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					Fall Senior Workshop
     Monday, October 5
    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
              Agenda

n   Senior Activities
n   Postsecondary Planning
n   College Admissions
n   Bright Futures Scholarship Program
n   Scholarships
n   Additional Sources of Financial Aid
    Senior Activities

n Graduation
n Senior Trip

n Project Graduation
              Graduation
n   Graduation Ceremony
    •   Date: Thursday, June 3
    •   Time: 4:00 p.m.
    •   Place: Pensacola Civic Center
n   Caps and gowns (mandatory)
n   Announcements (optional)
n   All fees must be paid before graduation
                Senior Trip
n   Date: April 30 – May 2
n   Place: Orlando
    n   Activities include Grad Bash, Busch Gardens,
        Island of Adventure, Planet Hollywood, and
        DisneyQuest
n   Cost: $330 per student (estimated)
    n   $50 nonrefundable deposit
    n   Deposit due January 15
    n   Balance due March 12
    Project Graduation

n   Date: Thursday, June 3
n   Place and Time: TBA
n   First Parent Meeting
    n   Date: Tuesday, October 27
    n   Time: 6:00 p.m.
    n   Place: WFHS Cafeteria
          Postsecondary Planning

n   On the job training, apprenticeship
    programs, and technical schools
     n CareerOneStop
     n College Career Life Planning

     n FACTS.org

n   Military training
     n   ASVAB Career Exploration Program
                 Military Service

n   Contact the recruiter for the branch of service
    being considered
n   Prepare for and take the ASVAB November 5 at
    WFHS
    n   Registration begins October 5
    n   Register on the S.I.S. beginning October 7
n   Parents should be involved
n   Contact Mr. Hunter for more information
             College Planning
n   Senior College Checklist
n   State University System Matrix
n   Contact colleges and universities about deadlines
     n October 13 – first selective university deadline (FSU)

n   Apply on line when possible
     n Common Application for Florida universities available at
        www.FACTS.org
n   WFHS College Application Day October 13
     n UWF and PJC representatives available

          n PJC Residency Form

          n University Residency Form
     n Counselors provide assistance with applications for one
        additional college or university
     n Register on the S.I.S. by Friday, October 9
        Applying for College
n   Complete applications
    n   Personal statement (if applicable)
    n   Residency statement
    n   Application fee
         n   Application fee waivers available for qualified students
             (contact counselor for more information)
n   Provide references and
       recommendations (if applicable)
n   Complete transcript requests
n   Take required tests (ACT, SAT, and/or CPT)
College Entrance Tests
n   On line registration recommended
n   ACT
    n   November 6 deadline for December 12 test
    n   Measures achievement
    n   Writing test optional

n   SAT
    n   October 30 deadline for December 5 test
    n   Measures ability
    n   Writing test included

n   Fee waivers available for qualified students
    n   Contact counselor for more information
College Planning Resources
 n   FACTS.org
 n   CollegeBoard
 n   ACT College Planning
 n   MyMajors.com
 n   The Princeton Review
 n   U.S. News & World Report Best
     Colleges 2010
        College Visitation Policy
n   Students are allowed a total of 3 absences for
    college visits junior and senior year
n   College visits must have prior approval to be
    counted as excused school absences
n   College Visitation forms are available in the
    Guidance Department
n   Completed forms must be returned to the
    Attendance Office within 3 days after the visit
              Student Athletes
n   Students who plan to play Division I/II college
    sports must register with the NCAA
    Clearinghouse (www.ncaaclearinghouse.com)
n   WFHS school code is 101-797
n   Fee waivers are available
n   Completed transcript requests need to be given to
    Mrs. Thompson, guidance secretary
n   Monitor your eligibility status
n   Contact Mr. Hunter for more information
            Scholarships
Research and apply for scholarships:
n WFHS Guidance Department web site
    n   www.wfhs.net
n   www.fastweb.com
n   www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov
n   Other sources
n   Scholarship scams
     Bright Futures Scholarship
              Program
n   Bright Futures Scholarship Program changes

n   Bright Futures award information

n   Check student eligibility at www.FACTS.org

n   Apply for Bright Futures beginning December 1
    www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org

n   Students must complete the on line application before
    graduation to be eligible for an award
           Community Service

n   75 hours required for Bright Futures Academic
    Scholarship
n   Hours must be completed before graduation
n   Community Service Guidelines
n   Students should talk with their counselor before
    beginning a community service activity to verify
    the service hours will meet Bright Futures
    requirements
Additional Financial Aid Sources
  n   Grants
      n   Federal Pell Grant
      n   Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
          (FSEOG)
      n   Academic Competitiveness Grant

  n   Work Study

  n   Loans
      n   Perkins loan
      n   Stafford loan
      n   Parent PLUS loan
Applying for Financial Aid
n   FAFSA4caster
n   FAFSA
    n   Pin number (www.pin.ed.gov)
    n   Compile documents (Tax return/W2s)
    n   Complete FAFSA as soon as possible after
        January 1 (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
    n   Review Student Aid Report (SAR)
    n   Contact College Financial Aid Office
n   PROFILE
    n   Required by some private colleges/universities
        Financial Aid Resources
n   WFHS Guidance Department website
    n   www.wfhs.net
n   Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    (FASFA)
n   Florida Office of Student Financial
    Assistance (OSFA)
n   College and university financial aid offices
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