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Welcome Parents of the Senior Class of 2014. Aurora High School. Junior Year Homework…. Shop Visit Test. Take or Repeat ACT and/or SAT (subject tests) Attend Senior Information Night (Sept. 18) Meet with your Counselor Solidify College Choices/College Visits

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senior year timeline
Take or Repeat ACT and/or SAT (subject tests)

Attend Senior Information Night (Sept. 18)

Meet with your Counselor

Solidify College Choices/College Visits

Apply to Colleges (Oct.-Dec. 1)

Request transcripts be sent through Naviance

Send ACT/SAT scores (actstudent.org, collegeboard.com)

Attend Financial Aid Presentation (Jan. 14)

Complete FAFSA (Jan.-early Feb.)

Apply for Local Scholarships (March)

Do Final College Visits (March/April)

Make Final Comparisons and Select a College (May 1)

Senior Year Timeline
college application steps
College Application Steps
  • Apply directly to colleges on COLLEGE WEBSITES or Common Application
  • Request teacher recommendations if needed-NAVIANCE
  • Request counselor recommendation if needed-NAVIANCE
  • Request transcripts-NAVIANCE
  • Send ACT and/or SAT scores
    • actstudent.org
    • collegeboard.com
naviance what is it

It is a web-based resource that supports student career and college planning

It is used by the guidance staff to communicate with students and parents

It is used to process all transcripts and recommendation letters

naviance how do you register
  • STUDENTS= Seniors are already registered
  • PARENTS= Each parent receives a passcode
    • Use your code to create a personal account
    • Codes are random and alphanumeric for security reasons and can be used only once
naviance college information
Naviance: College Information




transcript release form
Transcript Release Form

Must be submitted immediately!

useful tips for parents
Useful Tips for Parents
  • Encourage your child throughout the college application and scholarship process
  • Be….
    • The proofreader
    • The assistant
    • The passenger
    • The cheerleader
  • Keep lines of communication open
financial aid and scholarships
Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • 90-95% of scholarships are awarded from colleges and universities by completing the FAFSA
    • Apply to college
    • Get accepted
    • Complete FAFSA (Jan.-early Feb.)
    • Receive financial aid package
  • Financial aid office is best source of information
  • Attend Financial Aid Night January 14, 2014
  • Local scholarship applications are available on AHS website in March
  • Beware of scholarship scams
top factors in admission decision
Top Factors in Admission Decision

Strength of curriculum


Admissions test scores (ACT, SAT)

other factors in admission decision
Other Factors in Admission Decision
  • Essay, portfolio, audition
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Counselor recommendation
  • Student interview, contacts
  • Work and/or extracurricular


  • Demonstrated interest in

attending the institution


Important College Planning Websites

  • AHS Guidance Webpage
  • http://ftp.aurora-schools.org/ahs/guidance/guidanceindex.html
  • Naviance
    • https://connection.naviance.com/aurorahs
  • Common Application
  • www.commonapp.org
  • www.collegeboard.comwww.fafsa.ed.gov
  • ACT National Scholarship Search Websites
  • www.act.orgwww.fastweb.com
  • www.scholarships.com
  • NCAA Eligibility Center
  • www.eligibilitycenter.org