Garber Guidance Department

COLLEGE ON-LINE APPLICATIONS

You can find most applications on the college websites, usually the college name.edu (example: www.delta.edu or www.cmich.edu ).  You must request a transcript every time you apply to a college or university.

 

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS / SCHOLARSHIPS

Listen to our daily announcements and visit the Garber site www.e-hps.net to view the announcements.  A variety of scholarships are announced throughout the school year.  They are also posted on a bulletin board in the Counseling hallway next to Ms. Reynold’s office.   Check out our local www.bayfoundation.org scholarships.  Also, wwwfastweb.com & www.connectedu.net are excellent sites to register on.  Plug In!

 

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Many scholarships and some college applications require letters of recommendation.  Please give your resume or list of activities/involvement to the person(s) you asked to write your letter.  Be sure you ask at least one week prior to the deadline.  Writing a “thank you” note is a nice touch!

 

ACT

If you did not score well and wish to retake it for college admissions, register on-line at www.actstudent.org.  Be sure to include our school code 231-375 so we get your results.  The next test date is Saturday, Oct. 24, with a registration deadline of Sept. 18.  (There is a Dec. 12 test with a registration deadline of Nov. 6…but it’s getting late) 

ACT Fees, No Writing = $39.50, w/Writing=$56.50.  (Michigan Competitive Scholarship = 23 ACT +Financial Need)

 

FINANCIAL AID

You can file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov beginning January 1, 2015.  Check out the website NOW for directions to get a PARENT & STUDENT “PIN” NUMBER to complete the process @ www.pin.ed.gov.  Garber will host a Financial Aid Night for students & parents in early January.  Stay tuned for the exact date.  A good site to estimate college costs is the EFC Calculator at www.finaid.org/calculators.

 

COLLEGE VISITS TO GARBER

Area colleges & universities visit Garber.  Listen and read the announcements for the dates & times.  You must sign up in advance with Ms. K (Krzyminski) in Counseling.

 

MSU    Mon. Sept.  21        9:00        Kettering   Tues. Sept. 29    8:30

CMU    Wed. Sept. 23        10:00       Oakland     Tues. Oct. 6    8:30

EMU    Mon. Sept.  28        8:30        Albion           Thurs. Oct. 22    8:30

MTU      Thurs. Nov. 5         8:30

WMU    Wed. Nov 11        1:00

Standish Steerling HS College Night: Tuesday, Oct 6 6:00-7:30  in gym

 

CAMPUS VISITS

If you plan to attend a college/university, you should have visited the campus.  We will excuse two campus visits if you complete our (blue form) “School Related Pre-Arrange Absence Application in advance.  These are located in the front office.  You are required to bring back a signed document of your visit from the college.

 

WHAT COLLEGES EXPECT

Colleges see your entire high school transcript, including senior year 1st & 2nd semester grades.  They expect you to maintain previous levels of success and complete the courses you are enrolled in.  You need to maintain a challenging course load and not slack off during your 2nd semester.  (In other words, dropping a challenging course is a “red flag” for a college admissions representative.)

 

THE DELTA EXPERIENCE

Apply on-line at www.delta.edu before holiday break in December

Transcript must be requested & sent through Parchment

COMPASS TEST

Measures English & Math skills

To be exempt, must have ACT English=20+  Math=19+

Testing Center – call 686-9338 for details, FREE, 2 Hours in length

Practice tests @ www.act.org/compass

ORIENTATION & REGISTRATION

 

NCAA www.eligibilitycenter.org or www.2points3.org

High School Hot Line 877-622-2321  See your counselor for details

 

ORDERING TRANSCRIPTS ON PARCHMENT – SEE ATTACHED FOR DIRECTIONS

You should have registered as a junior.  See Ms. Krzyminski if you have questions or need further assistance in registering with Parchment.  Current students for this year will receive unlimited electronic transcript requests at no charge until Aug. 1, after graduation.  After Aug. 1, you will be charged $3.25 per transcript.