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Always check the bulletin board in the hallway near the guidance office for scholarships.
Your best source of scholarships is online at websites such as fastweb.com.
Only a handful of scholarship applications are limited to being available only at your counselor's office.
Scholarships require much effort on your part in addition to good grades/ACT.
Set up an appointment with Mrs. Kennedy for more help.
Invite your parent to attend.
Transcripts - Transcript request forms are in the attendance office. Seniors must complete the form and turn in to have an official transcript sent. You may turn it in to Mrs. Dolan or to Mrs. Kennedy. Please complete the form to have your transcript sent. Do not wait until the last minute. A receipt will be sent back to you when the transcript has been sent.
Register to take the ACT if needed. A score on this test is required for admission to any four year college or university. It is not required for admission to junior colleges but can be used to help determine class placement and take the place of placement tests for some students.
Keep in mind that as a general rule most scholarships require a good GPA and an ACT score of above a 25. There are some need based scholarships but those also require an acceptable GPA.
Apply to college, preferably by the scholarship deadline if your child wants to be considered for eligible scholarships. Create an account on a scholarship search website such as www.fastweb.com. This is an excellent way to receive a list of scholarships he or she is eligible for along with their application instructions and deadlines. It takes a little time to research through scholarships, but could be well worth it.
Be sure to check the scholarship link on the Guidance page of the school website. There will be some local scholarships in the spring that students can consider applying as applications are received.
If your child plans to start college in the summer, you should go ahead and complete the FAFSA using your 2011 tax information. NWSCC has a program known as the Jumpstart Program which offers a free college class to any student to get a head start in the summer. This class can be transferred to other colleges as well. Contact Northwest-Shoals Financial Aid for more information.
Beginning Jan 1, you will be able to file the free application for student governmental aid. The application is completed online by the parent and student. You must have your 2012 tax information completed before you can complete the FAFSA. If you need questions answered regarding the FAFSA, it is best to call the Financial Aid office of the college in which your child plans to attend and ask a financial advisor about how to go about handling your specific situation.