Counselors’ Report

FAFSA Workshops: There are FAFSA Workshops in the following area locations in the near future:  Vandalia – November 12th; Greenville – November 13th; Nashville – November 14th; Salem – November 20th; Trenton – November 21st.  If you need more information contact cboehne@kaskaskia.edu.

Second Semester Schedule Changes: If a student would like to make a request for a second semester schedule change, the request must be turned into the counseling office by the close of school on Friday, December 6.  Students are encouraged to talk to their counselor about any schedule change requests to ensure graduation requirements are being met.  Always remember, there is no guarantee changes will be made for every request.

To make a request for a schedule change a student must obtain a green Request to Change form from the counseling office. To complete the form, be sure to include the following information:

1. Reason for the request

2. If requesting to leave a full year class, student must get teacher initials.

3. Parent Signature

4. Student Signature

Scholarships: As we receive information on scholarships, they will posted on the Counseling Office webpage at: https://sites.google.com/a/nashville-k12.org/scholarships/   

Foundation After School College: Kaskaskia College is offering college courses to high school students for college credit during the spring semester.  Tuition and fees are waived.  The spring Foundation After School College schedule and registration form are available at: https://www.kaskaskia.edu/academics/ college-for-high-school-students/foundation-after-school-college/  

Going Merry Scholarship Search: Going Merry (www.goingmerry.com) is a great new scholarship website.  It makes scholarship application easier.  Students can sign up at:  https://www.goingmerry.com/c/tesham-8nr3d  Going Merry is completely different from the older scholarship search engines.  It allows for:

• Matching – Once students fill out their profile, they are automatically matched with scholarships they are most eligible for.

• Direct Applications – Students can apply directly to multiple scholarships from the website.  They never need to leave the site.

• Autofilled Applications – All of the information from students’ profiles are autofilled into each application, thus saving time.

• Estimated Application Times – Every scholarship has estimated application time to help students prioritize them.

• Scholarships Grouped By Essay Topics – Scholarships are grouped by common essay topics so students can minimize the number of essays they have to write

College Greenlight: College Greenlight is a free resource for any student who is beginning their college and/or financial aid search.  It helps students discover, research, and build relationships with the colleges and universities that will assist them in becoming successful.  It has an easily searchable database filled with thousands of scholarships, grants, and merit-aid opportunities.  Students can receive a customized list of the awards best suited to their academic, social, and community accomplishments.  Visit: www.collegegreenlight.com  to create an account.

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 are various college fairs in our region.

St. Louis Metro East Baccalaureate College Fair

Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville Campus Varsity Gym

2500 Carlyle Ave

Belleville, IL  62221

Sunday, February 23, 2020

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)

ACT Testing Dates:  The next ACT test with open registration is December 14.  Registration is due by November 8.  Additional ACT testing dates for the year are February 8, April 4, June 13, and July 8.  Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date.  Students may register at www.ACTStudent.org. Our high school code is 143-110.

SAT Testing Dates:  The next SAT test with open registration is December 7.

Registration is due by November 8.  Additional SAT testing dates for the year are March 14, May 2, and June 6.  Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date.  Students may register at www.collegeboard.org.  Our high school code is 143-110. 

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