Student Services News September 20, 2019

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 3:18pm


September 20, 2019

ACT 2019-2020 Test Dates (National)

Test Date                                 Registration Deadline                                      Late Deadline (Late Fee Applied)

*September 14,  2019              August 16, 2019                                              August 30, 2019

October 26, 2019                    September 20, 2019                                         October 4, 2019

*December 14, 2019               November 8, 2019                                             November 22, 2019

February 8, 2020                   January 10, 2020                                               January 17, 2020

*April 4, 2020                        February 28, 2020                                              March 13, 2020

*June 13, 2020                      May 8, 2020                                                      May 22, 2020

July 18, 2020                       June 19, 2020                                                    June 26, 2020

* Glenelg High School is a test center for this test date.

Register at  Glenelg High School's Code:  231660


SAT Test Dates 2019– 2020

Test Date                           Regular Registration Deadline          Late Registration Deadline (Late Fee Applied) register online or by phone                                                                                                                                                         

August 24, 2019                July 26, 2019                              August 13, 2019                              

October 5, 2019                 September 6, 2019                      September 24, 2019                  

November 2, 2019              October 3, 2019                           October 22, 2019                         

December 7, 2019              November 8, 2019                      November 26 2019                   

March 14, 2020                  February 14, 2020                       March 3, 2020                      

     (No Subject Tests This Date)                   

May 2, 2020                         April 3, 2020                             April 21, 2020                            

June 6, 2020                       May 8, 2020                              May 27, 2020                            

Glenelg High School is a Test Center Site for the date that are listed in Bold Print.

Register at           Glenelg High School’s  CEEB Code is 210593



The Student Services Office at Glenelg High School is excited to be starting a new school year.  Our staff is here to help in any way we can.  Listed below is the student/counselor caseload for this year.

Ms. Kelli Brandt                               A – E    

Ms. Mindy Hirsch                             F – L     

Ms. Carolyn Devlin                           M – Sc  

Dr. Steven Burnett                            Sd – Z             Steven­

Feel free to contact our office by phone at 410-313-5535 or by counselor e-mail if you have questions or concerns.


NEW!!!    Glenelg High School Student Services Office

now has it's own designated FAX Line - 410-313-8538


Important Information for Upcoming College Application Submissions

As we transition into the college application season, we hope your child has made use of the many ways we have communicated the Glenelg High School college application process, including: an assembly workshop during the Skills for Success day [9/6/19], lunch time workshops [9/12/19] or during Senior College Planning Night [9/19/19]. We have very structured timelines and processes that we adhere to that insure your child’s multitude of college materials are sent in its entirety and on time. With that said, we are offering one final college application workshop for students on September 26, 2019 during all four lunch shifts. If your child has not attended it is highly recommended that they attend to avoid errors in sending college materials. Should you have a special circumstance that prevents you from attending if you have not already, please let the appropriate counselor know so alternative arrangements can be made. Finally, if your child has not picked up or reviewed their draft final transcript, please have them stop by Student Services on or before September 25, 2019.

A few important notes:

· Detailed procedures are on a Parent Presentation Power Point on the Student Services Link of

· Early October, Central Office will release final transcripts and class rank to us for submission to your child's college and/or university.

· College material request deadlines are listed in the table below.

· College Materials are not eligible to be released if your child’s waiver is not on file.

· Glenelg counselors cannot send materials to Common Application schools if Common Application has not been matched appropriately to Naviance [This is the only process we use because it allows for tracking].

· Students are responsible for sending their SAT and/or ACT scores from the appropriate company.

· Contact Ms. Miles at 410-313-5535 if you would like a Financial Aid Representative to walk you through completing the FAFSA at Glenelg High School on October 2, 2019.

· College essay writing workshops are being held October 2 & 23, 2019 right after school in the media center.

College Deadline Last date student can turn in requests

October 15, 2019 September 12, 2019

November 1, 2019 October 2, 2019

November 15, 2019 October 17, 2019

December 1, 2019 October 30, 2019

December 15, 2019 November 13, 2019

*January 1, 2020 (December 18, 2019) *November 22, 2019

January 15, 2020 December 6, 2019

February 1, 2020 January 2, 2020

February 15, 2020 January 16, 2020

March 1, 2020 January 31, 2020

April 1, 2020 March 4, 2020

May 1, 2020 March 25, 2020


Attention Seniors:    College Visits have started!

Representatives from many colleges have called to set up times to meet with students who are interested in finding out more about their college.  All visits are in Naviance.  You must sign up to meet with a representative.  Here is a list of all schools who will be coming to Student Services within the next two weeks.

