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!

Berkley High School Profile, Course Info and Statistics

Please click here to view our school profile, statistics on courses, AP classes, college admissions testing, etc.

ACT and SAT Information

ACT or SAT?

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 April, 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

Financial Aid & Paying for College Basics

Guides and Information

PDF DocumentFinancial Aid checklist for Senior Year
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)
External LinkSallie Mae video series on Paying for College process
PDF DocumentPaying for College Night Presentation from Financial Aid Expert

Filling out the FASFA

You can start External Linkcompleting the FAFSA on October 1st!

3 Simple 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 with FAFSA?

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 or University Financial Aid Award Letters

External LinkHow to read Financial Aid offers
External LinkUnderstanding Award Letters resource
PDF DocumentFinancial Aid Award Letter Comparison Worksheet

Scholarship Resources and Information

Scholarship Resources

Scholarship Tips

PDF DocumentApplying for Private Scholarships tips

BHS Scholarship List

Visit the Google SheetBHS Scholarship List for a compilation of state, local, and national scholarships!  Updated regularly!

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
External LinkScholar Snapp (PDF Documentrecommended to use if applying to colleges via Common App)

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 (for Seniors)

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)

College Visits at BHS (for Juniors and Seniors)

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: