Welcome to the Lake High School information center for College-bound juniors, seniors and parents. Hopefully, these pages will help make your transition to college as smooth as possible. You will find timelines, testing information, information on financial aid and scholarship. There is also a link to the NCAA Clearinghouse for student athletes. The most important thing is to be well informed about your choices so you find the college that is your perfect fit.
One of the most important things for students and their parents is to be aware of all the tools and services that are available to lessen the anxiety of working through the college process. Being aware of deadlines for applications, testing and scholarships is of the utmost importance.
While the college process is ongoing throughout high school, students and parents really need to seriously begin the search in the junior year. This is the time to have parent/student talks about career and college choices, along with discussions about financial aid and the likelihood of receiving scholarships.
SENIOR COLLEGE TIMELINE
September - October
November - December
January – February
March - June
Any student who plans to participate in athletics at the college level (particularly Division I and Division II) should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of their junior year.
NCAA Eligibility Center
OHIO’S POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS PROGRAM
The Post-secondary Enrollment Options Program has been established to permit high school students in grades nine through twelve to earn college and high school graduation credit through the successful completion of college courses. The program is intended to provide expanded opportunities for appropriately qualified high school students to experience coursework at the college or university level. Any high school student admitted to a course by an institution of higher education will be expected and required to perform at the same level as the institution’s regular students.
Ohio Department of Education
STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE A FAILING GRADE AT AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION MUST REIMBURSE THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT 100% OF THE COST OF THE CLASS.
DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR PSO PROGRAMS FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR IS MARCH 30TH
PSO Forms Available for Download Below.
All college-bound seniors and their parents should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). IN MANY CASES SCHOLARSHIP MONIES ARE LINKED TO THE FAFSA, IF A STUDENT DOESN’T FILE THEY WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR SCHOLARSHIP. This application should be filed as soon as possible after January 1st of the year the student is a senior. Each college has a deadline for accepting the financial aid application. Remember that money is awarded on a first come basis. There are several kinds of aid that are awarded. Grants- money that does not need to be paid back typically awarded on a need basis. Scholarships- Also does not need to be paid back typically awarded for excellence in academics and/or outstanding student performance in music, art or athletics. Loans- This money needs to be paid back.
Application website: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
Other sites of interest:
Financial Aid TV (BGSU)
College Goal Sunday February 10, 2013 2:00 PM
Terra Community College Fremont, Ohio or Woodward HS Toledo, Ohio
Applying for financial aid for education beyond
high school can be confusing, especially with
the forms that are required for federal, state
and institutional aid programs. College Goal
Sunday is a FREE program that helps students,
as well as parents, complete the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA
is a required form to apply for all federal aid
programs, many state aid programs and even
institutional aid programs which can help pay for
higher education opportunities.
The FAFSA website is www.fafsa.gov
What to bring?
. Your IRS 1040 tax return and W2s.
. Your parent’s IRS 1040 tax return and W2s.
. Social Security Card and Driver’s License.
Register online at:
or call 1-800-233-6734
Four Keys for Paying for a College Education
ACT Test Scores
Grade Impact Chart
Freshmen 1st semester 100%
Freshmen 2nd semester 50%
Sophomore 1st semester 33%
Sophomore 2nd semester 25%
Junior 1st semester 20%
Junior 2nd semester 16.6%
Senior 1st semester 14.3%
Senior 2nd semester 12.5%
PREPARING FOR COLLEGE
Checklist for a College Visit
1.• Contact college/university admissions office to set up a visit.
2.• Ask your H.S. guidance counselor for an unofficial copy of your transcript.
3.•⎫Meet with an admissions counselor.
4.•⎫Discuss your chances for success in certain programs.
5.•⎫Find out how and when to apply (beware of deadlines)
6.•⎫Obtain a school calendar and a catalog.
7.•⎫Determine college costs.
8.•⎫Ask about financial aid and school based scholarships. Ask about deadlines and required forms.
9.•⎫Try to meet with faculty or advisor in the department of your intended major.
10.•⎫Attend a class to get an idea of typical size, teaching style, and academic atmosphere.
11.•⎫Ask about the placement record for graduates in the field you might study.
12.•⎫Tour the campus. (check out dorms, dining hall, library, student union, etc.)
13.•⎫Find out about student activities.
14.•⎫Investigate transportation options.
15.•⎫Check out the community where the college/university is located.
16.•⎫Ask about campus safety issues.
17.•⎫Tour the area surrounding the school.
SELECTING THE SCHOOL THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Choosing the best school for you can be an overwhelming task. It is best to rank order what is the most important to you and then look for schools that meet your criteria.
_____ Academic program/major available
_____ Admission policy ( required GPA, ACT/SAT scores)
_____ Location (distance from home)
_____ Size of enrollment
_____ Affiliation (public, private, church related)
_____ Campus activities
_____ Support services
_____ Type of community (small town, large city)
_____ Physical impression of the campus
_____ Scholarship availabilities
_____ Knowing someone who attends
Questions to Ask an Admissions Counselor
Information about PSAT available to download below.
The PSAT/NMSQT should be taken on October 17, 2012 Cost is $14.00
While the ACT and SAT can be taken anytime, it is advised for juniors to take the tests in the spring of the junior year and the fall of the senior year. All colleges will accept either test but most students at Lake H.S. opt to take the ACT.
These colleges in Ohio require students to take the writing portion of the ACT. Allegheny Wesleyan, Case Western Reserve, College of Wooster, Miami University, Oberlin, Ohio Christian, Ohio State & all branches, University of Cincinnati, University of Findlay and the University of Toledo.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS SCHEDULED FOR 2012-2013
|Tests Offered||Deadline to Apply|
September 8, 2012
October 27, 2012
December 8, 2012
February 9, 2013
April 13, 2013
June 8, 2013
August 17, 2012
September 21, 2012
November 2, 2012
January 11, 2013
March 8 2013
May 3, 2013
Students can apply on line at www.act.org The cost of the test is $35.00 without writing and $50.00 with writing. Practice tests are available at the ACT website.
|Tests Offered||Deadline to Apply|
Oct 6, 2012
Nov 3, 2012
Dec 1, 2012
Jan 26, 2013
Mar 9, 2013
May 4, 2013
June 1, 2013
Sept 7, 2012
Oct 4, 2012
Nov 1, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
Feb 8, 2013
Apr 5, 2013
May 2, 2013
www.collegeboard.com Cost is $50.00
About PSAT/NMSQT for juniors
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
Critical reading skills
Math problem-solving skills
You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
Date for test: Wednesday, October 17th at Lake HS
Cost: $14.00 Make checks out to Lake High School or place $14.00 in an envelope with your name on the front of the envelope
Give the $14.00 to Mrs. Smith in the guidance office
DO NOT TURN IT IN TO THE MAIN OFFICE
The PLAN test will be given to sophomores who are thinking of attending college after high school. This test is an excellent practice test to prepare for the ACT ( required college entrance exam). This is a two part test. The interest survey will be given in the afternoon of Monday, November 19th and the test portion will be given in the morning of Tuesday, November 20th.
Cost: $11.25 Make checks out to Lake High School or place $11.25 in an envelope with your name on the front of the envelope
Give the $11.25 to Mrs. Smith in the guidance office
DO NOT TURN IT IN TO THE MAIN OFFICE