Check your School Loop, Naviance and the Counseling Monthly Calendar REGULARLY to monitor your academic progress. receive important information and check on the counseling upcoming events.
- At the beginning of your senior year, you should have earned a minimum of 160 credits. If you have less than 160 credits, you need to check with your counselor immediately to review your graduation status.
- Continue to maintain "C" or better grades. Remember that colleges will only take grades of a "C" or better for a-g requirements. "D" grade = Deal Breaker!
- Colleges/Universities will use email to notify you if you are missing vital documents from your application. You will be notified via email if you have been accepted to their college/university.
- The last opportunity to take the SAT College Entrance Exam or ACT plus writing is November.
- Important college deadlines and reminders will be sent from counseling via Naviance email.
- Special scholarships deadlines and reminders will be sent from counseling via Naviance email.
- If you are struggling in any of yours classes, make sure to attend tutoring and work closely with your teachers to find strategies that will help you improve your grades. Also get help during the advisory/tutorial period.
For many students, paying for college is beyond comprehension. While it is true that the cost of college is increasing an average of 2.6% for the past 10 years (on average), colleges, universities, and private groups are working harder than ever in trying to find many avenues to help you achieve your dreams.
- The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application. Remember that the FAFSA window opens October 1st and you must apply before March 2nd.
- Do not miss the FAFSA Workshops:
- Filing your FAFSA can only help you so make sure to apply! The FAFSA will determine what kind of financial aid that you qualify for---this includes Grants, Scholarships, Work Study, Loans, etc.
- Your next steps should be to check for scholarship opportunities on Naviance. Talk to your counselor to learn about scholarships that are unique to Santa Teresa or East Side Union High School District.
- Each college/university has unique approaches for paying for college so be sure to communicate with them as well.
What is a WICHE agreement?
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) is a regional organization adopted in the 1950's. WICHE was created to facilitate resource sharing among the higher education systems of the West. Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two-and four-year college programs outside of their home state. The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) reduced tuition rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates. Many institutions limit the number of new WUE awards each academic year, so apply early! WICHE members include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the U.S. Pacific Territories and freely associated states.