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education acronyms
Education Acronyms











  • FAQ
  • AYP
  • NHS
  • FFA
  • FCS
  • QAR
  • BPS
  • SAR
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • PSAT
  • EFC
  • ECA
  • GQE



welcome to your senior year
Welcome to Your Senior Year!
  • Take an active role in your plans after high school – it’s YOUR future!
  • Your parents aren’t going to campus or work with you – learn to advocate!
  • Ask questions
  • Respect experience
  • Consider a variety of options
  • Seek help
senior year timeline
Senior Year Timeline
  • September – November : Apply to colleges
  • November – December : Scholarships
  • January - February: Complete FAFSA and as many scholarship applications as you can
  • May: Respond to admission offers and MAKE A DECISION!!!! 
memorize this



BHS School Code

what you should be doing now
What You Should Be Doing Now
  • Senior meetings will begin after Labor Day
  • Finalize college selections – choose wisely!
  • Begin working on college applications
  • Update Academic Resume
  • Continue looking at possible majors
  • Go on college visits!
  • Register for the SAT / ACT
  • Meet with college reps when they visit
graduation requirements
Graduation Requirements
  • Three Diploma Types
    • Core 40 (47)
    • Core 40 w/Technical Honors (47)
    • Core 40 w/Academic Honors (50)
opt out process
Opt Out Process
  • Student will receive a General Diploma – still 47 credits required
  • Parent, student, counselor, and administrator must meet to sign paperwork
  • Student will not be able to attend a 4-year college
  • Decision not usually considered until junior year – we want everyone to shoot for Core 40
  • Main difference is the number of math and science credits needed
w academic honors
w/Academic Honors

50 Credits

For the Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma, students must:

  • Complete all requirements for Core 40.
  • Earn 2 additional Core 40 math credits
  • Earn 6-8 Core 40 world language credits (6 credits in one language or 4 credits each in two languages).
  • Earn 2 Core 40 fine arts credits.
  • Earn a grade of a “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma.
  • Have a grade point average of a “B” or better.

AND . . .

w academic honors1
w/Academic Honors

50 Credits

Complete one of the following:

  • Complete AP courses (4 credits) and corresponding AP exams
  • Complete IB courses (4 credits) and corresponding IB exams (Not Available at Bremen)
  • Earn a combined score of 1200 or higher on the SAT critical reading and mathematics
  • Score a 26 or higher composite on the ACT
  • Complete dual high school/college credit courses from an accredited postsecondary institution (6 transferable college credits)
  • Complete a combination of an AP course (2 credits and corresponding exam) or an IB Standard Level course (2 credits and corresponding exam) and dual high school/college credit course(s) from an accredited postsecondary institution (3 transferable college credits)
course re take policy
Course Re-Take Policy
  • Students can re-take a course to maintain Honors Diploma status
  • Only for grades C- and below
  • Once per year / maximum of 2 in high school
  • Students who retake a course are not eligible for Valedictorian or Salutatorian
  • Other stipulations apply; see Handbook
workkeys test
WorkKeys Test
  • One of the ways to earn a Technical Honors Diploma
  • Testing on Foundational Skills:
    • Reading for Information (Level 6)
    • Applied Mathematics (Level 6)
    • Locating information (Level 5)
dual credit
Dual Credit
  • Earn college credits while in High School
  • One of the requirements to earn an Academic Honors Diploma or Technical Honors Diploma
  • ACP (Advance College Project)
  • Ivy Tech
  • Courses transfer better if they are on CTL (Core Transfer Library)
  • Visit for more detailed info.
acp information
ACP Information
  • ACP (Advance College Project)
  • Dual Credit (High School and College)
  • ACP vs. AP
  • Benefits of ACP
  • Cost of 3 credit hour course is now only $75!
    • Used to be $259.95
  • Cost of 5 credit hour course is now only $125
    • Used to be $433.25
  • Billing will come directly from IUSBBursar (574-520-4489)
    • Semester 1 – ACP Speech, ACP Calculus (Being billed now) (*WAIVERS*) BILLS ARE DUE by OCTOBER 2, 2012
    • Unpaid students will be automatically withdraw
    • Semester 2 – ACP Comp, ACP Lit, ACP Business

