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 25, 2018 July 27, 2018
**October 6, 2018 September 7, 2018
**November 3, 2018 October 5, 2018
December 1, 2018 November 2, 2018
**March 9, 2019 February 8, 2019
May 4, 2019 April 5, 2019
June 1, 2019 May 3, 2019
Register online at www.collegeboard.org

  

 

ACT http://www.actstudent.org/

**ACT offered at Mooresville High School

ACT Date Registration Deadline
**September 8, 2018 August 10, 2018
October 27, 2018 September 28, 2018
December 8, 2018 November 2, 2018
February 9, 2019 January 11, 2019
**April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019
July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019
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!