Parents of Seniors

Graduation Requirements
A minimum of 44 credits are needed to receive a high school diploma. If you have any questions about your student’s status, please call Mrs. Dulas. Why should your student go to college?
 

The Senior Recognition Program will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium. This program is a great way for students who have worked hard to be honored. It usually lasts for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

John Baylor Talks: Live video on the following subjects.
Financial Aid Link: How tragic it is that so many families think college is unaffordable.
Scholarship Link: Looking for more scholarships? Here are some great, free web sites.
College Dropout Crisis: The college dropout crisis, and strategies to help your student actually graduate — and on time!


Here is a slide show that helps explain financial aid:
http://ultimatemoneyskills.com/paying-for-college/interactive-tools/college-funding/

 
Learn how to pay for college in these 5 steps:
1   Complete the FAFSA www.fafsa.gov
2   Apply for Scholarships
3   Estimate and compare your total college costs.
4   Determine if you need additional money for college
5   Explore additional college financing options.




*TEST DATES FOR 2017-2018       (Pipestone offers the test in June)

 
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018* January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018


TEST FEES
 
ACT No Writing       $42.50
ACT Plus Writing     $58.50
Late Fee:                 $27.50 (this is in addition to the test fee)
   
You must register online at www.actstudent.org ACT no longer provides registration packets to the high school.
 
If your student needs accommodations on the ACT Test, please follow this link for important information: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/accommodations.html 


The SAT Test is also an option, though most colleges in the Midwest do not require it.  To find information about the SAT Test visit: www.collegeboard.com

If your student is planning on attending a two year college, they need to take the Accuplacer Test.  Minnesota West offers the Accuplacer multiple dates: www.mnwest.edu You must call their campus to register for this exam at 825-6800.

A useful site for scholarship searches is: www.mncis.intocareers.org User Name: pahs Password: careers  The students are familiar with this website, as we use it in school.  You can locate the scholarships under the "Education" tab, then under Financial Aid sort.  There are many scholarships available to students.   

Ridgewater College in Willmar is hosting an Ag Career Fair & Technology Showcase on Dec. 1st from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please register online at  Click here to register

Useful Websites:

http://www.onlineschools.org/college-test-guide Great resource for standardized test preparation.

www.anycollege.com You can locate every 2 and 4 year college in the United States using this website. Public & Private listed.

www.swmncareers.org Helpful information about careers and hot jobs right here in SW Minnesota!

www.mnscu.edu Minnesota state colleges and universities website.

www.fastweb.com Excellent resource for scholarships.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows students to earn college credit by exam for what they already know by demonstrating college-level achievement. The tests cost $72. Colleges may have different rules about accepting credits for prior learning so students should check with the schools they are considering. For more information on the CLEP program, visit www.collegeboard.com/clep

Great Resource for making sure your student is set for college: www.getready.state.mn.us

FAFSA Deadlines
To be considered for federal student aid for the 
2016-2017
2016-2017 Deadlines
Includes deadlines for all states.
Federal Deadline
Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2017.
Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 23, 2017.
State Deadline
Minnesota - 30 days after term starts by midnight, Central Time.
College Deadline
Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.
State Deadline
Minnesota - 30 days after term starts by midnight, Central Time.


College Deadline
Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.
However, many states and colleges have earlier deadlines for applying for state and institutional financial aid. You can find your state’s deadline at https://www.fafsa.gov/deadlines. Check with your college about its deadlines.
Because of the variation in state and college deadlines, it is highly recommended that you fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can after January 1 to ensure that you do not miss out on available aid.

One thing to consider, however, is that the FAFSA asks for your tax return information for the current year. Often, this information might not be available until the end of January, at the earliest. Keeping this in mind, you can choose to either wait until you or your family files income taxes for the year or complete your FAFSA using estimates derived from the previous year’s tax returns and other documentation. (Note: If you do this, you will need to return later and correct any discrepancies between the estimated values and the current year’s tax returns.)

State Deadline
Minnesota – 30 days after term starts. Deadline by midnight Central Daylight Time.

College Deadline
Each college may have a different deadline. Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about their definition of an application deadline – whether it is the date they receive your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed. Pay close attention to deadlines!

TIP: When you submit your FAFSA, be sure to print out the confirmation page and keep it for your records. It contains a confirmation number with the exact date and time (Central Standard Time) the form was received.

Note: Transactions must be completed and accepted by midnight to meet the deadline. If you wait too long to submit your application and it is rejected, you may miss your school’s deadline.
www.fafsa.ed.gov
http://www.getreadyforcollege.org/gPg.cfm?pageID=953&1534-D83A_1933715A=eac2007b0ec0b6766de072c4ea9a84b273dc3ec2
*Click on conference materials*

NCAA Clearinghouse
If your student is interested in playing sports at the collegiate level, they must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. To do so, go to:
www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
Click on “Prospective Student Athletes” to get the necessary information.



Frequently called colleges/university numbers:
Augustana – 1-800-727-2844
Dakota State – 1-888-DSU-9988
MN West – 825-6800 or 1-800-658-2330
Moorhead State – 1-800-593-7246
Ridgewater – 1-800-722-1151
St. Cloud State – 1-877-654-7278
SMSU (Marshall) – 1-800-642-0684
SDSU (Brookings) – 1-800-952-3541
Southeast Tech – 1-800-247-0789
U of M (Mankato) – 1-800-722-0544
U of M (Morris) – 1-800-922-8863
U of M (Twin Cities) – 1-612-625-5000

Seniors have two days they can use to visit colleges.  These two days do not count against their attendance.