Hilltop Virtual Academy
Seniors can fill out their application for FAFSA starting October 1st, 2017.
The Wendy's High School Heisman
Apply online at:
Distinguished Young Women
Deadline to apply September 29th, 2017
Apply online at:
Deadline to apply October 6th, 2017
Daughters of the American Revolution
This scholarship is open to all Senior students
Deadline October 9th, 2017
See the Guidance office for an application
Ohio DAR Wings of Eagles Scholarship
Deadline to apply February 10th, 2018
See the guidance office for an application
Senior Planning Timeline
Please use this as a guide as you go through your senior year.
March -- SPRING BREAK --- ENJOY!
College Entrance Tests
There are two college entrance tests; the ACT and the SAT. Though many institutions will accept the results of either test, Ohio colleges generally request the ACT. Some institutions may use test results for proper placement of students in English and Math courses.
Students planning on attending college should take either the ACT or SAT before January of their senior year. Many students will take the test more than once. It is not unusual for test scores to increase the second time taken.
A student should prepare in advance to take an entrance test. There are practice test booklets available in the counselor’s office, and there is also online preparation through the test website. You will also be able to find numerous books and computer programs to buy in order to help prepare further. A student is also able to take Test Preparation Classes through Kaplan or through Sylvan Learning Center; contact one of these companies or ask your counselor for further information about these resources.
You are highly encouraged to register for these tests online either at actstudent.org (ACT) or sat.collegeboard.org (SAT). When filling out the application for both the ACT and the SAT, you are required to put the high school code (or the CEEB code). The code for Hilltop is 365-505. Memorize this code, as it will be used very frequently when filling out applications and scholarships.
The ACT consists of four tests: English, Reading, Math, and Science Reasoning. Students are given a score for each test, with scores ranging from 1 to 36. These scores are then averaged to a Composite Score. The national average Composite Score is 21. ACT also has an optional 30-minute Writing Test; it is recommended that all students take the Writing at least once. All of the ACT questions are multiple choice and there is no penalty for guessing; therefore a student should answer every question. Calculators are allowed to be used.
The cost for the ACT (without Writing) is $46.00; ACT plus Writing is $62.50. Registration packets can be picked up in the Guidance Office. A student should be registered five to six weeks prior to the test date. ACT fee waivers are also available; if you are on free and reduced lunch, you could be eligible for a fee waiver.
What’s New with the ACT: Students will receive new readiness scores and indicators designed to show performance and preparedness in areas important to success after high school. The new scores and indicators will include: STEM score, Progress Toward Career Readiness Indicator, English Language Arts Score, and Test Complexity Progress Indicator.
For information on ACT test prep tools, go to www.act.org/theact/testprep
ACT Test Dates
The SAT tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, math and evidence based reading and writing. Your knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in college and throughout your life.
With the SAT, there is no penalty for guessing. Calculator use is allowed on 37 questions; not permitted for 20 questions
The cost for the SAT Test with no essay is $46.00 and with essay $60.00 and you can register for the test online at www.collegeboard.com, as well as take practice tests, look at practice questions, and get information about the test structure. A student should be registered for the SAT five to six weeks prior to the test date.
SAT Test Dates
SAT also has Subject Tests that are required by some colleges; check with the college you are applying to make sure you have taken the correct entrance exam (i.e. ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject test).
Please visit the following website for more information on the new SAT and test prep tools www.kaptest.com/sat/kaplan-sat-prep/2016-sat-test-changes
College Selection Process
Before you start researching colleges, you should make a list of characteristics you think you want in a school. Some characteristics to consider:
Academic Program (2 year, 4 year, Vocational) Admissions, Cost, Financial Aid
Affiliation (Public vs. Private) Supportive Services (Counseling, Med Center)
Size of the College Activities, Social Clubs, & Athletics
Community (Rural vs. City) & Location (Distance from home) Religious Affiliation, Ethnic Composition
Campus Housing (Dorm, Off Campus, Live at Home) Areas of Study, Course Offerings, & Facilities
Student Body (Coed vs. All Male/Female) Academic Rigor & Graduation/Retention Rates
Choosing a Major
A major is the area that you will study in most depth in college. You will take up to two-thirds of your classes in that subject. Most colleges do not require a student to declare a major until the end of their sophomore year. You can change your major, however, be cautioned that this could involve the risk of taking additional classes to satisfy the major requirements, which may cost additional time and money. Consider the following when choosing a major:
Look at your interests-career and otherwise.
Talk to people that you know that work in the field you are thinking of choosing. Come to the Guidance Office to look at the “Book of Majors” to help you decide.
Look in local newspapers at classified ads; look to see which jobs sound interesting and which pay the salary you would like to earn.