(be prepared – billed in January!)

acp tidbits
ACP Tidbits
  • ACP and Academic Honors
    • There are several options for Acad. Honors
    • ONE of them is 2 Dual Credit classes
    • To meet this requirement, the DC classes must RESULT in SIX TRANSFERABLE college credits
    • This means you have to pay IUSB for the credits
  • Students CAN take an ACP class without paying for the credits, but not to qualify for Acad. Honors
  • Check out colleges before you pay – some colleges exempt students out of Comp. based on SAT score
ap information
AP Information
  • Another way to earn college credit
  • Rigorous coursework developed by College Board
  • Each course concludes with a standardized exam written and scored by college professors
  • Students usually need to score at least a 3,4, or 5 on test to receive college credit
  • Students pay for exam ($89), except for Calculus
  • School may pay for exam through grant money if students are identified as High Ability
  • BHS has AP Spanish and AP Calculus – exams in MAY
the guidance office
The Guidance Office
  • Our Role
  • We are here to help you!
  • We are also very busy – please allow us a 24 hour time frame to respond to you
  • Please communicate with classroom teachers
  • Don’t wait until the last minute
  • New Computers this year – keep track of your kids online too
what is college
What is “College”?

Some people think of college as a four-year bachelor’s degree, but college also includes two-year associates degrees and apprenticeship programs – in-demand skills that lead to great jobs that pay well!

post secondary options
Post-Secondary Options
  • College
    • 2 year
    • 4 year
  • Military (take ASVAB!)
    • Army
    • Navy
    • Marines
    • Coast Guard
    • Air Force
  • Community College
    • Job training
    • Less Expensive
    • Smaller classes
    • Can transfer
  • Work
  • Apprenticeships
  • Vocational / Tech
  • Specialized Colleges
why do i need a diploma
Why Do I Need a Diploma?
  • 82% of today’s jobs require more than a high school diploma
  • 20% require professional degrees (Bachelor’s or more)
  • 62% require skilled labor (more than high school, less than four years)

Get Yours Now!

which paycheck do you want
Which Paycheck Do You Want?

Source: US Bureau of Labor and Statistics

things to think about when selecting a college or post secondary school
Things to think about when selecting a college or post-secondary school:
  • Majors and programs offered
  • Type of school
  • Size – large or small
  • Cost
  • Location
  • Atmosphere – Academic and Social
  • Social activities
  • Faculty reputation
  • Facility
  • Security
  • Religious preference
  • Job Placement / Graduate Study
the wrong reasons to select a college or post secondary school
The WRONG reasons to select a college or post-secondary school
  • My girlfriend / boyfriend goes there
  • My best friend goes there
  • It’s a party school
  • My parents went there (or brother, sister, etc)
  • It’s a pretty campus
  • It was the only school I visited
  • I liked the pictures I saw online or on the brochure
declaring a major to do or not to do
Declaring a Major: To do or Not to Do?
  • Know yourself
    • Strengths and weaknesses
    • Values and Beliefs
    • Interests
  • Take a personality profile
  • Match strengths with career options
  • Do the research!
  • Don’t fret if you don’t know yet 
  • Average student will have 7-10 jobs in their career (4 of which are not yet created!)
career cruising website
Career Cruising Website
  • Go to
    • Enter username: bremen511
    • Enter password: Indiana
  • You can access the 4 main sections
    • Career Matchmaker
    • Explore Careers
    • Explore Colleges and Universities
    • Career Portfolio Tool
  • Thousands of careers available to research!
indiana career explorer
Indiana Career Explorer
  • Build a portfolio
  • Three assessments to learn about yourself
  • Research a wide variety of Careers
  • Research Colleges and many other options
  • “Plan For Work Session” to prepare a resume and prepare for an interview
  • Job Bank – search for jobs in Indiana
big future
Big Future
  • Step by step planning
  • Videos from students and parents about their experiences
  • Financial Aid information and plannin
  • Career Exploration
indiana career information system
Indiana Career Information System
  • Offers detailed information about 900+ occupations, wage, data, employment outlook, training requirements, etc
  • Username: bremen
  • Password: golions
  • In 1st session, set up account (MY CIS), which enables the portfolio system
triptocollege org
  • T = Timeline: steps to prepare for college K-12
  • R = Real Answers: help with the most important

