Senior College & Career Planning Night: September 17, 2020
Searching for Colleges/Universities and Careers of Interest
We recommend using Naviance, the college and career planning software to which FHS subscribes. Naviance helps students and families connect what students do in the classroom to their life goals, including finding colleges and careers based on personal skills and areas of interest.
Juniors & Seniors can log into their personalized account through the Naviance website.
Freshman & Sophomores who do not yet have their account set up can log into Naviance on our FHS Guest Account:
- Go to the Naviance website
- Enter Framingham Zip Code: 01701
- Enter Password: FHS
Organizing Required Application Materials & Deadlines
The website of each college/university to which you are applying will include a list of required application materials. For example, for four-year colleges, the list may include items such as transcript, 2 teacher letters of recommendation, SAT scores, etc. The website will also list their application options (Early Decision, Early Action, Regularly Decision, Rolling) and deadlines. It can feel daunting to keep track of everything! We recommend using our College Planning Chart to help you stay organized.
We also recommend that seniors applying to four year colleges use this hand-out, Elements of the Four Year College Application Process, to help understand and keep track of the required pieces of the application.
Teacher Letters of Recommendation
Seniors applying to four-year colleges will most likely need one to two teacher letters of recommendation. However, they will need to find out the exact number required by checking the "application requirements" on the websites of the colleges to which they are applying. To request a teacher letter of recommendation, please follow the steps listed on the Teacher Recommendation Letter Guide. You should always plan to give your teachers a minimum of 10-15 school days notice prior to your first application deadline.
Counselor Letter of Recommendation
Seniors applying to four-year colleges will most likely need a counselor letter of recommendation. However, they will find out for sure by checking the "application requirements" on the websites of the colleges to which they are applying.
*Please note: when seniors apply to a college/university through the Common Application, a counselor letter of recommendation is automatically required.
To request a counselor letter of recommendation:
- Schedule an appointment with your school counselor at least 10 school days prior to your first application deadline.
- Fill out the Student Interview Packet to bring with you to your appointment.
- Meet with your school counselor to go over the completed Student Interview Packet.
*Please note: Parents/guardians are also welcome to provide input for the counselor letter of recommendation by filling out the Parent/Guardian Brag Sheet (Espanol; Portugues)
Standardized Tests (ACT, SAT & TOEFL)
Sending Your Standardized Test Scores to Colleges:
You will need to send your official score report directly to the colleges to which you are applying. You will do this through the test center website:
Please note: self reporting your scores on the Common Application DOES NOT replace this step.
What does the senior year transcript include?
- Final grades in each class, Grades 9 -11 (all rising seniors received a copy of their transcript in the mail over the summer).
- Will be sent to the colleges/universities to which you are applying by your request (filling out the "Transcript Request Form").
- First term grades are sent to colleges/universities automatically to all colleges to which you have previously sent your transcript.
- Midyear grades are automatically sent to all colleges to which you have previously sent your transcript.
Requesting to have your transcript sent to colleges/universities:
1. Give FHS permission to send your transcript
A. Create a Common Application account
B. While on your Common Application account, complete the privacy agreement (FERPA)
C. Log onto your Naviance account and match the two accounts
(Naviance & Common Application)
*For step-by-step instructions, please see: The Transcript Request Process and How to Match Naviance & Common App.
2. Tell FHS to which college/universities to send your transcript by filling out the
“Transcript Request Form” (available in hard copy only- in the D102 School Counseling
Office or A-106 College & Career Center)
*Please note: there is a 10 school day processing period for all transcript requests.
Sending Your Mid-Year Grades to Colleges:
For any college to which a senior has requested that FHS send their transcript, mid-year grades will automatically be sent to that college when they become available, which will be by mid-February. This notification is also included on our "Transcript Request" form and is one of the items that each senior signs off on when they turn in the form.
Financial AidFree Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)- must be completed by any student applying for government loans to pay for college. It becomdes available for seniors to fill out starting on October 1 of each year. For more information and to access the application- https://fafsa.ed.
gov/.Miss MEFA's Financial Aid Night this year? Here are the presentation slides.Want help filling out the FAFSA?We strongly encourage you to read through our "Guide for FHS Students: How to Complete the FAFSA." This guide includes tips, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to additional resources and sources of help. We also urge you to attend FAFSA Day at FHS on Sunday, November 4th.CSS Profile- an additional financial aid application (for non government/state loans) that is required by some colleges and universities. Available starting on October 1 each year. For more information- http://css.colleg eboard.org/Scholarships- FHS maintains a database of all scholarships of which we have been made aware that students can quickly and easily access. To access the scholarship database, seniors must log into their Naviance account and click on "Colleges" >> "Scholarship List."For additional information and resources, please access the Scholarships Side Tab.Need Help Understanding Financial Aid?
Financial Aid TV- This website, hosted by Framingham State, provides short videos answering questions such as “How can I pay for college?” and “what’s the difference between grants and loans?” Videos are available in English and Spanish.
Paying the College Bill Webinar- This webinar provides valuable guidance on paying for college. Topics include an overview of different types of financial aid, an explanation of how to calculate the balance due at each college, and options for paying the bill. Download the presentation slides to follow along.|
Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) Blog Posts:
- Applying for Financial Aid When Parents are Divorced
- Will this scholarship affect my financial aid?
- Here's what other families are asking about financial aid
- How well do you know the FAFSA ®?
- Getting to know the CSS ProfileTM