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Preparing For College (Phase 1)
- SAT/ACT It is important! You can take or re-take at SAT at BNL on October 6th. The registration deadline is September 7th. There are also dates in November and December, but students should really try for the October test in order to get results needed for college admission. Develop a list of potential college and begin planning for campus visits.
- Use the INTERNET! Visit college websites, research schools you might consider attending. Download applications and other information for prospective freshmen. Notice specific dates for campus visit opportunities.
- PARTICIPATE in job shadow opportunities. If you’re considering a career in a specific area, spend a day with someone working in that field. Family friends or relatives are often a great place to begin the search.
- For the completely lost with no direction, you can take a career interest inventory at www.learnmoreindiana.org or a college match survey at www.collegeboard.com. This is also very useful for finding a variety of lesser known colleges in Indiana, or other states.
- VISIT college campuses! Make an informed decision about which school best suits your needs and personality. Many schools have special days and programs for prospective students. Most campuses offer weekend visits, but seniors may also take 2 excused college visit days.
Applications for college visit days are available in the counseling office or may be downloaded and printed here.
This form must be turned in 1 week before the visit.
Applying To College (Phase 2)
- CREATE a personal summary. Applications of all types will ask you to list your activities, accomplishments, work history, volunteer experience, goals, etc. This will be a “snapshot” of who you are, so spend some time on this.
Outlines for a personal summary questionnaire are available in counseling or may be downloaded and printed here.
- REQUEST letters of recommendation. Whether you’re applying to college, for scholarships, or for a job, many will ask for letters of recommendation. Pick your recommenders carefully. Choose someone who knows you well, and has specific knowledge of your abilities and/or attributes. Give the recommender plenty of time to prepare the letter, and also let him/her know of the deadline. It might even be useful to provide the recommender with your personal summary.
- NOW is the time to apply! September and October are college application months.DO NOT WAIT for SAT/ACT scores to send in your applications. Simply indicate the date that you took or will take the test, the actual scores can be sent later.
- COMPLETE college applications! Most schools require that an electronic application be done online. You should receive a response from the school in 4-6 weeks, once everything has been received.
- REQUEST high school transcripts from Parchment. This is also done electronically through the BNL Counseling website.
- You will have to create a new Parchment account (or login if you already have one). When creating this account, you must use your full legal name as listed in PowerSchool. Be sure to record and/or remember your username and password, as this will be the process for requesting all additional transcripts. **** Important*** FINISH your college admission application BEFORE requesting a transcript be sent to that particular school! DO NOT use your BNL email address when setting up this account. Use some other email address that you can access quickly and easily.
- SEND SAT/ACT scores directly from to the colleges from the collegeboard.org, or act.org website, IF the college requires it! This can be done during the registration process for up to four schools. There is an additional charge for sending scores after registering for the test. Your BNL transcript does list all test scores, but some still require they be sent directly from the testing company.
Paying For College (Phase 3)
- The 1st semester is focused on the college search and application processes. The 2nd semester focuses on finding the money to pay for it.
- ATTEND the financial aid meeting for seniors and parents on October 1st at 6:00pm.
- The FAFSA! This stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and it’s a big deal. The federal and state governments give grants and loans based on this application so you need to fill it out! The application must be completed and received (not postmarked) by March 10th. The Bedford Public Library has an outreach person who will assist your parents with the FAFSA – by appointment.
- Apply for the North Lawrence Foundation Scholarships. These scholarships offer money to local students pursuing education after high school.
- LISTEN to the announcements for current scholarships available in the counseling office. When you hear one that you might qualify for, stop by the office and pick up an application. A printed list of active scholarships can be found on the filing cabinet near Mrs. Byrer’s desk in the counseling office, and on the BNL website.
- SEARCH for college scholarships online. There are numerous online resources which offer FREE scholarship searches. The scholarships we learn about here are a drop in the bucket compared to what is available nationally. Check out fastweb.com, or download the scholly app to get started.
- TAKE THE SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH SERIOUSLY! This is real money that you don’t have to repay. Put the work in now, it will be worth it.