I know some of you know me, while others may not have had the chance to meet me just yet. My name is Traci Simmons. I am St. Frederick’s new school counselor as of this school year. I am here to help prepare your child for their future in high school and after high school. If you or your child have any questions regarding current and/or future courses, planning for college, or classroom accommodations, please email me or call the office to setup an appointment. Beginning in January, I will be meeting with each St. Frederick student to help them schedule their courses for next year and plan for college (even if they are in a lower grade, it’s never too early to plan). I will introduce the students to Common App, which is an online program to help them research 1,000’s of colleges all over the United States. Through Common App, students are able to fill out one college application. They can send that application to all of the colleges they are applying to within the Common App system. Common App partners with Naviance, which is a system that allows me, as their counselor, to send transcripts and recommendation letters to all applied colleges electronically. Overall, Common App is setup to help the student and the counselor save time in the college application process, which opens up room for more time with the students.
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If your child is a SENIOR and you would like to join the Class of 2018 texting group to stay up to date with college related due dates, scholarships, and events, text @sfhs18grad to 81010.
If your child is a JUNIOR and you would like to join the Class of 2019 texting group to stay up to date with college related due dates, programs, and events, text @sfhs19grad to 81010.
…As I add more classes, I will send an email for parents to join.
I look forward to getting to know your child better so I can learn their interest and help them with their future. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email or call.
What is the FAFSA?
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid and can be accessed at the following web address: https://fafsa.ed.gov/ Please note that this is a FREE application. There are lots of websites suggesting that they can do a better service for you but it is not necessary.
This year, the window for completing the FAFSA is October 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Parents and parents/guardians may use 2016-2017 tax information. The following link will give you lots of information about the FAFSA: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
A question that comes up often is whether or not a parent is required to complete the FAFSA. Although it is not a requirement in general, many universities may require it for attendance. We have checked with LSU and they do not require it for attendance. However, completion of the FAFSA is required to access TOPS, many other scholarships and financial aid.
Types of College Applications:
*Early Decision – This application is binding and means that a student will attend that university if accepted and agrees to withdraw all other applications once accepted. The benefit of this application is that there is a significantly higher acceptance rate for those applying Early Decision.
*Early Action – Is a non-binding application but will ensure a student receives an answer from a university much sooner.
These are just a few. It is very important for a student to check each university so see what is necessary.
Tulane University -- Guaranteed acceptance for Louisiana students if … In order to qualify for guaranteed admission, applicants must apply Early Action or Early Decision by November 15th (November 1st for Early Decision) and:
* Reside in Louisiana
* Attend or have graduated from a Louisiana high school at the time of application
* Achieve 28+ on the ACT Composite or 1870+ on the old SAT or 1300+ on the redesigned SAT
* Have a 3.5+ cumulative GPA (unweighted, 4.00 scale) at the time of application in English, foreign language, science, social science, and college preparatory mathematics courses taken while in high school
* Complete 4 years of English, 3 years of social sciences, 3 years of lab science, 3 years of mathematics, and 2 years of foreign language
* Have no prior college attendance after high school graduation
* Have no suspensions, expulsions, or disciplinary violations