College Planning Information and Materials

Naviance Student

This is the online platform Berkley High School uses to research colleges, explore careers, keep track of college applications, request and send high school transcripts. 

On the Naviance Student log-in screen, your "email" is your first initial, last name!

ACT and SAT Information

ACT OR SAT? – WHICH? – WHEN? – HOW?

The BHS Counseling Department gets questions every day from parents and students about whether students should take the ACT or the SAT and when. Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions along with some recommendations.

DO COLLEGES WANT ME TO TAKE THE ACT OR THE SAT?

Most (not all) colleges and universities require students to officially submit either an ACT OR SAT score as part of their application. The vast majority of colleges and universities do not have a preference whether students submit an ACT or SAT score. They will accept either/or and students do not have to submit both. Therefore, it is up to the student to decide which test to take and which to submit. Over the years a student in the Berkley School District has had exposure and practice with the SAT via PSAT experiences. Each student is provided a free, official SAT as part of the standardized tests required of juniors each year. Students do not have to sign up for or pay for this particular test in April of their junior year. However, many students take an official test before April of their junior year. The Counseling Department recommends students take either an ACT or SAT prior to that time, if possible. Which means – students have to register for an ACT or SAT (outside of the April test) on their own.

CAN I STILL TAKE THE ACT? SHOULD I STILL TAKE THE ACT?

If students still want to take the ACT or take the SAT outside of the one, free test offered at school – they will need to sign up for and pay to take another test independently by visiting the ACT or SAT websites directly. It is the recommendation of the counseling department that students take one of each exam during their junior year (or prior) to see which test is better suited to them. Because students typically take the exam more than one time, signing up in the Summer of sophomore year or any time junior year is best.

HOW DOES A STUDENT OR PARENT SIGN UP FOR THE ACT OR SAT?

They do so by visiting the testing websites directly.
External LinkACT Registration & Information
External LinkSAT Registration & Information

IF I SIGN UP INDEPENDENTLY ON THE WEBSITES, CAN MY CHILD STILL RECEIVE THEIR ACCOMMODATIONS?

If your child receives accommodations in the school setting and has a 504 Plan or IEP and is taking the ACT outside of the school setting for the first time this year, please contact your child’s counselor directly and they will help you with explaining how the accommodated testing works for the first time.

IS THERE ANY PAYMENT ASSISTANCE FOR TAKING THESE TESTS?

If your family receives assistance via the Free/Reduced lunch program or is experiencing financial difficulties, please contact your child’s counselor to inquire about a fee waiver.

Test Registration and Prep links

External LinkRegister for the ACT
External LinkRegister for the SAT
External LinkSAT Prep - Khan Academy
PDF DocumentACT Test Prep Services
PDF DocumentACT/SAT Free Test Prep Passes

Financial Aid Resources and Information

Paying for College Guides and Information

PDF DocumentPaying for College Night Presentation from Oakland U Financial Aid Expert
PDF DocumentFederal Student Aid At-A-Glance (2019-2020)
PDF DocumentAffording College in Michigan Guidebook (2019-2020)
PDF DocumentState of Michigan Financial Aid At-A-Glance (2019-2020)

Filling out the FASFA

Mark your Calendar for October 1st!

You can start External Linkcompleting the FAFSA with your Senior on October 1st!
3 steps:

  1. External LinkCreate an FSA ID and record onExternal LinkFSA ID Worksheet
  2. External LinkGather relevant documents using the FAFSA Checklist 
  3. External LinkBegin the FAFSA

Need Help?

BhS Fafsa Completion workshop

October 29, 2019 at 6:00 PM in room 257 (across from BHS LMC)
Pre-Registration is required.  

Virtual FAFSA Appointment 

External LinkSchedule a Virtual FAFSA Appointment with a Financial Aid expert!

Virtual FAFSA Appointments are available to assist high school seniors and their parents complete the FAFSA with professional assistance on an individual basis in a private webinar environment. Appointments are private and secure. Virtual appointments take place online from the comfort of your own home or other location you choose. You will receive a private link to your personal webinar environment after signing up for a virtual appointment. These appointments are free and available to the public.

