How Much Money Did You Get When You Got Admitted?
The College Office is here to help you understand the financial packages you receive. Grants, scholarships, work study, and loans make up your package, but the bottom line for each college will be different. Use the attached link to help you figure out your yearly financial responsibilities and how to repay loans: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/next-steps/comparing-aid-offers
Here’s a quick video to help you understand your financial aid package: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z50sQYvrCuk
Remember!! Test Prep Starts Right Now!
Standardized test scores affect both college and scholarship opportunities. Juniors have already taken the PSAT, which can be a good indicator of potential scores. The first step in maximizing your performance is to take mock ACT and SAT tests, to discover which are the strongest scores. To improve scores, we recommend the Khan Courses (affiliated with the College Boards) for SAT prep, as well as on-line mock tests; ACT prep options are described below: students can also use the big red ACT practice book. For a clear comparison of the ACT and the SAT check out https://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-act.
SLA is partnering with Teach.Com to offer discounted ACT courses right here at SLA. Click here for more information. Questions should be directed to Maria Ferzola-Lipiros at Maria@teacheachstudent.com or 215.923.TEACH (8322).
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Sign up here. When you sign up, you will be able to receive the most recent Senior Bulletin notification and other reminders from the college office. We want to help you stay on top of deadlines!
Students are sometimes asked to provide an official transcript to an academic institution, summer program, or community agency. All SLA students in grades 9-11 can request official transcripts by completing a Transcript Request form HERE. (When students are asked for unofficial grades, a report card or grade printout from SchoolNet will be sufficient.) Bring all completed requests to the College Office, room 312.
- Allow TWO WEEKS to process the request.
- If sending request via email, complete the Transcript Request form, scan, and email (preferably in .PDF) back to Mrs. Hirschfield at email@example.com.
- Seniors who need official transcripts must add it to the Transcript Request Log in the College Office.
Click here to view the Class of 2017 School Profile.
Would you like to visit colleges but it’s too far away and expensive? Fly-in programs offer students the opportunity to stay overnight on campus to get a feel of their college environment and see if it’s the right college for you.
Check out this list for colleges who offer fly-in programs with financial assistance for eligible students.
Remember to keep track of the upcoming application deadlines for the programs you are interested in.
Income-eligible seniors who took the SAT or SAT Subject Test using a fee waiver will receive four college application fee waivers from College Board.
Here are the most frequently asked questions regarding the fee waivers.
Here are a few scripted questions that Juniors and Seniors can ask when talking to College Admission Representatives:
-Do you have any professional programs? (eg: does your liberal arts school offer a teaching credential, is your nursing program accredited)
-How many students on campus do research with their professors? How easy will it be for me to find academic mentorship at your school? Continue reading
SLA Graduation Requirements
If you’re interested in applying to any test optional schools, click here for a list of schools that may be of interest to you.
Common App powerpoint from June College Prep Workshop here.
Check out this document for Common Application FAQs!
Please be aware of the following upcoming deadlines for the college entrance exams (SATs and ACTs):
Click on the links below to get test date information.
Attention freshmen, sophomores and juniors!
If you want to participate in a summer enrichment program, or want to apply for a scholarship, come to the college office and request a transcript to be sent!
Juniors and Seniors and related parents, the College Navigator should be your second favoriate website of all time–after this one of course. Here, you can browse through real-time data on actual price based on Continue reading
There are two websites that the College Office wants you to look at today. Have you looked at the College Board’s Net Price Calculator and FAFSA Forecaster?
Use THIS CHART to help you figure out your GPA on a 4.0 scale. As a general rule SLA GPAs are unweighted.
SAT & ACT PREP RESOURCES
It’s so important for students to begin prepping for their college entrance exams! There are tons of great test-optional schools, but some of them may require ACT/SAT test scores to be considered for merit scholarships.
Here’s a list of Test Prep Resources to help you get started!