Assisting students in Grades 9-12
College & Career Advisor
Located in the Counseling Center
Phone: (208) 687-0181 Ext. 2109
Work from home number: (208) 717-1293
COVID-19 POSTSECONDARY UPDATES:
Students & Parents: You will find all post-secondary information and updates here. See below for new virtual resources and updates for Idaho colleges and colleges across the US, contact information for local college & military recruiters, SAT and ACT updates, and more. This information is continuously updated, so check back often.
IDAHO High School and Postsecondary COVID-19 FAQs Page
Changes to the current 2019-2020 school year are impacting curriculum progress, graduation, and students’ plans for life after June. This page answers pressing questions about the state of—and expectations for—high school and the transition to education options after high school in Idaho.
Online Post-Secondary Resources for Juniors AND Seniors
- As a service to students and families, NACAC is providing an online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The chart on this website includes updates from colleges and universities worldwide. NACAC WEBSITE
- LIST OF COLLEGES THAT HAVE CHANGED THEIR DEPOSIT DEADLINE TO JUNE 1ST OR LATER INSTEAD OF MAY 1ST : Click HERE
- Here is a hub that has been created for the COVID-19 crisis where students can find resources they need to stay informed and stay on track with things like virtual college tours, application deadlines, standardized testing changes, and movement in acceptance deposit dates. You do not need to sign up for Cappex - just scroll down for information that is updated daily. You can search for your college: Click HERE
- NACAC College Openings Update. Click HERE for information on colleges and universities that are still accepting applications from qualified freshmen and/or transfer students for the fall 2020 semester
- NACAC Virtual College Events and Deposit Dates Spreadsheet HERE
- Virtual College Tours - Select: YouVisit , Google Spreadsheet , YOUniversity and CampusTours
- A majority of colleges are now offering their own virtual tours and online resources, right on their college websites. (You can literally Google the school name + “virtual online campus tour”). Schools are making these resources more interactive, since students are now relying on online resources to get a feel for the college’s culture and curriculum.
- If you demonstrate financial need, colleges MAY consider waiving or deferring your enrollment deposit that is required to hold your spot. If you don't have the financial means to pay your enrollment deposit click HERE for a Request for Enrollment Deposit Fee Waiver Form. Let me know if you want to fill out this form, as it requires a signature.
- The Scholarship Chart has been updated and PDFs of all previously paper-only applications from the Scholarship Wall are available to print at home.
Virtual Events & College Fairs
This event will remain posted at the event site until the COVID-19 crisis is over. Students need access to information and this site will remain a robust tool for exploring their options.
NAVIGATE 2020 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE AND COLLEGE FAIR: May 4-6, 2020 / 9:00am-5:00pm (PST)
No matter where you are in the college search process, you can learn more about your options here!
- This fully interactive college fair will allow students and families to:
- Chat live with admissions representatives in virtual college booths
- Uncover new college options through a robust search tool
- Experience virtual campus tours
- Watch videos and download materials helpful for in decision process
- Schedule meetings and interviews with admissions representatives
- Three days of live-stream presentations will help students and families understand:
- The impact of COVID-19 on the admission process
- Financial aid and financial award programs
- How to balance the application: test scores, essay, extracurriculars, etc.
- Multicultural, first generation, and accessiblity/disability resources on college campuses
- How to find the best college fit/choose a major
- What to expect the first year on campus
- ...and so much more.
View schedule and register HERE
Helpful Articles and Links
- The COVID College Choice: How To Pick A College During A Global Pandemic - Click HERE for article
- Here is how college admissions are changing this year - and what high school seniors need to know. Read article HERE
- Free Xfinity Hotspots for students, advisors, and families HERE
- Juniors: "5 Day No-Excuses College Essay Challenge" HERE
FAFSA - Updating Financial Aid Awards
The federal tax deadline has been extended to July 15, but the extension doesn’t change your FAFSA, which is based on your 2018 tax return. However, families who have experienced a recent drop in income or assets should contact their student’s schools to file a change in circumstance and ask for financial aid to be recalculated. Be prepared to show documentation of how your finances have changed. Policies and ability to award aid vary from school to school, and with many students likely in the same boat, there’s no guarantee a school can offer more. But you should try. The worst colleges can say is no.
You can create a letter to your college asking for a financial aid appeal. Go here to FormSwift to input your information and have a letter created for you to send to your college's financial aid office.
