WHS Post HS Planning
Post High School Planning
Make sure you read the directions, qualifications, and deadlines!!
Attention all juniors and seniors!! View the following Post Secondary Planning Guide for information regarding the college search and application process...
Reminders to Seniors
- NCAA Clearninghouse- if you plan on playing a sport in college (Div 1 or Div 2), you must register (recommended that you sign up prior to senior year)
- Be aware of Deadlines and hand in all materials 2 weeks before it is due.
- Send your SAT and ACT scores to your schools - it is the student's responsibility to forward scores through College Board and/or ACT.org
- Turn in your community service hours to your counselor - 20 hours needed for graduation
Counselors will be meeting with all Seniors in September and October to review the college application process.
** If you are planning to apply to a State School, please be aware in past years they have stopped accepting applications earlier than posted deadlines due to the large amount of applicants. Especially if you want room and board, get your application in early.
Watertown High School CEEB Code: 070-882
Make the Most of your College Fair Visit - WHS College and Career Fair will be held in March 2013
(View our website for upcoming local college and career fairs)
Make a list of colleges of interest and do some research ahead of time.
What do you want to find out? Write up a few questions to ask the representatives of each school. Ask the same questions to each school so you can compare later.
Make sure questions are unique to you and your interests. For example, ask about extracurricular activities. Ask about what percentage of students receive financial aid.
Find out what classes a typical freshman in a major of your interest would take.
If undecided, ask what services and support are offered to help you explore various majors.
Don't forget to bring a notebook with your questions, a pen or pencil and a bag to carry the college information you will be collecting.
Also leave time to browse and don't just focus on the well known schools. You may find a college you never heard of with the exact major or extracurricular activities you are looking for.
RSP Tuition Break
The New England Regional Student Program (RSB) allows for New England residents to enroll in an out-of-state New England public college or university in an approved major not offered in their home-state's public college or university at a discounted price. Please visit the follwing website or see your counselor for more information.
Free Test Prep
Help to prepare for the SATs in reading, writing, math and vocabulary for free.
Colleges and Universities that do not require SATs or ACTs for admitting students. Please visit the following website for more information.
Click here for the free PDF version...
Click on the link below to view the new NCAA eligibility guidelines for students who will enroll in college starting in the fall of 2016...
Scholarship Search Engines:
Scholarship America- www.scholarshipamerica.org
Financial Aid Resources:
Federal Resource- www.studentaid.ed.gov
State of Connecticut Dept. of Higher Education- www.ctdhe.org
The following link will provide a preview of the questions that you may be asked while completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Finacial Aid Resource Center- www.estudentloan.com
Federal Resource- www.college.gov
College Board- www.collegeboard.com
Post High School Terminology
Associates Degree: An undergraduate degree granted upon completion of two years or 60 credits of college cousre work.
Bachelors Degree: An undergratuate degree where you declare a major and complete 120 credits of college course work in about 4 to 5 years.
Commuter: A student who lives off campus and commutes to classes.
Early Decision: Is an early application process where you apply early and hear back early. The decision is binding, meaning if you apply early decision and get accepted to that school, you must attend that school and withdraw your applications from the other schools you are applied to.
Early Action: Is similar to early decision, but not binding. You send in your application earlier and hear back earlier, but do not have to choose to attend that school if accepted.
Finacial Aid: Is available from grants, loans, scholarships and work-study from federal, state instituational, and private sorces. Awards are based on finacial need, funds available, academic performance and sometimes even timliness of application.
Financial Need: The difference between a student's educational costs and the expected family contribution (amount a family is expected to pay).
FASFA: Federal Student Fincial Aid form which the government uses to determine how much aid each student is eligible for. This form is filled out in January each year you attend college.
Federal Aid: Aid that comes from the US Government. This is sometimes disbursed through your college.
Full Time Student: Most colleges require a full time student to be taking at least 12 credit hours per semester.
Grant: Financial aid based on financial need.
Major: Chosen field of study in which to earn a degree. Each school and major may require a differnt number of credits to fulfill.
Minor: A secondary field of study, usually requiring less credit hours to complete.
Naviance: A career and college planning tool that also helps keep you and your counselor up to date with your college process.
NCAA Clearninghouse: Organization of athletic programs in college and universities.
Private Aid: Financial aid that comes from sources that are non-government related.
Private University: Are colleges not operated by the government, but operated by a private organization.
Public University: Colleges that recieve funding from the State. There is usually a difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.