CHS Class of 2017 Stings to Know

Post-Secondary Planning Information & Updates

27 credits are required for graduation for the class of 2017

College Application Checklist

Complete this document for every college you apply to.

All about Scholarships (Lunch & Learn)

September 27 and 28. This workshop must be scheduled during your lunch period. We will introduce students to the process of applying for scholarships & share resources.

Welcome to your Senior Year!

In September Mrs. Sabens will begin Individual Student Planning (ISP) Meetings with the senior class. Each week the Student Services Office will share updates through this flyer on college application deadlines, scholarship applications, job shadowing opportunities, on-site college visits etc.

Check back often to stay up to date and join the Class of 2017 Remind account to get text messages about important senior news.

Want to compare or learn more about specific colleges? Check out this tool:

**Text the word COLLEGE to 44044 for FREE personalized support.**

September Note

September 1

The Path of the FAFSA presentation in the band room will be held in the band room today. All seniors are required to attend.

Senior academic review appointments will begin on Monday, September 12. These meetings are mandatory and will last about 10 minutes. Follow up meeting can be scheduled at the request of the student or parent. Appointment slips will be taped to students lockers to let them know when their appointments are; your slip is your pass for your appointment.

Prior to senior academic review appointments an important video will be shared with the senior class via email and in Skyward. Seniors should watch the video (prior to their appointment) to help them understand the services that are available through the Student Services Office and how to request transcripts etc.

All seniors are urged to join our Remind group to stay in the loop, click the link below for details on Remind.

Seniors should get in the habit of checking Skyward and email at least once per week.

Remember, the FAFSA will be available starting on October 1. All seniors are expected to file the FAFSA.

**Don't forget to join us for College Funding Night on September 12!**

Better Make Room

Tools developed by the U.S. Department of Education to help students and their families choose a college that’s the best fit for them.

College Funding Night

Monday, Sep. 12th 2016 at 5pm

Chester High School, Chester, IL, United States

Chester, IL

Join us to learn more about how your family can make college affordable.

Kevettria Townsend, ISACorps Representative, will present “The Financial Aid Process”

This presentation is an introduction to the financial aid process. ISACorps members are experts at simplifying the often confusing world of financial aid.

Grants, scholarships, and student loans are included as topics for discussion.

The FAFSA is also covered at length.

Information regarding ways parents can support their student through the admissions process will also be discussed.

College Application Drive

Wednesday, Oct. 12th 2016 at 8am-3pm

1901 Swanwick Street

Chester, IL

Sign up for an appointment and visit the Student Services Office for help with your college applications. We will help you pull it all together.

Click this link to make an appointment.

FAFSA Completion Night

Wednesday, Oct. 12th 2016 at 4-6:30pm

1901 Swanwick Street

Chester, IL

Need help filing your FAFSA?

Come to FAFSA Completion Night and we will help you file your FAFSA from start to finish.

Reserve your time slot here.

**Please note, if we do not have a great enough response for this event, it will be cancelled.


Would you like a day time appointment to get help filing your FAFSA? Click here instead.

Click the title above to see our most current listing of available scholarships. Our listing is not exhaustive, it only reflects information that is sent to us by the donors.

Students are urged to check their prospective college's financial aid/foundation page for a list of school specific scholarship. Scholarships may also be found through websites like: Fastweb or Cappex.

Here is a direct link to all of the SWIC Foundation (scholarships) website.

Local Scholarships

Local scholarships are available February 1 through April 1.

ACT Information

National Average ACT Score: 21 Illinois Average ACT Score: 20.7 CHS Average ACT Score: 20.4


Think you can't go to college (for whatever reason)? Think again! Click the #YouCanGo! link above and learn more.

College Visit Day

A college visit day is NOT considered an absence from school as long as all of the appropriate paperwork is approved and submitted as per the stated policy. College Days must be arranged through the Principal’s Office and at least three days in advance.

  • Seniors are allowed two (2) college visitation days per year
  • Juniors are allowed one (1) college day during second semester

A College Visit Day Form & Verification Form must be completed. The completed Verification Form is due to the Principal’s Office upon the student’s return to school, or the College Visit Day will be considered an unexcused absence-NO EXCEPTIONS.

College Application Links & Deadlines

Fee Waivers are Available

Do you receive or qualify for Free or Reduced lunch? If you do you also qualify for:

  1. College application fee waivers (apply where you want to for no cost)
  2. ACT fee waiver (take the ACT again for free)
  3. SAT fee waiver (take the SAT for free)

See Mrs. Sabens for details asap.

Big Future

Going to college? Not sure where to start or what to do when? Click the My Big Future link above for all the answers.

Math & English PARCC Incentive

Did you do well on the PARCC? You may be exempt from your first semester the policy on page 18 of the 2016-2017 Student/Parent Handbook.

Student Services Office

School Counseling Program Mission

The mission of the Chester High School Student Services Office, in collaboration with other stakeholders, is to ensure a safe and supportive environment that supports all students by providing a comprehensive and developmental school counseling program that addresses each student’s unique academic, career and social-emotional needs, and helps them develop meaningful, responsible and productive lives that empower them to experience lifelong success in a changing society.

School Counselor: Mrs. Sabens (ext. 2202)

Student Services Assistant: Linda Marcinkowska (ext. 2201)