questions and concerns about planning and

paying for college

  • I = Indiana Colleges: research & compare

information about Indiana colleges to

help find a best fit

  • P = Paying for College: financial resources and

strategies to consider, based on your family’s


learn more indiana
Learn More Indiana
  • Indiana specific website
  • Variety of resources available
  • Many printed publications as well
hoosier hot jobs
Hoosier Hot Jobs
  • A listing of jobs most “in demand” for the State of Indiana
  • All require ability to work with people, work with things, work with systems, and work with information
  • Comes from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • Can filter jobs by industry, education or salary
  • Visit
before applying
Before Applying
  • Update Academic Resume
    • What happened over summer to add
    • Can you add from senior year already
  • Collect Letters of Recommendation (2-4)
    • Variety of people (i.e. teacher, coach, minister, counselor, sponsor, principal, etc)
    • Ask early and give enough time / specify directions
    • Write a Thank You note! 
    • Send both to Mrs. Manges:
college application process1
College Application Process

Where do I apply?

Then what?

Use Docufide to let the Guidance Office know to send a transcript

If you don’t use Docufide, bring the Guidance Office a counselor form

Send Mrs. Manges an email with your academic resume and any recommendation letters

  • Most applications are online
  • Some are free if done online
  • Some WILL be free during College Go! Week
  • Apply to a variety of schools
  • 1 in-state and 1 out of state
  • 1 Public and 1 private, etc
  • Apply to those you are serious about attending
  • 1 “safety” school
college application do s and don ts
College Application Do’s and Don’ts
  • DO Start Early!
  • DO Apply to 1 public, 1 private, 1 out of state
  • DO Apply to 1 “safety” school
  • Don’t let $$$ scare you
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to the Admissions Office at the school
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to the Financial Aid Office
admissions options
Admissions Options

Non-Restrictive Application

Restrictive Application

Early Decision

Only ONE institution

Apply and hear back early

If admitted, withdraw other apps

Commitment to enroll at college

  • Regular Decision
    • Submit by regular deadline
    • Decision given in reasonable time
    • No commitment
  • Rolling Admission
    • Response in 2-6 weeks
    • Admission review is continuous
    • No commitment
  • Early Action
    • Can apply to multiple institutions
    • Apply early, hear back early
    • Can affect scholarship eligibility
    • No commitment
other common admission terms
Other Common Admission Terms
  • Waitlisted
    • Acceptance based on # of committed students
    • Can improve chances by providing additional info.
  • Deferred
    • Usually for Early Action / Early Decision
    • Can improve chances by providing additional info.
types of applications
Types of Applications
  • Can use Common Application
    • One application for multiple colleges
    • Make sure college participates
  • On-line Applications
    • Read all instructions
    • Keep copies!
    • Use spell and grammar check
  • Use Docufide / Parchment!

Not all colleges are participating

  • Goal: Every senior complete a college application (using Docufide if possible)
  • Goals for other grade levels as well
  • Goals for middle school students too!

September 24 – 28, 2012

  • Access 24 / 7!
  • It’s safe and secure
  • Transcript delivery to all colleges nationwide

is free!

  • Create an account (should have already done)
  • If you DON’T have an account, you can set one up at
  • I can also send resume and rec letters this way!
questions for all schools
Questions for All Schools
  • Ask about 21st Century Scholar Programs
    • Indiana Covenant
    • Purdue Promise
    • Other in state schools also honor it
  • Ask about College Application Waivers
  • Ask about SAT / ACT Waivers
  • Ask about help if you have an IEP
  • Ask anything else you can think of! 
iusb on site admissions
IUSB On-Site Admissions
  • WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17th, 2012 from 9-11:45am
  • Short meeting / transcript review at BHS with admissions counselor from IUSB
  • Students will know admission status on the spot: admitted, pending, or deferred to Ivy Tech
  • Application Fee of $45 waived !!!
  • Admitted students with Core 40 or above, “B” average, SAT or ACT scores above state average, and ranking in top ½ of class, will get $500 Titan Scholarship!
additional tips
Additional Tips
  • Follow up with college if you get a rejection letter – sometimes they reconsider
  • If test scores or grades are low, send in application with a letter of explanation
  • Apply to at least one private and one public school
2012 2013 sat dates
2012-2013 SAT Dates

