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Please make sure you have each of the following:. Senior Interview Sheet Please begin completing the top section. Only list schools you are applying to in the bottom chart. Return to counselor before leaving today. Senior Transcript Release Form (return to Guidance)

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please make sure you have each of the following
Please make sure you have each of the following:
  • Senior Interview Sheet
    • Please begin completing the top section.
    • Only list schools you are applying to in the bottom chart.
    • Return to counselor before leaving today.
  • Senior Transcript Release Form (return to Guidance)
  • Senior Guidelines Packet
  • College Application Form
  • Your Unofficial Transcript (will be handed to you)
    • Use as reference for applications
    • This is NOT an Official Transcript
senior guidelines

Senior Guidelines

Hammonton HS

Guidance Counselors


Mr. Mattina

Mrs. Ryan

Mrs. Santiago

Ms. Speziali

  • Planning for next year
  • Testing
  • Applying to colleges, schools, academies
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships
planning for my future
Planning for my future

1. College Resource Guide:

2. Research careers, majors, colleges, technical schools: (See last page in packet)


3. Spend time with people in those careers.

- Ask Questions

- Shadow at a job

- Part time job

- Volunteer

4. Attend College Fairs


- Mainland HS

- Atlantic City

- Philadelphia

- La Salle

(See Handout for dates and other details)


5. Visit colleges and schools

- Present a note on college letterhead to attendance office for an excused absence.

6. Review your online profile.

- Be aware that online activity (Blogs, Facebook, etc.) may be viewed by colleges, military, and/or future employers.


HHS Code: 310495

1. SAT – Register at

- List any potential colleges when you register so they receive your scores.*

- Admission ticket must have an uploaded photo on it and a separate and appropriate photo ID. Standby, walk-ins and test center changes are no longer permitted.

2. ACT- Register at

- List any potential colleges when you register so they receive your scores.*

3. SAT 2: Register at

- May be required by some colleges.

- Recommended to take after completion of course.

4. If you are enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program you qualify for fee waivers for the SAT, ACT and for college applications. To receive fee waivers see your counselor.

*You must list your college choices every time you register for an SAT or ACT test so they receive your scores.*

how do i apply
How do I apply?

1. Determine all deadlines and apply as early as possible.

- Consider Early Decision and Early Action options

(See attached handout).

**Some colleges receive over 17,000 applications and can only accept 1,500 students. Some colleges also stop reviewing applications before their official deadline. **

Students are responsible for applying before the deadline(at least 1 week prior).


Apply online. Admissions offices recommend online applications.

- Applications can also be downloaded from the internet or requested from colleges.

- Determine if the Common Application is appropriate. Forms can be submitted electronically to your counselor.

- Present a copy of any application to your counselor prior to submission if you want him/her to proofread it.


3. Safe School: Be sure to apply to at least one safe school in terms of acceptance, finances, major.

4. GPA and class rank is reconfigured at the end of 2nd marking period.

5. Update your resume or activities list. Attach to “College Application Form”

6. Letters of Recommendation (LOR) –

- Provide the teachers and counselor with your resume and request LOR as early as possible.

- Follow up by writing them a thank you note and personally giving it to them.

- Special Circumstance Explanation


7. It is important to submit a “College Application Form” to your counselor once you have applied. The counselor will then send the necessary documents (transcript, LOR, etc.)

- This should be done well before the application deadline (at least 1 week prior)

-Attach your resume.

- Use one form per college.

- Specify which campus (i.e. Rutgers Camden or New Brunswick).

- Provide accurate Admissions Mailing Address

- “Senior Transcript Release Form” must be signed and returned or transcripts cannot be sent.


8. It is your responsibility to check the application for supplementary forms. Forms can be sent electronically to the counselor by email. If you decide to print the supplementary forms make sure you fill in your personal information on the forms before submitting them to your counselor.

9. If you are planning to play athletics in college you must register with the NCAA:

10. Military candidates:


11. ACCC Jumpstart Program

- Sign up with your counselor by February of senior year.

- Complete ACCC application (attach application fee) and provide to your counselor.

- You will have three meetings with ACCC advisors here at HHS.

1. General Information

2. Placement Test

3. Scheduling

financial aid
Financial Aid

1. Prepare to apply for federal student aid.

- Register for a PIN at

- One of your parents should also get a PIN.

2. Fill out the FAFSA4caster to get a head start at

3. Encourage your parent/guardian(s) to complete income tax forms early.


4. Complete theFreeApplication for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1st of your senior year.

- Submit your FAFSA by the earliest financial aid deadline of the schools to which you are applying.

- If you will not have your tax information done by February 1st, fill out the FAFSA using the previous year’s tax information and when the current year is complete then change the information on the FAFSA.

5. Visit for helpful financial aid information.

6. Some colleges also require a College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile available at

7. Stay in close contact with each college’s financial aid office.



- Click on District, Scroll down to Guidance, and then click on High School

- Website is updated periodically

2. Scholarship search websites:


3. Visit the HHS Career Center (filing cabinets) and listen to morning announcements.

4. Check specific scholarships offered at your college. See college websites.

5. Complete the Local Scholarship Form available in April of senior year in the Guidance Office.


6. New Jersey Stars Program

(subject to state changes, check website for updates) 1-800-792-8670

- A rigorous course of study and graduate in the top 15% required to be eligible.

- College Placement test scores required.

- Students must be citizens and legal NJ residents for at least 12 consecutive months prior to graduation from high school.

- Students must take at least 12 college-level credits each semester, maintain full-time status and a GPA of 3.0.

- Apply for admission to your home county college and file a FAFSA by the state deadline.

any questions
Any questions?

Hand in “Senior Interview” Sheet before leaving today

Return signed “Transcript Release Form” to Guidance

Hand in “College Application Form” once you apply

Apply early and enjoy the rest of your senior year! 

Please do not hesitate to see your counselor with any questions or concerns.