SENIOR INFORMATION 2012-2013
RICHLAND HIGH SCHOOL CEEB CODE
(ALSO KNOWN AS THE HIGH SCHOOL CODE) IS 442558
Seniors planning to attend a four-year university after graduation will need to take either ACT or SAT to meet admissions requirements. Students may get registration information and sample test booklets in the Counseling Office. See Testing Links.
THEA or Accuplacer
All public two and four year colleges in Texas require the THEA test in order to enroll in classes. Students need to take this test as early as possible their senior year. Some students are exempt from THEA based on scores obtained on SAT, ACT or TAKS. Your counselor will be able to inform if you are exempt. See Testing Links.
SAT Subject Test
Some colleges require students to take SAT Subject Tests (i.e. Rice, UT Austin). These are subject tests given on specific SAT test dates. Check with the college you plan to attend to see if this is required. See Testing Links.
TEXAS COMMON APPLICATION
The Common Application, known as APPLYTEXAS, is used to apply to any 4-year public university in Texas. UT Austin and Texas A&M use this application exclusively. This application can be obtained in the Counseling Office or online at www.ApplyTexas.org. This Website is helpful since it contains pertinent information and links to all the 4-year public universities in Texas.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will not be available until December. The information for the application will be based on the year's income tax returns. A financial aid seminar is always held at College Night for general information on the application process. Through this application eligibility is determined for grants, work-study and loans. Some scholarship applications may require FAFSA be filled out to determine eligibility. See Financial Aid link or http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
The best source for scholarship information is directly from the colleges and from Richland High School. Information regarding scholarships is available in the Counseling Office and in a Scholarship Notebook in the senior English classes. Read carefully the eligibility requirements. The Internet has free scholarship searches. Be careful of scams; scholarships that you pay someone to find for you can be found on your own at no cost.
Each college you make application to will require an official high school transcript. To have your transcript sent to a college you must fill out a Transcript Request in the Counseling Office. Each one sent will cost $1.00 and will be mailed directly to the college. Please allow 3 days for these to be sent. In addition to the transcript for admission, you will also need to send a final transcript at the end of the year to the college you will attend in fall. Final transcript requests need to be made by the end of May to insure prompt delivery.
Students obtaining credit through TCC, TWU, or UTA will be responsible for sending those transcripts to the college they will be attending in the fall. Students make this request through their individual colleges.
PREVIEW DAYS/COLLEGE VISITS
Still trying to decide upon a college? Take advantage of preview days at universities and colleges. Check the college's Website for dates or contact the Admissions Office to obtain information about a campus visit. RHS students are allowed 2 college visit days a year during the junior and senior year. See your counselor to get full details on attendance requirements for your visit.
If you want to play NCAA Division I or Division II athletics, you must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. You can apply at http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net/. Be sure to create a pin number and to write that pin number down in a secure place so you will be able to access your records with the Clearinghouse. Be sure to let the Counseling Office know to send your transcripts.
FINANCIAL AID QUICK GUIDE
Types of Financial Aid Available
Grants - Money you do not have to pay back
Loans - Money borrowed that must be paid back (with interest)
Work-Study - Money earned from work used to help pay for school
Scholarships - Available from many sources
Financial Aid Eligibility
To be eligible you must:
Have financial need
Have a high school diploma or GED
Be enrolled in an eligible program
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
Register with Selective Service, if required
Complete forms as required
Make satisfactory academic progress
Financial aid eligibility is the difference between the cost of education and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
Cost of education includes tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation and miscellaneous expenses.
Students must complete a FAFSA based on the year's tax return (forms not available until December, to be completed after the first of the year on year's tax return)
Students will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) after FAFSA is processed. Information is also sent to the college(s) on the FAFSA.
The student's selected College Financial Aid Office(s) will send an award letter to the student indicating the types of aid the student is eligible to receive.
Students should check with the college(s) they expect to attend; additional forms/applications may be required.