Test Dates

  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 1
  • January 26
  • March 9
  • May 4
  • June 1

Registration Deadline

  • September 7
  • October 4
  • November 1
  • December 28
  • February 8
  • April 5
  • May 2




2012 13 act dates
2012-13 ACT Dates

Test Dates

  • September 6
  • October 27
  • December 8
  • February 9
  • April 13
  • June 8

Registration Deadlines

  • August 17
  • September 21
  • November 2
  • January 11
  • March 8
  • May 3



$50.50 plus writing

$72.50 plus writing

registering for sat act
Registering for SAT / ACT
  • We don’t have any paper/pencil registration forms in the Guidance Office anymore – it’s all online!
  • Register for SAT at
  • Register for ACT online at
  • WRITE DOWN YOUR USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Be sure to send scores to Bremen – school code is 150290
  • four for FREE (or you pay  )
  • Complete College Apps even if you plan to

take one of the tests again!!!!!!!

fee waivers
  • Ask if you qualify for a fee waiver – based on family income and household size
  • 2 SAT / 2 ACT waivers per year
  • 4 College Application Waivers – need to get from Mrs. Manges in Guidance Office
  • Cannot register late with a fee waiver
new sat test security
NEW!!!!SAT Test Security
  • Effective with October 2012 Test
    • Must provide acceptable photo during registration
      • Clear, focused, and correctly exposed
      • Full face view, directly facing the camera
      • Must match how you look on test day and in photo ID
    • Photo will appear on Admission Ticket
    • Must present Admission Ticket WITH an acceptable Photo ID
    • Standby test takers no longer admitted
free sat practice tools
FREE SAT Practice Tools
  • The Offficial SAT Question of the Day
  • The Official SAT Practice Test
  • My SAT Online Score Report
  • SAT Practice Questions
  • SAT Skills Insight
  • MyCollegeQuickStart
  • SAT Study Plan
  • Answers Imagined
affordable sat resources
Affordable SAT Resources
  • The Complete SAT

Study Guide ($31.99)

  • SAT Online Course
    • $69.95 / year Individually
    • Includes practice tests, auto essay scoring, guided self study, and more!
sat is more than a test
SAT is more than a TEST
  • Online profiles of every college

in nation

  • Information about scholarships and merit aid
  • Free Financial Literacy resources
  • The Student Search Service
  • College Board provides MANY valuable resources, you just need to take the time to explore them! 
if you took the psat
If you took the PSAT…
  • Go to
  • Access your account (or create one)
  • Enter the access code on PSAT score report (we have them in the office too)
  • View the comprehensive college planning package called MyCollegeQuickStart
  • View all the PSAT answers and explanations
  • Get a personalized SAT study plan
  • Research colleges
  • Research careers and majors using MyRoad
  • Take a personality profile
  • Much More!!!!
should i take an sat subject test
Should I take an SAT Subject Test?
  • SAT subject Tests are college admission tests that allow you to differentiate yourself on your college application and showcase your achievements in specific subject areas like math, science, literature, foreign languages or history.
  • 1 hour long / approx $22
  • Not required / check w/individual schools
  • Can be useful for placement purposes
  • More information available in Guidance Office
sat class w mrs heiter
SAT Class w/ Mrs. Heiter
  • Who: Juniors & Seniors who want to take SAT
  • When: Wednesdays from 7 – 7:45 AM

Sept 12 – Nov 14 (Fridays optional)

  • Where: Room 314
  • Cost: $60 to Mrs. Heiter by Sept. 12, 2012
  • Space is limited!

