* Contact teachers, counselors about recommendation letters that will be required for scholarship applicatons. Make certain that your application forms are filled out completely and accurately.
* Visit college campuses. Savanna seniors may use 2 excused absence days for college visits. Schedule these visits in Mr. Everett's office. The absence will be excused when the student turns in a letter from the college proving their visit. Seniors may also use 1 excused absence for enrollment to the college of their choice. A letter from the college is also necessary. Each college will have an enrollment day for incoming Freshman. It is highly recommended that students research this date and enroll on that day. Seniors may also use 1 excuse absence for a residual ACT test. These tests are given by each individual college. The times and dates for these tests are listed on each college website. State law will allow only one residual test per student at an Oklahoma college per year. Private schools are not included in this law. Students are also required to provide proof of this visit. All of these excused absence days must be scheduled in Mr. Everett's office. Advanced notice is requested.
* Prepare online applications. Compose any essays that need to be included in your applications. Research all of your accomplishments and awards during all of your high school years and write them down. Remember to include those special projects you were involved in and all leadership positions you have held. Go to the college website and review the applications now so you will have time to research the information that will be required on the application.
*Search and apply for scholarship money---don't forget local scholarship options. Local scholarships will be available in the spring. Be careful to complete your scholarship applications by the deadlines. You will not be considered for scholarships if you fail to meet the deadlines. There are many websites available for scholarships. (see "important websites" ) Scholarship opportunities will also be given to teachers of senior students to be given to our students.
*Check with the financial aid office of schools you are applying to for specific information on scholarships and costs for tuition, fees, room and board, as well as any institutional or additonal financial aid forms that may be required.
* If you haven't already done so, make sure your official test scores are being sent to the colleges to which you are applying. Use 9999 for NCAA and 6500 for the Choctaw Nation.
SPRING SEMESTER -SENIORS
* Complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid ( FASFA) as early as OCTOBER 1(BECAUSE THE MONEY WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS. DO NOT PUT OFF COMPLETING THE FAFSA .
(A NEW CHANGE FOR 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR. and check for other financial aid options. Get all the free money you can before considering loans. see "scholarships/financial aid ". The FAFSA is required before any indian tribal scholarship money can be awarded. All students should complete the FAFSA even though they might not be awarded grants. Students who have completed the application will be able to apply for on campus work study programs. The work study program requires the FAFSA to be on file in the financial aid office. Work study programs are jobs on campus that are designed to work around a student's schedule. The money will be directly applied to the student's tuition. Fill out the FAFSA on the Web form online .
* Contact the admissions office(s) of the colleges(s) to which you have applied to make sure your information has been received and they have everything they need from you.
* Request that your school send your official transcripts to the colleges to which you are applying.
* If you completed the FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within four weeks. Make the necessary corrections and return it to the FAFSA processor as soon as possible in order to have your forms processed quickly.
* You will hear from the colleges as to whether or not you are accepted by April 15. Compare your acceptance letters, financial aid and scholarship offers.
* You should make a decision by May 1 as to which college you will be attending and notify the school. When you choose to accept a college's invitation to attend the institution, you may be required to pay a nonrefundable deposit ( this should ensure your place in the entering freshman class ). If you receive Free or Reduced lunches you may request an application fee waiver from Mr. Everett. A student many have two fee waivers total .
* If you were placed on a waiting list for a particular college and have decided to wait for an opening, contact that college and let them know you are still interested.
* College may not be the direction many of you will pursue. Search careers and technical schools. Seniors who attend Kiamichi Technical School in McAlester can apply for a scholarship to pay for fees. Technical schools such as OSU Okmulgee also award scholarships and incentives. see okcareerguide.org . This website was designed for Oklahoma students by future employees and their needs.
Being confident about your skills when you head out into the working world is important. To make sure your're prepared, look no further than ACT WorkKeys program that Career Tech offers. ACT WorkKeys is a job assessment system that measures work skills. The WorkKeys assessments for Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) involve three 55-minute assessments in the areas of applied math, reading for information and locating information. High school students, adults, and incumbent workers can earn a CRC upon scoring at certain levels on all three assessments. Those scoring at level three or above on all three assessments receive a bronze certificate; four or above , silver ; five or above, gold; and six or above platinum. All 29 Career Tech centers as well as many workforce centers across the state provide KeyTrain to prepare for the WorkKeys assessments. Choctaw students scoring at the top levels will receive money awards. For more information about WorkKeys assessments, Key Train and the Career Readiness Certificate visit www.okworkkeys.org
CHOCTAW STUDENTS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE MONEY AWARDS GO TO http://choctawcareers.com
once there click on applications and complete the application for client services.Click on Employment services: drop down to Career Readiness Certificate and click on it. There is a list of things they need to complete and turn in. they will also need to spend 13 minutes doing the webinar that is listed there. Once the applicatons, CDIB card, tribal membership card, SSN(social security) card and a copy of their CRC(career readiness certificate) is turned in students should expect money rewards within a few weeks. Jane Buffington can answer any questions they may have. Her phone number is 918-426-0940 ext. 236
STUDENTS PLANNING TO TAKE SUMMER AND FALL CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT COURSES SHOULD GET ALL ENROLLMENT INFOMATION AS SOON AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE IN APRIL
I am excited to announce that beginning summer 2015, Eastern Oklahoma State College will be offering free tuition (up to 3 hours each semester) for Junior concurrent students! . Again, just wanted to let you know in case you had current Sophomores interested in taking a class this summer or next fall. (since they will be classified as Juniors this summer)
Junior concurrent criteria: Have an ACT composite score of 19 with a score of 19 or above in the appropriate subject area of enrollment OR Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and a 19 or above ACT score in the appropriate subject area of enrollment.
Recruiter and Adult Education Advisor
Eastern Oklahoma State College
1301 West Main Street
Student Affairs Department
Wilburton, OK 74578