TLH Senior Newsletter #1 Fall 2021

Welcome Back Seniors!

Dear Seniors,

Welcome back Seniors! As you start this school year we know there is a lot on your plate that you have to manage this fall-college applications, scholarships, financial aid forms, etc. We want to help you navigate your senior year and assist you with your college and career plans. This newsletter will include lots of useful information that will help guide you along in your senior year including the college application process or if you are just trying to figure out what you want to do after graduation. Please share this newsletter with your parents and help us spread the word about it to other seniors.

Fall Senior Survey

Please take a minute to complete our Fall Senior Survey. We will use this information to help better serve your questions and concerns you may have about things like college, careers, financial aid, etc.

https://forms.gle/NXwLq71NAy5Uv1W78
How to register for the ACT test

SAT and ACT Fee Waivers

Many students do not know that they can qualify for a fee waiver which means they do NOT have to pay the $53 to take the SAT or ACT.


SAT fee waivers are available to select 11th and 12th grade students in the U.S. based on income level. SAT Subject Test fee waivers are available for students in grades 9–12.

You're eligible for fee waivers if you say "yes" to any of the following:

  • You're enrolled in or eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
  • Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • You're enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Your family receives public assistance.
  • You live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home, or are homeless.
See your counselor if you would like to apply for a fee waiver

What is the Common App?

The Common Application is a single online college application form used by over 900 colleges and universities. Instead of filling out the same general information—like your address, GPA, and extracurriculars— a dozen times, you only have to do it once. The Common App website has lots of videos that explain step by step how to submit your application using their platform. Check out their website below.

https://www.commonapp.org/apply

College Application Fee Waiver Information

Students who use an SAT Fee Waiver will receive college application fee waivers. Here is more information about this program.

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/applying-101/college-application-fee-waivers

You can also request an ACT college application fee waiver if you were approved for an ACT Test Fee Waiver. See your counselor if that is the case for you.

You can also request a fee waiver to colleges if you are applying via Common Application. Here are the details on this...

https://www.commonapp.org/static/132272b4b32fcd846abaa8e967d3ba9a-24d0e68aaf38058a8ba9b3a00283c681.pdf

Best College Blogs

If you will be applying to college this fall and are not yet following at least one college admissions blog then we HIGHLY recommend you start doing this now! They can be a tremendous source of information for you as you begin the college application process. Here are a few of our favorites. Even though some of these are from out of state colleges, the information they provide is for the most part application to many highly selective colleges.

University of South Carolina-Lots of FAQs here about USC admissions. https://uofscadmissions.tumblr.com/


Furman University-lots of helpful information for both potential Furman applicants and really the entire college search and admissions process.

https://www.furman.edu/admissions-aid/admission-blog/


Georgia Tech-They have a GREAT blog that has some humor in it as well which always makes it more appealing to read. GT also recently started a series of short podcasts that break down some of the more complex college application topics into easily understandable pieces.

https://sites.gatech.edu/admission-blog/

University of Georgia-Also another awesome blog with very insightful information about the college admissions process that will be helpful for any student applying to a selective state university.

https://www.admissions.uga.edu/blog/

Letters of Recommendation

When you are ready to ask your school counselor for a recommendation, please provide an updated high school resume for them to assist in this process. Please give your counselor and teachers a MINIMUM of TWO weeks notice for your recommendation.

Below is a link to a great article on writing a high school resume for college.

https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/high-school-resume

How To Send Your Transcript To Colleges

Students will use the Need My Transcript online platform to request their transcript to be sent to the colleges for which they are applying. From the TLH homepage, scroll down towards the bottom of the page (just below Site Shortcuts and Classlink). Click on the "ONLINE STUDENT RECORDS REQUEST FORM (TRANSCRIPT)" image and then follow the instructions that follow.

https://sites.google.com/anderson5.net/tlh-counseling/registration/transcripts

Learn More about the College Admissions Process

Join the Davidson admission team for a workshop series designed to prepare you for your college search and application process.

Sessions are for rising high school juniors and seniors, with session options for parents and mentors in the evening.

Each workshop has been designed by a team which may consist of Davidson admissions staff, partners from other institutions, and our high school counseling colleagues. The goal is to provide information in a broad scope that will serve participants regardless of where they apply. We encourage participants with questions specific to a school's admission process to reach out directly to that institution.

Here are the topics that you can register for

  • College Application & Financial Aid Basics
  • College Essays 101
  • Visiting Colleges Virtually & Demonstrating Interest
  • How to Talk About Yourself: Interview Prep
  • Mock Admission Case Studies
  • What do I do After I Hit "Submit?"

https://www.davidson.edu/admission-and-financial-aid/admission-intensive

Who Is My Counselor?

This year we made some minor changes to the TLH School Counselor caseloads. You may have a different counselor this year so check out the link below to find out who your counselor is and get contact information for the entire Guidance Office staff including our Registrar, School Social Worker, and Career Development Facilitator (CDF).

https://sites.google.com/anderson5.net/tlh-counseling/counseling-dept/counselors

Google Classroom for Class of 2022

Be sure to join this Google Classroom to get updates on all things senior related! Scholarships financial aid information, college admissions events and more.

Google Classroom Code: https://classroom.google.com/c/MTEyNjg2NDY0MTgw?cjc=qtd3x5a