Xavier University   Sept. 23   12:00

Loyola University   Sept. 23   12:30

Stevenson University   Sept. 23   1:00

The University of Alabama   Sept. 25   9:30

Roanoke College   Sept. 25   10:45

Yale University   Sept. 26   9:30

Muhenberg College   Sept. 26   10:15

James Madison University   Sept. 27   9:00

University of Miami   Sept. 27   1:00

Furman University   Oct. 1   8:30

Towson University   Oct. 1   9:00

Auburn University   Oct. 1   12:45

Howard Community College-Honors Program    Oct. 2    9:00

High Point University     Oct. 2    10:00

Duke University      Oct. 2     12:00

Capitol Technology University     Oct. 3     10:30

Hood College     Oct. 4       9:15

UMBC    Oct. 3            12:00

Marist College    Oct. 4    9:45



Student Services in partnership with the English Department will be hosting two College Essay Workshops to help you prepare the essay component of your college applications.  The workshops will be held after school in the media center

October 2: 2:10-3:30 pm

October 23: 2:10-3:30 pm

If you are interested in getting assistance with your college essay drafts, please sign up in Naviance under the "Colleges" tab and then under "view all upcoming college visits."  The workshops are included in the list of college visits.   Please bring a draft essay to the workshop with you.  There will be English teachers as well as college admissions representatives available to work one-on-one with you.  

 Feel free to stop by Student Services or talk to Mrs. Ohanian in the English hallway if you have any questions!



Remember to apply to the University of Maryland College Park by the Priority Application deadline of November 1st.  Applying by this deadline ensures you will receive best consideration for admission as well as consideration for merit-based scholarships and invitations to special programs.  Ms. Duvall from the admissions office at UMCP reported that 95-98% of students who are accepted to UMCP applied by the November 1st deadline.  And, that the chances of being accepted if you do not apply by November 1 are drastically reduced.  From the total number of students who applied after November 1, only about 4% were accepted.  In order to qualify for this priority consideration your entire application and all additional materials must be submitted by November 1.  More information and applications are available at


 Below are a couple reminders for students related to the college admission process.

  • Transcript request forms (the blue form) should be turned into the registrar, Ms. Hooks, before school, during lunch, or after school.  We ask that you DO NOT just leave the form in a mailbox as we often have questions and don't want money laying around. Remember the first three transcripts are free and thereafter they are $2 for each transcript.
  • Sign up now to meet with admission counselors that come to Glenelg.  Students must sign up in advance using Naviance.  Get ahead of the game and take a few minutes to check out Naviance and see which colleges are visiting us this fall!  We are ALWAYS updating this list so check back frequently! 
  • Our school code is 210593 Our phone number is 410-313-5535. Our fax number is 410-313-8538 
  • It is YOUR responsibility to send SAT and ACT scores directly from College Board and ACT.  Visit to send SAT scores and to send ACT scores.  Do this now to make sure you meet all deadlines!
  • Students must submit transcript request forms 20 days prior to their first deadline. This is October 29 for the November 1 deadline.  Once again, we are asking student to hand in forms earlier so we can get started on our part!  You can always add a college later on so do not feel like you must have a complete list!
  • Counselors are always willing to meet with you individually and answer any questions!  Discussions about post high school planning, graduation requirements, and any other topics related to senior year will gladly be addressed.  
  • Five days after you have submitted your transcript requests to Ms. Hooks, registrar, go back onto your Naviance account to be sure the information for submitting the transcripts is completely accurate.
  • Get started on Financial Aid!!!!  Visit to request a FSA ID and start learning about Financial Aid.  Families can begin submitting the FAFSA on October 1. 

Support for FAFSA Completion

When:     October 2, 2019
Where:    Glenelg High School Student Services
Time:      Individual appointments can be scheduled throughout the day from 8:00 am through 2:30 pm by calling Ms. Miles, 410 313-5535
Who:       Parents
Topic:     Financial Aid Specialist from HCC will be at Glenelg throughout the day to help you complete your family’s FAFSA (More about FAFSA detailed below in Paying for College)

What is the FAFSA

The FAFSA is a free online application for financial aid eligibility for college. It’s used by schools to put together your federal student aid package. This package can include grants, work-study, federal student loans, and even state and school financial aid.  Once you’re ready to begin the FAFSA, keep these tips in mind:

Begin your FAFSA process by creating a FSA ID at It’s your personal code for submitting the FAFSA when you’re ready. Your FSA ID will give you access to FSA online systems and can serve as your legal signature.
Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. Federal student aid applications can be submitted starting October 1 at Federal financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so know your deadlines and apply as early as you can to maximize your financial aid.
Think local. College and state financial aid deadlines vary by state, and can be as early as February or March of your senior year of high school. Check your state’s financial aid deadlines.
Apply for the FAFSA annually. You need to fill out the FAFSA each year that you are—or plan to be—a student. The FAFSA is used by schools to put together your financial aid package for one year of college.

How to file the FAFSA to get federal student aid

To file your FAFSA, you’ll first need to gather the documents you’ll need to reference. Then complete your application at

Step 1: Gather all the information you’ll need

Your driver's license and Social Security number
Your parents' Social Security numbers and birthdates
Your family’s latest federal income tax returns.
W-2 forms
Bank statements
Information on your family's investments (real estate, money market funds, stocks, etc.2)

Step 2: Bookmark

This is where you get your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and submit the FAFSA.
Don't fall for scams. The only site you should use to fill out and file the FAFSA is
There's no charge for submitting the FAFSA.
The site also has the most up-to-date information on upcoming changes.

