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West Morgan High School
261 S. Greenway Drive Trinity, AL 35673
Phone 256-353-5214
Fax 256- 256-355-8713

Administration
Keith Harris, Principal bkharris@morgank12.org
Chad Kelsoe, Asst. Principal chkelso@morgank12.org

Guidance Office 256-353-5214
Tosha Banks, Guidance Counselor nabanks@morgank12.org

Senior Focus Group Teachers

  • Mrs. Ramona Cole (racole@morgank12.org)
  • Mrs. Abigal Harris (saharris@morgank12.org)
  • Mr. Kevin Sanders (kwsanders@morgank12.org)
  • Mrs. Jessica Spencer (jjspencer@morgank12.org)
  • Mr. Samuel Wallace (scwallace@morgank12.org)

  *Jostens Graduation Supplies: (205-985-0150) randy.brock@jostens.com


School website: www.westmorganhighschool.org
• Announcements posted daily
• Guidance page includes senior handouts and college deadline information
• INOW Home link to student grades and attendance
INOW Home access: www.morgank12.org/STINOW
• Usernames and passwords are given to students in August
• Facebook page - www.facebook.com/WestMorganHighSchool
• Twitter - @WestMorganHS

Helpful College and Financial Aid Resources
www.alcareerinfo.org provides college scholarship, financial aid, and career information stars.troy.edu prepares a transfer contract for students who will transfer to a 4-year college from a 2-year college. It guarantees that your credits will be applied toward your degree when you transfer.
www.scholarships.com provides scholarship lists year-round
www.fastweb.com creates a personalized student account to scholarship information www.college.gov provides general college information for any college in US www.alstudentaid.com provides college / financial information for Alabama colleges www.fafsa.ed.gov official website to apply for financial aid
*NOTE: These services are all free. Never pay for financial aid searches!!!!









Senior Year Timeline
Summer
• Take the ACT in June*
• Call/Schedule visits with prospective colleges
• Explore on-line college information about size, location, cost of tuition, programs of study, admission requirements, scholarship opportunities, and deadlines for admission/scholarship applications

August - October
• Take the ACT in September and/or October*
• Complete admission applications to at least 2 colleges (online or hard copy)*
• Complete scholarship applications (for colleges to which you are applying for admission, and to other foundations/external scholarships)
• Register with the NCAA if you are playing collegiate sports (eligibilitycenter.org)*
• Senior Class Officers
• Homecoming
• Order Senior Shirts (optional)
• Senior Portraits, if not already done

November - December
• Order cap and gown from Jostens (other items are optional-invitations, accessories) • Complete all applications for admission* and continue scholarship applications • Scholarship deadlines for AL, AUB, UAH, UAB, USA, Montevallo, UNA....
• ASVAB test for students interested in military entrance

January-February
• Complete 2015 taxes ASAP
• Complete the 2016-17 FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
• Financial Aid Assistance Night (February)
• Continue scholarship applications
• Scholarship deadlines for Alabama State, UWA, Wallace, Jacksonville State, Bevill State, Shelton State, A&M, Northwest Shoals, Calhoun
• Senior Cap and Gown pictures
• ACT Workkeys Assessment (Feb 9)

March - May
• Check with your college financial aid office to ensure your paperwork is complete • Senior Class Picture (for Decatur Daily Senior Edition)
• Prom
• Take College Placement tests if entering junior college without ACT for placement
• Continue Scholarship Applications
• Awards Day (May)
• Graduation May 22th @ 7:30 (WMHS Stadium)

*ACT and College Admission fee waivers are available for students on Free/Reduced lunch and/or Talent Search. See Mrs. Banks for more information.

Senior Activities

Senior Yearbook
• Formal Portraits - Each senior must have a drape (girls) or tux (boys) picture for the yearbook. Arrange a formal portrait with Waldrup Studio & Design in Huntsville (256-517-8776). The session fee for this is $50. To ensure every senior is in the yearbook, Waldrup will also conduct re-takes at WMHS in November. This is a free service, but for a $30 fee, students will be able to receive proofs.
• Casual pictures - In October and November, seniors will be able to purchase sections of pages for $30.
Students will need to provide the yearbook staff with a picture and a quote.
• Baby Pictures - Parents/guardians may submit a baby picture with a note of 25 words or less. Pictures may also be sent directly to Mrs. Cavender (jgcavender@morgank12.org). Baby pictures will be included in the yearbook at no charge.
• Personal Ads - Full-color ads may be purchased before December. Prices range from $80 - $200. Deadlines for submitting pictures, notes, art, layout, etc. will be in February.