Starts Sept. 12th!

another sat act prep course
Another SAT / ACT Prep Course
  • Janet Farias, BS Ed MS Counseling
  • – check out website
  • Local – 13700 Layton Rd, Mishawaka (2 miles south of Grissom Middle School)
  • Four week courses
  • Saturdays 10am – 12pm or individual as needed
  • Group $150 book included; individual sessions are $30 / hour
  • Contact at 574-229-4851 or
sat act average scores
SAT / ACT Average Scores
  • SAT (3 components – 800 each - 2400 possible)
    • CR (496) -MATH (514) -WR (488)

*Average score is 1050 (not including Writing)

  • ACT (36 possible)

*Average score is 22 composite



sat vs act

SAT (2400)

ACT (36)





Writing (Optional)

No penalty for guessing

Student selects which scores to report

Only MC questions

  • Math (800)
  • Critical Reading (800)
  • Writing (800)
  • Essay included in Writing
  • ¼ pt taken off for wrong answer
  • All scores reported
  • Some math questions and essays are not MC
if you took the asvab
If you took the ASVAB…
  • You got your scores last year, along with a Career Assessment (FYI: Find Your Interests)
  • You also received an “Exploring Careers” booklet
  • Your score sheet gave you a code, which gives you access for a year to their website
  • Click on “Career Planning Tools”under “Plan for Your Future”
  • Lots and lots of career research tools available!
information from bloomington
Information from Bloomington
  • Must send SAT / ACT scores directly to Indiana from College Board or ACT
  • Look at Senior classes very closely
  • Need to be in the top 40% of class
  • For General admission:
    • You need 2 years (4 credits) of foreign language
    • You need Precalc / Trig or Calculus
  • Will admit undocumented students
    • Not eligible for financial assistance
    • Can help students get documentation
  • Kelley School of Business
    • 1270 SAT or 29 ACT Composite
    • 3.6 GPA
scholarships available at iu these are automatic
Scholarships Available at IU(These are automatic! )
  • Excellence
    • $9,000 / year ($36,000 for four years)
    • SAT 1340 or ACT 30 Composite
    • GPA 3.8
  • Prestige
    • $4,000 / year ($16,000 for four years)
    • SAT 1220 or ACT 27 Composite
    • GPA 3.7
  • Valedictorian
    • $1,000 / year ($4,000 for four years)
    • Class Rank as #1 at time of admission
  • APPLY BY NOVEMBER 1st!!!! (Can submit updated scores by Jan 15)
indiana university admission statistics
INDIANA UNIVERSITYAdmission Statistics
  • Fall 2010
    • 36,719 applicants (15% increase from 2008)
    • Enrolled 7,020 residents
  • Average SAT (CR and Math): 1199
  • Average ACT Composite: 26
  • Vast majority are Academic Honors Students
  • November 1st - DEADLINE
information from west lafayette
Information from West Lafayette
  • Must send SAT / ACT scores directly to Purdue from College Board
  • Personal Statement – Give a reason why you are interested in a given field
  • Additional Information (optional) – provide any special circumstances necessary
  • GPA for Financial Scholarships – only based on Science, Math, English, Foreign Language, and Social Studies Grades
  • They do look at ALL four years – grade trends, etc
  • Specifically look at your preparation for the

program you wish to enterto enter

  • Need 2 years (4 credits)Foreign Language
  • “No” at Purdue initially does not mean “No” forever
scholarships available at purdue
Scholarships Available at Purdue
  • Trustees Scholarship (Renewable)
    • $10,000 Indiana Residents ($40,000 for four years)
    • 2000 SAT (all 3 sections) or 30 ACT (Composite and Writing)
    • And 3.8 GPA
  • Presidential Scholarship (Renewable)
    • $4,000 - $8,000 / yr for Indiana Residents
    • 1850 – 1990 SAT (all 3 sections) or 27-29 (English/Writing)
  • Marquis Scholarship – NEW (Renewable)
    • $2,000 / yr if family income is b/w $40,000 - $100,00 + other criteria
  • Important Notes
    • Automatic Awards if student meets deadlines and criteria (Nov 15!)
    • GPA calculates core GPA with final Junior year transcript
    • New test scores until Januray 1 (from testing agency)
    • Additional Need-Based awards available in spring
  • Cost of Attendance (COA) at Purdue/year = $23,468 Resident
  • November 15th Deadline!!!!!
purdue university admission statistics
PURDUE UNIVERSITYAdmission Statistics
  • Fall 2011
    • 29,513 applicants
    • Enrolled 6,659 residents
  • Average SAT Range: 1540-1910
  • Average ACT Composite: 26
  • Average GPA: 3.6
  • Vast majority are Academic Honors Students
  • Average high school rank is in top 17%
  • 14:1 Student Ratio
  • 31 is average class size
  • 90.2% 1styr Retention Rate
  • If not admitted, no letters mailed: check email 
  • November 15th - DEADLINE
  • Starting December 7 admissions decisions will be released
information from notre dame class of 2015
Information from Notre DameClass of 2015

