RECRUITERS/COLLEGES - During Lunch in Lower Gym
Class of 2019 Senior Photos for the Yearbook
The deadline for senior photographs for the yearbook will be December 20, 2018 so plan now to meet the deadline. Photographs can be turned in as printed pictures, digitally on a CD or jump drive, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are sending them digitally, make sure they are at a high resolution or the reproduction in the yearbook will be unsatisfactory. Senior portraits must meet the following criteria to be used in the yearbook:
- Head and shoulder shot or can be cropped to head and shoulders shot.
- No hats or hands
- Color (not black and white or duo-tone)
- Plain background (It can be outside.)
- Vertical picture
- No selfies
The rationale behind these regulations is that head size remains consistent among all pictures and that all portraits command the same amount of attention rather than one individual standing out on the page. If you have any questions about the requirements or want the yearbook adviser to look at a photograph to see if it meets requirements, contact Kim Warren at email@example.com or 309-3798.
Yearbook staff members are also available to take a senior portrait for the yearbook. Students can contact Kim Warren to set up an appointment. Lifetouch photos can also be used. If you didn’t take Lifetouch photos, take them on retake day The yearbook staff has access to the photos, but students just need to let Mrs. Warren know they want these used.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
The traditional FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) submission date of January 1 has changed to October 1. Students enrolling for academic year 2019/2020 will submit a FAFSA beginning October 1, 2018; families should use their 2017 income tax information. For more information, go to: FAFSA Changes Before students and parents can complete the FAFSA, the student and parent must create an FSA ID. Click HERE for instructions on creating your FSA ID. To create your FSA ID go to FSA ID Website.
South High Student Opportunities...Please read carefully. Some opportunities apply to a specific age/classification of student. Additional information is available in the Counseling Office.
Salina Area Technical College - Opportunities for Sophomores and Juniors
Salina Area Technical College has articulation agreements in place with several area high schools. This enables students to earn college credit while still in high school. Contact Student Services for more information. For more information, visit Salina Tech's website. To apply for admission to Salina Tech, go to their Application page.
ASVAB Testing - Salina Area Technical College
Salina Tech now offers the opportunity for students to take the Armed Services Vocation Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) every month! The ASVAB is a great way for students to assess their own skills and abilities, and to learn about potential careers that fit with those abilities that they might not have considered previously. Any students may take the ASVAB, and it is not required to share the results with the military. It will be on our campus – 2562 Centennial Road – in the downstairs computer lab in Building A. It is first-come, first-serve.
Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines
Kansas Regents Public Universities - Financial Aid & Scholarship Information…
- Priority deadline: February 1
- March 15—Priority deadline for Federal Financial Aid
- To apply for talent scholarships, contact the department directly. Contact information is on their site.
- December 15—Priority deadline for general scholarship
- February 15—Final deadline for general scholarships
- March 15—Priority deadline for Federal Financial Aid
- November 1—Priority deadline for premiere scholarships
- If your application for admission is submitted by November 1st, it will automatically be forwarded to the departments.
- February 1—College/Departmental scholarship deadline
- February 1—Priority deadline for Federal Financial Aid
- February 1—Deadline for general scholarships
- November 1—Priority deadline for general scholarships
- March 1—Priority date for Federal Financial Aid
- WSU begins awarding scholarships for incoming freshmen in September. Apply early for full consideration for scholarships
- October 1—Deadline for admittance to be included in the DSI Competition (Distinguished Scholars Invitational)
- January 1—Deadline for general scholarships
There are innumerable scholarship search resources online. The best search services are free, so there is no need to spend any money to use one of the services.
Preparing for College: Senior Checklist
- Register for the SAT and/or ACT if you didn’t take it as a junior, or if you aren’t satisfied with your score and want to take it again. (remember that your counselor can help you with fee waivers)
- Take a look at some college applications and consider all of the different pieces of information you will need to compile.
- The SAT test date most popular with high school seniors is this month.
- Visit with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements. If you’re ahead of schedule, consider taking courses at a local university or community college to get a jumpstart on college credit.
- Take every opportunity to get to know colleges: meeting with college representatives who visit your high schools during the fall, attending local college fairs, visiting campuses (if possible). Ask your counselor if they know of special campus visitation programs.
- Narrow down your list of colleges and begin to consider “safe,” “reach,” and “realistic” schools. Make sure you have the application and financial aid information for each school. Find out if you qualify for any scholarships at these schools.
Create a checklist and calendar to chart:
- Standardized test dates, registration deadlines, and fees
- College application due dates
- Financial aid application forms and deadlines
- Other materials you’ll need for college applications (recommendations, transcripts, essays, etc.)
- Your high school’s application processing deadlines
Some schools require the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. Ask the colleges to which you are applying for their deadlines. You can register as early as September. See your guidance counselor about fee waivers.
- It is time to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). File the form as soon after Oct. 1 as possible. In addition to determining your eligibility for federal funds, many colleges and states use the form when distributing grants, so don’t delay. Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR)—it should arrive four weeks after the FAFSA is filed.
- Some colleges will have deadlines as early as this month. These would include rolling admission, priority, early decision, and early action deadlines.
- If you cannot afford the application fees that many colleges charge, ask your counselor to help you request a fee waiver.
- Finalize your college essay. Many schools will require that you submit at least one essay with your application.
- Request personal recommendations from teachers, school counselors, or employers. Follow the process required by your high school or provide a stamped, addressed envelope, the appropriate college forms, and an outline of your academic record and extracurricular activities to each person writing you a recommendation.
- Research possibilities of scholarships. Ask your counselor, your colleges, and your religious and civic groups about scholarship opportunities. You should never pay for scholarship information.
- Finalize and send any early decision or early action applications due this month. Have a parent, teacher, counselor, or other adult review the application before it is submitted.
- Every college will require a copy of your transcript from your high school. Follow your school’s procedure for sending transcripts.
- Make sure testing companies have sent your scores directly to the colleges to which you are applying.
- Begin to organize regular decision applications and financial aid forms, which will be due in January and/or February.
- Register for the January SAT (If needed). It is the last one colleges will be able to consider for a senior.
- Many popular and selective colleges will have application deadlines as early as January 1. Others have deadlines later in January and February. Keep track of and observe deadlines for sending in all required fees and paperwork.
- If necessary, register for the February ACT (some colleges will be able consider it).
- Ask your guidance office in January to send first semester transcripts to schools where you applied. At the end of the school year, they will need to send final transcripts to the college you will attend.
- While most of your applications will be complete and you are waiting to receive admission decisions, don’t slack in the classroom. The college that you do attend will want to see your second semester transcript. No Senioritis!
- Acceptance letters and financial aid offers will start to arrive. Review your acceptances, compare financial aid packages, and visit your final choices, especially if you haven’t already.
Information Courtesy of: 2016 National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
- May 1 is the date when the college you plan to attend requires a commitment and deposit. When you’ve made your college decision, notify your counselor and the colleges. Send in your deposit by the postmark date of May 1. If you’ve been offered financial aid, accept the offer and follow the instructions given. Also notify schools you will not attend of your decision.
- Make sure that you have requested that your final transcript be sent to the school you will be attending.
- If you are “wait-listed” by a college you really want to attend, visit, call and write the admission office to make your interest clear. Ask how you can strengthen your application.