*complete your Apply Texas application and submit it online (opens July 1st)
*request a transcript to be sent to the colleges you have applied for (counselor's office)
*pay your college application fees on time
*check your transcript audit and make sure you have everything you need to graduate
*collect letters of recommendation and submit them online ON TIME
*complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) this opens October 1st and is based on your parent's prior, prior year's income taxes. You have to submit the FAFSA before you are eligible for any scholarships/grants/loans
*check the scholarship book in the counselor's office periodically throughout the year for scholarship opportunities. Be sure to apply for local scholarships in the spring.
*finish your senior year strong!!! Don't slack off academically just because you are a senior!!!
Meningitis Vaccine Notice to Parents of High School Seniors
New Senate Bill requires all entering students at Texas institutions of higher education to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis within the last five years and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.
Students under 19 years of age may be eligible for a low-cost vaccine through the Texas Vaccines for Children Program (TVFC). Parents should contact their child’s doctor for more information about the TVFC program. Children are usually eligible for TVFC if they are:
Enrolled in Medicaid
Enrolled in CHIP
American Indian or Alaskan Native
Underinsured children - A child whose health insurance does not cover vaccines; a child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (TVFCeligible for non-covered vaccines only); or a child whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount.
Parents also have the opportunity to enroll in the Texas Immunization Registry at www.ImmTrac.com, which provides electronic storage of immunization records, and allows individuals to quickly access their records as needed.
How do I register for the SAT or ACT?
Online registration is encouraged with a credit card. Go to www.collegeboard.com:
1. Click on Register for the SAT
2. Click on Register Now to Choose a User Name and Password (save in a safe place)
3. Choose which test – SAT Reasoning Test, Test Date, and Test Center
4. Select colleges to receive scores.
5. Make sure you arrive early to find the testing site. Once the test starts you will not be emitted to the testing room
Credit cards are required (VISA, Master Card, American Express, or Discover)
Paper registration: Forms may be obtained from your counselor.
Telephone Registration: is used to re-register only – (609)771-7600
Navarro High School Code: 446425
Online Registration: www.actstudent.org
Online registration is encouraged with a credit card. Go to www.actstudents.org:
1. Register for any national test date via the web and pay by VISA or Master Card.
2. After you create your record, you have up to 72 hours to complete and send to ACT.
3. You will receive your admission ticket about one week earlier than if you paper register.Important: If you need to request test accommodations or extended time or plan to pay with a fee waiver, state voucher, or check you must register by paper folder, not online.
Paper Registration: Forms may be obtained from your counselor.
Telephone registration : is used to re-register only – (310) 337-1270 (additional $10.00 fee)
Navarro High School Code: 446425
1. Be sure to check the scholarships on the Counselors’ webpage
2. Develop a resume and give to teachers when you request a letter of recommendation.
3. Be sure to allow teachers and counselors at least two weeks to complete a letter of recommendation. Last minute requests usually do not result in the best recommendation letter.
4. It is very appropriate to write thank you notes to teachers who write recommendation letters for you.
5. Take extra care in completing applications. Neatness counts! Check for spelling and grammar errors.
6. If you receive a scholarship, a thank you note to the scholarship committee or organization is certainly in order.
7. Scholarships and financial aid opportunities come from the college you attend. Be sure to check their websites.
8. Many scholarship applications will ask for an essay. Give some thought to how you approach this type of essay. “To be successful” does not give enough insight into your experiences and hope for your future. Schools are looking for something unique that makes an individual stand out. They are interested in individual initiative.
KEEP TRACK OF COLLEGE ADMISSION STEPS
1. Select your colleges about 8-10 months prior to entrance.
2. Contact these colleges and request catalogs and applications for admission. (Remember, you may apply online to Texas public colleges and universities at (www.applytexas.org.)
3. Check entrance requirements: ACT, SAT Reasoning Test (for admission), SAT Subject Tests (required by some colleges for placement), and course requirements, application fees and deadlines.
4. After selecting 2 or 3 colleges, return the completed applications and fees to them. Check housing information for your college/s. At this time, you might also consider sending a dormitory room deposit (usually refundable up to a certain date---check with the college) to ensure that you will have a room if you are accepted.
5. You should plan to visit your top choice schools before you make a final decision. A visit can give valuable insight into whether this is truly the best choice for you.
6. Take the SAT or ACT by December to meet most (take earlier for colleges that have December admission deadlines) college admission deadlines.
7. If you are planning to attend a Texas public (state supported) college, you will also need to take the TSI before you can enroll for classes unless you are exempt. Check with your counselor. Developmental classes will be required at the college for students who do not master sections of the TSI.
8. Be sure to follow up to see that your applications are complete and that your colleges have received all items.
9. Turn in a copy of your acceptance letter to the Counseling Office.
10. Request Official Transcripts to be sent out early.