College Bound

PSAT/SAT/ACT Prep.

Have you confirmed your SAT or ACT testing date yet? Check out College Board for dates.  Juniors and seniors, please visit the counseling office for PSAT/SAT/ACT registration materials.

Testing Opportunities

  • PSAT-October 18.  Juniors and interested Sophomores, please sign up for the PSAT-preliminary SAT/national Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  This test will get you familiar with the criteria that is considered for college admission, eligibility requirements for college scholarships, as well feedback regarding critical academic skills.  The PSAT will be held in the GFHS Commons on Saturday, October 18th.  The cost is $14.00.  Payments  are accepted in cash, or check payable to GFHS.  For questions, please contact the GFHS counseling department at 360-283-4394. Crossroads students should see Mrs. Berg at the main office  to sign-up or call 360.283.4407.

SAT*
The Scholastic Aptitude Test
Containing nearly 500 challenging vocabulary words, the flashcard tool in Peterson’s Practice Tests for the SAT and Practice Tests for the ACT products provide users with an easy-to-use tool to improve their vocabulary. Sharpening your vocabulary skills and improving your word knowledge are two important strategies for improving your scores on the SAT and the ACT.

ACT
The ACT Assessment®
Each year, more than 2 million college-bound students like you take the 3-hour ACT to better their chances of getting into the college of their choice. Whether you plan on setting aside months to get ready or you prefer last-minute studying, the best way to prepare is with plenty of practice tests, an understanding of how the test works, and insight into how the test makers think.

PSAT*
Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test
Not only is the PSAT the very best way to practice for the SAT exam it’s also your chance to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship! With full-length practice tests and comprehensive online books to prepare you, you’ll maximize your chances of earning a top score.

Applying for College

Seniors, college applications are due in fall and winter. Please pay close attention to your schools’ deadlines. Please contact your counselor for questions regarding letters of recommendation, applications, transcripts and scholarships. Seniors need to plan on having their four-year college applications submitted to the counseling office by Thanksgiving.

Meeting high school graduation requirements is one step toward college admission.  Acceptance to highly selective colleges and universities requires coursework in a variety of areas.  In addition to coursework, taking college credits during high school is advantageous  to your application (e.g. Advanced Placement courses, Running Start, CTE credits).  Community work and extra-curricular activity involvement is also looked at for admission.

http://www.wsac.wa.gov/sites/default/files/CBS-GBB-Poster-2012.pdf

http://readysetgrad.org/

Please see Porscha Lachapelle, Registrar, in the Counseling Office for information regarding letters of recommendation.  Porscha will keep copies of your letters of recommendation for your file. Remember to check out the updated scholarship bulletins posted in every classroom and in the counseling office. Make a list of items you find of interest and Porscha will prepare a packet for you. Local scholarships will soon begin to appear – don’t miss these excellent opportunities for money to help with your education.

Athletic Eligibility

NCAA Clearinghouse Website
The NCAA Clearinghouse website provides prospective student-athletes access to Division I and Division II eligibility requirements, to register with the Clearinghouse and to access individual Clearinghouse records. This is important information for prospective student-athletes at a Division I or II institution. The NCAA also lists approved courses for use in establishing the initial-eligibility certification status of student-athletes from Granite Falls High School.

 

College Funding


Financial Aid

Do you know how to fill out the FAFSA?

What is FAFSA?   The Free Application for Federal Student Aid provides students with access to the majority of financial aid they could receive for college and it is an important first step to begin the college application process.

The College Success Foundation reminds us that January is FAFSA completion month and they have created a great series of 5 how-to YouTube videos in English and Spanish to help students get started.

Start by watching videos 1- 3 and look for the rest of the series on You Tube – Office of the Education Ombudsman and the College Success Foundation.

Start a new FAFSA –OR-View your FAFSA Account, go to:

Federal Student Aid, US Department of Education

https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Scholarship Opportunities

Think you can’t afford college? Think again!
The Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board is sponsoring four-year scholarships that covers the cost of college tuition, fees and books for low-income students who sign a pledge in 7th or 8th grade promising to graduate from high school and to demonstrate good citizenship. The purpose of the program is to motivate and prepare students to pursue a college education. For more information, please visit: www.hecb.wa.gov

coming soon!