Senior Office Elections
Senior officers (President, Vice, Treasurer, and Secretary) will be nominated by each homeroom, then voted on by the entire class. The senior officers take on a great deal of responsibility in planning and organizing events throughout the year. The officers are also expected to plan class reunions in the future.

Homecoming
Our senior homecoming court consists of two attendants and the queen. Any girl interested in running for this honor will be allowed to participate, providing she has been a student at WMHS for one year and meets qualifications in the Code of Conduct.


Senior Nights & Pep Rally
• All seniors will be recognized in the slide show at the senior pep rally. Pictures should be submitted to Mrs. Clinton or Mrs. Fowler by the first of October.
• Sports and organizations often have special ceremonies to honor seniors. The last home game of the football season is dedicated to recognizing senior participants in football, cheerleading, and band. Other sports also have a senior recognition game (basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball). Parents are also recognized at these events.

Ordering graduation supplies
Students are responsible for ordering their graduation supplies. Jostens is our supplier of graduation supplies, and students are to pay Jostens directly. In the fall of their senior year, students will receive their order packets from Jostens. Supplies should be ordered before Christmas break.
• Cap/Gown is the only required purchase, approximately $80, includes diplomas and diploma covers.
• Senior Officers select the invitation design
• All fees must be paid before a student receives his/her cap & gown / supplies.

*The senior focus group teacher should be informed of any student who has difficulties paying graduation fees.

Prom
Prom sponsors set the date and site for Senior Prom. The students' prom fees will be determined by the prom sponsors. After December, late fees will be doubled. Each senior who plans to attend the prom is required to pay.
Senior prom fees transfer from the balance of their junior year.
• Prom Committee - Juniors will serve as the Prom Committee. They decide the theme, colors, and songs. The prom committee will attend a field trip to the venue and will be asked to decorate on the prom day.
• Lead-Out -Four tickets are given to each senior for parents/guests to attend senior lead-out. Additional Lead-out tickets may be purchases for $5. After lead-out, parents and guests are allowed to stay fifteen minutes to take additional pictures before they are asked to leave.
• Prom Pictures - Appointments will be taken for formal prom pictures.
• Prom Breakfast - Any junior or senior attending prom will be invited to the prom breakfast. During this time, procedures and guidelines for prom will be reviewed.
• Proms sponsors - Ashby, Henson, Rolin, Holiday, Alberti, and Mrs. Cole

Graduation Ceremony
All fees, dues, etc. must be paid in order to participate in the graduation program. Weather permitting, graduation is held on the football field.
• Girls are asked to wear dresses and dark, low-heeled shoes.
• Guys are asked to wear dress pants, white dress shirt with collar, tie, and dress shoes.


WHAT TYPES OF COLLEGES EXIST?

More than half of all recent high school graduates in the United States pursue some type of post- secondary education. There is a wide range of higher education options in the United States. For this reason, your child is likely to find a college that is well suited to his or her needs.

There are two basic types of post-secondary education institutions:
Community (Junior) Colleges and Four-Year Colleges/ Universities

Community / Junior Colleges
Many kinds of colleges offer programs that are less than four years in length. Most of these schools offer education and training programs that are two years in length or shorter. The programs often lead to a license, a certificate, an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree, or an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

Some programs at two-year colleges lead to an A.S. or A.A. degree in an academic discipline. These academic programs are often comparable to the first two years of a general academic program offered by a four-year college or university. In many cases, two-year degrees can be transferred to four-year schools and credited toward a B.A. or B.S. degree (4year degree).

Many junior and community colleges offer technical/occupational training, as well as academic courses. For example, many cardiovascular technicians, medical laboratory technicians, and computer technicians received their education and training at junior colleges, community colleges, and/or technical colleges.

Many junior, community, and technical colleges offer technical programs in cooperation with local businesses, industry, public service agencies, or other organizations. Some of these programs are formally connected to education programs that students start in high school; they are often referred to as "tech-prep" or "school-to-career" programs. These "school-tocareer" or "tech-prep" programs often provide students with an opportunity to learn new skills by working for a local employer and by taking high school courses that link with courses offered at local colleges.

