COLLEGE APPLICATIONS & FINANCIAL AID: College applications and financial aid forms should now be completed. Those in the process of applying should visit college-specific websites for further information on their admissions process. Students who have yet to complete the federal financial aid process can apply for free by visiting fafsa.gov. Find the application for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program, along with other important information, by visiting hesc.ny.gov. Some colleges may require a CSS Profile, which has a fee. For further information, visit css.collegeboard.org.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Look for any announcements and be sure to check for new postings outside the Pupil Support Office. Students can also search online at fastweb.com, and check with an employer or a parents’ employer, churches and civic groups for potential opportunities. Financial aid applications should be completed as early as possible to help families compare the costs of a school before making a decision. Final deposits for colleges are typically due May 1. Students should remember to maintain their grades since many colleges request final transcripts.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS: Those planning to attend a four-year college or university should take the SAT or ACT this spring. For more information or to register for the SAT visit collegeboard.org. Information on the ACT can be found at act.org. Information on review courses will be announced in the next few weeks, but students can also review study materials online on these websites. Students must pay attention to registration deadlines and prepare properly for these important tests.
COLLEGE FAIRS: Students should attend the Rochester National College Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at the Riverside Convention Center with their family, or sign up in the PSO to go with the school on Monday, March 18. In addition to the college fair, Midlakes is tentatively planning to visit St. John Fisher College for a tour later that afternoon. Space is limited. Students should sign-up as soon as possible.
SEARCH FOR A COLLEGE AT MHS: The PSO will hold a “Search for a College” for juniors and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the high school chorus room. The event will provide information on navigating the college search process, exploring colleges and majors, comparing programs, and more. Students should already be well into the college search process and have visited college campuses and attended open houses, which are great ways to learn more about schools. Students should also check college websites and contact admission offices for further details on visiting individual campuses.
NEW VISION APPLICATIONS: The New Vision program offers students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare or health sciences the opportunity to engage in a unique educational experience, gain exposure to a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, and experience a variety of internship opportunities. Applications became available at the PSO during the week of January 7. Deadlines will be announced soon. Students must submit an application, an essay, transcript, and a recommendation from a teacher and school counselor to be considered. These programs are extremely competitive. For more information, contact your school counselor.
FLTCC VISITATION: Those interested in vocational programs can visit the Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center on Friday, Feb. 8, in Stanley. Students can visit up to two programs during the day. Pick-up more information and permission slips, which must be signed by a parent or legal guardian, at the PSO.
COURSE SCHEDULING: Scheduling for the 2019-2020 school year will begin shortly. Students can view the Midlakes High School Course Catalog on the Pupil Support Office page at midlakes.org/Page/3212 to learn more about required courses, curriculum, and offered electives.