Planning, Applying & Paying for College
Information, Resources, and Materials
How to Normalize the College Search Process for Juniors, NY Times 06.03.20
The class of 2021 is missing spring grades, ACT and SAT scores and the chance to take campus tours. Here’s expert advice on what to do.
Please Don't Test, Jon Boeckenstedt, Oregon State University 07.24.20
MI College Access Network College COVID-19 Response Guide
Listing of Michigan colleges' standardized testing requirements and campus tour information for Fall 2020. Updated monthly.
BHS Counseling Department presentations on the College Application Process
Let The Journey Begin!
If you are wondering if there are things you should be thinking about during our time away from school and into the summer - wonder no more!
Please take the time to review our different presentations below:
- Applying to College Overview: The College Application Process, Part I
- Applications 101: The College Application Process, Part II
- Navigating The Common Application
- A Guide to College Essay Writing
- Mindfulness & The College Application Process
Financial Aid Night Information
Weren't able to login to the April 28th LIVE Financial Aid event?
Two options for online presentations are still available:
- View the recorded Funding Education Beyond High School presentation
- Join an upcoming Live Webinar via Student Financial Services through Oakland University
Accommodations in the College Setting
Weren't able to login to the April 30th LIVE Wayne State event?
Here are all of the materials that were shared, including slides and audio recording.
Berkley High School Profile, Course Information & Statistics
Please click here to view our school profile, which includes information and statistics regarding BHS courses, student opportunities, AP classes, college admissions testing scores, etc.
College Planning, Research, & Exploration
College Planning & Exploration
College Planning Guides
A Guide for Families in the College Admissions Process, from the National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Step by Step Guide on College Awareness and Planning for 9th & 10th grade, from the National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Step by Step Guide on College Awareness and Planning for 11th & 12th grade, from the National Association of College Admissions Counselors
College Research & Exploration Resources
- Try (log-in with your BRK email and password)
- Virtual campus tours: YouVisit, CampusReel
- Call or email Admission Counselors at the colleges
- Check popular search engines and websites:
Recommended Books and Reading
Applying to College
College Application Requirement Basics
College Application Timeline
Writing College Essays
College Essay Resources
Free e-Book for students and parents!
Essay Tips and Information
ACT & SAT Information, Registration, & Test Prep
COVID-19 UPDATE: SAT exams
Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26th.
- At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration.
- All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations.
- This includes the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5 and a new administration in September 26.
- This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded.
Please check College Board Coronavirus Updates for the latest information.
COVID-19 UPDATE: ACT exams
Please check the ACT website for COVID-19 updates.
ACT & SAT Information
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 SAT or ACT?
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?
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 do I sign up for the ACT or SAT?
If I register for the ACT, will I still receive accommodations?
If you receive accommodations in the school setting and have a 504 Plan or IEP and is taking the ACT outside of the school setting for the first time this year, please contact your counselor directly and they will help you with explaining how the accommodated testing works for the first time.
Is there assistance in the registration fee?
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.
Registration for ACT and SAT:
Test Preparation Links & Resources:
Financial Aid Resources & 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 & Information
Scholarship Resources & 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)
Micro-Scholarships using RaiseMe!
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. Check out this poster with some impressive RaiseMe stats!
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.