  • Prior to your appointment please review the External LinkFAFSA Checklist for a list of items necessary to complete the FAFSA. 
  • Students and parents should each create an FSA ID at least one week prior to completing the FAFSA. External LinkCreate an FSA ID now
  • Use the External LinkFSA ID Worksheet to record related information for your files. 

video tutorials:

Video DocumentHow to Create an FSA ID video to learn the steps necessary in creating the FSA ID
Video Document7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA video series to learn more about the application.

FAFSA help line: 

Call Oakland University's Financial Aid Help line at (248) 370-2550

Understanding College/University Financial Aid Award Packages

PDF DocumentFinancial Aid Award Letter Worksheet

Scholarship Resources and Information

Scholarship Resources

Scholarship Search Engines

Check out the following scholarship search engines!  Create an account, complete a questionnaire and a list of scholarships you are eligible to apply for will be generated.

External LinkMI Student Aid Scholarship Finder
External LinkU.S. Dept. of Labor Career One Stop Scholarship Finder
External LinkScholarships.com
External LinkFastWeb
External LinkCappex
External LinkBig Future

Micro-Scholarships

External LinkRaiseMe is a platform that helps students prepare for college by earning scholarships for their achievements in high school. Over 250 colleges and universities award micro-scholarships for both academics and extracurricular activities through the partnership with RaiseMe.  

Where else can I look for Scholarships?

  1. Check scholarship webpages on college/universities websites.  They often have additional scholarships outside of the merit scholarships that are usually awarded based on a student's admissions application.
  2. Ask family members to check if employers, civic clubs, places of worship, etc. offer scholarship opportunities.
  3. Check national and state professional associations or organizations of the career field or profession you intend to pursue.

Onsite Admissions Interviews and College Visits at BHS

Onsite Admissions Interviews (for Seniors)

Every fall, certain colleges hold Onsite Admissions Interviews at BHS.  During the onsite interview, an admissions representative speaks with the student and reviews their application.  The student is usually notified that same day if they are accepted or deferred pending more information.  

Universities holding Onsite Admissions during the Fall 2019:

  • 09/19/2019: Grand Valley State University
  • 09/23/2019: Eastern Michigan University
  • 09/26/2019: University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • 10/04/2019: Oakland University 
  • 10/07/2019: Saginaw Valley State University
  • 10/15/2019: Western Michigan University at 9:25 AM
  • 10/15/2019: Central Michigan University at 10:30 AM

Registering for an Onsite Admissions Interview

To secure an Onsite Admissions Interview time slot, please sign up for a time slot in the binder outside of the Career Center.  Please remember the date and time of the interview!

Before you arrive for your Interview

Students should submit the following information to the Counseling Center five days before their Onsite Admissions Interview:

  1. Printed out copy of the university's application (already filled out)
  2. Application fee (check made payable to the university)

Registering for College Visits (for Juniors and Seniors)

Meeting the college admissions representative for a school you are interested in applying to can be very helpful during the application process.  Especially if a school visiting is one of your first choices, introducing yourself to the representative can go a long way! 

Juniors and Seniors interested in meeting with college representatives who are presenting at BHS must sign up for the visits one day in advance in Naviance.  To sign up for a college visit in Naviance, a student should:

  1. Sign into Naviance Student
  2. Go to "Colleges" tab
  3. Scroll down to "College Visits"
  4. Find school by clicking “Show More” and then "Register "

Can't log-in to your Naviance Student Account?  Please email Mrs. Sienkiewicz in the Career Center directly to sign-up.

Check the Career Center College Visit Calendar for a full list of colleges visiting BHS.  Below is the list of scheduled college and university visits for the next month.

Colleges visiting BHS this month:

  • 23 Sep
    • Emory University 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Emory University
      Date: Sep 23
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • The University of Chicago 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      The University of Chicago
      Date: Sep 23
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Eastern Michigan University 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Eastern Michigan University
      Date: Sep 23
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits

      On-Site Admissions will start at 11:35 am. Please sign up in the  on-site admissions binder outside of the Career Center.

