College Planning Information and Materials
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Berkley High School Profile, Course Information and Statistics
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College Planning Presentations and Resources
College Application Process
College Essay Resources
Recommended Books and Reading
ACT and SAT Information
2019-2020 ACT and SAT test Dates
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?
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.
Free SAT or ACT Practice Tests during the Winter of 2020 at The Tutoring Center in Birmingham
ACT/SAT Free Test Prep Passes to The Tutoring Center in Birmingham
SAT Prep - Khan Academy
ACT Test Prep Services
Financial Aid Resources and Information
Financial Aid & Paying for College Basics
Guides and Information
Financial Aid checklist for Senior Year
Federal Student Aid At-A-Glance (2019-2020)
Affording College in Michigan Guidebook (2019-2020)
State of Michigan Financial Aid At-A-Glance (2019-2020)
Sallie Mae video series on Paying for College process
Paying for College Night Presentation from Financial Aid Expert
Filling out the FASFA
You can start completing the FAFSA on October 1st!
3 Simple steps:
- Create an FSA ID and record onFSA ID Worksheet
- Gather relevant documents using the FAFSA Checklist
- Begin the FAFSA
Need Help with FAFSA?
Virtual FAFSA Appointment
Schedule 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 FAFSA 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. Create an FSA ID now.
- Use the FSA ID Worksheet to record related information for your files.
FAFSA help line:
Call Oakland University's Financial Aid Help line at (248) 370-2550
Understanding College or University Financial Aid Award Letters
Scholarship Resources and Information
BHS Scholarship List
Visit the BHS 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.
MI Student Aid Scholarship Finder
U.S. Dept. of Labor Career One Stop Scholarship Finder
Scholar Snapp (recommended to use if applying to colleges via Common App)
RaiseMe 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?
- 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.
- Ask family members to check if employers, civic clubs, places of worship, etc. offer scholarship opportunities.
- Check national and state professional associations or organizations of the career field or profession you intend to pursue.