Notre Dame

St. Mary’s

396 in frosh class

1453 applications

12 high school valedictorians

43.1% ranked in top 10% of high school class

More than 63% earned ACT score of 25 or higher

62% scored 1650 or higher on SAT

  • 2025 in frosh class
  • 16,548 applications
  • 1440 average SAT (Math and CR)
  • 33 average ACT
  • Average frosh was in top 2% of high school class
  • 30 frosh had perfect SAT or ACT scores
  • More than half were valedictorans or salutatorians
  • About half of students were granted financial aid, w/avg package about $26,900 ($52,000 yr)
algebra ii
Algebra II
  • Greatest predictor of college success
  • Any math past Algebra II increases a student’s chances of college graduation by 73%
  • Only 36% of current college students finish college in four years
  • Vast majority of students

who only complete

Algebra II are not ready

for college level math

some myths about c ollege
Some MYTHS About College
  • Good grades are better than challenging courses
  • SAT/ACT scores are more important than grades
  • I need to decide on a career before college
  • A lot of extracurriculars will compensate for poor grades
  • Big colleges are best if you haven’t decided on a major field of study
  • Only the best students get financial aid
  • If I did bad in 9th and 10th grade I won’t be admitted anywhere
  • Colleges need students so it’s easier to get admitted
some facts about college
Some FACTS About “College”
  • A degree opens doors!
  • It pays to have an education
  • A good job means MORE than good pay
studying in college
Studying in College
  • Use the 1:2/3 Ratio
    • 1 hr class = 2-3 hours of studying, reading, research, etc.
  • Take Breaks
  • Find a comfortable and quiet place
  • Set goals / reward yourself
  • Eliminate Distractions
  • Use review sessions!
  • Don’t procrastinate
college visits
College Visits
  • Call Admissions Office in advance to set up appt.
  • Research the school and think about questions ahead of time
  • Talk to the students on campus
  • Visit some classes if you can
  • Visit a dorm / cafeteria if you can
  • Schedule an interview
  • Tour the campus on your own
  • Keep notes / observations while there
  • Write thank-you notes to appropriate people
other info
Other Info
  • Wabash College – males only
    • “Top Ten” scholarship = $70,000
    • November 2, 2012 visit required
  • NO may not always mean “No”
    • Some schools offer transition programs
  • Placement Tests are often needed
    • Accuplacer
    • Compass
average costs
Average Costs
  • Average debt of a college graduate is $20,000 (*data from September 2008)
  • Tuition and Fees = 36%
  • Room and Board = 43%
  • Other = 21%
    • Books
    • Personal Expenses, etc.
    • Transportation
financial aid options
Financial Aid Options
  • Grants (Federal and State)
  • Scholarships (Local, colleges, etc)
  • Loans
  • Work Study
  • Others



