HS: Apply to Higher Ed.

Information on Applying to Colleges

Most students who intend to apply to post-secondary institutions typically begin and complete the application process during senior year prior to Christmas break. Seniors need to pay close attention to required application materials and application deadlines.Application materials for post-secondary institutions including the application, application fee (by check or money order only), application envelope if provided, (UNLESS YOU ARE FILING ONLINE), postage and any necessary teacher recommendations, essays, etc. should be turned into the guidance office.

REQUESTING HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS

High school transcripts are required with the application process. You will also need to complete a transcript request form giving Blue Mountain permission to release a transcript with your application materials. Your parents must sign this form if you are under 18 years of age. Transcript forms are available in the guidance office and on the attached link (Transcript request current students). Your transcript includes a record of your grades, GPA and rank, extra-curricular activities and college board scores (note: some schools, Penn State for example, will require you to have your board scores sent directly from the testing service –you can do this online or see your counselor for further instructions). If you need teacher recommendations, it is YOUR responsibility to request them from teachers in a timely manner and to confirm that teachers have completed the recommendations as requested. Give teachers at least two weeks notice to complete a recommendation and remind them to turn it into the guidance office. Be sure to list teachers for recommendations with the appropriate school on your transcript form.

GPA/rank information: based on 4.6 weighted grading scale

*TRY TO ALLOW TWO WEEKS FOR PROCESSING APPLICATIONS AND TRANSCRIPTS FROM THE GUIDANCE OFFICE & WATCH DEADLINES.

Many institutions are recommending electronic filing. If you file online, remember to request a transcript from the guidance office. Be aware that some institutions may have other forms to be completed by a counselor. Turn them in with your transcript request form and note it with the letters of recommendation. Some applications are available in the guidance office. Call or e-mail admissions offices to request application materials and a college catalog (most of these materials are now available online). See your counselor if you need information on fee waivers for the applications or contact admissions offices. You may choose to use the common application if accepted by several schools of interest. Meet with admissions representatives during lunch period visitations.

The following information is provided as it may be requested on a college application:

Counselor Names and email:

Mrs. Danielle Laubenstine, dmlaubenstine@bmsd.org

Mrs. Cheryl Pishock, cpishock@bmsd.org

Mr. Kevin Gee, kagee@bmsd.org

School Address:

Blue Mountain High School

1076 West Market Street

Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

Guidance Office Phone:

570-366-2444

Guidance Office Fax:

570-366-1965

BMHS School Code (CEEB/ACT Code):

390 910

School Website:

www.bmsd.org

FINANCIAL AID/ SCHOLARSHIPS:

A Financial Aid Night will be scheduled at Blue Mountain High School during late fall. The date and time will be specified on the announcements. Students are encouraged to use online and printed resources for scholarship searches available through the guidance office. Seniors are reminded to go to Kuder.com to use the scholarship search engine and learn about further information on financial aid. Be sure to check out resources early in the school year. Scholarship lists will be posted in the guidance office and on this web site describing contests & scholarships mailed to the high school. Check for lists regularly and listen for postings on the announcements. Some scholarship applications should be mailed out from the guidance office (ex.- those needing to be included with an official transcript). ONCE AGAIN, WATCH DEADLINES CAREFULLY. Check out attached websites.

*Be cautious about scholarship companies charging fees for searches: scholarship scams: ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/

Resource materials are available in the guidance office to assist you in understanding the financial aid process. The Free Application for Federal and State Financial Aid (FAFSA) will be available probably in November. THIS APPLICATION IS MAILED AFTER JANUARY 1ST.

This application is typically completed online. It is required by post-secondary institutions to determine your eligibility for financial aid for federal and state grants, loans and work study. Some institutions may also require a College Scholarship Service Financial Aid Profile (CSS) for a fee and/or the institution’s own financial aid form. The CSS can be obtained by calling 1-800-778-6888 or via internet at collegeboard.com. You will need federal school codes for your financial aid applications. These are available on the school websites and also from your counselor.

COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS

Seniors are reminded to carefully check admissions information for exam requirements for selected schools. Make sure that you have taken or plan on taking the necessary exams for college admissions in a timely manner. Registration and practice materials are available in the guidance office and online. The site for the SAT is www.collegeboard.org and ACT site is www.actstudent.org See your counselor if you need to request fee waiver information.

NCAA ELIGIBILITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES:

High school athletes interested in attending Division I or II institutions must academically qualify to play intercollegiate athletics by meeting academic requirements of the NCAA. Eligible athletes must meet certain GPA, core academic courses and college board score requirements. The student must complete the NCAA initial eligibility clearinghouse form for a fee to be certified for academic eligibility and request a transcript from the guidance office. Also the student must have college board scores sent directly to the clearinghouse. All necessary forms and information are available online at www.ncaa.org and www.eligibilitycenter.org (see your counselor if you need assistance). Recruiting information is also available from this site. Keep in close contact with college coaches for advisement regarding student athlete regulations and requirements. There are some very helpful resource materials for student athletes in the guidance office. Sports scholarships: ncaa.org/cbsa/scholarship

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:

STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MEETING ALL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED IN THE PROGRAM OF STUDIES BOOKLET. REVIEW YOUR CREDITS CAREFULLY. SEE YOUR COUNSELOR IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS.

* REMEMBER THAT A STUDENT EARNING A GRADE OF (F-) IN A COURSE MAY NOT MAKE-UP THE COURSE IN SUMMER SCHOOL.