When families complete the FAFSA application, one question asks if there is any other person in the household who will be attending college at the same time as the student. If so, this factors into the formula that helps determine the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Having more than one household member reporting full-time status in post-secondary education will usually reduce the EFC, thus resulting in more financial need.
HCPSS no longer ranks students based on their GPA.
Junior year is an important time to begin the college search process. Here are some things that students and parents should be doing and thinking about:
Students should waive their right to view the counselor or teacher recommendation. An understanding exists between colleges and secondary schools that evaluations and recommendations that they receive from high schools are confidential information. Should a counselor or teacher feel they could not write an outstanding letter for the student, they may elect to decline the request.
Students may only visit representatives that attend Glenelg during the school day. If a university is visiting another Howard County School, but not Glenelg, please let your counselor know and we may contact the college representative to invite them to Glenelg. A lot of times, if the representative is in the area, they welcome the opportunity to attend another school.
It is important to check each school’s website where students are considering applying in order to identify their wishes in terms of foreign language requirements. Typically, schools will report that they require a minimum of two years of a foreign language. For example, the University of Maryland College Park reports that the 2 year language criteria represent the minimum requirements for admission. Successful applicants typically present academic credentials which exceed the minimum. However, if there are specific questions, students and parents may call or email the admissions representative and ask what they look for.
The personal statement is an avenue to express any information about the candidate that may impact the admission decision. For example, students can write to express their level of interest in the school or to describe any adverse circumstances that have impacted the student’s academic record. Please see the counselor for specific guidance relating to this question.
Each college/university will have different criteria for AP test scores transferring and counting as credit. If you go to the specific college/university website, there will be information about which scores will count. In addition, be sure to check if AP or SAT scores will exempt a student from taking a specific course.
Essays, activities, SAT, ACT or AP test results all fall under the responsibility of the student to send. The essay and activities section is a part of the online application. Test results MUST be sent directly from the testing agency. Consult www.collegeboard.com to send SAT and AP scores or www.act.org for ACT scores. The Counseling Center will mail the transcript, counselor recommendation, and secondary school report only.
Please contact your child's counselor if you have additional questions.