Welcome to your Senior Year! You made it!
- Achieve your best score. Every point matters. Increasing your ACT & SAT score by one point could close the gap between your application and an acceptance letter. Improving your score could also help you qualify for more scholarship money. Consider taking the ACT and/or SAT in September or October so you can get your new scores back in time to use on application deadlines.
- Apply for financial aid. Talk to your counselor or your top colleges' financial aid offices. Get all the financial aid application forms and watch for deadlines. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. Research and apply for scholarships and grants.
- Compare the colleges on your list. Have you weighed pros and cons carefully? Which colleges meet your needs? Continue visiting colleges and college websites. Organize your college choices into a detailed pro/con list. Pay special attention to colleges with the longest "pro" list.
- Collect application materials. Obtain application forms, transcripts, test scores, and collect letters of recommendation.
- Complete application essays. Application essays are an effective way for you to communicate unique strengths to admissions officials. Some colleges will have specific prompts they want you to answer. Others will ask for you to just describe your story. Whatever it is, be yourself, speak in your voice, and don't try to fit in a bunch of fancy words from the thesaurus.
- Finalize your application resume. If you have kept an ongoing list of your accomplishments, this should be simple.
- Apply to colllege. Submit your applications to your top-choice colleges.
- Finalize your financial aid plan. Review your financial aid package from the schools you applied to, determine the net cost of attendance, and use this information as you make your final decisions. Learn more about estimating the cost of college and comparing your offers.
- Say thank you. Write handwritten notes to everybody that helped you with your applications.
- Avoid the senior slide. Letting your grades drop can affect scholarship opportunites and college admission decisions. Remember, colleges determine admission based on your class rank, GPA, test scores, school involvement, and your coursework (it's important to take challenging classes throughout your senior year).
- Make your final decisions. Check with parents, counselors, and mentors and ask them to help confirm your decision. Then contact your chosen college to confirm.
- Notify colleges. Once you've made the final decision and your acceptance has been confirmed by your college choice, be sure to notify all other colleges to which you've applied that you won't be attending. Often, colleges are holding scholarship money for you, and confirming your choice to go elsewhere can give other students an opportunity.
- Congratulations, graduate! Use the summer to prepare for your next step!
IT'S FAFSA TIME!
FAFSA opens October 1st!!!
Begin the application process at: www.fafsa.ed.gov
If you'd like to receive help paying for college, it all starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. Financial aid offices at colleges and universities - from community colleges to Ivy League institutions - use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for financial aid, including student loans, grants, scholarships, and federal work-study programs. A completed FAFSA form sets the groundwork for a student's financial aid package and is used to determine the expected family contribution and need-based aid at any given school.
School Code: 440-732
Some college applications require a recommendation letter or comments from your counselor. In that event, you must provide
your counselor with a resume and completed "Recommendation Packet". Thank you for thoroughly completing this packet and
giving the counselor THREE weeks notice (15 school days). The more information you and your parents provide in your packet,
the better. Recommendation Packets can be found in the Counseling Office.
Transcript forms are available in the main office, counseling office, and registrar office.
They are turned in to Ms. Escalante in the registrar's office.
The first 3 transcripts are provided free of charge. Additional requests incur a $2.00 charge
per copy. All transcript requests have a 3 work day processing period. Requests with less than
a 3 day processing period is subject to a $5.00 fee.
For questions, please contact Lisa Escalante at 830-357-2613 or by email Lisa.Escalante@boerneisd.net.