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December 2015 Counseling Department Newsletter

News from the THS Counseling Department

Hello December! It's hard to believe that there are only three weeks left in the semester. Make sure you have all of your assignments turned in and don't forget about the semester exams on the 16th & 17th.

The Counseling Department is open daily for students to stop by and talk to a counselor to discuss their academic plans, post-graduation options, research scholarships, financial aid and numerous other opportunities offered through our department. Parents and students are welcome to contact their counselor to make an appointment.


The FAFSA opens up on January 1, 2016! Make sure you have registered for your FSA ID at three days prior to completing the FAFSA at . Remember you should never pay for your FAFSA or the FSA ID!!

Need FAFSA help?

We will be hosting a FAFSA night immediately after the TN Promise meeting on January 14. If you have any questions about the FAFSA or need help applying please plan to attend.

Remember the FAFSA is due by February 15 in order to meet the requirements for TN Promise.

Career Preparation Resources

Looking for resources to assist you with resume writing and interviewing? The Center for Career Development at the University of Tennessee Knoxville provides a number of resources. Check out all of the resources by clicking (here). Available resources include a Resume Writing Guide and Interview Preparation Guide.

Attention Seniors:

We are working on a bulletin board for college acceptance letters. If you would like to be included please stop by the counseling office or send your counselor a picture of yourself with your acceptance letter.

Why Should I take the ACT?

Are you thinking about attending college? If so, you must take an ACT test. Generally, the best time to take the ACT is immediately after taking algebra II or Integrated Math III. Most likely, this time will fall at the end of the junior year.

Your score on the ACT can determine admittance to college, whether remedial classes will be required in college, and/or the amount of scholarship money you will receive for college.

  • If below 19 in English and/or Math: Colleges will require students to take remedial courses which will increase total tuition.
  • Graduate with Honors: Students must meet the ACT benchmarks (English 18, Math 22, Reading 22, Science 23)
  • Score of 21: Qualify for the Hope Scholarship (up to $3,500 per year)
  • Score of 29: Required for THS Graduate of Highest Distinction
  • Students can get one voucher to pay for one ACT, and some students may qualify for up to two fee waivers to take additional tests.

Interested in College?

Use the FAFSA4caster to see how federal student aid can help you pay for college.