Senior Information to Assist in Planning
- Set up a senior appointment with the school counselor in September or October to go over graduation credits and post-secondary plans. Get a Release of Records form completed. No transcripts can be sent from the school district unless this release is signed. If you are under 18 a parent must sign the release. Parents are invited to attend your senior meeting if they have questions.
- September 15th- U.W. System begins accepting applications. Universities prefer the online application. It is a good idea to gather the needed information before you start to apply. Please check the requirements needed for each university and the specific deadlines for programs. Schools will only receive admissions on line, you can go to http://apply.wisconsin.edu/ to apply.
- ACT Testing: Go to www.actstudent.org for more information
- Chippewa Valley Technical College Information
- May 1st of your Junior year-CVTC (ChippewaValleyTechnicalCollege) online registration opens. September 1st they begin processing applications. A $30.00 fee is required. You may apply online earlier and they will be held until that date. (Some programs fill very fast, such as; health related fields and high tech areas.)
- College Goal Sunday (financial aid assistance) in February, go to http://collegegoalwi.org/ for more info.
- October 1- All completed Youth Options for 2nd semester due.
- Wisconsin Education Fair (Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center) in October
- NationalCollege Fair Minneapolis Convention Center in October
- Set up personal profiles on free scholarship searches and check them once a week. (Be weary of paying anything for any scholarship searches. Many are scams if they cost money or are ones students can obtain for free.)
- A local scholarship application is available online that will cover the organizations that wish a school committee to select their scholarship recipients. All other scholarships have separate application procedures.
- There is a scholarship database on the school website. To get to this, go to www.esschools.k12.wi.us, from there click on Middle/High School, put the mouse over counseling on the left hand side of the screen, click on scholarships from there.
- Scholarships come from many sources. Check all the organizations you or your parents/guardians belong to (including work) for possible scholarships.
- October 1st - Financial aid forms (FAFSA) become available. You will need to know institution title codes and school priority financial aid deadlines. Electronic application is strongly encouraged. Area financial aid meetings will be announced.
- College Goal Sunday in February http://collegegoalwi.org/ (10:00 a.m.) Financial Aid assistance will be given at Chippewa Valley Technical college for all parents. Bring your materials and they will help you fill out your FAFSA forms.
Apply early!!!! There is more competition for spots at all the schools. The better prepared you are the better your chances for admissions. Spend time on your application including the essay pieces. Proofread it before sending it out. Have someone else proofread it. Make a copy of the application for your file. Be aware of deadlines. Keep a folder for all the correspondence you will receive. There are fees, housing deadlines and other things that are very critical to your complete admission. A folder will help keep you organized and on top of things.
Searching for Scholarships 101 Video Course:
- What are Scholarships?
- What Are the Different Kinds of Scholarships?
- How to Find Scholarships
- How to Apply for Scholarships - Essay Tips
- How to Apply for Scholarships - Letter of Recommendation Tips
- Avoiding Scholarship Scams
Each video is about 1.5 - 2 minutes long. Each video has an accompanying text section as well. This video course will make the scholarship search process easier for you.
The videos are ad free and helpful to anyone planning on going to college. Obviously scholarships are better than student loans, but the information may be useful for the now 7 out of 10 graduates leaving campus with student loan debt. Here is the guide:
REMINDER: Update your portfolios! Have an activity sheet or resume? that is current and ready to be attached to applications. It is great to have at least a brief record of what you have accomplished and achieved.
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