SENIOR NEWSGRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:
- All Seniors must check their schedule and credits to make sure they have the necessary courses and credits needed to graduate.
- 23.0 credits are needed to graduate. Please check subject area credit requirements.
- Graduation Project must be completed.
- PSSA test scores must be proficient or advanced levels.
- All Graduation Requirements MUST be completed by May 28, 2021 in order to participate in the Graduation Ceremony on Monday, June 7, 2021.
TESTING:SAT TESTS: All college bound Seniors should have taken the SAT TESTS during their Junior Year. If you have NOT yet taken these tests and are planning to attend a four (4) year college, please register to take these tests as soon as possible.SAT SUBJECT TESTS: Seniors should research if your college requires you to take the SAT Subject Tests and register as soon as possible. Not all colleges require the SAT 2 Subject Tests. Many of the private colleges may require a student to take 1,2 or 3 Subject Tests.ACT TESTS: Colleges will also accept ACT Test Scores and/or SAT scores.ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) TESTS: Will be offered in May of 2020 for any Senior who is interested in taking these subject tests for college credit. A fee is required for every test taken.NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE/ELIGIBILITY CENTER:All students planning to play Division I or Division II college sports, please complete the NCAA Eligibility Center registration form online @ www.ncaaeligibilitycenter.org.There is a FEE ($70) to complete the registration form.Print and bring in the transcript release form to the Guidance Office so an official transcript can be sent to the Clearinghouse. This form can be found at the Eligibility Center Website under "Resources".You will not be eligible to play a college sport until this process is complete and a transcript has been sent.COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS: Please refer to the subpage which provides the steps to the College Application Process.Wells Fargo College Planning free online resources: www.wellsfargo.com/collegestepsFINANCIAL AID:The CHS Financial Aid Night will be held virtually on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 6:30 PM. A link for the presentation has been sent to your school email. You can go to www.fafsa.gov to start filling out your FAFSA form. Listed below is the link for the Financial Aid Presentation:****IMPORTANT CHANGE****
The Federal PIN that students and parents formerly needed to sign the FAFSA and access other aid information, has been replaced by Federal Student Aid (FSA) to what is now the FSA ID. Creating the FSA ID requires multiple steps that need to be completed independently by the student applicant and their filing-parent. A student cannot complete these steps for their filing-parent and the filing-parent cannot complete these steps for the student. PARENTS AND STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE A FSA ID PRIOR TO FILLING OUT THE FAFSA!
Here are some important highlights about this new process:
- Students and their parent can no longer use the same email address. While students typically do have email access, parents often do not. If either does not, they must create an email account (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) in order to move through the FSA ID creation process.
- For both the student and the filing-parent, it can be a challenge to create a valid username and password because the security settings have been increased to be ‘stronger.’ These also need to be unique and not taken by a previous FAFSA filer.
- To acquire the FSA ID for the student and their filing-parent, they each will also need to create five security questions and answers. These are ‘challenge’ questions that must be answered in the event they forget their username and passwords. Two of these challenge questions can be selected from options that FSA provides but three of them must be completely made up by the applicant and filing-parent. One of these three asks the filer to input a “significant date” that cannot be their birth date; this question, in particular, is difficult for students and filing-parents to answer without time to consider their answer.
- Although the FSA ID can be used immediately by first time applicants once it is created, that is not the case for renewals. For those renewing a FAFSA, there will be a one to three day delay between the creation of the FSA ID and the ability to electronically sign the application.
- Although this is not required, the final step in creating an FSA ID is to confirm student/filing-parent email address. A secure code is sent to the email addresses entered when FSA IDs were created. Once the code is retrieved from the email accounts and then reentered (to confirm the email address is valid), users can use their authenticated email address instead of a username to log in to the five ED websites.
- Parents or students who already have a PIN, will still need to create an FSA ID and password. The new ID can be linked to the PIN, but that is a separate part of the process and is completed at the conclusion of creating the FSA ID and passwordStudents must check each college to which they applied in order to see which Financial Aid forms will be required (CSS Profile and any other individual college financial aid forms).www.studentloans.gov, www.collegecost.ed.gov, www.FAFSA4caster.ed.gov, http://www.college-scholarships.com, www.YouCanDealWithIt.com, www.Facebook.com/pheaa.aid, www.MyFedLoan.org, www.aesSuccess.orgInteractive online tool to assist students with making informed choices about postsecondary education www.MySmartBorrowing.orgYou can now turn your good grades, community service hours, extracurricular activities and college visits into scholarship money! Visit www.raise.me.com to find out how!Wells Fargo Free Online ResourcesCOLLEGE PLANNING:The Step-by-Step Guide to College Planning- www.bigfuture.orgFREE help with college applications- www.applyto4.org