Senior Information Fall 2017
Mary Haug, Counselor
Onaga High School
Financial Aid Meeting
A financial aid meeting for seniors and parents will be held on OCTOBER 23 at 6:30 P.M to provide an overview of the FAFSA forms and the various types of financial aid. We also touch briefly on the local scholarship program.
Twenty-Five (25) Credits are required for graduation:
Language Arts: 4 Credits
Social Science: 3 Credits: 1 Credit of American History, American Government, & Concepts of Social Science
Mathematics: 3 Credits: Algebra I is required; 8th grade Algebra 1 does not count toward graduation credits
Natural Science: 3 Credits: Required Physical Science, and Biology and one additional course
P.E. and Health: 1 Credit: 1/2 Credit of Health and 1/2 Credit of Physical Education
Fine Arts: 1 Credit
Elective subjects to bring total to 25 Credits
Information form the Counselor Office
Communications from the counselor office about special events at colleges, scholarships and meetings will be sent directly to the student email account. If you wish to be included in the senior parent group email please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to my group. Local scholarship information and forms are posted on-line a they become avalible.
Seniors under 18 will need to submit a parent signed transcript request form to the counselor’s office. Those over 18 can submit a student signed request form at any time. Please be sure that any organization you submit your transcript to is legitimate, because a transcript has your legal name, birthdate and social security number on it. Transcript request forms are available on the bulletin board outside of Mrs. Haug’s office.
Most Midwest colleges and universities, including Kansas, require enrollees to take the ACT (American College Test) which is given several times each year. The ACT also has a writing test available. Students will need to check the admission requirements to determine if the writing portion of the test is needed for the school of their choice. The Onaga High School code number required for registration is 172-245. The ACT test schedule is as follows:
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
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
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018
The fast way to register for the test is online at www.actstudent.org. The fee of $46.00 entitles the senior to have the report sent to four colleges or agencies. A wavier is available for students with financial needs please see Mrs. Haug for more information. An additional fee is charged for late registration. If possible, seniors should make arrangements to take the test either in October or December so they have the information when filling out post-secondary applications and scholarships forms. A Study Guide is available from Mrs. Haug.
Some students each year find it necessary to take the SAT I (Scholastic Aptitude Test I) to meet certain scholarship requirements, to apply for admission to colleges outside the Midwest region, or to gain additional test experience and scores. The registration site available for the SAT can be found at: www.sat.collegeboard.org. Once again, the registration code number for Onaga High School is 172-245. TheSAT test schedule can be found on the web site. Please see Mrs. Haug for additional information.
ACT / SAT Test Taking Help Available
When students register for either the ACT or SAT, they can find information on the respective sites which explain test-taking strategies and provide sample tests. A free sample ACT test is available from Mrs. Haug, in addition to other prep materials. We advise students to carefully read the instructions, review sample tests, and use the materials available to prepare for these important tests.
Upon reaching the age of eighteen, all males are required by law to register with the Selective Service. This can be done on the Internet before their 18th birthday or within one month after their birthday. Federal financial aid will be withheld if not registered with the Selective Service. To register, see www.sss.gov.
Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum
You must meet the following 3 requirements to qualify for admission to any of the six Kansas Regents universities:
- Students must achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher on any college credit taken in high school.
- Student must achieve one of the following:
- ACT composite score of 21 or above; OR
- SAT composite Score of 980 or above OR
- Rank in the top one-third of your high school’s graduating class
- Complete the Qualified Admissions curriculum listed below with at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
- Four credits of English (One per year)
- Three credits of Math (at or above the Algebra I level and an ACT Math score of 22 or better) OR Four credits of Math (at or above the Algebra I level)
- Three credits of Natural Sciences (Earth Space Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
- Three credits of Social Science
- Three credits of Electives (See counselor for list of approved courses)
State of Kansas Scholarship Program
The State Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding Kansas high school seniors. Designation by the Kansas Board of Regents as State Scholar is based upon ACT assessment scores**, the seventh semester grade point average, and completion of the Regents Recommended Curriculum.
The State Scholarship Curriculum is the following:
- English 4 Credits (one per year)
- Mathematics 4 Credits
- Social Studies 3 Credits
- Natural Science 3 Credits must be Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
- Foreign Language 2 Credits of one foreign language
**See Mrs. Haug for specific information on which classes fulfill these requirements
Designated scholars are notified by mid-April, and stipends are awarded to students who have been designated as State Scholar and have demonstrated a financial need.
**Students must have taken the ACT between April of the sophomore year and December of the senior year. Score before or after that time are not considered. ACT will automatically report the scores to the State Scholarship Program unless instructed not to do so in writing.
Admissions Applications Post-Seconadary
It is important to make application for admission to post-secondary schools during September & October If a student is uncertain as to which school he/she will attend, applications may be sent to several schools. By applying in September, the student will begin to receive valuable information concerning classes, housing, enrollment, scholarships, and financial aid from each school. Students are encouraged to make visit to post-secondary options. Three visits are allowed per year and are excused, to visit student should first obtain a visit form from Mrs. Haug and get approval prior to the visit.
Email / Social Media
When filling out applications for admissions and scholarships be sure and use an email that you check frequently, many organizations are moving toward conducting all business through email communications. I would also recommend creating an account specifically for this purpose. Every student needs to consider their presence on social media sites. Potential employers, school internships selection committees and scholarship boards may use these sites as part of the screening process.
Apply for Financial Aid
Once the business of taking the ACT test and sending applications is completed in the fall, the student can then concentrate on financial aid matters. The window opens to begin working on Free Application Federal Student Aid on October 1st. FAFSA forms are to be complete online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Student and Parent may also request a paper copy by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243. Since eligibility for aid is determined from information compiled on the FAFSA application from your parents’ 2016 income taxes, you should begin the process during first semester to allow time for questions before Priority Deadlines.(check with your school of choice)