terms to know
Terms to Know
  • COA (Cost of Attendance)
  • EFC (Expected Family Contribution)
  • SAR (Student Aid Report)
  • Need-based
  • Merit-based
  • Financial Need
  • Aid Package
financial aid tidbits
Financial Aid Tidbits
  • Start Early!
    • Get PIN now at
    • Both student and parent need a PIN
    • March 10 for Indiana to file FAFSA
    • Must file FAFSA online
  • Be proactive – file FAFSA all four years
  • Work with Colleges!
  • Avoid Scams – don’t pay to have someone find you $$
financial aid myths
Financial Aid Myths
  • College is too expensive for our family
  • There’s less aid available than there used to be
  • My family’s income is too high to qualify
  • I have money saved so I won’t qualify
  • If I apply for a loan, I have to take it
  • Working will hurt my academic success
  • Private schools are out of reach for my family
  • I don’t get straight A’s so I won’t qualify
fin aid facts
Fin. Aid Facts
  • Many families qualify for financial aid even though they think they make too much money
  • Colleges are in competition for students
  • Colleges have empty seats to fill
  • Colleges will pay for good students
  • 80% of students attending private colleges receive financial aid
timeline fall
Timeline - Fall
  • Gather Financial Aid info from colleges and know what forms to complete (PROFILE)
  • If you are applying for Early Admission, ask is they offer an early estimate of financial aid
  • Attend Financial Aid Night at school (Nov. 7)
  • Use financial aid calculators to estimate costs
timeline winter
Timeline - Winter
  • Attend Financial Aid Night at school (Jan 9)
  • Attend FAFSA Friday or College Goal Sunday in February for help completing FAFSA
  • Save final pay stubs for the year
  • Get taxes files early
  • FAFSA filed by March 10th!
timeline spring
Timeline – Spring
  • As you receive letters of acceptance, see if additional documentation is needed
  • Compare financial aid offers between schools
  • Accept offers as instructed once you make a decision
  • If you receive aid from other schools, notify them that you won’t be attending
  • You must reapply for financial aid every year
  • Usually begin around November
  • We list all that come through BHS in the Counselor Corner (posted on Web and various other places)
  • Most applications are on-line now
  • Fill them out completely! Keep track of usernames and passwords 
  • Check out websites!
avoid scholarship scams
Avoid Scholarship Scams!
  • “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back” – No one can guarantee a scholarship!
  • “You can’t get this information anywhere else” – Do your research, don’t pay anyone!
  • “I just need your credit card…” – NO!
  • “We’ll do all the work” – Wrong again. You have to fill out the paperwork!
  • “You’ve been selected by a ‘national foundation’ …” – Chances are they want $
21 st century scholars
21st Century Scholars
  • Helps with transition from high school to post-secondary education
  • Signed up in middle school
  • You should be receiving something in mail
  • Must attend a senior exit interview
  • Must sign an Affirmation Form that you still qualify based on the covenant (not $)
  • Contact: (317)233-2100 or
  • Click on “Start Your Search”
  • Site will soon have free ACT and SAT practice tests and Study Guides
  • Site also provides Financial Aid tips and information
!!!NEW !!!!
  • Customized EFC estimates
  • Side by Side Comparisons
  • “What if” scenarios provided
  • “Ask the Expert” sessions available
  • Information Sheets and Web resources
  • MUCH MORE!!!
college is expensive but not impossible
  • Average Public University


  • Average Private University


  • Elite Private College

$50,000 +

college fairs
  • Goshen High School
    • Monday, October 3, 2011
    • 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Plymouth High School
    • Thursday, October 6, 2011
    • 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Virtual College fair
    • October 18 12:00pm – 6:00 pm
    • Special Healthcare Focus
college planning seminar
College Planning Seminar
  • Thursday, Sept. 20th at 6:00 p.m.
  • AmeripriseFinancial at 401 E. Jefferson St. in Plymouth, IN.
  • Any high school junior or senior student and their parents are welcome to attend.
  • FOOD will be provided 
dates to remember
Dates to Remember
  • September 24 – 28th – College Go! Week
  • October 8th - Jostens packets passed out
  • October 16th – Jostens orders taken at lunch
  • November 5th – Financial Aid Meeting
  • January 8th – Financial Aid Meeting
  • March 10th – FAFSA due!
  • March 25th – Tri Kappa Awards night
  • May 9th – Senior Awards Night
resources for help
Resources for Help
  • FREE Math and Science Help!
    • Rose-Hulman Homework Hotline
    • or 1.877.ASK.ROSE
  • Math tutorial website
  • Purdue OWL site (Online Writing Lab)
  • Ask your teacher!
final tid bits
Final Tid-Bits
  • Senior Bonus Period Teachers have a binder

with an updated “Counselor Corner” – students should check frequently!

  • Fall Guidance Newsletter will be posted on our school website soon
  • Winter / Spring Newsletters to come
  • I will send frequent Harmony emails to you and students – make sure we have your email!
  • Senior Resource Packet and many other resources will also be on website soon

Melissa Manges

Grades 11-12

574-546-3511 ext. 3355



~ Henry David Thoreau