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Welcome to Senior Seminar! This page contains information specifically for seniors. However, much of the information is good for sophomores and juniors to know as well. At the bottom of the page are documents to download or peruse.

PARENTS AND SENIORS FAFSA NIGHT
I'll be in the computer lab in Room 305 during Parent -Teacher Conferences October 17th to help any parent or student who wants to do the state YOUniversal application or their FAFSA. You'll need to bring your parents' 2016 federal income taxes and W2s.  You'll also need other information.  Click here for that list:  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out#documents
BHS FINANCIAL AID NIGHT - OCTOBER 9th
Beebe High School seniors and their parents attended our annual Financial Aid Information Night Monday, October 9th in the BHS North Cafeteria. Below is the video of the night.  


Lisa Smith from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education presented  information about the latest state and federal financial aid programs.  
The state and federal websites went live October 1st and 
students are now able to do those applications.  
Deadline to apply for these programs is June 1st.   
Thanks to our tech crew and Matt Jenkins for helping out with this!










Graduation will be May 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at A.S. "Bro" Erwin Stadium.

Celebrating Scholarship Offers!



 Arkansas Rehabilitation Services 

Students who have physical, mental, emotional, or psychological disabilities that may hinder or preclude their getting an education or training after high school may be eligible for funding or special help through the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.  Our students had the opportunity to meet individually with a representative from this agency.  If you missed that, you may still contact our agent, Phyllis Seaton, at her office.  At that time, she will determine if the student may qualify and will request papers such as a medical diagnosis, parents' and student federal income tax forms, copies of IEPs or 504 Plans, report cards, and final transcripts.  If you think you may be eligible, it would help you to go ahead and collect those documents as soon as they are ready.  The checksheet of what you need to bring with you to the meeting is below at the bottom of the page and is called Items List for Questionnaire.  You'll also need to complete the ARS Intake Form, which is also below.  http://ace.arkansas.gov/arRehabServices/Pages/default.aspx

Senior Seminar Schedule
Once a month I will be meeting with seniors in the computer lab, Main Building, Room 305.  You will meet during your normally scheduled senior English class time.  During that time, we will work on college and career exploration, personal assessments, resumes, essays, college admission and scholarship applications, scholarship searches, and financial aid paperwork.  This is a very important work time for you.  If you are not scheduled in a senior English class, I encourage you to find a time period when you can meet each month with us.
Next Senior Seminar:

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The Arkansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Director is a tremendous resource.  Go here to get a quick snapshot of important information for all Arkansas colleges and universities:
https://arkacrao.org/directory/


APPROACHING DEADLINES!


Check your schools' web sites for important days.


 

FLT WORKTIME-  Computer Lab Room 305
I'm in Room 305 in the Main Building! 
 During this time on Tuesdays through Fridays, I've got computers for you to use to come in and work on applications, resumes, college and scholarship searches, and anything else we need to attend to.   Feel free to text me, email, phone, leave a message in my grey box by my office door, or come see me!  Remember to watch your deadlines and don't wait until the last minute.  That's the best way to avoid stressing about all you need to do!
I will share dates I KNOW I will not be there here:



Wednesday, October 18th
Tuesday, October 24th
Wednesday, November 15th
Wednesday, December 20th




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WHEN YOU NEED A TRANSCRIPT...
There is a gold form to request a transcript in the grey box beside my office door, Room 127.  These forms are also available at The Counseling Center in the North Building. Fill the form out completely & take it to Mrs. Sandy Burnett in the BHS North Counseling Office. Mrs. Burnett will then send your transcript electronically, 
as well as a hard copy. You may also mark that we send your shot records with your transcript.  This will also include all SAT and ACT scores that we have been given.  Please allow at least 5 days advance notice in order to get your records sent in a timely fashion. 
 You must fill this form out to get a transcript sent. 
Do NOT go to the MAIN office to request this. The secretaries there do not have your complete file to send all that is required.

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Letters of Recommendation
Don't forget to ask for these at least 2 weeks in advance, to give the 
recommender a LOR Request form and a copy of your resume, and to
 say "thank you!" for doing it for you!
Remember you can upload the LOR Request form from below.
I've also loaded a resume template at the bottom of this page for you to use. 

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Days for College Visits
 You are given two excused days to visit colleges during your senior year.  You may not rollover unused junior days into your senior year.  I strongly encourage you to visit those schools you are considering.  For ideas and suggestions on how to make the most of your visit, check these links: 



IMPORTANT NOTES FOR SENIORS

Right now, you should be making college visits (remember you get two excused), working on  your resume, using Fastweb and Fund My Future (and more), studying for the ACT and/or SAT, and completing applications. 
 You should have a list of schools with their deadlines in bold type.
If you're not going to a university, you should be contacting places for job information, apprenticeship applications, or military recruiters. 





AWARD LETTERS

Many of you will be getting AWARD LETTERS from your schools. Here is a link to an article that explains more about such letters. In addition, there is a comparison chart that may help you sort out the aid offered by different colleges.

https://www.collegeanswer.com/paying-for-college/financial-aid/evaluating-award-letters.aspx

Below is a link from Hendrix College with a copy of an award letter.  Notice that it is divided by semester and list expenses and awards, as well as payment options.
http://www.financialaidletter.com/hendrix.html
Here are two more helpful website devoted to understanding award letters:
http://www.finaid.org/fafsa/awardletters.phtml
http://www.financialaidofficer.com/how-to-read-an-award-letter.pdf


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Vote button Royalty Free Stock Photography
VOTER REGISTRATION!
Students who are at least 17 years old and who would like to 
register to vote may pick up a form in The Counseling Center.  
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Character Traits
Employers tell me over and over again that a formidable problem they have is finding employees with SOFT SKILLS.  Included in these are many other the character traits we'll be talking about each month.  

The Character Habit for August is
SETTING GOALS.

 
Selective Service Registration
Males who have turned 18 years old are required to register with the Selective Service.  Go to www.sss.gov to do so.  
Remember, failure to register precludes your eligibility for 
federal student aid.  

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Find the Best Colleges for You!

Consumer Reports has produced a free guide for prospective college students to help them navigate the college research and selection process – Find the Best Colleges for You! Focus on the information that matters.
 
Published in both English and Spanish, the 30 page booklet identifies and defines the information that matters most to prospective students, directs them to the best resources to find those key pieces of information, and includes two worksheets designed to simplify and support the research and evaluation process. 

The guide is free and available for download at ConsumerReports.org/college
Arkansas NEXT
 This is the 2017 version of the magazine.  There is wonderful information that you can still use now.    Go to www.arkansasnext.com. You can 'like' them on Facebook at Facebook.com/ArkansasNext and get daily posts about financial aide, high school, ACTs/SATs, campus life, scholarships, internships, contests, and giveaways!

Writing Help
Purdue University has a wonderfully helpful site for questions about writing.  I think it's also useful in studying for the English section of the ACT/SAT.  Here's the main link:
 

 

 
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Interested in the performing and visual arts?

Learn more at www.gotomypvafair.com.  

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http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships is the federal government's web page for scholarship searches and a lot of valuable information.


 



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