The following links may be helpful in the college selection process:
The College Board (SAT & Advanced Placement programs)
FASTWEB (Free Scholarship & Grant Website)
Scholarships for College and Avoiding Scams
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Cappex (Creates a college profile & organizer)
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
FinAid (Scholarships, Financial Aid, Scams, etc)
Midwest Student Exchange Program (Tuition Program)
ACT/SAT Score Concordance Table
NCAA Eligibility Center/Clearinghouse
Scholarships for Public Health Careers
The National Catholic College Admissions Association
Colleges That Change Lives
College Financial Aid Information
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has developed a new college scholarship and award program titled Higher - EdNet. For a $10 fee, students can access a database of over 200,000 federal, state, institutional and private awards.
Students must fill out a one-page form and send it to ISAC. Within three weeks they will receive a customized list of potential aid sources that best match their qualifications and responses. The student is then responsible for following up and contacting those sources. Interested seniors and juniors can pick up the requisite forms in the Student Services Center.
You Have Applied to College. Now What?
Midyear Reports / 7th Semester Grades: Some of your colleges may require more grades in order to make an admission decision. Please make sure that you see Mrs. Shanahan in Student Services so that we can have your updated grades sent to the appropriate colleges.
Recently acquired honors/awards: It is important to let colleges know when you have earned an honor or award this past semester. You can do this by writing them a short letter or email. If you have questions about this, please see Mr. Poro, Mr. Borsch or Ms. Docherty.
The waiting is the hardest part: It may be tempting while you are awaiting an admission decision to contact the admissions office on a regular basis. It is a good idea to contact them with legitimate questions. It is a bad idea to stalk admissions or send them gimmicky items to promote your cause (these usually backfire and result in a denial of admission).
Money: It is very important that you file the FAFSA as quickly as possible in order to obtain financial aid from the colleges. Most college deadlines are February 1 or shortly after. Utilize fafsa.ed.gov in order to apply online quickly or come to Student Services for a paper copy.
Now is your last chance to apply for scholarships: Please check Prep HQ and in Student Services for scholarship opportunities. Most of these deadlines are approaching quickly and now is the time to be completing these applications.
Senioritis: Don’t get it! Your grades this final semester at Fenwick are just as important as any prior year. Colleges have the right to rescind an admission offer if your grades decrease significantly in your senior year (this is not urban myth—it actually happens). Also, you haven’t received your Fenwick diploma yet. Keep studying and you will be fine!
Scholarships for Seniors
Updated by Student Services as they become available