Two-year colleges such as community colleges often operate under an "open admissions" policy that can vary from school to school. At some institutions, "open admissions" means that anyone who has a high school diploma or GED certificate can enroll. At other schools, anyone over 18 years of age can enroll or, in some cases, anyone deemed able to benefit from the programs at the schools can enroll.

Application requirements at colleges with two-year programs and shorter programs may include a high school transcript - a list of all the courses you took and grades earned in four years of high school - and college entrance examination scores as well. Some schools have programs that allow "open admissions," while other programs in the same school - particularly in scientific or technical subjects - may have further admission requirements. Since requirements vary widely, it is important to check into schools and programs individually.

WHAT TYPES OF COLLEGES EXIST? Continued

Four-Year Colleges and Universities

These schools usually offer a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree (usually completed in four years). Some universities
also offer graduate and professional degrees (degrees higher than a bachelor's level).

Students who wish to pursue a general academic program usually choose a four-year college or university. Such a program lays the foundation for more advanced studies and professional work. Four-year colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees (the B.A. and B.S.) in most areas in the arts and sciences, such as Education, Business, Nursing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Pre-Professional Programs (Pre-Medicine, Pre-Law).

When a student earns a bachelor's degree it means that he or she has passed examinations in a broad range of courses and has studied one or two subject areas in greater depth. These one or two subject areas are called a student's "major" area(s) of study or area(s) of concentration. A bachelor's degree is usually required before a student can begin studying for a graduate degree. A graduate degree is usually earned through two or more years of advanced studies beyond four years of college. This might be a master's or a doctoral degree in a particular field or a specialized degree required in certain professions such as law, social work, architecture, or

(What Types of Colleges Exist - Taken from the National Association for College Admission Counseling -
"Preparing Your Child for College")







CHOOSING A COLLEGE

Most students apply to at least three colleges; five or six would give you all the options you need. As you narrow your choices we suggest that you consider the criteria listed below and have at least one college from each of the following categories:
Reach Schools - those that are a "reach" for you either academically or financially. Probable Schools - those that will meet all your needs and will likely accept you.
Safe Schools - those which will make you happy and will be sure to accept you.

Academic Programs and Curriculum
Does the college have the major you are considering?
Does the college offer credit for high school courses?
Are there co-op programs?
How many courses or credits are needed to earn the degree you want? Can you finish your program in two / four years?

Academic Competitiveness
How do your academic credentials compare to the freshmen profile?
Have you taken an academically challenging program in high school?
What is the average GPA, SAT or ACT score of freshmen entering that college? Do you meet their admission requirements?

Location
Distance from home - how far from family and friends?
Transportation costs?
Rural vs. urban environment?
Climate /Weather

Type of School
Public vs. private?
Do you want a certain type of college or university? (arts, military, single sex or historically black)
Do you prefer a small, medium or large enrollment?

Student Body and Student Life
Coed or single sex?
What kind of extracurricular activities are there?
What special services are available - counseling, tutoring, health care?
Do most students live in dormitories or commute?
What percentage of freshmen return as sophomores?
Comfort level - do students have similar goals as you?
What percentage of the student body goes to law, medical or graduate schools? What percentage get jobs after graduation?

Cost
Is there financial aid available?
Do they have work study programs?
Will there be out-of-state fees?

www.alcareerinfo.org provides college scholarship, financial aid, and career information www.mymajors.com provides information about degree programs (majors/minors) education.yahoo.net is a search tool for degrees, colleges, and careers
CAMPUS VISITS
It would be unfair - to yourself and to the college - to judge a school just on the basis of its catalogue or a brochure. Visiting or revisiting a college campus will help you make the "right" choice for you. While we realize that it can be very costly to visit all the colleges before you apply, it is essential to visit the colleges after you have been accepted and before you make your final decision. If you cannot visit a college or university before you apply, we suggest you check their website thoroughly to be sure they offer everything you need in a college. We also suggest that when you call the admissions office, request to have an upper classman call you, so you can ask
them pertinent questions. Most students, while salespersons for the school, are usually open and honest. Also remember, we live in the vicinity of many colleges. Taking tours of local campuses can give you a good idea of what you like and dislike in a prospective college. It will help you be more discerning in your choices. *Seniors are allowed pre-approved visits to colleges on school days. Schedule the visit ahead of time, inform your teachers, and bring back a letter from the visit day as your excuse for the day.

