Beyond CHS December Updates and Upcoming Deadlines

Deadlines for Seniors applying to 4-year universities and colleges

Many 4-year college and university regular admission deadlines fall between November 30 – January 15. Please make sure you are aware of the regular admission deadlines for the colleges to which you are applying! For example, here are some common Fall 2018 Regular Admission deadlines:

1/1/18:  Common private colleges and universities (see each college website)

1/15/18:  University of Oregon; many other colleges and universities

2/1/18:  Oregon State University

Letters of Recommendation – Most public universities do not require letters of recommendation as part of the student application, while many private universities do.  If you need letters of recommendation, please make an appointment to see your guidance counselor 3-4 weeks before your first college application due date. In addition, please submit letter of recommendation packets to your teacher(s) 3-4 weeks before your application due date.

Transcripts  Current CHS students can order transcripts using an online form.

Unofficial transcripts are free (limit one per quarter; you can make your own copies). The first two official transcripts of the academic year are free; after that they are $2 each. Seniors, before you order official paper transcripts, check to see if the colleges/universities you are applying to need a paper or online uploaded version (Common App, Coalition App). Unofficial transcript PDF versions are also available online.

  • It takes 5 full school days (typically one week for regular school weeks without holidays and no-school days) to process transcript requests!
  • December 14 is the last day to order transcripts online to pick on December 21 (the last day before winter break)!

SAT and ACT dates for 2017-18

CHS is offering the SAT and ACT tests this school year, and CVHS will offer the SAT.  Most 4-year colleges or universities require either test as part of their college entrance requirements.  Juniors primarily take the tests in the winter and spring. Remaining 2017-18 local test dates for CHS, CVHS and South Albany HS (the ACT) are listed below.  You can also search online for test centers in Salem and Eugene.

Test       Date                  Location           Regular Registration Deadline

ACT        Feb 10, 2018       CHS                     Jan 12, 2018

SAT        Mar 10, 2018      CVHS                   Feb 9, 2018

SAT        June 2, 2018        CHS                      May 3, 2018

ACT        June 9, 2018        South Albany     May 4, 2018

Registration for these tests is online at either sat.org or act.org.  Regular registration closes about one month prior to the exam.

  1. Please register early for tests at CHS, as we reached capacity last year and cannot reserve spaces for our own students.
  2. Students on free or reduced lunch can pick up a fee waiver for the exams from Beyond CHS (Room 120).

Juniors    Assistance League®  Winter SAT Review Course

Assistance League® will be offering an SAT Review course for high school juniors enrolled in Benton County schools beginning in January 2018.  The purpose of the course is to help students become familiar with the SAT and to develop strategies for success.  The course consists of six class periods offered either on Saturday mornings or on Tuesday evenings.  Four class sessions will focus on math and verbal instruction; the fifth session will include a practice test; the sixth (last) session will be devoted to returning the test and providing feedback.

Winter 2018 sessions:
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 pm on January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20 and 27 or Saturdays, from 9-11:30 am on January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, and 24

Registration for the Winter 2018 session began on December 12, 2017.  A registration fee of $45 covers instruction (by instructors familiar with the SAT test), study guide, and snacks during the breaks.  Registration forms will be available online at www.alcorvallis.org and in Beyond CHS beginning December 12.  A few scholarships are available. All registration forms need to be mailed to Assistance League with a $45 check included by January 12, 2018.

  • Early registration is encouraged.
  • There is a limit of 120 students (60 on Tuesday and 60 on Saturday).

Applications Now Open for Grants and Scholarships at OregonStudentAid.gov

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) encourages students statewide to apply now for grants and scholarships at OregonStudentAid.gov. OSAC awards more than $100 million each year in state-funded grants and privately funded scholarships to help students meet their college expenses.

OSAC SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Oregon students may explore over 500 privately-funded scholarships and apply for up to 40 with one application, and there is no cost to apply. Scholarship funds are available for graduating high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate students, GED and home schooled students, community college and vocational school students, single parents returning to school, and more.
  • Students must apply online at OregonStudentAid.gov and submit a completed OSAC scholarship application and all other required materials by March 1 at 5:00 p.m. Students who submit their applications by February 15 at 5:00 may be entered in a drawing to win a $1,000 OSAC Early Bird scholarship.

1ST STEP FOR STATE AND FEDERAL AID, FAFSA or ORSAA

  • Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA), both of which opened in October, to be considered for federal and/or state financial aid, including grants and loans. The ORSAA is Oregon’s alternative to the FAFSA for students who are not eligible for federal aid. OSAC uses data from the FAFSA or the ORSAA to determine students’ eligibility for the Oregon Promise, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, and numerous scholarships.
  • Information from the FAFSA is also used to determine eligibility for federal aid, including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Work-Study.

OREGON PROMISE

  • Current high school seniors and GED recipients may apply for the Oregon Promise grant, which covers most tuition at Oregon community colleges. Students must enroll in a community college within 6 months of graduating from an Oregon high school or receiving a GED.* Minimum GPA and GED requirements apply.
  • Visit OregonStudentAid.gov for eligibility details. Students who are graduating from high school (or completing a GED) between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, can complete an application now. Students are also required to complete either the FAFSA or the ORSAA for the upcoming school year.
  • The program has rolling deadlines depending upon graduation date; to determine the appropriate deadline use the term eligibility tool.

OREGON OPPORTUNITY GRANT

  • The Oregon Opportunity Grant is Oregon’s largest state-funded, need-based grant program that helps students pay for college at public community colleges, public universities and participating private institutions statewide. Students should complete either the FAFSA or the ORSAA for the upcoming school year.
  • Oregon Opportunity Grants are awarded until funds are exhausted, so students should file their FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible. Students who are first-time Opportunity Grant recipients in 2017-18 will be considered for a guaranteed second year award, providing they meet certain additional criteria (see the OSAC website) and submit a 2018-19 FAFSA or ORSAA by May 1, 2018.