• Students continuing formal education...

    THE COLLEGE APPLICATION TIMELINE:

    FALL (Sept. thru Nov.):

    • Gather your applications
    • Learn the admission criteria for schools of interest
    • Request necessary letters of recommendation
    • Take SAT or ACT
    • Attend college fairs, schedule campus visits
    • Apply for admission – note early admission, rolling admission, etc. The earlier you apply the better off you are.
    • Know your application deadlines.
    • Allow ample time for mailing of documents

    WINTER (Jan. thru March)

    • Check BVA School Web Site, daily announcements, counseling office for scholarship information.
    • Attend a FAFSA workshop at BVAHS.   (Many of the FAFSA questions pertain to parental income tax information so taxes need to be completed but not necessarily filed prior to FAFSA completion.

    SPRING (March thru May)

    • Continue to apply for scholarships and financial aid.
    • Make final college decision and send in deposit! (Let other colleges know you will not be attending)
    • Speak to the school of your choice regarding financial aid. It IS OK to comparison shop and bargain to better your financial aid offer.

    COUNSELING OFFICE SUGGESTIONS:

    • Mail-in applications – bring completed packet to the Counseling Office for review and mailing. Allow ample time to meet due dates.
    • On-line applications – remember to submit transcript requests to the Counseling Office.
    • Be aware of your schools SAT/ACT submission requirements. Most will accept them from your transcript but some require submission directly by the testing service.
    • BVAHS CEEB Code # is 390230. This is also your school code for SAT/ACT testing. If you do not include your home school information, your scores will not be reported to us!
    • The SAT evaluates your aptitude and problem solving abilities. The essay portion is optional beginning in March 2016.  Heavy emphasis on vocabulary. A maximum score of 800 is possible on each test (math, critical reading, writing) for a total maximum score of 2400.
    • The ACT is a content specific subject test covering English, math, reading, and science, with an optional writing section. Focus is placed on grammar and punctuation. Each section has a maximum value of 36. There is no penalty for wrong answers.

    NCAA ELIGIBILTY:

    • To be eligible to compete in NCAA sports in college, you must maintain minimum standards for your SAT/ACT and high school GPA along with meeting the requirements for courses completed in high school.
    • Visit www.eligibilitycenter.org for registration and information.  There is a fee involved.
    • Upon completion of your registration, please notify the guidance office to submit a preliminary transcript and a final transcript. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SEND SAT/ACT TEST SCORES DIRECTLY FROM THE TESTING SERVICE. The NCAA code for the Collegeboard/ACT is 9999.
    NAIA ELIGIBILITY:
    • To be eligible to compete in NAIA sports in college, you must maintain minimum standards for your SAT/ACT and high school GPA along with meeting the requirements for courses completed in high school.
    • Visit www.playNAIA.org for registration and information.  There is a fee involved.
    • After completion of your registration, please notify the guidance office to submit a preliminary transcript and a final transcript.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SEND SAT/ACT TEST SCORES DIRECTLY FROM THE TESTING SERVICE.  The NAIA code for the Collegeboard/ACT is 9876.

    FAFSA TIPS AND HINTS:

    Completing a FAFSA is necessary to be eligible for federal and/or state financial aid. You must apply for a pin number. You will first need to complete your tax return. Forms are available after January 1 of each year. You can complete it on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. This is the official FAFSA site. Do not use or go through any other sites. A paper version may be downloaded from this site and submitted by mail. You can request a paper version by calling 1-800-4-fedaid.

    You must have a pin # to complete your FAFSA on-line. Paper forms are not supplied to the school and must be requested directly by you. There is no fee for completion of the FAFSA. Do not respond to any e-mails or offers to complete the FAFSA for you.

    You can do it! The following are helpful tips from the Tax Institute at H & R Block:

    1. Read, read, read. Before you start to fill our any forms, read all the instructions. Some terms have a special meaning on the FAFSA form.

    2. Pay close attention to filing dates. The FAFSA should be completed and mailed as soon as possible after January 1 because federal and state funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you file before January 1, your forms will be returned. You must have current year income tax information. Check your college financial aid deadlines.

    3. File once and file even if you don’t believe you are eligible. Only one financial aid application can be completed each year. Many states and schools use the FAFSA to award non-federal aid so file anyway.

    4. Paper or on-line? You can complete either but on-line forms cut the processing time in half. Remember you will need that pin # so apply early for that at www.pin.ed.gov.

    5. Organize your paperwork. You will need driver’s license information, social security number, income tax returns, W-2/1099 forms as well as forms for any other money earned, documentation of any untaxed income such as welfare or veteran’s benefits, current bank statements, current mortgage information, any business or farm reports if applicable. Ask a tax professional if you have any questions regarding tax related information .

    6. Black not blue. Ink, that is, if you are completing a paper copy. NEVER USE PENCIL.

    7. Answer all the questions. Print clearly. If a question does not apply use a zero or N/A (not applicable). Round dollar amounts to the nearest whole number. Remember you or your is always referring to the student.

    8. If you need help, call your high school counselor, college financial aid office, Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4 fedaid, or reference the website at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    9. Don’t forget to sign. Your parents must sign too, if you are a dependent. Check and double-check your application for accuracy. Answer all the questions and sign.

    10. Submit and wait. In 3-4 weeks you should receive your SAR (Student Aid Report). This report will detail your expected family contribution (EFC) and give you an opportunity to correct any errors or omissions. Lastly, you will receive an award letter informing you of your eligibility for financial aid and the amount.

    Students seeking employment after high school:

    Create your network of contacts and continually work to develop it by letting everyone you know what type of work you are interested in, ask for their suggestions in seeking effective employment. Ask them if they know someone that could provide you additional advice in preparing for employment in your respective field. Apply the networking techniques you develop while working on your senior project.

    Prepare and utilize a resume of your skills, education and work experience. Include a list of references and community service activities.

    In addition to your network, utilize on-line search engines and the local Career-Link services available to aid you in identifying opportunities.

    Be sure to thank all those wgi offer support and advice; he/she may be the person who aids you in identifying a well matched job!