Guidance News

  • HERRICKS HIGH SCHOOL
    COUNSELING AND WELLNESS CENTER
    FEBRUARY 2023

    COURSE SELECTION FOR 2023-24
    Students will be registering online through the Infinite Campus website from February 4th through February 17th.  If your child is having difficulty accessing the system, or with the registration, he/she should see his/her school counselor for assistance.

    EARLY ACTION AND EARLY DECISION APPLICANTS

    If you have been accepted to the college in which you intend to enroll, please be sure to withdraw all other applications.  Please notify the colleges of your intent in writing, and request that your application be withdrawn.  This may help some of your peers to gain admittance by making a freshman “seat” available.

    MIDYEAR GRADES

    Hello Seniors!! Congratulations, you are halfway through your senior year!!!  You may be receiving emails from your colleges about submitting mid-year grades. 
    It is important for colleges, whether they are Early Action, Early Decision or Regular Decision, to see your academic progress.  Strong academic grades can determine an acceptance, it can make the difference if you are deferred, it can help with merit scholarships and if you have been offered academic money, continued progress can help you to keep your scholarship!  If you have any questions, please contact your school counselor directly.

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    Check out the following website to search for available scholarships:

    www.scholarships.com & www.fastweb.com

                                            FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    SUBMIT A FAFSA EARLIER: Students can submit a 2023–24 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2022 this year, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2023. The earlier submission date is a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit their FAFSAs as early as October 1 every year.

    Almost all students and families complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov.

    We recommend completing the FAFSA online because:
    · fafsa.gov has built-in help to guide you through the application process

    · fafsa.gov uses “skip logic” that allows you to skip questions that don’t apply to you

    · The schools you list on your FAFSA will receive your processed information faster. In addition to the online form, you have two other options for completing the FAFSA:

    1. You can download and complete a PDF FAFSA (go to fafsa.gov and scroll to FAFSA Filing Options).
    2. You can order and complete a paper version of the PDF FAFSA (you may request up to three copies of the PDF FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID [1-800-433-3243]).

    You may choose any of these three methods to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    FAFSA on the Web Worksheet
    The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet provides a preview of the questions that you may be asked while completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) online at www.fafsa.gov.

    You must complete and submit a FAFSA to apply for federal student aid and for most state and college aid. Write down notes to help you easily complete your FAFSA anytime on or after October 1, 2021.

    CSS FINANCIAL AID PROFILE

    The Profile Guide for 2023-24 is now available in the Counseling and Wellness Center.  Financial information for The Profile may be submitted now to qualify you for financial aid.  Please check the list of colleges and scholarship programs in The Profile to see if you are required to submit it.  Note:  Not all colleges request the Profile.  You can only complete The Profile at https://student.collegeboard.org/profile.

     HERRICKS COUNCIL OF PTA’s SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

          The Herricks Council of PTA's is offering scholarship awards for graduating seniors planning to attend a tuition-based two or four year college, university, or trade school.  Students must be enrolled in a post-secondary placement by September 2023 to be eligible to receive the awards.  To be eligible, the student must:
    Student must be a current PTSA member.  Students may join the PTSA by downloading the membership form from the Herricks High School website:

                                                    https://herrickshsptsa.memberhub.store

    Complete an application for the Herricks Council of PTA’s Scholarship.  Applications for the Herricks Council of PTA’s Scholarship are available in the High School Counseling and Wellness Center, on the guidance website, on the PTSA website, and on the PTA Council website.  Factors such as community service, character, special talents, special circumstances, and financial need are all taken into consideration when choosing the recipients.

     Applications must be submitted to the High School Guidance Office by March 10, 2023.

     Herricks Council of PTA’s Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Senior Awards Assembly in June.

     Complete instructions appear on the front of the Herricks Council of PTA’s Scholarship application.

    NCAA SENIOR ATHLETES

    If you are hoping to play Division I or II athletics at college and have not yet filed a Clearinghouse application, you should see your counselor immediately.

    SENIORS
    If you are not planning to attend college, see your counselor about your plans after graduation.  Your counselor wants to assist you to make appropriate decisions about your future.

    SENIORS
    Please see your counselor when you get responses from colleges.  We want to hear the news!

    JUNIORS AND THEIR PARENTS

    Winter recess is a great time to begin college visits. Start planning some, if you can.  See your counselor for guidelines on good academic matches.

     Advanced Placement Exams will be given in May 

    Details to follow shortly.