College Connections

 Prepare

 

  • Visit Federal Student Aid an Office of the U.S. Department of Education for checklists that will help you get into, and afford, the college of your choice! Checklists available for students K-12!

 

 

  • The Guide - A college search and admissions guide for all students produced by the Fair Opportunity Project

 

  • Take the SAT or ACT! Most colleges/universities require SAT or ACT scores for admission, and many want to see you take the test twice. Check with the school of your choice to find out their requirements.

 

 

  • March2Success is a FREE interactive tutorial program that offers SAT and ACT prep! Visit www.march2success.com

 

PSAT - http://www.collegeboard.org/

  • The most common reasons for taking the PSAT (from collegeboard)
    • To receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college success
    • To see how your performance on an admissions test might compare to others applying to college
    • To enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Competition (grade 11)
    • To help prepare for the SAT
    • To receive information from colleges when you check “Yes” for Student Search Service

 

SAT -  www.collegeboard.org                                                                               

**SAT offered at Mooresville High School

SAT Date Registration Deadline
August 26, 2017 July 28, 2017
**October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017
**November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017
**March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018
Register online at www.collegeboard.org

  

 

ACT http://www.actstudent.org/

**ACT offered at Mooresville High School

ACT Date Registration Deadline
**September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 4, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018
**April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018
Register online at www.actstudent.org

 

Plan & Explore

 

 

 

Apply

 

  1. Visit the admission department website for the college/university of your choice and complete the online application for undergraduate admission. Make sure you pay the application fee online with a credit card or mail a check if permissible.
  2. Request your transcript through Parchment’s secure transcript service at parchment.com. This site will also generate an ESSR (counselor form, school signature page, etc.) for selected schools.
  3. If you need teacher/community member letters of recommendation don’t forget to give them a senior brag sheet and allow two weeks to complete the letter.

Paying for College

Scholarships
 

  • Pay attention to announcements for new and current scholarship applications that have arrived in the Guidance Department
  • The Morgan County  Community Foundation will release their scholarship applications in November of your senior year. Check out their Scholarship Central website!
  • Visit the financial aid/scholarship website for the college of your choice to find out your eligibility for scholarships and financial aid offered only through the school.
  • We do not recommend that you pay for a scholarship search through any organization. You can do free scholarship searches on the following websites: Fast Web, College Board, CollegeNet
  • Avoid SCAMS! Check out the following articles on identifying common scholarship myths and scams: finaid.org, usnews.com, Federal Trade Commission, FAFSA and scholarship myths and scams

 

Financial Aid

  • Federal Financial Aid : Everything you need to know about financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education : Federal Aid
  • State Financial Aid : State aid available to Indiana residents – Division of Student Financial Aid (SFA)
  • File the FAFSA! (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance)
    • Beginning October 1st you AND your parent need to get an FSA ID and can begin filing your FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov/
      • File your FAFSA by the March 10th date in order to qualify for state assistance
    • Many colleges have financial aid priority deadlines in early February. Therefore, it is important to check with your college of choice and complete the FAFSA as soon as possible
    • Make a copy of the FAFSA for your personal records. Review for errors and submit corrections by the posted corrections deadline in order to maintain your financial aid eligibility.
    • Print the submission confirmation page for your records.
    • Once processed, you will have access to your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you do not receive your SAR log in to your account to check your application status and make contact for any assistance needed.
    • If needed, attend College Goal Sunday in November and/or February for additional help in completing the FAFSA. To find this year’s date and a location nearest you visit http://www.collegegoalsunday.org/
  • Check out FinAid.org for tips on maximizing your aid eligibility!