Bottom line, families should advocate for themselves as candidly and directly as possible. Pick up the phone and call the financial aid office or the admissions office, and tell them what you need, experts say. In a possible silver lining, colleges say they are trying to be more transparent and student-friendly than ever before.
If you haven't filled out your FAFSA yet, there is still time! You have until June 30, 2020 to get it submitted. The earlier the better! Fill out your FAFSA HERE.
Idaho and Regional College Rep Contact Information & Websites:
University of Idaho: Becky Byers - Email: email@example.com *You can make a virtual appointment with Becky by signing up here: https://futurevandals.uidaho.edu/portal/vandal-visit-becky-byers
Boise State University: Austin Henderson - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Idaho College: Donya Gadley - Email: email@example.com / Phone: 208-665-5451 (call) or 509-945-2692 (call or text)
Lewis-Clark State College: Jessica Miley - Email: Jrmiley@lcsc.edu
BYU Idaho: Benjamin Hyde - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Idaho State University: Lindsay Stevenson - Email: email@example.com
Whitworth: Jordan Leseberg - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UM Western: Chrissy Stokes - Email: Christina.Stokes@umwestern.edu
Spokane Community Colleges: Lori Williams - Email: Lori.Williams@sfcc.spokane.edu
Navy: Josh Derleth - Email: email@example.com
Army: Steven Shimel - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Army ROTC: Tim Tate - Email: email@example.com
Army National Guard: Tyson Abrams - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marines: Dustin Pfister - Email: email@example.com
Air Force: Sharla O'bryant - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAT AND ACT
- ACT Student and Parent Virtual Resources HERE
- List of test-optional colleges that do not require the SAT can be found HERE. Make sure to also check updated information from colleges you are interested in regarding SAT requirements.
- FROM THE IDAHO STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (Released April 15, 2020) In March 2020, the State Board waived the college entrance exam high school graduation requirement for this year’s Juniors, as well as for this year’s Seniors who need a make-up exam. In addition, the SAT School Day was canceled and coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are limiting many students’ ability to take the exam this spring even if they desire to do so. The State Department of Education is currently working on two options for this year’s Juniors: 1) A potential SAT School Day in the fall; and 2) A fee waiver that will allow students to take the test at a later date on their own, if they wish to do so, at no cost to students. The College Board is also working toward providing monthly testing opportunities throughout the summer, if social distancing restrictions allow.The community colleges have open admission policies and do not require a college entrance exam. The postsecondary institutions that do require a college entrance exam score for admissions and scholarships decisions are currently considering how to respond to these realities in ways that hold students harmless. Pursuant to Board policy III.Q. Admissions Standards, students who are not admitted under the Board’s Direct Admissions program are required to take a college entrance exam or other standardized diagnostic test for standard admissions and students seeking provisional admittance must take at least two testing indicators for assessing competency and placement at the four-year institutions. The postsecondary institutions may request a waiver of this requirement from the Board once the full impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on student testing is known. All postsecondary institutions are currently considering if they will need to develop alternative criteria for scholarship decisions for the 2021-2022 academic year, but these decisions are still to be determined.The State Board and State Department of Education are working together to determine what impact the lack of college entrance exams scores may have on Direct Admissions and Apply Idaho. More information on this issue is forthcoming.Students opting to attend private or out-of-state postsecondary institutions will need to check for any modifications to admissions requirements at the institutions they are interested in attending.
COVID-19 Admissions Updates
North Idaho College COVID-19 Admissions Updates - See below for additional information
University of Idaho COVID-19 Admissions Updates - See below for additional information
Lewis-Clark State College COVID-19 Admissions Updates - See below for additional information
North Idaho College: Updates, Links, Events, and Other Information
- To schedule your classes for fall: Click HERE for the link to submit your advising profile. You will then get a call from Advising Services to schedule an appointment with an advisor to plan and create your schedule. Advisors are meeting with students via zoom and phone.
- You can still fill out the NIC General Scholarship application. Although the priority deadline was March 15, scholarship applications are still being accepted and you will be considered for scholarships all the way up until fall classes begin. The earlier you apply, the more likely you will receive scholarships, so apply as soon as possible! Log into your MyNIC account (call the Help Desk at (208) 769-3300 if you don't remember your username or password) and search for "foundation scholarships" and fill out the general scholarship application. After you are done, it will bring up a list of additional scholarships you are eligible for if you provide additional information. You can save the application and come back to it later.
