BHS College & Career Military News
A WEEKLY UPDATE FROM MS. KINNEY
HELLO BRONCO NATION!
My name is Tiffani Kinney. I am your College and Career Readiness Advisor at George Bush High School. During this school year, the College and Career Newsletter will keep you informed about upcoming events, deadlines, scholarships, etc. While much of this information will be about college info and scholarships, you will also find information about other topics, which might apply more directly to you, such as military and career/job, college entrance exam information
Please make sure that your email address is current in Skyward/Naviance, as most communication from me will come from Naviance, Twitter @Bronco_CCR, and this CCR Newsletter.
ASK ME QUESTIONS :)
Bush High School
College & Career Readiness Advisor
George Bush High School Virtual Senior Parent Night
Tuesday, Sep. 21st, 6-7pm
This is an online event.
Topic: George Bush High School Virtual Senior Parent Night
Time: Sep 22, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Valuable information will be provided about the college application process, the financial aid process, scholarships, grants, loans, and the FAFSA/TASFA process.
FBISD Virtual FAFSA Night with Lori Blust-WCJC
Thursday, Sep. 30th, 6-7:30pm
This is an online event.
Students and parents will learn:
Use of their FSA ID (logging in to a saved FAFSA, accessing the IRS DRT, signing the FAFSA, completing the MPN, accessing student loan records and information)
What happens if you forget, your password, your username
Answer to challenge questions
What to do if unable to use the FSA ID because it is locked
More information to come!
Virtual COLLEGE FAIR! HOSTED BY FBISD October 9TH
Welcome to the FBISD Virtual COLLEGE FAIR! During the virtual college fair, you will have the opportunity to interact with at least 25 different colleges around the US. More information to come!
If you have any questions about the virtual college fair, please feel free to reach out to your CCR Advisor, Ms. Tiffani Kinney at firstname.lastname@example.org
College Application Process
We know that the college application process and college search process is going to look different for the Class of 2022. It is important to make sure you understand the application process and know what to expect when applying to specific colleges.
As you know, some Texas college applications opened in August of 2021. Some of you may have already submitted your first college application. If the college application did not open in August, then it will most likely opened on September 1. Common App applications opened August 3, 2021.
Applying for Colleges
Colleges base your acceptance on your class rank, GPA, and their required SAT or ACT score you must attain. Before submitting a college application, please review the admissions information on the college’s admissions website. With all of the changes this year due to COVID-19 a lot of colleges have moved to test optional (SAT and/or ACT is an admissions option and may not be required for acceptance). You want to make sure you understand the application process if you are applying test optional. Most colleges will require additional documents to be submitted if you are applying test optional. You really need to take a long look at yourself before you decide if you want to apply test optional or if you want to apply with your SAT or ACT scores. This is a not a one size fits all option. Make sure you know who you are and what your strengths are before you submit.
If you plan to attend college or technical school in Fall 2022, you need to narrow your choices down to 3-5 NOW and start looking at their applications. Some schools have very early (November or December) deadlines, especially if you want to be considered for one of their institutional scholarships or special housing. Other schools have later deadlines or rolling admissions dates (which mean you may apply at any time), but the earlier you apply, the better your chances for acceptance. Check the colleges website for the colleges you are interested in for the most current dates/deadlines. If you have not visited the college that you think you want to attend, you really need to do so before making your final decision. You are going to be spending a great deal of money, and you need to consider many factors before deciding what school is best for you. Scheduling a virtual college visit is one way to help make the right decision.
If you have not narrowed your choices of schools down yet, you might want to consider applying to a few. BUT, keep in mind that most schools have a nonrefundable application fee so you will want to be pretty certain before you send them any money.
Where do I go to submit my college applications?
Public Institutions in the state of Texas- www.goapplytexas.org
Out of State & Most Private Colleges- www.CommonApp.org
Colleges will expect an official transcript to be sent in with the application.
In FBISD, Naviance is the only way to send your official transcript to a college. It is your responsibility to log into your Naviance account and request an official transcript for the colleges you are applying too. https://student.naviance.com/georgebhs (See video below for instructions on how to login to Naviance and request a transcript)
Texas Automatic Admissions Policies
You may qualify for automatic admission to many public universities in Texas through the Top 10% Rule. To meet the requirements, you must graduate in the top 10% of your class at a recognized public or private high school in Texas or a high school operated by the U.S. Department of Defense and be a Texas resident or eligible to pay resident tuition. This rule has been modified for The University of Texas at Austin please see UT Austin Admissions https://admissions.utexas.edu/apply/decisions for the most recent admissions information.
Below I have included the College Entrance Requirement Spreadsheet for you can reference when researching what colleges may be a good fit for you.
ACT/SAT/TSI Test- When should I start the testing process?
Students should take BOTH the ACT & SAT during their junior year. If you have not started the testing process, you should register for the upcoming exams dates.
Junior Students will take the SAT School Day test at BHS on March 23, 2022
The 2021-2022 SAT and ACT test dates are listed below in the link below.
