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Senior Newsletter & Scholarship Opportunities
October 2020

For detailed information on services, updates, and important student & parent resources, 
visit Lakeland School District Guidance

TIME TO BEGIN THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS
Complete the necessary forms in the college application packet* and follow the instructions to create a Common App account, match to Naviance, and request letters of recommendation. All college applicants are required to utilize their Naviance account.  Request recommendation letters from your teachers early so there is enough time to meet your application deadline. Ideally, teachers should have three weeks to write a letter.

*The college application packet can be found online at the LHS/WPHS school websites.  Choose School Info and then Guidance.

Email your counselor with any questions, to submit your Transcript Request Form and to discuss the colleges you plan to apply to.

Transcript Request Form Dates
*10/8 Early Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) due for 11/1 deadlines.
*10/28 Early Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) due for 11/15 deadlines.
*For all other deadlines please submit the form at least 15 days before any college deadline.

Read all instructions on your applications and complete and submit online or by mail.

F.Y.I.

  • Read all application instructions carefully.
  • The SUNY online application allows you to apply to multiple campuses.
  • The Common Application is used by over 900 colleges.
  • The CUNY application is completely online. Application worksheets are available in Guidance.
  • Students are responsible for contacting SAT or ACT to have scores sent directly to the colleges.


COLLEGE FAIRS

NACAC Virtual College Fairs
:  October 12, 18, November 8.  During each NACAC Virtual College Fair, more than 600 college and university representatives will be available to talk with you and other students!

The State University of New York is hosting virtual college fairs on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Meet with representatives from SUNY campuses to discuss academic offerings, student life, financial aid, and more. During the fair, you will be able to communicate with campus representatives using text and video chat.  To register please visit:  The State University of New York Virtual College Fairs


FINANCIAL AID

FINANCIAL AID FORMS
The 2021-2022 FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) can be filed beginning October 1st, 2020 using your 2019 income and tax information. Prior to submitting the FAFSA, students and parents are required to have an FSA ID to access and electronically sign federal student aid documents.  Go to FAFSA to create FSA IDs and to complete the FAFSA form. Visit Student Financial Aid for detailed information on financial aid including the FAFSA process, Grants, Scholarships, Loans & Work-Study.  If you list a New York college on your FAFSA, you can link directly to the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

The CSS/FINANCIAL AID PROFILE is an online application that collects information that is used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs to help them award private, non-federal student aid funds.  There is an initial fee for the application and one college report and a fee for each additional report. Information and the online application are available starting October 1st, 2020 at CSS/Financial Aid Profile The colleges requiring the PROFILE are listed on the website.

SAT TESTING POLICIES
An Admission Ticket and an acceptable photo ID are required for entry into the Testing Area—no exceptions.  Changes to the test type, test date or test center cannot be made at the test center on test day. Standby/Walk-in testing is not permitted. Test-takers who miss the last registration deadline for an administration may request Waitlist Status online up until five days before the test.

SAT/ACT TEST DATES 

SAT Reasoning & Subject Tests: 

Oct. 3, 2020 @ Walter Panas High School
Nov. 7, 2020 @ Walter Panas High School:  Regular registration deadline:  Oct. 7, 2020, Late registration deadline:  Oct. 27, 2020
*Dec. 5, 2020:  Regular registration deadline:  Nov. 5, 2020, Late registration deadline:  Nov. 24, 2020

ACT Assessment: 

Oct. 10, 17, 24, 25, 2020  Regular registration deadline:  Sept. 25, 2020, No late fee required
Dec. 12, 2020:  Regular registration deadline:  Nov. 6, 2020, Late registration deadline:  Nov. 20, 2020

*Please note the December SAT will not be offered in the Lakeland Central School District.
 

PERTINENT MISCELLANEOUS

The EDU, Inc. Common Black College Application allows students to apply to 42 Historically Black Colleges and Universities at once and pay a one-time fee of only $35
 

OPEN HOUSES, INFORMATION SESSIONS, ETC.
It may be necessary to register for an open house by calling the college or visiting the college website.

Bucknell UniversityOct 5 thru Nov. 10 – Various Dates (In-person and virtual)
Iona College:  Campus Visits:  Various Dates (In-person and virtual)
Manhattan College:  October 25, November 15 (Virtual)
Mount Saint Mary College:  Various Dates (In-person and virtual)
St. Thomas Aquinas CollegeOctober 21, October 24, November 4, November 14 (Virtual)
Salve Regina University:  October 18, November 1 (Virtual)
Campus Tours:  Various Dates (In-person)
Springfield College:  On-campus Tours and Open House-Various Dates (In-person and Virtual)
Simmons College:  October 19, November 14 (Virtual)
SUNY Cortland: Various Options/Dates (In-person and Virtual)
SUNY Delhi:  Various Options/Dates (Virtual)
SUNY Buffalo: Various Options/Dates (Virtual)

TIPS

  • It’s always better to submit applications early. Don’t wait until the last minute.  Pay close attention to deadlines.  YOU are responsible!
  • The LCSD Guidance website is your source for a number of helpful links including: college planning, college applications, financial aid, college/scholarship/career searches, testing, NCAA and access to your Naviance account.

(If you have never registered in Naviance, please email Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) – boneill@lakelandschools.org or Ms. Zadra (WPHS)  - kzadra@lakelandschools.org for your registration code.)