Research different career websites:
What Colleges Look For
Academic Record-Difficulty of courses taken Standardized Tests
Grades & Class Rank Out of Class Activities (Jobs, Volunteer Work)
Recommendations College Interviews (Some colleges)
Filling Out a College Application
Freshman applications can be filled out any time after your Junior year. Colleges strongly recommend that students apply early (some as early as or earlier than Thanksgiving). In order to be considered for acceptance, scholarships, financial aid, and housing, applications need to be filled out by March. However, this does not mean that you can slack off and wait until April to fill out applications! Not only are they time consuming, but financial aid and housing is usually based on a first-come first-serve basis; meaning, if all of the housing has been taken by other freshman that applied early, you may not be able to start on time or get enough aid to cover the costs. Moral is: DON”T WAIT! College requirements often vary so always read and comply with those specific requirements.
In general, the following are basic materials needed to complete an application:
Applications DO’s & DON”T’s
-Read applications & directions carefully -If you fill out a paper application, do not use white-out,
-Make sure to include any extra paperwork that cross anything out, or use pencil
may be needed/requested -Don’t leave anything blank (if you have questions, ask)
-Fill out your own application -Don’t be unclear or vague (answer q’s specifically)
-Apply online to avoid mistakes (you can save and edit) -Don’t put it off! Do it early!
Most schools require/prefer that you apply online
-Be truthful & don’t exaggerate
-Be thorough & on time
-If someone is writing a recommendation for you, give that
person at least two weeks before it is due
Visiting a college campus is a very important step in choosing a college. You can’t actually experience a college through brochures and smiling admission reps, so schedule a tour! Seniors are allowed two excused absences per year for college visitations. Per board policy, no visits can be made in May, so schedule your visits early by filling out a College Visitation Form, which are available in the Guidance Office. These forms must be completed and returned three days prior to the visit.
Before visiting a college, call the Admissions Office at least one week prior to the visit to schedule an appointment/tour. Try not to visit two colleges in one day; the information may run together. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to:
Questions to Ask When Considering/Visiting a College:
-How many students attend? Do most students live on campus?
-What academic programs is the college most known for?
-How many students are in one class? How many total students are in the Freshman class?
-Do faculty teach all the classes?...or graduate assistants?
-Am I required to live on campus? What are campus policies regarding housing? How are roommates assigned? Ask to see a residence hall room.
-What types of student activities, organizations, and athletics are available?
-What is the surrounding neighborhood like? How is security? Ask for crime statistics.
-Can I have a car on campus? Where do I park?
-How is the food?
-Is there a health clinic on campus?
-Is there a hospital nearby?...bank?...churches?...grocery stores?...etc.?
-Is tutoring available?
-What are the campus rules about visitation?
-How much is the enrollment deposit?...is it refundable if I change my mind?
College Information & Scholarship Websites
You have probably heard people say that there are “millions of scholarship dollars that go unclaimed each year.” You have also probably heard parents who have told you that their student has a 3.7+ GPA and cannot get a scholarship. Both are true. The fact is, there are thousands of scholarships, however, most of these scholarships have very specific eligibility criteria, and when it comes to academic scholarships, students generally need to have an outstanding GPA, high test scores, excellent recommendations, and be involved in extracurricular/community activities.
Below is a list of local colleges and their costs. This cost may include general fees; however they do not include fees such as parking, books, meal plans, etc.
Northwest State Community College: Tuition: $3,768, Books and Supplies: $1,300, Other Fees: $221
Bluffton University: Tuition $ 30,312, Room and board $ 10,188,Technology fee $ 450, TOTAL COST $ 40,950
Defiance College: Tuition $30,980, Room and board $ 9,950
BGSU: Tuition & Fees $10,606, Room* $5,450, Bronze Meal Plan**$3,240, Total=19,296
The University of Findlay: Tuition $15,718, Room $2,380, Board $2,389,Student Activity Fee (non-refundable) $100,
General Service Fee (non-refundable)$383,Health and Accident Insurance (per year)$315,Total per semester $21,285,
Total per year $42,255
Owens Community College: Tuition=$166.77 per credit hour
UT: Tuition $8,950.08, Mandatory Fees $856.10,Total (Per Semester):$9,806.18,Total (Per Academic Year):$19,612.36
Trine University: Tuition $29,600 ,Room & Board $9,800
Ohio State University: Tuition and Fees $10,037, Room and Board $11,666, Books and Supplies $1,248, Other Expenses $2,680
Lourdes College: 17,455 tuition, $8,400 on campus room & board, $1,275 books and supplies, $200 fees
To Sum it All Up: Do’s & Don’ts
DO: Attend College Fairs, use college source books, and take advantage of college-related Web sources to learn about as many colleges and universities as you can.
DO: Develop a set of criteria (entrance requirements, reputation/ranking, location, costs, majors, etc.) for developing your list of colleges.