Make sure you use the BHS school code when registering for SAT and the ACT. The CEEB code is 443531
Online Testing Prep
· Khan Academy (for SAT prep)
· www.prepfactory.com (for ACT prep)
· www.4tests.com (for practice tests)
www.tsipracticetest.com (TSI Practice)
ACT/SAT Fee Waivers/College application fee waivers
· You may receive an ACT or a SAT Fee waiver in FBISD if you receive free or reduced lunch. With free or reduced lunch you are eligible for four fee waivers (2 SAT and 2 ACT) during your junior and senior year. Once you have taken the SAT with the fee waiver, College Board will provide you with four college application fee waivers as well! https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/applying-101/college-application-fee-waivers
· You can request a fee waiver by logging into your Naviance account and clicking the red Fee Waiver link. Please DO NOT wait until the day before a test deadline to request a fee waiver. If you received an SAT fee waiver during your junior year, you do not need to request another fee waiver; you will use the same fee waiver number to register for your second SAT test.
The TSI (Texas Success Initiative) is a placement assessment, which determines college readiness. The TSI is a required test for colleges, universities and some certificate programs in the state of Texas. The TSI assesses levels in reading, writing, and math. It is a computer-based test. Students may be exempt from the TSI test if the meet the following requirements:
•ACT: composite score of 23 with a 19 minimum on Mathematics and/or English
•SAT: A minimum score of 530 on the Mathematics test for a TSI exemption in math (no combined score required)
•SAT: A minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) for a TSI exemption in both reading and writing (no combined score required)
•Dual Credit Course: Grade of “C” or better in any college level English, History, Government, or Behavioral Science course (TSI reading and writing exemption); Grade of “C” or better in any college level Math course (TSI math exemption)
•Attending an out of state university or college
•Enlisting in any branch of the military
Houston Community College Testing Center:
Wharton County Junior College Testing Center: https://wcjc.edu/Admissions/testing/
Tina Kollmann, Interim Coordinator, email@example.com, Richmond Campus: 281-239-1532
Amanda Schulze, Testing Technician, firstname.lastname@example.org, Wharton Campus: 979-532-6386
Aisha Usmani, TFT Testing Technician,email@example.com, Sugar Land Campus: 281-243-8434
FAFSA (Financial Aid)
Students will be able to submit a 2022–2023 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2021. I will be meeting with you through your English class again to assist you with your FAFSA applications.
You may now use EARLIER INCOME AND TAX INFORMATION: For example, on the 2022-2023 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2020 income and tax information. www.fafsa.ed.gov
FSA ID: The FAFSA ID is a username and password that allows you to electronically submit and sign your FAFSA form. It identifies you in order to access your personal information on any U.S. Department of Education websites. BOTH YOU AND YOUR PARENT WILL NEED A FSA ID. Click the link for more information on how to attain your FSA ID https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
It is never too early to begin researching and applying for scholarships! Check the list of scholarships on Naviance weekly to see new scholarship postings. You may also visit www.collegeguidanceconsultants.com to view a list of hundreds of scholarships. The password and username for that website is ftbend.
Virtual College Visits at GBHS
Typically, colleges visit BHS in the CCR Center each week. Depending on how the fall semester works, we will continue to host college visits, but they may end up being virtual visits, (via Zoom or WebEx) and not face to face. Whether the college visit is virtual or face to face, remember that many colleges track interest, this is another way to highlight your name! Also the reps that visit our campus provide you with great tips and secrets about their college’s application and selection process. Many of the reps that visit our campus are the first ones to review your application; getting to know them is definitely a benefit. You must register for the college visits in the CCR Center in Naviance. Log into your Naviance account, click on the Colleges tab, under Upcoming college visits, click on the link to view who is coming, when, and to sign-up.
Welcome Mr. Caleb to the NATION! Mr. Caleb is our Athletic Counselor this year. He will offer student athletes assistance with their counseling needs and transitioning to playing sports on the collegiate level. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you going to participate in collegiate sports? You need to register with the NCAA clearinghouse to participate in collegiate sports. https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/
For steps to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, see NCAA link below.
How to Scan Documents?
iPhone Users: Students who have an iPhone should be able to scan documents using the Notes App. Once the document is scanned, you are able to save it as a PDF as well as email it.
Android Users: Download the free Adobe Scan app. It is easy to use and walks you through the steps.
Computer: Scan documents using a scanner connected to your computer.
Once you have scanned a document and saved it in PDF format, you can attach it to an email and send it to me. You can also utilize this when you need to upload or email something to a college or scholarship. Most places will accept the PDF format but not JPG, TIF, GIF. When you attach to an email use the paperclip icon so that it is attached as a file and not just a document in the text of the message.
LOR From your Counselor and Common App student forms
Do you need a LOR or Common App student forms from your Counselor?
Please complete the steps below before requesting a school report, transcript, and/or letter of recommendation from your counselor.
1. Complete your Application (Common App/Coalition/Scholarship, etc. - Apply Texas applications do not need Letters of Recommendation)
2. If applicable: Link your Naviance to your Common Application. (Click YouTube video link or watch video below for a demo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjeDWpfBb3Y
Once you have completed the above two steps, find your counselor below and fill out the request form. A resume or a document that includes some information about yourself is required to submit the form. Please allow 10 business days for processing.
Common Application School Report Form (A-Z All ATHLETIC STUDNETS)
Mr. Caleb https://form.jotform.com/212063742227146
Common Application School Report Form (A-C)
Ms. Beloney https://form.jotform.com/212064475146150
Common Application School Report Form (D)
Mrs. Morovitz https://form.jotform.com/203453794900154
Common Application School Report Form (E-L)
Mr. Green https://form.jotform.com/203454422139147
Common Application School Report Form (M-P)
Ms. Bledsoe https://form.jotform.com/212064218941148
Common Application School Report Form (Q-Z)
Ms. Frazier https://form.jotform.com/203454755661156