Winter Career Counseling Updates

Winter 2021-2022

Happy Winter!

We encourage everyone to take time and finish the fall semester out strong. Don't be afraid to ask for help and receive advising from teachers or counselors. Seniors stay up to date on current deadlines and dates for college applications.

Class of 2022

Class of 2022 you'll start to hear from colleges soon or you've already been accepted. Check your EMAIL and make sure you are reading all of the content for deadlines. Once you've been accepted you'll need to make sure you are staying up to date with the requirements to enroll at the college for this fall or defer for a further date.

  • Submit your acceptance form and deposit check as soon as possible. Once you accept an offer, you should receive information from the college about course scheduling, orientation sessions, housing arrangements, and other necessary forms. Pay attention to all deadlines and make sure that your applications are sent in on time.
  • Ask about housing deadlines, specifically, because on-campus student housing (where available) often fills up quickly.
  • Decline (in writing) offers received from other institutions or organizations.
  • Participate in orientation programs.-The earlier the better since you can select classes during this time and choose a better schedule with more class options
  • At the end of this school year, you'll need to submit ALL dual credit transcripts to the college you'll attend this fall. Here is some information on how to access your dual credit transcripts.
  • If you haven’t already, complete the “Life After High School” activity in the 12th Grade Learning plan to make sure you’ve checked all the boxes.

Advanced Opportunities Student/Parent Information Night

The Idaho State Department of Education will provide a student and parent information night related to Advanced Opportunities on:


To support students and parents, Advanced Opportunities staff will be providing a webinar to share information about educational opportunities and how to navigate the Advanced Opportunities program. Learn how students can excel with Advanced Opportunities.

Scholarships

Scholarships are gifts. They don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.


What kinds of scholarships are available?


Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.


Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or graduate students. And some are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families).


A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education.


How do I find scholarships?


You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking the information in a public library or online. But be careful. Make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate, and remember that you don't have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid. Check out this link on how to avoid scams.


Try these free sources of information about scholarships:

When do I apply for scholarships?


That depends on each scholarship’s deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you’re in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years. But if you’ve missed that window, don’t give up! Look at scholarship information to see which ones you can still apply for now.


How do I apply for scholarships?


Each scholarship has its own requirements. The scholarship’s website should give you an idea of who qualifies for the scholarship and how to apply. Make sure you read the application carefully, fill it out completely, and meet the application deadline.


How do I get my scholarship money?


That depends on the scholarship. The money might go directly to your college, where it will be applied to any tuition, fees, or other amounts you owe, and then any leftover funds are given to you. Or it might be sent directly to you in a check. The scholarship provider should tell you what to expect when it informs you that you’ve been awarded the scholarship. If not, make sure to ask.


How does a scholarship affect my other student aid?


A scholarship will affect your other student aid because all your student aid added together can’t be more than your cost of attendance at your college or career school. So, you’ll need to let your school know if you’ve been awarded a scholarship so that the financial aid office can subtract that amount from your cost of attendance (and from certain other aid, such as loans, that you might have been offered). Then, any amount left can be covered by other financial aid for which you’re eligible. Questions? Ask your financial aid office.

College & Career Counselor

Anna Bemis

Monday-Thursday

College & Career Counselor

Breeonna Jerome

Friday Only

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