BEFORE YOUR TRIP
1. Call the admissions office and inquire about campus tours and admission talks. There usually are set days and times.
2. If time permits, arrange an overnight stay in the dorm.
3. Inquire about an interview with an admissions counselor. Some schools will not interview at all. If you do get an appointment, be prepared to ask questions. Come with your resume and an unofficial transcript, which you can obtain from your counselor.
4. Arrange an interview in the financial aid office. Ask lots of questions. Inquire about their financial aid application process, tuition payment plans and work-study programs.

WHILE ON CAMPUS
1. Take a tour and hear an admission talk.
2. Walk around on your own and talk to students. You may feel bashful, but chances are they are flattered to tell you about their school.
3. Eat a meal on campus.
4. If you have a strong inclination toward a course of study, visit that department. Interview a faculty person. If you are in the science department, check out the labs. What research is going on? Can lower classmen participate? 5. Find the student placement office. Browse through the bulletins. Where do students find jobs after graduation? How? 6. Pick up back copies of the campus newspaper. They are very revealing about the issues affecting the student body.
7. Pick up last year's course offerings. While many schools list hundreds of courses in their catalogue, it is important to find out what they actually offered. Can you get all the courses you need within four years?

AFTER YOU LEAVE
1. Write down as much information about your visit as you can remember. Include names of people you met.
2. Record your personal impressions of the school - both negative and positive. Did people seem friendly? Stressed? (Exam time does not count.) Did you like the dorms? Was it easy to get around?
3. Jot down some comparisons with other colleges. Such as "I like this better at College A than at B because . . ." The more careful notes you take now, the better prepared you will be when it comes time to make a decision.
4. When you get home, set up a college file. One folder or file per school. You can invest in a cheap "egg crate," which is an essential in most dorm rooms anyway. Every time you receive information from that college, put it in the file. Keep everything together.




LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Many colleges (and scholarship foundations) ask you to supplement your application with letters of recommendation. It is your responsibility to determine what letters, if any, are required. Colleges may specify that recommendations come from:

• Teachers in academic subjects who can speak to your academic strengths.
• Coaches and teachers who can attest to your athletic or artistic talent. • Counselors who can address your personal strengths, accomplishments, and special circumstances which might impact on an admission decision; or others, such as club sponsors, religious leaders, employers, who can give evidence of your character and leadership ability.

You should choose a person who knows you well enough to write a letter of recommendation which will cite your strengths and abilities. Allow the person sufficient time to write a thoughtful letter (3-5 working days). It is helpful to share your resume in order to provide background information about you. It is appropriate to send a thank you note to anyone writing a letter of recommendation.




YOUR RESUME:
Your resume reflects the educational, leadership, and extracurricular investments you have made from 9th -12th grade. A good resume is helpful when filling out scholarship applications, and often is required as an attachment to an application.

Resumes are also helpful when requesting letters of recommendation; teachers appreciate the details as a reference to use when describing your accomplishments in a letter.

Your resume is not only valuable now; it will "follow" you even into college and your career. Keep it saved on a flashdrive so you can review and edit it each year. You will use your resume again in college, whether applying for a club or interviewing for a job. It will grow with you over time and can save precious time when you get ready to pursue other things in life!

A sample resume is provided here; however, there are many different formats you can use.

**Tips: Use headers and phrases, not complete sentences or "I" statements
List activities in order of most recent Only list activities from 9th-12th grade
Use action verbs in past tense
1-2 pages max: be concise, but try to include everything in a neat and organized way


Types of Financial Aid

Collegiate Scholarships (awarded by the college)
• Academic (ACT, GPA, Rank)
• Athletic
• Leadership (often based on resume)
• Band / Music
• Dance
• ROTC
• Need based / Foundational (Alumni Foundations, etc)

Foundational Scholarships: awarded by groups outside of college
• Memorial Scholarships (Terry, Graham)
• Business Foundations (Coca-Cola, Compass Bank, Logicore, Parents' work, etc)
• Community Groups (Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame, Kappa Kappa Iota, LCEA)

Pell Grants: awarded through the FAFSA; "free money" that is not paid back (p.15)