- You can contact Donya Gadley (NIC rep) at email@example.com or call her at 208-665-5451 or 509-945-2692 (call or text). She is available for zoom meetings as well.
- If you have forgotten your MyNIC login or password, call the NIC IT Help Desk: 208-769-3280. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit a ticket at nic.edu/it.
ALEKS MATH PLACEMENT TESTING:
We are pleased to announce that NIC will begin offering the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment online for students who need to take a proctored assessment for Math placement. Access to the online proctored assessment will be available starting Wednesday, April 15th. The ALEKS online proctored placement assessment utilizes the integrated Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor to record students with webcam technology and deter cheating during the assessment. Instructions on how to take the online proctored placement assessment are now available on the Testing Center’s ALEKS Placement Assessment page at www.nic.edu/placement/aleks.
All other aspects of the Math Placement process will remain the same, including the requirements to work a minimum of three hours in the Prep and Learning Module between assessment attempts and complete the 24 hour cool down period between assessments. For detailed information about the Math Placement process and preparing for the Placement Assessment, please refer students to the Math Education Center’s ALEKS Placement page at www.nic.edu/mec/aleks.
This is a temporary solution to replace face-to-face proctoring. We will be monitoring the online proctored assessment process and would greatly appreciate your feedback. Feedback and suggestions may be sent to the Math Education Center at email@example.com.
University of Idaho: Updates, Links, Events, and Other Information
Visits and Events
- Unfortunately we've had to cancel all large UI events this spring due to COVID-19. With safety in mind, we've cancelled all Campus Visits until after May 15th. COVID-19 Updates
- What's the next step for admitted students since we aren't offering live March or April sessions for UIdaho Bound? Virtual UIdaho Bound! Virtual UIdaho Bound is an opportunity for students to get to know their future home. This online resource includes a virtual tour of campus, a new student digital guide, and helpful video resources from students and staff.
- How will students register for classes? Currently our academic advisors are reaching out to admitted students via phone and email to create a Fall schedule, and assist them with online course registration. Our first priority is students who signed up for the March UIdaho Bound. Early registration is still available for those students. All other admitted students will register for classes later in April.
- For both admitted and prospective students who have questions about the University of Idaho, Becky Byers is hosting 30 minute online appointments several days each week. Students can schedule a convenient time to meet with her for a Vandal Visit.
- The UI housing application is still open for new students who would like to live in the Residence Halls. Admitted students can fill out their housing application, and explore all their options, at http://www.uidaho.edu/housing A $200 housing deposit is required to reserve a room. Meal plans are also now open.
- Students who are planning on participating in Greek recruitment can now sign up at http://www.uidaho.edu/greek Students who go through Greek recruitment should not sign up for housing in the residence halls as a back-up because they will lose the $200 housing deposit. If they go through Greek recruitment and change their minds about joining a fraternity or sorority, we'll still find housing on campus for them before Fall classes start. Early bird registration for Greek recruitment ends May 1st.
We are offering the following upcoming virtual information sessions at this website: https://www.uidaho.edu/events/uidaho-bound/virtual-uidaho-bound/info-sessions
- Housing Q & A Sessions
- Fraternity and Sorority Life Info Sessions
- College of Natural Resources Info Sessions (various topics)
- Virtual Reception for Admitted Honors Program Students
- More sessions posted all the time!
Virtual Engineering Expo - https://www.uidaho.edu/engr/events/expo/visitors
- We are working to offer your students a virtual educational experience complete with hands-on activities you can do at home or in the classroom. Your students will also have a chance to explore senior capstone projects remotely and tour parts of our campus.
- Prizes will be available to all K-12 participants, as well as those from community colleges. Details coming soon.
- At this time, we are working to release this virtual tool in early May.
- Efforts will be made to make sure a similar experience is available to those without internet access or to those who have technical limitations.
Sneak Peek – www.uidaho.edu/sneakpeek
A virtual experience for Sophomores and Juniors to check out campus, watch a video, or connect with Becky Byers (Lakeland's U of I rep).
Lewis-Clark State College: Updates, Links, Events, and Other Information
- Make sure you sign up for a STAR (Student Advising and Registration) session by calling the Advising Center at 208.792.2313 or signing up online.
