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Seniors,

You made it to your final year of high school! Congratulations! Now it is time to prepare for college and options after high school. What an exciting time in your life! Please look at the senior links and other information posted that you will need to have a smooth and successful senior year.

College Entrance Exams: Seniors are strongly encouraged to register on-line for both SAT and ACT with writing, and are encouraged to register early. The CEEB code for Milano High School is 444-760. What is the difference between the ACT and SAT? The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test. The College Board introduced a new version of the SAT in 2005, with a mandatory writing test. ACT continues to offer its well-established test, plus an optional writing test. You take the ACT Writing Test only if required by the college(s) you're applying to. The SAT has a correction for guessing. That is, they take off for wrong answers. The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing. The ACT has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.

College Visitation Days: Seniors are allowed two college visitation days. These two days will not count against attendance purposes or final exam exemptions, provided they follow the proper procedure. The college visit forms can be picked up in the high school or counselor’s office. Permission must be prior to the college visit and the office needs to be told. When visiting the college, an official should sign the form and place the college seal on the form. When the student returns to school, he/she will take the signed form to the office for an excused admit back to school. College days may not be taken after April 29, 2013.

Scholarships: Please listen to announcements and check the office for local scholarships. Either type or print in black ink all scholarship submissions. If an essay is required, please have someone proofread it before turning it in. In this folder, you will find a list of websites to search for state and national scholarships. The resources are provided and it is your responsibility to research which one fits your needs. If you need any help, please let me know.

Luminant Power Track: This is a career development program that provides an inside track to a career in the power plant industry for a select group of boys/girls. The first step is taking the POSS/MASS test. Those who are accepted into and successfully complete the program will receive:

  • A two-year associate degree in one of the following career paths: electrical technology, instrumentation and control, mechanical technology or power plant technology.
  • A paid summer internship at a Luminant power plant in Texas
  • A career “test-drive” that could grow into a full-time position with Luminant upon graduation.

Fill out your FAFSA beginning January 2016! Click here for 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA!

Good luck and have a great year!

Senior Checklist/Calendar

September/October:

  • Look at your choice of college/university’s admission requirements. Make a calendar of key application and financial aid deadlines.
  • Ask teachers, coaches, principals or counselors who know you for letters of recommendation for scholarship and admissions applications.
  • Make plans to take the ACT or SAT if required by your choice of college for admission.
  • Study! Remember that colleges will see your first semester senior grades if you are applying in the spring.
  • If you are interested in the Luminant Power Track scholarship program, you must take the POSS/MASS test. Please see Mrs. Todd to sign-up.

November/December:

  • Work on admissions application essays if required by your choice of college.
  • Continue to seek and apply for scholarship awards from a variety of sources.
  • Take the ACT/SAT if necessary for admission.
  • Obtain financial aid applications from your colleges of choice.
  • Prepare your college applications at www.applytexas.org
  • Gather the data needed for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

January/February:

Start your FAFSA (Financial Aid) process. Go to www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov. Students and parent(s) need to apply for a pin #. Go to www.pin.ed.gov. Males, you must sign up for selective services when you turn 18 years old. You cannot sign up for financial aid until after January 1, 2016. Click HERE For 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA!

Submit your completed FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible. For the 2015-16 year, you can apply between Jan. 1, 2016, and June 30, 2016. However, there are a few first-come, first-served federal student aid programs, so be sure to apply as soon as you can

Make arrangements for mid-year transcripts to be sent to the schools to which you have applied.

March/April/May:

  • Look for your Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail. Pay particular attention to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and discuss it with your parents and family.
  • If you are a college bound student-athlete and wish to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics, request final amateurism certification during your senior year (beginning April 1).
  • Watch the mail for acceptance letters and financial aid award letters. Compare the financial aid packages.
  • Write thank you's to the people who wrote you letters of recommendation.
  • Take the TSI Exam if needed.
  • Celebrate your high school graduation!

To sign up for selective service and to register to vote, click here.