College Application Procedures

  • Teachers and counselors require ten (10) school days to process transcript requests, school forms, and recommendation letters. Requesting documents the day of or less than ten school days ahead of when they are due will result in missed deadlines.

    For college application deadlines of January 1, 2021, through January 8, 2021, the counseling department will need all requests submitted by December 1, 2020. Keep in mind that the counseling office is closed during the holiday break and weekends.

    Important:

    • Seniors should add colleges to Naviance as soon as they know which colleges they are applying to and request transcripts more than ten days in advance of when they are needed.
    • When applying to a college through the Common App., make sure that you have matched your Common App. account to Naviance.
    • Seniors can continue working on college applications until the deadline, but the counseling department will need requested documents ten school days or earlier than the deadline. Working on college applications have no bearing on the counseling department submitting requested documents as long as the college receives all the parts by the deadline.
    • After submitting all documents, track their status in Common App., Naviance, or for a non-Common App. college in the college's own portal.

    Teacher recommendations:

    • Seniors should ask a teacher first before requesting a recommendation from that teacher. They have to agree to write a recommendation for you.
    • Once the teacher has agreed to write the recommendation, request the recommendation in Naviance for each college that requires a teacher recommendation. Not every college requires a teacher recommendation.
    • Limit your requested teacher recommendations to the number that each college requires. For example, do not ask ten teachers to write a recommendation when the college you are applying to only accepts two recommendations.

    Senior Information Sheet:

    • If you have not already done so, make sure you have submitted the Senior Information Sheet to your counselor by completing the paper form or submitting the Senior Information Survey in Naviance.

    If you need help with any of these processes, please reach out to your counselor and request a meeting or a call.

    Resources:

FAFSA Opens October 1, 2020

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the main application used to apply for federal or state-supported financial aid to pay for a college education. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free, easy and provides you access to the largest source of financial aid available.

    Financial aid covers expenses like tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and other college-related expenses. The FAFSA can be used to determine eligibility for:

    • Federal Student Aid – Pell Grants and student loans.

    • State Financial Aid – HOPE Scholarship and Grant programs.

    • Institutional Financial Aid – Institutional Scholarships offered by a college.

    • Private Financial Aid – Private Scholarships provided by businesses or other organizations.

FAFSA Filing Opens

  • You may choose any of these methods to file a FAFSA form:

    • Log in at fafsa.gov to apply online or

    • Fill out the form in the myStudentAid mobile app, available on the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) or

    • Complete a 2020-21 FAFSA PDF(note: you must print out and mail the FAFSA PDF for processing) or

    • Request a print-out of the FAFSA PDF by calling us at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 334-523-2691 (TTY for the deaf or hard of hearing 1-800-730-8913); then fill out the form and mail it for processing

    For FAFSA help visit their help site.