College and Career Information
Most colleges prefer an online application that can be found through their website, however some do require a paper application if using a fee waiver.
Know the entrance requirements and know what potential major you want to study. The application process is long and time consuming so START EARLY!
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is a career interest inventory that is offered at no charge to students in the 11th and 12th grades. It is an excellent instrument to determine student's strengths to provide guidance toward career goals.
College entrance exams are what colleges use to measure and compare the student's ability to do college-level work with other students from different schools. They are also used to place students in classes once they are accepted to a college or university.
• ACT- www.actstudent.org
• Compass - http://www.act.org/compass
• SAT Reasoning test - www.collegeboard.com
• SAT Subject test - www.collegeboard.com
On the test day:
• Be sure you have directions to the test center.
• Allow plenty of travel time and arrive early.
• Dress comfortably and bring a sweater or jacket in case the room is cool.
• Do not smoke as it decreases the flow of oxygen to the brain.
• Do not eat a sugary breakfast as low blood sugar decreases concentration levels.
• Eat a complete breakfast.
• Be prepared with the proper identification, several sharpened pencils, and your SAT/ACT admission ticket.
• Take a piece of fruit to snack for during the break.
During the test:
• RELAX...undue anxiety and nervousness may hinder your concentration, affecting your score. Stretch and slowly relax muscles. Breathe deeply and slowly.
• LISTEN...closely to directions.
• READ...through the entire test section answering the easier questions first, circling the number of those you skip. Work on omitted items later.
• CHECK...frequently that you are matching your question number with the answer sheet number.
• CHECK...over your work at the end of each section.
• RELAX...between sections by shaking arms and legs, rolling neck and shoulders. Stretch and breathe deeply. Stretch and eat a snack at the break. Close tired eyes; roll them around to each corner, up and down. Look at something far away. Read directions carefully. The highest number of errors comes from not following directions. Pace yourself. Keep track of time.
Points to consider:
• Guessing? There is a penalty for wrong answers on the SAT and the PSAT, but not on the ACT. Know how wrong answers are counted.
• When there are two possible answers that are so closely related in phrasing and meaning you should take a moment to study the subtle differences. If two answers have the same meaning, often both are wrong. There can only be one correct choice!
Three (3) College visits per year are allowed if prearranged through the attendance office. The college visit form may be picked up in the Attendance Office.
Financial Aid includes all grants, scholarships, and loans that you qualify for. The first step in qualifying for financial aid is filing a Federal Financial Aid application in the spring of your senior year. Go to www.pin.edu.gov to apply for your pin to electronically file your application, you can do this at any time before spring of your senior year. Once you have received your pin and your parents have filed their taxes you can apply for your financial aid online at www.fafsa.edu.gov
Once you have applied for financial aid you find out how much scholarships, grants, and loans you qualify for to pay for your schooling. Additional scholarship information is available through numerous sources and websites. The scholarship search is a long process and must begin as early as your freshman year. Some frequently used scholarship search engines include but are not limited to these:
*Also check out the Lanier High School Scholarship Bulletin which is updated every month!
For qualified students the HOPE Scholarship provides tuition in Georgia public colleges and technical colleges or a $3,000 scholarship toward tuition for private colleges in the state of Georgia.
The requirements include:
• College Preparatory Diploma
• Technical Diploma (Technical Concentration Fulfillments)
The core curriculum is defined as:
• Language Arts
• Social Studies
• Foreign Language
• Your social security number must be on file with Berkmar High School to qualify for the HOPE scholarship.
An improvised method of calculating grade point averages as well as changes in the classes included for HOPE Eligibility began with the Class of 2007.
Students who graduate from high school after 2007 and plan to pursue a degree program at a technical college, two-year college, or a four-year college must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship: Students who graduate from high school in 2007 and plan to pursue a degree program at a technical college, two-year college, or a four-year college must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship:
• Receive a College Preparatory Diploma and have a 3.0 cumulative average in academic subjects
• Receive a Technical Diploma and have a 3.5 cumulative average in academic subjects
To determine HOPE eligibility, individual course grades will be converted to a 4.0 scale. The cumulative numerical averages will not be utilized. Numerical grades for each HOPE-eligible course listed on transcripts will be converted by the Georgia Student Finance Commission using the following scale:
• 90-110 4.0
• 80-89 3.0
• 74-79 2.0
• 70-73 1.0
• 0-69 0.0
All English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language classes will be used to determine the HOPE average.
Certain electives, such as yearbook, newspaper/journalism, and peer leadership will now be included in the HOPE-eligible courses because they are classified in academic areas.
Courses in the following areas will not be utilized in calculation for HOPE:
• Physical Education
• Fine Arts
The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) will "unweight" all grades which are weighted by local school systems and apply a uniform method to all grades throughout the state. Only Advanced Placement classes will receive a .5 weight added.
In Gwinnett County , 10 points are added to all grades in AP classes before they are recorded on the transcript. GSFC will subtract those 10 points, and convert the new grade to the 4.0 scale and add .5. (For example, a student earns a 75 in an AP class. This will be recorded as 85 on the transcript. GSFC will subtract the 10 points and calculate using the grade point scale for a C (2.0) and add .5. The grade point used to determine HOPE will be 2.5. )
Unweighted grades of 90 or above will not have the additional .5 added. No grade point above 4.0 will be used.
For more detailed information regarding this scholarship program, contact the Georgia HOPE Scholarship Commission at 770-724-9030 or visit their web site at www.gsfc.org or contact the Office of Financial Aid at the college.
One way of earning college credit while still in high school is through the Joint Enrollment/ Post-Secondary Options Program. This program is now called the Accel Program. This program provides an opportunity for students to earn college or technical school credit during the last two years of high school. The student must be 16 years old and classified as a junior or senior. For technical school programs, contact the admissions office at the institution of choice. For college programs, the student must have at least an 80 average in academic classes and at least a 970 SAT or 21 ACT score; however, many colleges have higher admission criteria. For most classes, tuition is funded by the state for public colleges and universities. Students/parents are still responsible for any on-campus fees and for text books. Be aware that the hours used in this program count toward the total number of hours for the HOPE scholarship.
The NCAA Clearinghouse should be completed by all prospective student athletes at the end of their junior year. A prospective student-athlete is someone who is looking to participate in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or Division II institution in the future . Go to www.ncaaclearinghouse.net to complete your application under the Prospective Student section.