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On Thursday, October 2nd, the FHS School Counseling Department hosted “College and Career Planning Night for Seniors!” The School Counseling Department provided an overview of the college application process. The evening also included a college panel with admissions representatives from Framingham State University, MassBay Community College, UMass Amherst, Northeastern University and St. Anselm.
The surveys that families filled out tell us that as a result of the presentation:
- There was a 62% increase in the number of individuals who know how to request a teacher letter of recommendation.
- 91% of families feel that overall, they understand the college application process.
- 97% of families are aware of post-secondary options other than attending a traditional, four year college.
If you were not able to attend the presentation, we encourage you to access the materials provided here:
Seniors are you struggling to get your college application essay done? Do you need some help to feel confident and ready to "click submit"? Join us during lunch on Wednesdays, throughout the month of October in the College and Career Center D110 to get support and resources!
Click HERE to read a step-by-step outline of everything you need to do, as an FHS Senior, to apply to college this year.
A. Use NAVIANCE
Naviance helps students and families connect what students do in the classroom to their life goals, including finding colleges and careers based on their personal skills and areas of interests.
Seniors, to log on to your student Naviance account, CLICK HERE
To log on to Naviance as a guest, CLICK HERE.
B. Use Collegeweek Live
CollegeWeek Live is an innovative online college fair and online chat resource.
To access CollegeWeek Live, click HERE.
To see online events hosted by colleges through CollegeWeek Live, click HERE.
A. Match you Common Application and Naviance Accounts. This involves completing
the FERPA (What is the FERPA?)
B. Fill out the Transcript Request Form (copies available in the school counseling office)
*For step-by-step instructions on how to complete these steps:*
Click here: The FHS Transcript Request Process
For instructions, click here: /fhs/Teacher Recommendation Letter Guide.docx
For instructions, click here: /fhs/Student Interview Packet.docx
We also recommend providing your counselor with this document: Parent Brag Sheet
SAT: For information and to register: http://www.collegeboard.com
ACT: For information and to register: http://www.act.org
Check with your counselor or Mrs. Luzi to see if you should take the Accuplacer. The Accuplacer is available on Wednesdays after school. You need to register with Mrs. Luzi to take the Accuplacer.
8. Other Helpful Resources:
9. Not Sure if a 4 Year College is Right for You?
Check out these great resources:
How do I attend a college/career organization visit at FHS in the fall?
1. To see who is visiting FHS:
Please log in to Naviance to see the College and Career Visit Calendar!
2. To Sign up to Attend a Visit:
Standardized Test Preparation Resources
1. SAT/ACT Test Prep Programs:
Unfortunately, the Let's Get Ready Program has been canceled for Fall 2014.
For Current Offerings, Click HERE
To Enroll Online Click HERE
2. Standardized Test Information:
For information about "Test Optional Schools" - Click HERE
On Wednesday, November 5th, from 7:00-9:00pm, the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) will be coming to FHS to present. The presentation will break down the financial aid process into straightforward concepts that every family can understand. They will explain how financial aid works and offer strategies for smoothly navigating the college financing process from beginning to end. This presentation will cover:
*This presentation will be offered in both English & Spanish:*
English: The presentation will be given in English in the FHS Auditorium, November 5th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.
Español: La presentación se dará en Español en la biblioteca de FHS, el 5 de noviember, 7:00 - 9:00pm.
MEFA’s College Financing Seminars
MEFA's free College Financing Seminars demystify the entire financial aid application process, breaking it down into straightforward concepts that every family can understand. We explain the nuts and bolts of how financial aid works and offer strategies for smoothly navigating the college financing process from beginning to end. Topics include:
To request childcare, please email Christine Luzi, CLuzi@framingham.k12.ma.us.
3. FAFSA DAY - Sunday, January 25th
On Sunday, January 25th at Framingham High School, we will be offering support to fill out your Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). This services is FREE of charge. Save the date- more information to follow!
Don't let the sticker price fool you. This tool shows what students really pay for college, based on their family income. We've got trends, too. Search from more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States. To access the tuition tracker, click here: College Tuition Tracker
Huffington Post 10/17/2014 - Do This To Improve Your Chances
Forbes Magazine 8/14/2014 - Worrying Productively:Six Ways Parents Can Help With The College Search
NPR Article 5/6/2014 - Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work
Upcoming Local College Fairs
Check back in August for new college fair dates and locations!
Attention students! Looking for something to do this summer? Check out a list of opportunities; across the state, across the country and across the world:
1. FREE Practice for the PSAT through Kaplan! - Click here!
2. "Jumpstart to College & Career Planning Night for Juniors:"
The presentation above covers the steps that current juniors should be taking at this point to prepare for life after high school. It was delivered by the FHS School Counseling Dept. on April 10th 2013, 7 - 9pm.
3. Helpful hand-outs:
Naviance is a web based tool that helps students and families connect what students do in the classroom to their life goals, including finding colleges and careers based on their personal skills and areas of interests.
Juniors, to log on to your student Naviance account, click HERE