PITTSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL’S CEEB # 300505
For free college preparation services in the Pittsfield School District: College Planning Programs 2012-13
Here are some sites that may assist in the college exploration and application process. Though much of this information will be useful for seniors, students and parents are encouraged to explore these resources early in their academic careers.
Register for SAT1(Reasoning Test); SAT II (Subject Area Test) and Practice SAT’s. Fee waivers for test registration and college applications are available through the Guidance Office for students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch.
This site also has information for students, parents and educators and includes Action Plans for each year of high school, financial aid calculators, a college/scholarship search, and allows you to set up charts that compare schools by average SAT scores, tuition and fees, acceptance rates, etc. and to compare financial aid packages. The “My Road” Career Planning Website has personality inventories and career planning activities. Students who take the PSAT have free access to a “My Road” account.
This site also provides a college search and gives feedback on whether a school is a “good match, safety, or reach school” based on criteria of importance to the student as well as class rank, GPA and SAT scores. An especially entertaining feature includes what “Students Say” about their school’s student body, academics and campus life. This is also the place where you can find the lists of things like “Dorms Like Palaces,” “Best Food,” etc.
Summer Programs- There are many summer programs available in-state and throughout the country open to students of all grade levels.
The Common Application:
Many schools now accept the Common Application, which can be completed online or printed out from the website. Paper copies are also available in the Guidance Office. Though some schools will waive their application fee if you complete their OWN application online, fees are required with the Common Application. Schools agree to consider applications equally. For students applying to several schools using the Common Application can be a real time-saver. Fee waivers for college applications are available through the Guidance Office for students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch.
Register for eligibility to participate in Div. 1 & 2 collegiate sports.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance):
Complete this form on-line. Your online application can be saved once completed, and easily updated from year to year. Parents and students will each need to go to the website to obtain a PIN (Personal Identification Number) prior to completing the FAFSA. This form is required in order to be considered for any federal financial aid, such as Pell Grants, federal work study, etc. The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation’s Center for College Planning has been working with families at Pittsfield High School to help them file the FAFSA from school. Call the Guidance Office for information.
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE:
Used by some colleges (usually private institutions) to determine financial aid at their institution. It asks for much of the same information as the FAFSA in addition to more detailed questions included according to the school’s request.
New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation
Assistance with the Financial Aid Process and information about their programs offered throughout the state. The website provides college planning information for middle school, high school, college and non-traditional students. Programs and services are offered to NH residents at no cost, and NHHEAF is an especially great resource for assistance with completion of financial aid applications.
High school students who sign in to their www.iamcollegebound.org website can learn about college planning and earn rewards for participating… One PMHS student has already won a $1500 scholarship, and more scholarships, Ipads and other prizes are still available.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Since 1972, the NH Charitable Foundation has been the largest private scholarship source for New Hampshire residents. Each year, it distributes more than $3 million dollars to hundreds of students pursuing educational and career goals. Completion of one online application allows applicants to be considered for a variety of different scholarships. Students interested in pursuing technical or vocational programs can apply to the Medallion Fund year round.
This site provides good explanations of types of financial aid and college savings plans as well as explanations of how the financial process works. It has useful information for parents beginning to think about establishing savings plans for their children and a wealth of other information.
Students seem to love this website. After completing an online questionnaire, it will search its database to come up with a list of scholarships the student is eligible for. As new scholarship information comes in, students receive email notifications and descriptions of various scholarships.