Student Loans: usually facilitated through the college

College Payment Plans: some colleges offer monthly payment plans

Financial Aid Terms to Know:
Financial aid package: The combination of gift aid, loans and work-study that a student receives.
Comprehensive fee: The total cost of tuition, room, board and student fees charged by a college or university. In addition, other expenses (such as transportation and books) are added to the comprehensive fee to determine the cost of attendance at a college.
Need analysis: Using information provided on the FAFSA form and on other forms a college or university might require, the income and assets of both the parents and the student are analyzed. Many variables that affect a family's financial situation are considered, such as the number of people in the household, number of children in college, state of residence, age of the parents, and the types of assets and savings. Upon completion of the FAFSA, you can view an SAR (Student Aid Report).
Expected family contribution (EFC): The amount that the family, including the student, could reasonably be expected to contribute toward the cost of college education. This is determined by need analysis on the FAFSA.
Financial need: The difference between the estimated family contribution and the estimated cost of attendance at a college or university. The amount of financial need is the basis for awarding need-based aid.
Need-based aid: Financial aid awarded on the basis of the financial need shown by a family, as determined by need analysis.
Merit-based aid: Financial aid awarded on the basis of factors other than financial need. This usually consists of scholarships awarded for academic performance or for special talents, such as artistic or athletic ability.
Financial Aid Web Resources
www.fafsa.ed.gov: the official website for applying for federal student financial aid
www.finaid.org: explanations of different types of financial aid, glossary of terms, calculators for estimating college costs and financial aid.
www.studentaid.ed.gov : site for U.S. Department of Education; has resources and suggestions for every step of the process, downloadable federal student aid publications, links to information about financial aid programs in each state.
www.nasfaa.org/ParentsStudents : Web site for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, features on-line financial aid brochures (some in Spanish), worksheets, and checklists.
• www.fastweb.com : Searchable database of more than 600,000 scholarships
• www.scholarships.com: searchable database of scholarships
• College-financial-aid-advice.com provides scholarship listings
• www.alstudentaid.com provides college/financial information for Alabama colleges *Never pay for scholarship searches! All these are free resources.

Tips for Navigating the Financial Aid Process:
 Read each college's brochures carefully to find out which form(s) to submit and when to apply for financial aid.
 Fill out all forms accurately and completely. Mistakes and incomplete information on financial aid forms can cause delays or even ineligibility.
 Make sure you don't miss important deadlines, as the dates might vary from college to college.  Keep a copy of every financial aid form and supporting document that you send out. Also keep copies of any correspondence and notes of conversations you have with financial aid officers.
 Beware of scholarship scams. If you have to pay money to get a scholarship, it's probably a scam.  Reapply every year. Most financial aid awards are not automatically renewed.
Questions to ask colleges:
1) What kind of financial assistance does the college offer: need-based, merit-based, or both?
2) Can the college provide an early estimate of what our financial aid award might be?
3) What forms are needed in order to apply?
4) When are financial aid applications due?
5) What costs are taken into account by the financial aid office? Tuition, room, board, transportation? How about additional expenses like books, fees, computers and personal expenses?
6) When will we be notified about the amount of assistance we can expect?
7) Does the institution have an appeal process to review special circumstances?
8) Is there a commitment for financial assistance after the first year?
9) How and when do we apply for financial assistance after the first year?
10) What if we do not qualify for need-based aid? Are there alternative financing options?
11) What grant, loans, and work study opportunities are offered by the college itself?
12) What is the average student loan indebtedness of the college's graduates?
13) Is there a restriction to the length of time that financial assistance will continue? 14) How long does it typically take a student to graduate from this college?
15) What impact do scholarships from outside sources have on other financial aid?
16) Can we apply financial aid toward an off-campus study program, either in the U.S. or another country?
17) What happens if our family's financial situation changes substantially during the school year?
18) Are there any payment options available (such as monthly or quarterly)?
FAFSA
You must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal student aid for college or career school and for most state and institutional aid. All FAFSA application processes are online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. This is a "universal" form that all colleges use to determine your eligibility for aid. Some colleges even require completion of the FAFSA before awarding academic scholarships, so EVERY college-bound student should complete the FAFSA (and be mindful of colleges' deadlines to do so).

Financial Aid offices use information from the FAFSA to determine if you are eligible to receive federal student aid from grants, loans, and work-study programs. Also, foundation scholarship committees often review financial aid information to determine scholarship candidacy. So be sure to fill out the FAFSA, even in you think you won't qualify for a pell grant.

Before beginning the FAFSA, you (student AND parent) will apply for a personal identification number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. The PIN will allow you to sign you FAFSA electronically and to correct your processed FAFSA information online. Do not share your PIN with anyone! This is your personal access to FAFSA.

