Be sure you are in school and on time to your classes in order to keep doing well!
Think about your digital footprint!
What is out there linked to you on Instagram, Twitter, Snap Chat, etc? What does your email say about you?
Make a plan!
Talk to your parents/guardians! Begin researching colleges, universities, vocational schools and/or military options! Start visiting places you might be interested in!
What should you be doing now?
Think about classes and test scores!
Be sure you are taking the correct classes for admission into your choice of post-secondary education! Consider retaking the SAT if needed!
Key factors that colleges look for in applicants...
Grades in college prep courses and strength of curriculum
Standardized test scores
Extra curricular activities, athletics, summer experiences, work experience
Community service (did you go beyond the required 40 hours?)
Application essays, recommendations, interviews
Level of interest, potential fit, diversity, legacy, ability to overcome obstacles
SAT & ACT INFORMATION
Many students will take either test (or both!) multiple times in order to improve their chances of college admission or to improve scholarship opportunities. All juniors take the SAT once during the school day in April. Some colleges/universities will require at least one ACT taken with writing. So, you will want to consider signing up for writing on one of these national test dates.
Students who are undocumented do have options for college in the United States. Most colleges have a specific person/department who will work with undocumented students in order to get them enrolled and also to set up some types of financial aid. Undocumented students are not able to complete the FASFA. Some states and colleges are more “friendly” than others. However, there are options.
JJC has their own website for working with students who are undocumented..
If you want more information visit the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling website at: http://www.iacac.org/undocumented/
Rosa Salazar - Recruitment Specialist
Apply for your FSA ID as soon as possible! You need this to complete your FAFSA!
1. Get your FSA ID
After October 1st, you can complete the FAFSA online! Be sure to have your tax documents!
2. Complete FAFSA
Once the schools you have been accepted to receive your information, they will send you an awards letter with a net price for each school!
3. Compare schools
Athletics after high school?
If athletics is a possibility for you after high school, you need to make sure you are eligible to play. NCAA and NAIA require you to register with them to see if you academically qualify to play!
Make sure you are eligible!
The rules and regulations are different for NCAA and NAIA, so please see the links in your packet for more info1
Know the difference!
Please see your counselor and your coach with any questions about this process!
It is never too early to begin your research of the hundreds of scholarships available online to college-bound students! Please be aware that some scholarships found online could be a hoax, especially if it sounds too good to be true!
You can also visit our very own Joliet Central Guidance website to see some of the scholarships posted specifically for Central students: https://www.jths.org/joliet-central-high-school/guidance/scholarships
Joliet Central Scholarships
Begin researching the college/university that you wish to attend to see if they offer scholarships