- Students should check their LCMail account on a regular basis. This is LC State's official means of communication, and offices will use it to communicate to students about their records.
- Housing is still available. Students can apply online and pay the $200 housing deposit online.
LC State has adapted some of their services to help students enjoy a smooth transition to campus.
- Call the Admissions Office at 208-792-2378 to set up a phone appointment with an Enrollment Specialist or a faculty member from your intended major.
- Arrange a Video Chat with an Enrollment Specialist.
- Connect with us on social media: Facebook | Instagram
- Sign up for a virtual information session.
- For students majoring in career technical programs or need to take a placement test for course registration purposes, we are now offering the ALEKS math placement test and Writing Placement Exam online. For more information, please visit the website.
LC State is offering a series of Facebook Live sessions to help you become a Warrior. You can get real-time answers to questions regarding course registration, financial aid, and living on campus.
- Monday, April 20 at 3:00 pm (PST) - Admissions Office
- Tuesday, April 21 at 9:00 am (PST) - The Advising Center
- Wednesday, April 22 at 10:00 am (PST) - Residence Life
- Thursday, April 23 at 10:00 am (PST) - Registrar & Records
- Tuesday, April 28 at 4:00 pm (PST) - Student Accounts
- Thursday, April 30 at 11:00 am (PST) - Financial Aid
If students are not able to make the live sessions, they will be recorded and posted on the LC State Admissions Facebook page.
Other COVID-19 Information:
Idaho State Board of Education Post-Secondary Institution Response to Changes in Secondary Education due to COVID-19 HERE
Idaho Education News: IDEDNEWS.org
- Link: Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases - by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
- Link: MAP: Coronavirus and School Closures
Click HERE for a list of free VIRTUAL ENTERTAINMENT - includes yoga classes, virtual field trips, virtual museum tours, NASA media library, arts & crafts, Broadway plays and shows you can watch from home, and more!
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Graduating from high school is not the end of your education. It’s the beginning of the most focused part of your education that will lead you to achieve your dreams and goals.
WILL YOU REALLY EARN MORE $$$ IF YOU GO TO COLLEGE? (Trade and vocational programs included)
- Yes. A recent study found that on average, college graduates earn over $1 million more in earnings over their lifetime than high school graduates with no postsecondary education!
- Also, nine of the Idaho Department of Labor's top 10 “Hot Jobs” call for some sort of education beyond high school
- About 80% of jobs created in the past 25 years require some sort of post-secondary training
SOME kind of education after high school is important! Let’s find yours…….
Your career journey may include:
- 2-year or 4-year College or University
- Trade / Vocational / Technical School
- Entering directly into the workforce following high school
I am here to guide you and support you in your post-secondary education and career journey following high school graduation. Whether you are a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, there are steps you should be taking to make sure you have clear goals and plans for your future and are following the steps to achieve those goals. I’m here to help you figure all that out!
I can assist you with:
- FAFSA - financial aid
- SAT / ACT
- College: research, applications, admissions process
- Career choices/paths
- Military choices (including ROTC, Academy, and National Guard)
- Jobs and Apprenticeships
- Volunteer Opportunities
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Fill out your FAFSA
Open October 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.
Why fill out a FAFSA
Any student who plans to or might possibly attend some kind of college should submit the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid between October 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
- Helps determine eligibility for federal loans, grants or work-study programs.
- Many colleges require it to be on file for their own need-based or merit-based aid packages.
- Many scholarships require you to have filled out a FAFSA.
- Some colleges even set aside money specifically for students who did not qualify for federal aid.
- Some financial aid is first come, first serve. This is why you want to fill it out as early as you can.
- Some colleges also have earlier deadlines for the FAFSA than June 30, 2020
- Idaho State Deadline is March 1, 2020.
Providing comprehensive career information, resources and services to help you make successful education and career decisions.
The Idaho State Board of Education has launched a new online resource, Next Steps Idaho is aimed at students and parents of students exploring options for life after high school. Next Steps is an important part of the go-on equation for Idaho. It provides a wide range of clear, easy-to-digest information, all in one, easy-to-access place. The information is specific to Idaho and helps counter some of the obstacles Idaho students face when considering post secondary college and career training. It targets students from 8th grade to 12th grade.