College and Testing Information

Senior Checkpoints

October
* Verify that your transcripts are accurate
* Find out which financial aid applications are required at your choice colleges
* Ask for letters of recommendation to include with your admissions and/or college applications.
* Work on admissions application essays.
* Attend college fairs and financial aid nights.
*Early decision candidates should complete college applications.

November
* Continue completing the college applications.
* Early decision deadline is often November 1 or 15.
* Determine which financial aid forms on your list require - when in doubt contact the financial aid office.
* Search for additional sources of financial aid.

December
* Complete school applications ideally by December 1.
* Collect family tax information.
* Complete then make a copy of your FAFSA. Don't submit before January 1, it will only be returned to you unprocessed.
* Take SAT or Achievements if registered.
* Stay organized.

PHHS SCHOOL CODE
470-948

Info, Testing Dates and Registration for the ACT go to www. actstudent.org/start

Info, Testing Dates and Registration for the SAT go to www.sat.org/register

Info for filling out the FASFA (Federal Student Aid)  www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/fafsa

  *Types of Admission*

    Colleges and universities may use one of the following types of admissions:  rolling admissions, regular admissions, early decision, early action, and deferred admission.  It is important as you begin planning your calendar for the admissions process to know the type of admissions and the dates for each application.

Rolling Admissions:   A college using rolling admissions does not set a due date for applications.  Rather, the admissions office reviews an applicant’s folder once it is complete.  If the applicant meets the set criteria for admission, the student is offered admission to the college.  It is advisable to apply early to schools that use a rolling admissions policy.

Regular Admissions: A college using regular admissions sets a date by which all applications must be filed.  After consideration is given to all the applications, decisions are mailed to the applicants.

Early Decision: Many colleges offer an early decision plan as a means of attracting top-notch students. 

If a student is accepted under an early decision plan, the student is committed to attend.  The early decision plans of colleges vary in their regulations.  If considering this type of admission, review the conditions very carefully.

Early Action: Students receive a decision earlier than the standard response date but are not required to enroll or make a deposit prior to May 1.

Deferred Admission: Students are permitted to postpone enrollment, usually for one year, after acceptance to the college.

 

Please check with your potential college or university about what is required for admission, such as SAT/ACT, Scores, AP Exam Score for class credit, and so forth.

 

Helpful Links

www.studentaid.ed.gov/collprep

www.collegeboard.org

www.ecampustours.com

www.petersons.com

www.review.com

www.collegelink.com

www.collegeview.com

www.collegenet.com

www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

 www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/virginia/

 

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