Tips for 11-12th Graders
Junior and senior year make up the most critical time in the application process. Colleges want to see students on an upward trajectory as they prepare to leave high school. They expect students to begin enrolling in college level courses (AP or DE) and to continue to earn high grades (As and Bs). We are here to support you with planning out a college preparatory schedule and selecting colleges that are a good match for your career interests, academic performance, personality AND family financial situation. We will walk with you through the process of filling out applications, brainstorming and editing essays, submitting scholarship and financial aid forms, and more.
Please see the links below for more information:
- Guide to Applying & Paying for College
- Average GPA & SAT/ACT Scores of Virginia Colleges
- Average GPA & SAT/ACT Scores for HBCU’s
- Admission Essays
- Résumé Template
- Is Applying Early Right for You
- Paying for College
- Colleges that Meet 100% of Financial Need
- Colleges Requiring the CSS Profile
- Financial Aid Award Comparison Tool
- Citizenship & FAFSA Eligibility Flowchart
- Resources for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students
- Editable Résumé Template (Microsoft Word Document available for download)
- College Score Card-compare financial aid awards, graduation rates, internships across colleges
- College Search-compare college data; IES, National Center for Educational Statistics
- Net Price Calculator-sticker vs net price
- Career Search-career paths, hiring trends, entry level salaries and training/degree requirements
Senior College Planning Meeting at T.C. Williams, cohosted with T.C. Williams School Counseling Department (for families of seniors on September 21th, 2020).
School Counselors, the College & Career Center, and the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria will discuss navigating the college application process – Naviance and Common App; the “GREEN Packet” & letters of recommendation; college entrance exams – SAT/ACT; choosing match/fit colleges (academically, socially, and financially); how to pay for college – FAFSA, institutional aid, and scholarships.
- PowerPoint Presentation
FSA ID Flyer-FAFSA Workshop-Step 1- Create a FSA ID -REGISTRATION REQUIRED; Interpretation available in Spanish, Amharic and Arabic
FAFSA Flyer-FAFSA Workshop-Step 2-Complete the Application -REGISTRATION REQUIRED; Interpretation available in Spanish, Amharic and Arabic
Need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Register for one of our FAFSA workshops. Every senior should fill out the FAFSA to qualify for money from the federal government, the state of Virginia, and colleges. Filling out the FAFSA is free and takes less than 60 minutes. It does not include essays, consider students’ grades, or obligate families to take out loans. Please click here for a list of documents to bring with you to the workshop.
- Am I a dependent or independent student for the FAFSA?
- Who is my parent when I fill out the FAFSA?
- Financial Aid for undocumented students?
- Myths about filling out the FAFSA!
- Next Steps Handout-2020-what to think about and pay attention to AFTER you submit your FAFSA
Not sure if you’re eligible to complete the FAFSA based on your citizenship status? Take a look at this resource and stop by A-115 for a confidential conversation.
Scholarship Fund Application and FAFSA Completion Workshop (for families of seniors on date tbd)
SFA staff will offer a brief presentation on our scholarship selection process and then students will have time to work on their applications or brainstorm essays with the help of SFA staff members. Can’t make the workshop? Please stop by A-121 or A-115 with any application questions!
National Decision Day at T.C. Williams, cohosted with T.C. Williams School Counseling Department (for seniors on May 1, 2021)
Seniors, stop by the Titan Den during your lunch block to decorate a free t-shirt with your post-secondary plans, enjoy a cupcake, and enter for a chance to win a gift basket full of supplies for your dorm room. We look forward to celebrating you and your plans for after high school!
College Planning for Juniors at T.C. Williams, cohosted with T.C. Williams School Counseling Department (for families of juniors TBA)
School Counselors, the College and Career Center, and the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria will provide an overview of everything you need to know about the college application process, including: choosing colleges that are the right fit for you; paying for college – scholarships and financial aid; student, counselor, and parent responsibilities; step-by-step application checklist; answers to your technical questions about admission essays, SAT/ACT, letters of recommendation, Common App, NOVA, and more.
- PowerPoint Presentation
College Success Workshops (for Class of 2020 Scholarship Fund of Alexandria recipients in May)
Workshops are designed to help graduating seniors prepare for the transition to college and to ensure that the Scholarship Fund not only supports you in applying to and paying for college, but also in becoming a successful student once you’re there. Scholarship Fund of Alexandria recipients in the Class of 2020 will have the chance to register for the workshop(s) of their choosing.
Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Awards Program (for Class of 2020 Scholarship Fund of Alexandria recipients and their families on tbd)
Class of 2021 recipients will be honored with their scholarship certificate and have the opportunity to meet supporters of the Scholarship Fund. Families and friends are invited to attend and to stay for a dessert reception following the program.
Ready to Learn More?
Reach out to Melissa Harrington, Interim, Director of College Advising for grades 11-12 and T.C. Alumni.
T.C. Williams High School