  • 24 Sep
    • University of Detroit Mercy 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      University of Detroit Mercy
      Date: Sep 24
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Oberlin College 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Oberlin College
      Date: Sep 24
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Bowling Green State University
      Date: Sep 24
      Time: 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Location: Career Center
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 25 Sep
    • Alma College 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Alma College
      Date: Sep 25
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Binghamton University-SUNY 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Binghamton University-SUNY
      Date: Sep 25
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Kettering University 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Kettering University
      Date: Sep 25
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 26 Sep
    • Eckerd College 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Eckerd College
      Date: Sep 26
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Rochester College 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Rochester College
      Date: Sep 26
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • U of M Dearborn 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      U of M Dearborn
      Date: Sep 26
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits

      On-Site Visit will start at 11:35 am. Please sign up in the On-Site Admissions binder outside of the Career Center.

  • 2 Oct
    • Ringling College of Art & Design
      Date: Oct 2
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Tufts University 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Tufts University
      Date: Oct 2
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Aquinas College 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Aquinas College
      Date: Oct 2
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Union College 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Union College
      Date: Oct 2
      Time: 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 3 Oct
    • Albion College 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Albion College
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Saginaw Valley State University
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Collaborative Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • U of M Ann Arbor 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      U of M Ann Arbor
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: Collaborative Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Miami University-Oxford 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Miami University-Oxford
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 4 Oct
    • Oakland University On-Site Only
      Date: Oct 4
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 7 Oct
    • The Univ. of Toledo 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      The Univ. of Toledo
      Date: Oct 7
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Illinois Institute of Technology
      Date: Oct 7
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • SVSU/On-Site Admission 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      SVSU/On-Site Admission
      Date: Oct 7
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits

      Please sign up for On-Site Admissions in the on-site binder outside of the Career Center.

    • Northern Michigan University 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Northern Michigan University
      Date: Oct 7
      Time: 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 8 Oct
    • Ferris State University 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Ferris State University
      Date: Oct 8
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Groove U 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Groove U
      Date: Oct 8
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Adrian College 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Adrian College
      Date: Oct 8
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • The New School- NY 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      The New School- NY
      Date: Oct 8
      Time: 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 10 Oct
    • Tulane University 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Tulane University
      Date: Oct 10
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Sarah Lawrence College 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Sarah Lawrence College
      Date: Oct 10
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Univ. of Miami 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Univ. of Miami
      Date: Oct 10
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 14 Oct
    • Northwood University 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Northwood University
      Date: Oct 14
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Purdue University- Main Campus
      Date: Oct 14
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Schoolcraft College 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Schoolcraft College
      Date: Oct 14
      Time: 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 15 Oct
    • Western Michigan University
      Date: Oct 15
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Location: Collaborative Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits

      On-Site Admissions will start at 9:30 am. Please sign up in the on-site admissions binder outside of the Career Center.

    • Central Michigan University 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Central Michigan University
      Date: Oct 15
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits

      On-Site Admissions will start at 10:30 am. Please sign up in the on-site admissions binder outside of the Career Center.

    • Ursuline College 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Ursuline College
      Date: Oct 15
      Time: 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 16 Oct
    • Allegheny College 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Allegheny College
      Date: Oct 16
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • DePaul University 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      DePaul University
      Date: Oct 16
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Mount Holyoke College 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Mount Holyoke College
      Date: Oct 16
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Kalamazoo College 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Kalamazoo College
      Date: Oct 16
      Time: 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 18 Oct
    • The University of Alabama 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      The University of Alabama
      Date: Oct 18
      Time: 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 21 Oct
    • Madonna University 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Madonna University
      Date: Oct 21
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Tiffin University 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Tiffin University
      Date: Oct 21
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • Indiana Institute of Technology
      Date: Oct 21
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 22 Oct
    • Aveda Institute- East Lansing 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Aveda Institute- East Lansing
      Date: Oct 22
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 24 Oct
  • 29 Oct
    • Hiram College 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Hiram College
      Date: Oct 29
      Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 4 Nov
    • Calvin University 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Calvin University
      Date: Nov 4
      Time: 8:20 AM to 9:20 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
    • College for Creative Studies 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      College for Creative Studies
      Date: Nov 4
      Time: 9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits
  • 6 Nov
    • Ohio Dominican University 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Ohio Dominican University
      Date: Nov 6
      Time: 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM
      Location: Career Center
      Cost: 0
      Calendar: BHS College Visits