West Morgan High School
261 S. Greenway Drive Trinity, AL 35673
Fax 256- 256-355-8713
Keith Harris, Principal email@example.com
Chad Kelsoe, Asst. Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance Office 256-353-5214
Tosha Banks, Guidance Counselor email@example.com
Senior Focus Group Teachers
- Mrs. Ramona Cole (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mrs. Abigal Harris (email@example.com)
- Mr. Kevin Sanders (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mrs. Jessica Spencer (email@example.com)
- Mr. Samuel Wallace (firstname.lastname@example.org)
*Jostens Graduation Supplies: (205-985-0150)
School website: www.westmorganhighschool.org
• Announcements posted daily
• Guidance page includes senior handouts and college deadline
• INOW Home link to student grades and attendance
INOW Home access: www.morgank12.org/STINOW
• Usernames and passwords are given to students in
• 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
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
*NOTE: These services are all free. Never pay for financial aid
Senior Year Timeline
• 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
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
• Register with the NCAA if you are playing collegiate sports
• Senior Class Officers
• 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,
• ASVAB test for students interested in military
• 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
• 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)
• 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
• 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
• 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 (email@example.com). 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.
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 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
• 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
• 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
All fees, dues, etc. must be paid in order to participate in the
graduation program. Weather permitting, graduation is held on the
• Girls are asked to wear dresses and dark, low-heeled
• 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
Community (Junior) Colleges and Four-Year Colleges/
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
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
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
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
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,
(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
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?
How do your academic credentials compare to the freshmen
Have you taken an academically challenging program in high
What is the average GPA, SAT or ACT score of freshmen entering
that college? Do you meet their admission requirements?
Distance from home - how far from family and friends?
Rural vs. urban environment?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
• 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
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"
List activities in order of most recent Only list activities from
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)
• Leadership (often based on resume)
• Band / Music
• Need based / Foundational (Alumni Foundations, etc)
Foundational Scholarships: awarded by groups outside of
• 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
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
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: Financial aid awarded on the basis of the
financial need shown by a family, as determined by need
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
• www.scholarships.com: searchable database of
• College-financial-aid-advice.com provides scholarship
• 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
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
7) Does the institution have an appeal process to review special
8) Is there a commitment for financial assistance after the first
9) How and when do we apply for financial assistance after the
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
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
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
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).
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;
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
• 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
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
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
Help organize your senior's time and materials o Keep an
event calendar for deadlines, homework, tests, work, special
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
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.
Customer Service: 877-262-1492
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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
• 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
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
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
Test Preparation Resources:
www.actstudent.org (practice tests)
www.homeworkalabama.org free online tutoring
Score Plus workshops for ACT: scoreplusacademics.com
Lentz ACT workshops: www.lentzeducational.com
learninglynks.com: ACT writing tips
All Pencils Down: test prep courses
College Admissions Information
*Information based on 2013-2014 school year
College ACT Required for Admission Deadline to apply for
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
Montevallo 18 Dec 1 + www.montevallo.edu
Troy University 17 conditional/20 unconditional Jan 15 and Mar 1
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
Univ of AL Huntsville 18 Dec 1 (can take later ACT's)
Univ of North AL 16 conditional/18 unconditional Dec 3
Univ of South AL 19 Dec 1 www.southalabama.edu
Univ of West AL 18 unconditional Feb 15 www.uwa.edu
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
Northwest Shoals 16 or Placement test Mar 17 www.nwscc.edu
Shelton State 16 or Placement test Feb 1
Wallace State 16 or Placement test Feb 1
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
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
5. Fill out your FAFSA after you get your 2015 tax returns
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).