WHAT TO DO AND WHEN TO DO IT
The final two years of high school are busy times in your life-homework, sports, proms and work. At the same time, you should be planning for college. The following is a checklist to use as a guide to help you obtain financing for your educational dream.
Attend college nights and education fairs.
Take the PSAT, ACT and/or SAT exams.
Visit schools that interest you during the spring and summer. Call ahead to arrange campus tours.
Investigate scholarship opportunities. Find out about scholarships offered by your church, fraternal organizations to which your parents belong, and civic and business groups in career fields that interest you.
Attend college nights and education fairs.
Write to the admissions offices of colleges that most interest you.
Obtain admission, scholarship and financial aid information.
Review the information you receive and select the schools, which interest you.
Send in admission application forms. (See College Application Procedures.)
Work with your high school counselor to obtain applications for scholarships.
Ask teachers, employer or minister if they would provide you with a letter of reference if necessary.
College application procedures
Applications for colleges/universities are available on-line. Most colleges require an application fee and high school transcript. To have your official high school transcript sent to the college or university at which you are applying, you need to sign for the transcript with the registrar in the high school principal's office. There is no charge for a transcript. Most applications also request verification of classes you are or will be taking during your senior year. You will need to go to Student Services for verification and a counselor's signature. If applying on line, you will need to pay your application fee by credit card. If you are sending in a paper application, you will need to include a check. The administrative assistant in the Student Services office will help you with this process, and will send your completed application, payment and official transcript to the appropriate college.
Process of signing for an Official Transcript
From now until the end of the school year, you will be making and remaking decisions about your future. Whether your plans include college or the world of work, you’ll need to produce a record of your academic endeavors at WHS. That record comes in the form of a “transcript.” A transcript not only includes grade marks from your freshman through senior years with GPA & Class Rank, but also shows your ACT, SAT, and AP testing results, as well as, immunization records and a listing of activities in which you participated at WHS.
Each time you fill out a college or scholarship application, you must also sign for an official transcript to go along with that application.
Here’s how to complete this process:
Go online to the college website and enter the required data. If you do not make an online fee payment by credit card, personally mail any fee that may be required. (At your own cost)
Sign for an official transcript in the Principal’s office with the registrar indicating that you applied online.
Be sure to mention if you need to include any additional data such as a class schedule or teacher/counselor recommendation, etc.
Mrs. Ulrich will mail your transcript to the college. (At no cost to you)
Obtain an application or scholarship form directly from the college.
Personally mail the application and applicable fee to the college. (At your own cost)
Sign for an official transcript in the Principal’s office indicating that the transcript should be mailed separately to the college. (At no cost to you)
Some things to remember:
Applications for all SD state sponsored schools: [USD/SDSU/DSU/NSU/BHSU/SDSMT] are sent to the Enrollment Service Center (ESC) in Vermillion. Your transcript will be mailed to the ESC, not directly to the college.
Transcripts located on the Campus portal are not official!!!
Sign for an official copy from the Registrar, Mrs. Ulrich, in the Principal’s office.
GENERAL COLLEGE & CAREER SEARCH INFORMATION
College board’s What To Do Before You Borrow
This site provides tips for saving money on loans.
College Is Possible – Responsible Borrowing
Need help knowing how much you really need to borrow? This site also provides loan and credit card information.
Managing Your Student Loan Debt
This site shows you how to make repaying your student loan as painless as possible
This FinAid site provides information about the financial aid resources available through the military.
This site contains military opportunity and tuition assistance information.
Selective Service On-Line Registration
Use this link to register for Selective Service on-line.
CONTACT EAC FOR ASSISTANCE
EAC is here to help you.
Financial Aid Questions 1-800-874-9033
Loan Questions 1-800-592-1802, Press 1
FAFSA Questions 1-800-874-9033
EAC Website www.eac-easci.org
*These sites were provided by EAC, a private nonprofit corporation. EAC is a guarantor in the Federal Family Education Loan Program and provides financial aid information to students and their families. EAC does not endorse any products and/or services listed on these sites.
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