• Class of 2020

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    Senior Parents

    New  Financial Aid/FAFSA Workshop  - Rooms N201 and N202 (enter Door 5 - Main Door)

    Join us for a HANDS-ON workshop to help you with your application for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    The application will take 20-30 minutes to complete and assistance will be available from volunteers and Financial Aid experts.

    Date: Thursday, October 24
    Time: 3:30-6:30 p.m.
    Place: Room N201 and N202 (enter door 5)

    Please Bring:

    • Parents’ or Guardian’s Federal Tax Returns from 2018
    • Students and Parents W-2 or other Financial Information
    • Student’s Social Security number or Alien registration number
    • Parents Social Security Number
    • FAFSA ID (if you have previously filed a FAFSA with another student)
    • Bank Account and Investment records                                                           
    • Alien Registration cards if not a US Citizen
    • List of Colleges of Interest

    Hosted by ACCESS Program and Edina High School Counseling Department

     

    College Night for Senior Parents - Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 PM  - Edina Performing Arts Center

    The program will consist of two parts.  First, the counseling staff will discuss the following topics: student’s roles and responsibilities, parent’s roles and responsibilities, counselor role and responsibilities, as well as share important information about the mechanics of applying, including timelines, processing paperwork, and testing.  Seniors will receive this material in meetings with their counselor during their Language Arts classes on September 5th and 6th. 

    For the second half of the program, Heidi Meyer, Executive Director of Admissions at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and Brian Lindeman, Director of Financial Aid at Macalester College in St. Paul will offer updates in regards to the application process as well as information regarding the 2019-20 FAFSA (financial aid).

    Previous Parent Events

    College Workshop for Junior Parents - December 12, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Fick Auditorium

     

    College & Career Center

    The College & Career Center will open on Monday, September 9.  Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. when visits are scheduled. The College & Career Center is located near the Media Center.  It is staffed by parent volunteers.  The College & Career Center’ major purpose is to serve as the meeting place for college representatives when they visit Edina High School.

    Last year, well over 225 college representatives visited Edina High School. Their visits are instrumental in helping our students with their post secondary plans. Since 90% of our students go on to college of some form, this is crucial, to their planning. In addition, these representatives are the ones who process students’ applications and who will be helping make decisions about college acceptance. It is important that they learn about Edina High School and its academic programs and it’s important that they get to know prospective students. The bottom line: these visits help the students decide where to apply and also may be a factor about whether a student is accepted at a college or not. Don’t miss out on these chances to find out more information about colleges that interest you and to meet the representatives who work with Edina students.

    A list of visiting college representatives is listed in Naviance. College Receptions also contains information regarding receptions in the Twin Cities area by various colleges and universities. (Some of the colleges—especially more select ones—will not visit individual schools.  Instead they hold receptions in the evenings for parents and studios.)

    Seniors are reminded to get their prospective list of colleges entered into Naviance. Naviance will send you e-mail reminders when any of your schools are scheduled to visit EHS.

    Meetings with college representatives will take place in the College & Career Center near the Media Center.  Students will need to get a pass from their teacher in order to attend one of these visits.  Students should report directly to the career center where parent volunteers will facilitate the visit.  Parent volunteers will take attendance and write passes. It is the student's responsibility to obtain a pass back to class after the meeting. Students are responsible for any work that they may miss.)  College representative visits are open to juniors and senior


    NACAC National College Fair Minnesota

    Date/Time: October 2, 2019  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    Date/Time: October 3, 2019  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Place: Minneapolis Convention Center
     
    We encourage Edina student to attend the evening session.
     

    Testing

    Last spring, the counseling staff recommended that juniors sign up and register for either the SAT Test and ACT prior to the end of their junior year. This gives the student an opportunity to compare scores and in many cases use the best one. Students who are looking at more selective colleges and the University of California system may also need to take the SAT Subject Tests (formerly know as SAT II's). (These colleges generally prefer the Math--Level 1 or Level 2 (the more difficult of the two, if possible) and one other test of the student's choice--usually in an area where a student feels strong. Some schools may require a third test. It is best to check the requirements of your specific colleges or universities. Many of our students choose U.S. History, a foreign language, English language or literature).  (A list of schools that require the SAT Subject test is available at http://www.compassprep.com/admissions_req_subjects.aspx

    If a senior student did not sign up to take an entrance exam last spring, and they are planning to attend a college/university next fall, one or both of the tests (ACT, SAT) should be taken this fall, along with the SAT Subject Tests if necessary.

