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WHS COLLEGE VISITS
Attention Juniors and Seniors, college representatives from around the country are eager to meet YOU! You can see what schools are scheduled and sign up for in-person sessions through your Naviance account. Log in, click the “Colleges” tab in the upper right corner, click “Research Colleges” then “College Visits.” A list of schools will appear and you can register for sessions. Follow this link to log in to your Naviance Student account.
COLLEGE FAIRS & EVENTS 2023
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Standardized Testing Information
In light of the challenges posed by COVID-19, many colleges are going to a test optional option for admissions. However, not all schools have waived testing requirements and some students may still wish to participate in standardized tests. Wondering if a school you are interested in has changed it’s testing policy? For a current and complete list of test-optional schools, click here. See the chart below for dates and registration deadlines for Fall testing opportunities. Students can register for the SATs and seniors can send test scores to schools through their Collegeboard accounts.
Link College Board and Khan Academy Accounts Link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts to get free, personalized SAT practice.
SAT Register here
ACT Register here
Helpful Websites for Post-Secondary Planning
Test Preparation / Registration:
www.CollegeBoard.org Register for the SAT, send scores, take practice tests and plan for college.
www.KhanAcademy.org Pair your College Board with Khan Academy to receive free, personalized SAT preparation.
www.ACTstudent.org Register for the ACT, send scores, take practice tests, and plan for college.
Post-Secondary Searching / Planning:
www.Naviance.com Your guide to cultivate career knowledge and grow college knowledge.
www.CollegeView.com This website provides helpful information related to college search, financial aid, careers and majors, campus life and more.
www.CampusProgram.com A comprehensive education and employment guide to American colleges and universities.
www.USNEWS.com U.S. News Rankings of the “best” colleges and universities.
www.bls.gov/ooh/ U.S. Department of Labor, occupational information
www.State.CT.us Government Services and information
Information for Student Athletes:
www.EligibilityCenter.org NCAA Eligibility Center for requirements and information on Division I, II and III recruiting rules.
www.CollegiateDirectories.com Information on National Directory of College Athletics which includes a database of email addresses of coaches from different schools across the country.
Additional Options for After High School:
Gap Year Opportunities https://usagapyearfairs.org/fairs/ Some students choose to take a year off between high school and college for personal growth through travel, internship, work experience, and/or community service.
Military www.todaysmilitary.com Armed Services Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Navy offer many options for high school graduates such as opportunities in a wide area of skills that later transfer into jobs and careers in civilian life. Alternatively, it is possible to make the Armed Services a life career. Discuss these opportunities with a recruiter and weigh carefully the options and commitments.
Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) https://www.todaysmilitary.com/education-training/rotc-programs This form of college-based military officer training allows students to have a traditional college education while also going through training leading to commissioned officer status in a branch of the US military. In exchange for scholarship benefits, the student has a contractual service obligation to be met upon graduation.
Advanced Placement (AP) Program
APstudents.CollegeBoard.org AP courses and exams provides students the opportunity to tackle college-level work while they're still in high school. AP courses and exams allow students to challenge themselves, explore their interests. Participating colleges, in turn, grant credit and/or appropriate placement to students who have done well on the AP Examinations held in May.
UConn Early College Experience
ECE.UConn.edu Students will receive full credit for their ECE UConn classes. All students will receive an actual numerical grade if the student achieves a 75 or higher. Any grade below a 75 will become an audit on their UConn transcript. This grading system is only for the UConn part of the course. Westbrook High School will keep the earned numerical grade the student has in the class and that grade will be reflected on the WHS transcript.
Financial Aid Information
Paying for College Basic facts and links for student financial aid, loans, grants and scholarships.
Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) The student and parent FSA IDs are required to complete the FAFSA. Please register for your ID through this link.
FAFSA Application and Information File for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online.
CSS Profile Application and Information The online application that collects information used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal aid.
CHESLA Financial Aid Presentation CHESLA created a Financial Aid Basics presentation. This presentation highlights information about the FAFSA, Financial Aid Award Letter, comparing colleges financially, understanding how interest works, and more. The purpose of this presentation is to provide students and families with the information they need to go through the financial aid and paying for college process.
www.StudentAid.gov Provides straightforward and ways to understand information about planning and paying for college.
www.FinAid.org A free, comprehensive independent and objective guide to student financial aid.
www.FastWeb.com Scholarship Search Engine
www.Scholarships.com Scholarship Search Engine
Financial Aid Literacy Tools:
FAFSA mobile App video: Click Here
Guidance Counselor Living with Student Loans: Click Here
Great Advice for Parents: Click Here
Merit Aid Reality: Click Here
FAFSA Simplification Delayed: Click Here
Parent PLUS Loans Pros and Cons: Click Here
Test Optional, Test Blind, and What Should Teens Do? Click Here
Student Loan Repayment FINAL Extension to 1/31/22: Click Here