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Counselors’ Report NCHS Counseling OfficeOctober 26, 2016

Counselors’ Report NCHS Counseling Office

Financial Aid: One of the first steps of the college financial aid process is completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. The FAFSA enables students who qualify to receive federal/state grants, scholarships, as well as to participate in work-studies programs. This form was available for submission on October 1. ALL senior parents are reminded to fill out and submit their FAFSA form as soon as possible!

Advanced Technology Showcase at SEMO: On Friday, Nov. 18, SEMO will be hosting an “Advanced Technology Showcase” on campus to juniors and seniors in graphics, chemistry, physics, upper-level math, computers, industrial technology, and career and technology subjects an opportunity to experience the industrial and engineering technology disciplines at SEMO. This half-day session will also allow students to meet with faculty, staff, and students who will highlight the state-of-the-art facilities and technology with personal demonstrations throughout the building while also learning about their academic program. If interested RSVP by November 14 by calling 573-651-2104 or emailing

College Representative Visits at NCHS: Students who are interested in visiting with college representatives should come to the Counseling Office to sign up. Currently scheduled college representative visits:

St. Louis College of Pharmacy: October 27

Murray State University: October 27

Lindenwood University–Belleville: November 4

College Fairs: As we encourage students to apply early to college, we also encourage parents and students to be educated about their decisions. An excellent avenue to find out about various colleges is a college fair. Listed below is the next college fair in our region.

St. Louis Metro East Baccalaureate College Fair

Southwestern Illinois College

2500 Carlyle Ave.

Belleville, IL 62221

Sunday, February 26, 2017

College Fair: 1:30-3:30

Financial Aid Workshops: 1:45-2:15 and 2:30-3:00

FAFSA Completion Assistance: 1:30-3:30 (Walk-in)

Prep Classes: Listed below are various ACT prep classes being offered in our area to help students prepare for the ACT. Contact Mrs. Luessenheide or Mrs. Maschhoff for more specific information.

ACT Prep Class:

* Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) – A five-week class is available beginning on Saturday, November 5 and meets on Saturdays for 5 weeks from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. The cost per session is $175 and includes a pre-test, study guide, handouts, and practice tests. To register contact:

* Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) – A three-week class is available beginning on Saturday, October 29. The class is held for three weeks on Saturday from 9:00 AM-3:30 PM. The cost is $162. Additional book fee is $20.40. To register, call: 618-235-2700, ext. 5393 or 5618.

SAT Prep Class: Webster University will be hosting a one day workshop on Saturday, February 25 from 8:00 AM-2:30 PM.  Cost is $50.  For more information, call 314-246-4214 or 1-800-753-6765 or email

ACT Testing Dates: The next ACT with open registration is December 10. Registration is due by November 4. Additional testing dates this year are February 11, April 8, and June 10. Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date. Students may register at Our high school code is 143-110.

SAT Testing Dates: The next SAT with open registration is December 3. Deadline for registration is November 5. Additional SAT testing dates for the year are December 3, January 21, March 11, May 6, and June 3. Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date. Student may register at Our high school code is 143-110.