Step 3: Submit your FAFSA

The easiest and fastest way is to file the FAFSA online with your FSA ID, made up of your username and password. Your application will be processed within 3 – 5 days.
You can mail in a paper application, but the processing time will take about 7 – 10 days.

How is your FAFSA used to calculate your federal student aid eligibility

When you fill out your FAFSA, you’ll provide personal demographic information, as well as financial information, such as your family’s federal income tax returns, W-2 forms, bank statements, and information on your family’s investments.

This financial information is used to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is an index number that colleges use to determine how much federal financial aid you’re eligible to receive. Your EFC is calculated according to a formula established by law and the information from your FAFSA.

The government considers your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), your year in school, your enrollment status, and the cost of attendance (COA) at the school you’ll be attending to determine your financial aid package amount. The COA is typically tuition, books, supplies, transportation, room, and board.

What happens after your FAFSA submission

After you submit your FAFSA, you’ll get your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the office of Federal Student Aid. Your SAR is a paper or electronic document that gives you basic information about the FAFSA data you submitted, including your answers to the questions on your FAFSA. Your SAR won’t tell you how much financial aid you’ll get. If you provided an email address when you submitted your FAFSA, you can expect to receive your SAR within a few days of electronically filing or within two weeks of mailing.

After you receive your SAR, you’ll get financial aid award letters from the schools you have been accepted at. Award letters tell you how much aid you’re eligible for at that school.

FAFSA Corrections

If you made a mistake on your submitted FAFSA, you can make corrections by logging in to your account on Once you’re logged in, enter your FSA ID to change your information and submit new information.

You can also update your mailing address, email address, and other contact information in your account if it has changed.

Debunking financial aid myths

Myth: My family's income is too high to qualify for federal financial aid.
Fact: Student and family income isn’t the only factor that the government uses to decide if a student qualifies for federal financial aid. The only way to know for sure if you’ll qualify is to fill out the FAFSA.

Myth: My family has money saved for college so we won't get any federal financial aid.
Fact: Savings might not be a major factor when a school decides if a student qualifies for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. There are allowances for savings and assets.

Myth: My sibling wasn't eligible for much federal financial aid last year, so I won't be eligible when I enter college.
Fact: Actually, the number of family members in college might have a favorable impact on your financial aid eligibility.

Myth: I’m only attending college part-time, so I won't be eligible for federal financial aid.
Fact: Financial aid is available for part-time students. Talk to the financial aid offices of the colleges you’re interested in attending about aid for part-time students.

Reviewing your Student Aid Report (SAR)

If you provided an email address when you submitted your FAFSA, you can expect to receive your SAR within a few days of electronically filing or within two weeks of mailing.

It's important to have an accurate SAR. Your financial aid awards are based on the information listed on it. Review it carefully with your family and compare the information listed to a copy of your FAFSA. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) listed on your SAR will determine the amount of aid you'll receive.

If you think any of the information on your SAR is incorrect, correct it by using the Information Review Form on the back of the SAR or by going to the official FAFSA website.

So what is an EFC?

Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is an index number that colleges use to determine how much financial aid you’re eligible to receive. Your EFC is calculated according to a formula established by law and the information from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The EFC factors in your family's taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security). Your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year are also considered.

Note: Your EFC isn't the amount of money your family will have to pay for college and it isn't the amount of federal student aid you'll receive.

How your EFC affects your financial aid package

Typically, the lower your EFC, the more financial aid you'll be eligible to receive. Your financial need can be found by subtracting your EFC from a school's cost of attendance (COA). The COA is typically tuition, books, supplies, transportation, room, and board.

COA - EFC = financial need

Based on this formula, your school's financial aid office will prepare a financial aid package and send you a financial aid award letter.

It's possible that the most expensive school on your list might not cost you the most. Don't let a school's sticker price be the only factor to sway your decision to apply. The fact is, most students receive some kind of financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or work-study. It all depends on the total financial aid package awarded by each school. This information is available in your financial aid award letter.

What's in a financial aid award letter?

After a college accepts you, you'll receive a letter outlining how much the school will cost and what kind of financial aid package you'll receive for one year. All financial aid award letters don’t look the same, but they contain the same general information.

Federal student loans
Cost of attendance (COA), an estimate of what you can expect to pay for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses for one year.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC), an index number that colleges use to determine financial aid eligibility.
The remaining amount, or funding gap, that you’ll have to make up through other sources.

How to read your financial aid award letters

Award letter tips

You may have to accept or decline your award with the school, either online or by returning a signed form.
You don't have to accept all the terms in your financial award letter. You can choose to decline loans, work-study, etc.
Your award letter covers one year only; you'll need to fill out the FAFSA and apply for financial aid every year you're in school.
When you're comparing schools' offers, be sure to consider other factors, like location, quality of academic programs, and graduation rate.