I'm a Senior... Now What?
1. Research colleges, universities and vocational school to get a better idea about what they have to offer concerning your major. Not everyone goes to college, but it is good to be certified in a trade so that you can earn a living and be paid higher than minimum wage.
2. Click on the future student tab to find out what your requirements are to get into school. Some require a certain ACT/SAT score and also the essay portion of those tests. Some do not require the ACT/SAT, but the TSI test. Sometimes if you are earning a certification in a career they do not require any testing to get into school. This may be for cosmetology, HVAC, automotive technology, welding, etc.
3. If you are planning on going to a four year university, you need to take the ACT or SAT this fall. Study guides and sign up information are available by the counselor's. If you are on free or reduced lunch, you may qualify for a free waiver. Please see Mrs. Schaefer if you qualify.
4. If you are going to Cisco College, Weatherford College or any other 2 year university, you must take the TSI. This test will be given in the spring of your Senior year. Be listening for announcements from Mr. Taylor. The Cisco College application is free to enroll.
5. If you are going to a TEXAS public university, all application are through Apply Texas at www.applytexas.org. There may be an application fee so be prepared to pay up to $75 for an application. Also, you may qualify for a fee waiver if you are on free or reduced lunch. Please see Mrs. Schaefer to see if you qualify. If you are going to an out- of- state university or a private university, they may have their own application or use the Common Application. You can go to www.commonapp.org to find out.
6. All students going to a college or university must apply for financial aid whether or not you qualify for it. Students may start applying October 1st for the 2018-2019 school year. You must have your parent's 2016 tax return information to apply. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply. DO NOT go to fafsa.com. They make you pay for filing your financial aid. Cisco College will host a parent night soon so that parents may ask questions. This is for any parent with a student going to college whether you are going to Cisco College or not.
7. Scholarships that are local to Cisco, such as the memorial scholarships, will be available in the spring. You can search for scholarships on your own through search engines. One that is fairly good is www.fastweb.com.
CREATE A SCHOLARSHIP FOLDER
This folder will have:
1. Several copies of your transcript. You can get these from the counselor.
2. Recommendation letters from teachers, pastors, youth directors, employers, etc. Ask for recommendation letters early and ask if you may make copies so that you don't have to keep asking the same people to write them over and over.
3. Type a generic essay on your H drive that states what your future plans are and what you have done the past four years to make you successful. Almost every scholarship requires an essay. As you read what each scholarship specifies, fine tune the essay for that scholarship and print it out. This keeps you from having to write an essay over and over.
4. Organize your scholarships by due dates and pay attention to those due dates and mailed by dates.
If you are interested in the Military, please let Mrs.Schaefer know which branches of service you are interested in so that she can let the recruiter know.