DON’T: Wait until the last minute to begin the application process; the earlier you start, the better you’ll be. And do read the application instructions carefully to be certain you are following directions including everything each college requests.
DO: Research each college or university to determine entrance requirements, fees, and due dates for applications.
DO: Make campus visits to colleges that most interest you.
DO: Keep track of all the deadlines for each college or university-and do be sure to get your applications in before those deadlines.
DON’T: Allow yourself to fall into the dreaded senior slump. Many colleges will ask to see at least some of your senior grades before making an admissions decision-and some may wait on the decision until they see all of your grades.
2017-2018 ACT Test Dates
Register Online at: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/register.html
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018
2017-2018 SAT Test Dates
To register please visit: https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/
Test Date Normal Deadline Late Registration
October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 22, 2017
November 4, 2017 October 6, 2017 October 20, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 17, 2017
March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 23, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 20, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 18, 2018
www.scholarships.com Free scholarship search based on your profile. Other financial aid info also.
www.finaid.org Aid estimator and scholarship search.
www.fastweb.com Database of private sector scholarships, grants, and loans.
www.collegenet.com/mach25 Database contains over 600,000 awards totaling over $1.6 billion.
www.collegeboard.com Scholorship search and financial planning resource.
www.WeeklyScholarshipAlert.org Free resources for college bound students and their parents.
www.collegescholarships.com A list of scholarships from around the country.
www.free-4u.com/minority.htm Scholarships for many ethnic groups and minorities.
www.schoolsoup.com The world's largest scholarship database
http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/ohio/ Accredited online college database
http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/degree-programs/ A complete list of online degree programs
http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/guide/ A guide to how colleges receive accreditation
It is highly recommended that all college applications be submitted by December 1st! Don’t procrastinate!
The college Database
Provides data to help in the college search and selection process.
Information @ college and career planning, as well as scholarships.
Allows students and counselors to research colleges based on location, cost, and academic majors.
Kaarme.com (pronounced car-may) is an online resource that helps high school students navigate the complex world of college admissions. Our service is provided free of charge and marks a new development in connecting students to prospective universities.
College Information Websites:
Fast Web: www.fastweb.com – Download applications to more than 800 colleges and return them via e-mail.
Peterson’s Education Center: www.petersons.com – Peterson’s publications offer some of the most comprehensive information available to students about all aspects of preparation for higher education.
The Princeton Review: www.princetonreview.com – This site provides general information on college admission and financial aid.
Transfer.org – Course Applicability System (CAS). Provides information on how specific coursework will transfer and apply towards a degree at another university.
GoCollege - www.gocollege.com - Search for colleges, take virtual tours of colleges, take online practice tests for ACT and SAT.
College Net – www.collegenet.com Launched in 1995, lets applicants complete, file and pay for their admissions applications entirely through the internet.
SuperCollege.com – This free website is all about helping students get into and pay for the college of their dreams. There are free resources and great tips and strategies.
The College Board: www.collegeboard.org
College is Possible: www.collegeispossible.org Preparing for, selecting and paying for college.
Please Visit the following site for more information on the changes to FAFSA for the 2017-2018 School Year: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes
Please visit the following site for information on and to fill out your FAFSA: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
FAFSA news and materials can be found at financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/fafsa, click on FAFSA updates under Quick Links on the right side of the page.
#AskFAFSA Office Hours on Twitter: At 5pm eastern time on the last Wednesday of each month there will be a (Ask FAFSA Office Hours) live Q&A session on Twitter. This live Q&A will give students, parents and mentors the opportunity to get questions answered by the experts. You can submit your questions and join the conversation by using the hashtag #AskFAFSA and tune in during the live event for answers. Find them at www.Twitter.com/FAFSA
Don't have a Twitter account? Watch the stream live at http://bit.ly/ASkFAFSA2. Not available during office hours? Obtain a transcript of the Q&A session at www.storify.com/FAFSA the day after office hours.
Be sure to visit FinancialAidToolkit.gov, this website offers a searchable library of brochures, videos, fact sheets, sample tweets and Facebook posts, infographics, PowerPoint presentations and more.
Juniors and Seniors if you planning on taking the ACT or SAT this year, please follow these links to receive discounted access to an online (or DVD) ACT or SAT study guide to help prepare for the ACT or SAT test. The cost of a standard ACT or SAT study program is usually $250, but through this program, each is available for $19.99, which covers licensing, registration, customer support, shipping or online access fees.
Here are two links that provide more information about the program:
This link provides ordering information. The online program or DVD can be ordered using a credit card or check:
This link takes viewers to a YouTube video explaining the program in its entirety:
School Counselor, Hilltop Schools
1401 W. Jackson St
West Unity, Ohio 45370
(419) 924-2365 ext. 2111