The following information is required to complete the FAFSA:
• Student and Parent Social Security number
• Driver's license number
• Federal tax information or tax return forms for previous year. o An academic year for financial aid runs from fall to summer (August to July). If you will begin college in the fall, you will use 2014 tax information to fill out the 2015-2016 FAFSA. (always use the previous year's tax info).
o If you plan to begin college in the summer of 2015, you will also complete the 2014-15 FAFSA using 2013 tax return information (since the FAFSA-year runs August to July, summer terms fall under the previous year's FAFSA application).
Other tips:
1. Be aware of FAFSA deadlines outlined by your college. Many have a March 1 deadline in order to be eligible for scholarships.
2. Use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (available at www.fafsa.ed.gov) to help collect the information you will need to fill out the FAFSA online.
3. List recipients (colleges) on your FAFSA to make sure the colleges receive your financial aid status information. You can also forward your FAFSA information to other colleges on a later date if you change your college plans.
4. Follow up on your FAFSA. Your application will be processed and you will receive a Student Aid Report. Review your SAR for any necessary corrections and updates. 7-10 days after submitting your FAFSA, contact the financial aid office of your college to verify that they have received the information.

LOCAL HELP with FAFSA: During the month of February, we will host a Financial Aid Assistance Night to offer assistance with filling out the FAFSA. Also, Lanetta Phillips from Northwest Shoals will schedule a day for individual appointments at LCHS to meet with students/ parents who need help filling out their FAFSA (regardless of where you will be attending).

OTHER HELP with FAFSA: College Financial Aid offices; North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence (NACEE)- 350-6478; 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
THE PARENTS' ROLE
IN THE COLLEGE ADMISSION PROCESS

The application period is a time of anxiety for your son or daughter. Help your child by seeing that he/she follows the procedures properly and meets all deadlines. Be an active participant in the exploration process and offer your guidance as your child weighs information and creates the list of schools to which he or she will apply. Be certain that your daughter or son completes all admission requirements in accordance with required deadlines. With your child, file all required financial aid forms by the deadline. Colleges may require one or more of the following financial aid and related forms.

• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), required by all colleges for applicants for need-based aid and/or loans from state and federal sources. There is no charge to submit the FAFSA.
• The college's own financial aid form, which is returned directly to the college and for which there is no fee.
• Financial records as requested by the college, most often copies of the parents' and student's federal income tax returns.

The college application process can be time consuming and detract from routine student responsibilities. Make sure that your daughter or son keeps up with all schoolwork and maintains good study habits during this active time. Encourage patience, persistence and good humor at all times.




If your son or daughter has applied to a range of different types of schools, your child will have a choice if he/she selected well. Should a negative response be received, provide consolation and support. When good news is received, seize the time to praise and congratulate your child. It will be a very happy time for everyone. You now have a college freshman in the family!

Tips for Parents of Seniors:
 REGULARLY check up on attendance and grades (INOW, email teachers, etc)
 Communicate EVERY DAY about how they are doing with school, assignments, and/ or college plans. Encourage them and communicate your expectations for their future.
 Help your senior take care of him or herself (sleep, eating, de-stress, healthy choices)  Begin (if you haven't already) teaching your senior about money management and credit
 Help organize your senior's time and materials o Keep an event calendar for deadlines, homework, tests, work, special events, etc
o Break down long term goals into short term goals
o Provide a regular time and place for quiet study time and college planning time







NCAA REQUIREMENTS





A high school student who plans on playing a sport at a Division I or II college must register through the NCAA and must meet specific academic requirements as set forth by the NCAA.

To register with the NCAA Clearinghouse, fill go to www.eligibilitycenter.org. There is a registration fee of $70; however, the fee can be waived if you are on Free or Reduced lunch.. Let Mrs. Banks know if you have requested a waiver online.

Also use the website to view Eligibility Requirements for Division I and Division II sports.
GPA and ACT scores are considered for eligibility, along with required number of core courses. Make sure that when you take the ACT, you list NCAA (code 9999) as a score recipient.