    If the ACT's and/or SAT I's were taken in the spring, should one or both be repeated?  In general, it is to the student’s advantage to re-take either one or both of the tests. Why? Because colleges are looking to accept, not deny applicants. They will usually make admissions decisions based on the highest ACT composite score, or the highest SAT combined score of the Writing, Critical Reading, and Mathematics sections. In addition, seniors who are applying to schools that have published admissions criteria, usually public institutions, have a good idea of their chance for admission. As a result, they can determine the necessity of re-taking the test. ACT will allow students to pick the best test date to send, whereas SAT sends all tests taken.

    A final note – it may also be to the student’s advantage to re-take a test, as many scholarships are awarded with a student’s ACT or SAT score being a piece of the criteria. The difference of one composite point on the ACT, may be the difference between a scholarship and no scholarship. Test registration can be done on the internet. (With deadlines fast approaching, remember that registering online is faster and the student will know immediately if there is room at the testing site he or she requests.) Please see the Testing page to see updated information on testing. 

    Counselors urge students to register early if they want to take the test here at the Edina testing site. If the Edina site is full, late registrations are assigned to other open sites. The possibility of stand-by testing here at Edina will also be very limited.

    College Applications

    This is a very busy time in the counseling office as we begin to process college applications and write recommendation letters for this year's seniors.  On (date TBA) the counselors will meet with seniors reviewing with them the college application process and timelines and passing out the senior planning booklet.  This booklet is an invaluable guide to the college process.  Students and parents should read the senior planning booklet very carefully.  After these meetings, if you or your senior have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment to meet with your son or daughter’s counselor

    Deadlines

    It is very important that students are aware of application deadlines for every school to which they are applying—even so-called safety schools.  Some students who are applying early decision or early action or who are applying to the military academies or ROTC programs may have deadlines of November 1, November 15 or December 1. The University of California system schools also have an early deadline of November 30. The University of Minnesota Priority deadline is November 1; however, students who apply early will receive notification sooner.

    Students need to give teachers at least 3 weeks to complete letters of recommendation. The Teacher Recommendation Form is available in the guidance office to give to the teacher.  

    If a counselor needs to complete a recommendation letter, seniors need to complete the Questionnaire for School/Counselor Recommendation. The packet needs to be returned to the counselor three weeks prior to the deadline.  (The questionnaire provides the counselor with additional insight and information about the student enabling the counselor to write a quality recommendation. Last year, many of the senior parents completed a Parent Questionnaire for College Recommendation that the counselors found helpful.


    Reminders

    • If you need to schedule ACTSAT Test, or SAT Subject tests or retakes, do so ASAP.

    • It is the students responsibility to have official test scores sent to the college. Remember many colleges do not consider your application complete and will not process your application until they have received your test scores.  (How do you send your test scores?  There are several options. Go to Score Reports for more information.

    • Any senior, who has not met with their counselor to discuss their post-secondary plans, is urged to do so as soon as possible.

    • Students who are completing applications for the University of Wisconsin-Madison: don’t forget, the essay/personal statement is important. Do a good job with it!

    • If you are applying to several private colleges, check to see if you can use the common application. It is accepted by over 400 colleges and could save you some time. You can download a copy at www.commonapp.org

    • Applying to a competitive college?  Download or pick up a copy of the handout The Application to a Competitive College: Some Brief Suggestions in the counseling department.


    Athletes--NCAA Registration

    To register, seniors who are prospective student-athletes can access the registration materials by visiting the http://eligibilitycenter.org. From the home page, the prospect should click "Prospective Student-Athletes," which will link the student-athlete to the necessary information.  This eligibility booklet is a must read for students (and their parents) who are hoping to play a college sport. After you register, your transcript must be sent from the high school. Contact Nancy Knutson, Registrar to request a transcript for NCAA.


    Updated October 11, 2019