Kern's Counselor Corner

ACT for Juniors

All juniors are invited to take the ACT college placement test for FREE on Tuesday, April 3rd. We will be going to a local church to take the test in order to avoid noise and interruptions. The test will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will last until about 1:30 p.m. There are 5 sections to the ACT:

  • Reading
  • Math
  • English
  • Science
  • Writing

I will be visiting the junior classes to discuss the benefits of taking this test and to go over pre-test information. If you have any questions about the ACT, please feel free to contact me at 218.837.5101 ext 217

SENIOR Scholarships!

  • The spring scholarship list is available to seniors under the Scholarships tab on this page!


The FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid) may be filled out or submitted after October 1st. BEWARE OF OF PHONY FAFSA WEBSITES!! Use ONLY!


There really is no deadline to apply for the FAFSA. However, the earlier the better. Think of financial aid like a big pot of money – first come, first served and once its gone, its gone. For your best opportunity at getting the most aid possible, it is important to submit your information as early as possible.


Step 1: Go to to get started.

Step 2: Select the FSA ID icon. Both parent AND student need a FSA ID, which is a username and password that allows you to save your information electronically. Be sure to write down your FSA ID username and password as well as any security questions/answers so you can access these in upcoming years.

Step 3: Return to and select "Start a New FAFSA". The FAFSA will require your tax information from the previous year, social security numbers, and birthdates. It is critical that accurate information is provided on the FAFSA - including full names (not nicknames) - or the FAFSA will process with errors, which will slow down the award process.

Step 4: Keep an eye on your email. After the application has been submitted, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within a few weeks.


Applying for financial aid can be confusing and sometimes frustrating. You may call the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend to ask questions - they are the professionals and can give you accurate answers. I’m certainly not an expert, but I can also do my best to help you find the answers to your questions. Feel free to call me at 218.837.5101 ext. 217.