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 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS!

When should I start applying to colleges? 

We encourage you to apply as early as possible! Remember a deadline is the LAST day you can apply. We upload your completed junior year transcript in late August on to the GAFutures Web site for you to send to the college you apply to. 

How do I know I am eligible for HOPE scholarship and when do I apply? 

Log into your GAFutures account to see your HOPE scholarship GPA. This is different from the GPA on your SHS transcript. HOPE does look at your senior year grades as well. You apply in the Spring semester of your senior year through GAFutures.org.

How do I find the right college for me? 

VISIT! You can easily schedule a tour to see the campus, meet other students, see the dorms. You usually can set up a meeting with the admissions office as well to learn about their application process and what GPA and test scores they require. Each college will be very different! 

How do I send transcripts to colleges? How much does it cost? 

To send a transcript, you need to stop by the Counseling Department and fill out the "Transcript Request Form." Each official transcript costs $2.00. 

I screwed up in th 9th and 10th grade and my GPA is low. What does that mean if I can't get into certain colleges?

This happens to many students! The key is to remember, it's not where you start, it's where you finish!  If you begin college at a smaller school or 2-year program you can apply to even the most competitive schools as a transfer student. They will no longer look at your high school GPA or your test scores for the application process, only your GPA from the college classes that you take. 

How do I find out if my ACT or SAT is good enough? 

If you search the colleges that you are interested in, they will tell you either a minimum or an average test score for an admitted student. We encourage students to take both the SAT and ACT and do it multiple times! Remember, to increase your scores, you need to review what you missed and study.  

How do I find out about scholarships? 

We encourage students to start at the colleges that they are interested in attending. Typically there are several merit scholarships or need-based scholarships that the college will offer their incoming class. From there, check out www.fastweb.com or www.scholarships.com.

How do I get a fee waiver? 

Please stop by the counseling office if you are on Free and Reduced Lunch and would like to obtain a waiver for the SAT or ACT. If you use a fee waiver for the SAT or ACT, you can contact the colleges you apply to, to find out how to waive the application fee. 

How do I pay for college? 

This website is an excellent guide to help you figure out how to pay for college. 

Go to: https://studentloans.net/guide-to-paying-for-college/