12th Grade Updates OCTOBER

CHS Counseling Office

College Application Tips

DECIDING WHETHER TO APPLY EARLY DECISION OR EARLY ACTION

Know your deadlines! Some school-based scholarships require you to apply by a certain deadline.


FAFSA OPENS UP ON OCTOBER 1!

Don't forget to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid!


COLLEGE APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS

Read this article to learn more about who qualifies for application fee waivers.


RESOURCES FOR LOW-INCOME OR HOMELESS STUDENTS


Learn more about college costs, financial aid, and available services.


DEMONSTRATED INTEREST

Remember that it’s important to let the colleges on your list know that you’re really interested in attending their schools. Keep connecting with college representatives when they visit your school, your community, or via virtual sessions online.


SCHOLARSHIPS

Check out the School Counseling Website for scholarships.

Sign up for an account on goingmerry.com for additional scholarship information.

Financial Aid Night

The School Counseling Office will host a Financial Aid night on October 5, 2021. This event will be held in the CHS auditorium at 7:00pm. A representative from Valparaiso University will be here to give a presentation about financial aid and answer your questions. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about financial aid!

IUN Instant Decision Day

Are you considering attending Indiana University Northwest next year? On October 18 from 8:00am-4:00pm they are hosting an Instant Decision Day on their campus. You can receive an on-the-spot admissions decision! Register for this event using the link below.

Check out this link for more details and also for more IUN events!


PNW College Fair

Purdue Northwest is hosting a college fair on Tuesday, October 5 at their Westville campus. More than 60 colleges and universities will be represented at these college fairs! Click here to learn more about the College Fairs.

Tutoring Help!

CHS offers Tutoring Tuesdays after school from 3-4:00pm, but did you know that we also have after-school VIRTUAL tutors?!!! This is a great resource if you need help with your classes!

If you need a tutor, check out this link to learn more!

U.S. Military Options

If you are interested in the military, check out these websites for additional information.


U.S. Army


Army National Guard


U.S. Navy


U.S. Air Force


U.S. Marine Corps


U.S. Coast Guard


Air National Guard

Virtual College Fair

The College Essay Guy and Strive Scan are partnering to bring students a virtual college fair on October 6th. During this free event, you’ll have a chance to hear from different colleges and universities from across the U.S., and in Canada, France, Australia and the U.K. You can choose which colleges you want to hear from by registering for their sessions, and ask questions of the college representatives live.

Click this link to learn more and to register!

Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month. We want to encourage all students to be aware of what is happening around them and help stop bullying. Bullying is defined as:




  • unwanted aggressive behavior
  • observed or perceived power imbalance
  • repetition or high likelihood of repetition of bullying behaviors




If someone is being bullied, please take action. Talk to an adult that you trust. If someone is being bullied at school, please tell a school employee. You can always talk with your school counselor if you are worried about yourself or a friend.


You can find additional information about bullying prevention at the Stop Bullying website.

College Sports

If you plays sports, please familiarize yourself with the NCAA and NAIA athletic recruiting requirements.

College Rep Visits

The Counseling Office at CHS regularly hosts college admissions reps as well as recruiters from each branch of the military. Students can sign up to attend college rep visits by logging into Naviance. In Naviance choose Colleges-then in the drop down list and choose College Visits. You can see which schools are coming to CHS and register to attend. Don't forget to come to the counseling office to pick up a pass to attend the meetings.
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School Counseling Office Staff

Mrs. Jenni Smoker-Office Manager jesmoker@duneland.k12.in.us

Mrs. Jill Balcerak-Registrar jbalcerak@duneland.k12.in.us

School Counselors