Website: www.eligibilitycenter.org

Customer Service: 877-262-1492

24-hour Voice Response: 877-861-3003

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
















2015-2016 Testing Dates

The ACT Test is a college placement test for 4 year colleges. 2 and 4 year colleges also use ACT test scores to determine eligibility for scholarships.
• Register at www.actstudent.org.
• WMHS School Code 012660
• The cost of the ACT is $39.50 ($56.50 for Plus Writing). Additional fees are included if you register past the deadline.
• Students on free or reduced lunch are allowed two test fee waivers for the ACT during their Junior and Senior Year. See Mrs. Banks for a fee waiver.
ACT Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee required
September 12 August 7 August 8-21
October 24 September 18 Sept 19 - Oct. 2
December 12 November 6 November 4
February 6 January 8 January 9-15
April 9 March 4 March 5-18
June 11, 2016 May 6, 2016 May 7-20, 2016
 Check your colleges' scholarship deadline dates! Many colleges have December 1 deadlines, which means the October test will be your last chance to qualify for ACTbased scholarships!
 Also make sure you take the writing portion of the test if required by your college.
 You MUST upload a PHOTO on the registration site.  You MUST have your picture ID and Admission ticket to test!

ACT WorkKeys (Seniors): February 9, 2016
This is an assessment that all seniors in Alabama will take. It assesses work skills and helps formulate a career plan for Seniors.

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Test Preparation Resources:
 www.actstudent.org (practice tests)
 www.march2success.com
 www.homeworkalabama.org free online tutoring
 Score Plus workshops for ACT: scoreplusacademics.com (256-740-9536)
 Lentz ACT workshops: www.lentzeducational.com (256-394-1712)
 learninglynks.com: ACT writing tips
 All Pencils Down: test prep courses www.allpencilsdown.com (205-998-4356)



College Admissions Information
*Information based on 2013-2014 school year

College ACT Required for Admission Deadline to apply for Scholarships Website
4-year colleges
Auburn (Ave.24) *must take ACT writing Dec 1 www.auburn.edu

Alabama A & M 18 and 2.0 GPA March 1 www.aamu.edu

Alabama State 16+ for scholarships Feb 15 www.alasu.edu

Jacksonville State 17 conditional/20 unconditional Mar 1 www.jsu.edu

Montevallo 18 Dec 1 + www.montevallo.edu

Troy University 17 conditional/20 unconditional Jan 15 and Mar 1 www.troy.edu

Univ of Alabama 21 *must take ACT+Writing Dec 1 www.ua.edu
Univ of AL B'ham 20 Admitted by Nov 1 Scholarship Dec 1 www.uab.edu

Univ of AL Huntsville 18 Dec 1 (can take later ACT's) www.uah.edu

Univ of North AL 16 conditional/18 unconditional Dec 3 www.una.edu

Univ of South AL 19 Dec 1 www.southalabama.edu

Univ of West AL 18 unconditional Feb 15 www.uwa.edu

2-year colleges
Bevill State 16 or placement test Feb 28 www.bscc.edu

Calhoun 16 or Placement test Mar 1 www.calhoun.edu

Gadsden State 16 or Placement test Mar 1 www.gadsdenstate.edu

Northwest Shoals 16 or Placement test Mar 17 www.nwscc.edu

Shelton State 16 or Placement test Feb 1 www.sheltonstate.edu

Wallace State 16 or Placement test Feb 1 www.wallacestate.edu


NOTE: Meeting a minimum ACT score does NOT guarantee admission to a four-year college. Four-year colleges also consider GPA when determining admission eligibility, and some consider leadership/extracurricular abilities as well. Several larger universities, due to the high number of applicants, limit freshmen enrollment to the top percentile test scores of the incoming freshmen group.

College Admissions / Scholarship reminders:
1. Narrow college search to 3-5 colleges and apply for admission to at least 2 colleges.
2. Inform Guidance Office when you have applied to a college; list your name on the Transcript request clipboard on Mrs. Bank's desk. We will send the college(s) your official transcript.
3. Apply for collegiate and foundational scholarships, either online or hard copies. Be mindful of deadlines and complete ALL requirements for consideration (i.e. essay, transcripts sent, resume, recommendation letters, etc).
4. Pay attention to all senior handouts-there will be scholarships available throughout the year from various sources, and it is UP TO YOU to follow the directions on the handouts! Keep a folder of all scholarship / college materials and visit it at least once per week
5. Fill out your FAFSA after you get your 2015 tax returns completed (www.fafsa.ed.gov).
 For Fall 2016-Spring 2017 Pell Grant eligibility, you will complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA using 2015 tax information.
 If you plan to start college in summer 2016, you will also complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA with 2014 tax information. (The 2015-2016 FAFSA may also qualify you for a free summer course from Northwest Shoals after graduation-Jump Start Program).