College Beat for Seniors
November/December 2019

A few steps that are imperative for college admission:

  1. Please be sure to complete the FAFSA online.  Even if you think you may not receive any grants or financial aid for college, this must be filled out every year in order for your child to receive scholarships or work study on campus.
  2. All students must get a meningitis shot before they can sign up for their classes or housing!  Even if they are attending Lamar and living at home, they still must have the shot.  Please keep the receipt of the shot because you will need to present proof to the university.
  3. If you have not done so, you will also need to access your student’s College Board account and have them send a copy of your student’s scores directly to the university.  This will cost $12.
  4. We will send the Semester 1 transcripts to your child’s accepted universities over Christmas Break!

Congratulations to our seniors who have already been accepted by a university!  The colleges include Texas A&M College Station, University of Texas in Austin, University of Texas San Antonio, Lamar, Baylor University, and University of Mary Hardin Baylor!!

There is a new program that can tailor a student’s scholarship money for a specific college.  Please visit Raise.Me regarding this program and see the current universities that participate, including Houston Baptist University.  Our students can “earn” scholarship money for doing well in high school!!

Please remember that once your child is accepted into a university, that university should let you know all their available scholarships.  If they do not, “bug” and nag them until they do.

 

College Beat for Juniors
November 2019

Juniors should be signed up to take either the SAT or ACT sometime next semester.   If possible, they need to take one early on and then possibly take the test again around May.  This way, when college applications begin in August, hopefully your child will have the scores needed to be admitted to the university of their choice.
To sign up for the SAT, go to www.collegeboard/SAT.
To sign up for the ACT, go to www.actstudent.org.

There are 3 free sites on the web that students can use as practice:  Khan Academy, Union Test Prep, and PrepFactory.

I also suggest that you and your student discuss at least 3 university options and that you plan a “road trip” sometime this summer to visit the possible universities!   You will need to visit each university’s website and contact them to reserve an official visit day/time.

There is also a new program that can tailor a student’s scholarship money for a specific college.  Please visit Raise.Me regarding this program and see the current universities that participate.  Our students can “earn” scholarship money for doing well in high school!

Please remember that our college trip is next Wednesday, November 20!  I will send a reminder later this week.