1st
Be sure and check out the net price calculators on college websites. Every college is mandated by federal law to include the net price calculator on their website. Take this opportunity to see what the out of pocket cost will be to attend the college(s) you are considering.
Now is the time to start your scholarship research. Scholarship information is available on Naviance. Check out “Scholarship Strategy” on the left side of the home page. We have also provided links to Fastweb and Scholarship.com. on the home page. You can find both local and national scholarships under the “Colleges” tab.
Many colleges request a Midyear Grade Report (also called a 7th Semester Transcript) to evaluate your academic progress. Your fall semester grades play a vital role in either an admission or scholarship decision. Check the websites of the colleges to which you are applying to see if they require a 7th semester transcript. If so, stop by Post Grad to request that a midyear transcript be sent.
At this time you should be working with your counselor and the Post Grad Center to create your college list using the tools on Naviance and attending your junior conference. Junior conferences can be scheduled starting in March. You will learn more on this at the mandatory Junior Class Meeting, Feb. 14th, 2012.
The State ACT test will be administered on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012. Now is the perfect time to begin preparing.
ACT Prep Course at SHHS
(through Sycamore Learning Company ACT/SAT Seminars)
April 2nd and 3rd from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Registration information will be sent home to all juniors in February.
Method Test Prep
This new and improved online test preparation for the ACT and SAT is available on Naviance for sophomores, juniors and seniors.
It provides an easy and efficient way to do a full test prep curriculum or to target specific areas that students may need to work on. For example, many students struggle with the pace of the Reading section of the ACT and score lower on this section than others. If that is the case, a student may want to practice specific reading questions, and read up on this site that will help a student better pace themselves.
Follow the steps below to access Method Test Prep:
1. Log onto Naviance
2. Click on “Method Test Prep 2.0” on the left hand side of your home page under “Resources.
3. Click “continue” to go to the website
4. Provide your email and hit “submit”.
5. Click on either ACT or SAT test prep
AP Exam Registration
Smoky Hill students can register for their AP exams online by going to www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/60452. Students must register for exams by 2:45 a.m., Thursday, April 5, 2012. For the 2012 AP exams, the cost is $87.00 per exam.
Once registration is complete, students will need to print a copy of the confirmation form, bring that and payment to the Post Grad Center. Payment MUST accompany your confirmation. You can pay with cash, credit card or a check payable to Smoky Hill High School. Exams will not be ordered until full payment has been received.
SAVE THE DATE
Tuesday, February 7th, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. – FAFSA workshop for seniors and their parents
Online test preparation for the ACT and SAT is available on Family Connection by Naviance. This test prep program was created by Method Test Prep, a leader in online test preparation courses. It provides an easy and efficient way to do a full test prep curriculum or to target specific areas that students may need to work on. For example, many students struggle with the pace of the Reading section of the ACT and score lower on this section than others. If that is the case, a student may want to practice specific reading questions, and read up on this site that will help a student better pace themselves.
Students can use it at any time.