College Information and Selection
Information about colleges and universities in TN and financial aid informationwww.collegeboard.org
Information about colleges and universities globally and how to compare and contrast those schoolswww.tntransferpathway.org/
Information about transferring from a community college to a 4 year college/universitywww.eCampusTours.com
Virtual tours of many colleges and other resources for college www.fastweb.com
Website to help look for scholarships you may qualify for to apply toward your college tuition
Planning- Breakdown by Year
- Build a flexible schedule allowing for study time, extracurricular activities, and other interests.
- Take appropriate academic courses that challenge you and prepare you for post-secondary work.
- Get involved only in extracurricular activities that you have a genuine interest in and those to which you are willing to make the necessary time commitment.
- Start developing a resume by keeping a record of your accomplishments.
- Find out about summer jobs, internships, or volunteer work and how to gain the skills necessary to obtain one.
- Explore college catalogs and other college materials including financial aid information. Visit websites to explore colleges online.
- It is not necessary to try to cram all your graduation requirements into your first three years of high school. ALL students must take seven (7) classes their senior year. Many students who take all their requirements early are left with nothing to take their senior year. If there is room in your schedule, take some electives that interest you.
- Take the PLAN to prepare for your college entrance exam.
- Take the PSAT (Pre-SAT) in October.
- If pursuing athletics, check out NCAA requirements online at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
For the FALL . . .
- Take the PSAT (Pre-SAT) in October to practice taking college entrance exams and to compete for prestigious National Merit Scholarships.
- Attend sessions with college representatives who visit LaVergne High School during lunch. Attend the college fairs in the area. Check the important dates page and listen to announcements for the location, date and time.
- Develop a list of possible post-secondary schools. Visit websites to obtain information on those post-secondary schools.
- Begin researching sources of financial aid such as scholarships .
For the SPRING . . .
- Take the ACT/SAT.
- Begin narrowing your choices for post-secondary schools.
- Now is the time to check with libraries and community organizations for the names and addresses of possible scholarship sources. Keep records of anyone you speak with concerning grants or scholarships.
- Start developing portfolios, audition tapes, writing samples, or other evidence of talents required for college admission and/or for scholarships.
- If you plan to play sports in college, write to college coaches at your target schools. Include a schedule of your athletic events for the upcoming year. Develop a resume of your sports accomplishments including a highlight tape and relevant articles about your successes. After your junior year has ended, register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. For information on how to do this, visit www.ncaaclearinghouse.net or go see your counselor.
For the SUMMER . . .
- Practice writing online applications, filling out rough drafts, without submitting them.
- Review applications, especially the essays. Ask others to proof the essay for any grammar, content or punctuation errors.
- Read all college mail and send reply cards back to schools of interest.
- Apply for those scholarships whose deadlines are in the fall. You may be too busy once school starts.
- Schedule campus visits. Visit colleges online for information.
For the FALL . . .
- Make sure you continue to meet high school graduation and college admission requirements.
- Organize and record relevant dates on a calendar so you can plan your year more efficiently. Print your admissions and financial aid forms. Practice filling them out before completing the final one.
- Meet with visiting recruiters from post-secondary schools that interest to you.
- Arrange visits to schools you are considering and schedule admissions interviews if required.
- Make the final preparation of your portfolios, audition tapes, writing samples, or other evidence of talent required for admission and/or for scholarships. Finalize your resume to send with your applications.
- Submit your college admissions applications. Watch out for DEADLINES! Often, scholarship and admissions deadlines for a university are different; many times scholarship deadlines are much earlier in the year than application deadlines.
- Remember to request a transcript from the Counseling Office that will accompany each college application you send out.
- Take or retake the ACT or SAT.
- Keep records of everything you submit.
- Identify at least two of the following to write solid recommendation forms for you: a teacher, extracurricular advisor, principal, employer, or counselor. Give the recommendation forms, along with your senior resume, to teachers, advisors, etc. at least one month before they are due. Follow up on the progress of these recommendations.
- If seeking athletic scholarships, contact the coaches from the schools you are considering and include a resume of your accomplishments.
For the SPRING . . .
- Apply for financial aid by completing and submitting your (FAFSA) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (beginning January 1) as soon as possible. The FAFSA is available from the Counseling Office, from your college’s financial aid office, or online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. This form must be filled out for any federal or state money to be awarded, including the Hope Lottery Scholarship.
- Call the school of your choice and confirm that they have received your admissions application materials, including letters of recommendation and housing applications.
- Request a transcript from the Counseling Office to accompany each college application you send out if you have not already done so.
- The information you receive back after the FAFSA is processed is the Student Aid Report (SAR). If any portion of the information on the SAR is incorrect, please correct it and resubmit it to the processing center.
- Notify the school(s) in writing as to whether you are accepting or declining admission by the proper deadline.
- Review your financial aid award letter with your parents and be sure that you understand the terms and conditions that accompany each kind of aid. Sign your financial aid award letter and return it to the school.
- Notify the financial aid office of any outside scholarships or grants that you have accepted since your initial application.
- Be aware of due dates for tuition, fees, room and board, and other expenses.
- Respond immediately to all correspondence regarding school, scholarships, and financial aid.
- Participate in summer orientation programs for incoming freshman after graduation.
- Meet all class registration deadlines.