JUNIOR / SENIOR INFORMATION NIGHT
COLLEGE PREP GUIDANCE
TAKING THE ACT/SAT
AND FINANCIAL AID
HOW CAN PARENTS HELP
To graduate - 23 TOTAL CREDITS must be earned.
IF YOU ARE NOT PASSING A COURSE, consider
getting a tutor and talking to your teacher. Check grades
on STI Home to help keep up with your child’s progress.
In addition to 23 credits, students must PASS THE
GEE 21 English, Math AND Science OR Social Studies.
Louisiana High School Diploma
TOPS Opportunity Core Curricula
Also may choose to complete four elective credits in
an area of concentration and two related elective
Pass all 4 components of the GEE with a minimum
score of Basic
TOPS Opportunity GPA – 2.5
ACT of 23
Senior Project OR 1 Carnegie unit in an AP course
with a score of 3 or higher on AP exam OR 3 College
hours of non-remedial, articulated credit in core area
(Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Foreign
Language, or English/Language Arts)
Louisiana High School Diploma
TOPS Opportunity OR TOPS TECH core curricula
Four elective credits in area of concentration and two
related elective credits
Pass all 4 GEE 21 components with a minimum
score of Approaching Basic
TOPS Opportunity or TOPS Tech GPA & ACT
requirements ( 2.5 AND 20)
Approved Industry-based certification OR 3 college
hours in a Career Technical program
Minimum of 90 work hours of work-based learning
11th grade college bound students may
choose to take the National Merit Scholarship
Qualifying Test, the PSAT in October.
Registration is with Mr. Lusignan in the
Guidance Department at NHS thru Friday,
Cost: $20.00 (payable at registration)
Test Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Register to take or retake
ACT. Test dates are Oct. 24, Dec. 12,
Feb. 6, April 10, and June 12. Register online. at
Regular registration fee is $47.00 plus Writing or $32.00 No Writing. If
a student gets reduced or free lunch, they can have a fee waiver (up to
2). See your counselor for details.
Your registration fee includes sending scores to FOUR (4) colleges you
select and grid in on your registration form.
Students eligible for TOPS should enter the TOPS code
in section which is 1595.
LSU’s code is 1590
SLU’s code is 1608
Delgado’s code is 1577
Check the registration information for more codes
TESTING: ACT/SAT cont…
Social Security Number
The year of graduation from high school – 2010 or 2011
The High School Code (192-747) must be entered correctly.
Check with your colleges to see if you need to take the SAT.
Did you know?...
Louisiana Public University
Minimum Admissions Criteria
TOPS core curriculum is required for
admission to all four-year public universities.
There are additional admission requirements
specific to each individual university. Please
contact the college/university admissions
office for details or see the university website.
Community and Technical Colleges have an
open admissions policy.
TO EARN THE TOPS OPPORTUNITY AWARD, a
Complete all courses in the TOPS core
curriculum with a grade point average in these
courses of 2.5.
Earn an ACT score of 20 by the April 10, 2010
*NOTE: This is the first level of available TOPS awards, see
www.osfa.state.la.us for details of all awards.
TO EARN THE TOPS TECH AWARD, a student
Complete all courses in the TOPS TECH core
curriculum (Level I or Level II) with a grade
point average in these courses of 2.5.
Earn an ACT score of 17 by the April 10, 2010
*NOTE: The TOPS Tech Award MAY NOT be used at any
institution toward an academic degree/program. See
www.osfa.state.la.us for program details.
complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) using income tax information from the
calendar year 2009 by May 1, no later than July 1.
PLEASE NOTE THAT the Social Security Number that
you enter must match the one entered on the ACT
The FAFSA will also allow you to apply for institutional aid
Check to see if your college has a separate financial aid
Check to see if your college requires the CSS/Profile .
Use the Internet to research private scholarships and grants.
Refer any questions about scholarships and financial aid to: 1-
800-259-5626 ext. 1012 or by e-mail at:
Add the following to your list of Web sites: Everything you’ve
always wanted to know about going to college in Louisiana –
www.regents.state.la.us select “High School Students”
Early Start Criteria
11th and 12th grade public Louisiana High School;
Student must be at least 15 years old;
PLAN or ACT scores on file at school that meets the
criteria for enrollment;
Student in good standing as defined by school;
Student must have parent, high school and college
Course can earn both college and high school credit
(must be on track for Regents/TOPS core);
To continue enrollment, student must have
successfully completed courses through the program
HOW PARENTS CAN HELP
Check on student’s work and grades. E-mail or call teachers if
Help your son/daughter do searches for colleges and scholarships.
College/Career Fair at Castine Center on Sept. 30
TOPS Scholarship Info. at City Auditorium on Oct. 20.
FAFSA information at City Auditorium on Jan. 12
College/Career Quest Fair at Castine Center on Feb. 23
Check the College Counseling Handbook for important phone
numbers and web addresses.
Help student gather all applications for colleges and scholarships
and keep calendar of important deadlines. You should begin
applying to college now. Read the Senior Newsletter for
Be aware of testing deadlines and fees.
Collect income tax information to be ready to complete the
FAFSA after January 1, 2010
The application for TOPS is the FAFSA. Usual delivery is in
January.You will get faster results by applying on the Web.
And, if you make any mistakes, you can correct them
Complete the FAFSA by May 1, 2010 to avoid penalties.
Keep copies of everything you complete!
Help your son/daughter budget for all the expenses –ACT $46,
college applications $15-75, visits to colleges, deposits on
The St. Tammany Parish College Counseling
Center is available to you at:
Contact Annette O’Regan or Christine
Woodard, college counselors.
Prospective College Athletes - register with
the NCAA Clearinghouse at:
GLAD YOU COULD BE HERE!!
If you have any questions, call
Mr. Lusignan or Mrs.
Calderone, at 649-3620.
Contact Mrs. O’Regan at either
Contact Mrs. Woodard at either