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 22, 2020 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.

Young men 18 years of age should register with the Selective Service.  This is required to apply for financial aid through the FAFSA.  Registration only takes a couple minutes, please CLICK HERE to access the Selective Service website.

I wanted to provide a link to access the resources that FAFSA provides, as they no longer provide printed resources.  I hope you find this information useful on your quest to find financial aid for your student: Excellent Resources for Financial Aid

FAFSA Tips: This information was shared with me and I feel it is a great resource for parents when filling out the FAFSA.  FAFSA Tips for Parents

If you would like to re-take your ACT Test, you can register to do so at www.actstudent.org. ; Information on deadlines is listed below.

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.

ACT TEST

*TEST DATES FOR 2018-2019       (Pipestone offers the test in June)
 
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21-October 4, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29 - March 13, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020
July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020


TEST FEES
 
ACT No Writing       $52.00
ACT Plus Writing     $68.00
Late Fee:                 $30.00 (this is in addition to the test fee)
   
You must register online at: ACT Registration
 
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 

University HQ is pleased to provide some opportunities for free resources to prepare for the ACT Test.  Click HERE to learn more information about ways to prepare for this college entrance test.

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: Minnesota Career Information System 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.   

Useful Websites:

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

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

To view the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities with ease, please go HERE.

www.fastweb.com Excellent resource for scholarships.

Here is a resource that focuses on students that choose to attend college: Student Health Guide for College Students

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 $87. 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 Access the FAFSA Website Here: FAFSA Website

What are the deadlines for filling out the FAFSA?
To be considered for federal student aid for the 2019-2020 award year, you can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1, 2018 and midnight Central Time, June 30, 2020.  Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 14, 2019.  However, many states and colleges have earlier deadlines for applying for state and institutional financial aid.  You can find your state's deadline at Student Aid Deadlines.

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.
 
Here is a helpful worksheet to help you collect and organize your parents' financial information needed for the FAFSA on the Web on how to complete the FAFSA: FAFSA on the Web Worksheet

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.

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
Get Ready for College

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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 & admission office link:

Augustana – 1-800-727-2844 
Augustana University Admissions
Dakota State – 1-888-DSU-9988
Dakota State Admissions
MN West – 825-6800 or 1-800-658-2330 
MN West Admissions
Moorhead State – 1-800-593-7246
MSU - Moorhead Admissions
Ridgewater – 1-800-722-1151
Ridgewater College Admissions
St. Cloud State – 1-877-654-7278 
SCSU Admissions
SMSU (Marshall) – 1-800-642-0684
SMSU Admissions
SDSU (Brookings) – 1-800-952-3541
SDSU Admissions
Southeast Tech – 1-800-247-0789 
STI Admissions
U of M (Mankato) – 1-800-722-0544 

MSU -Mankato Admissions
U of M (Morris) – 1-800-922-8863
U of M - Morris Admissions
U of M (Twin Cities) – 1-612-625-5000 
U of M - Twin Cities Admissions

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