Cap & Gown Reservation Information
Information concerning purchase of senior supplies has been distributed to students. To participate in graduation exercises, students must have a cap, gown, tassel, and diploma cover. These items must be purchased through Josten's and cost $33.50. Other packages with optional items are also available.
Seniors, who still have not ordered your cap and gown, will need to contact Jostens. You can send in your order form along with your payment (check or money order) to Jostens at P.O. Box 903 Arden, North Carolina 28704. The phone # is 828-681-1712 or fax # is 828-681-1711. For more information about graduation supplies, please contact Mr. Gardiner in the guidance office.
NCAA Clearinghouse: Student athletes needing NCAA Clearinghouse eligibility to play college sports at Division 1 and Division 11 schools may apply online at www.ncaaclearninghouse.net beginning in October, 2005. Cost is $50.00. Please submit transcript request form to Jill Hartley, the guidance secretary once you complete the application.
College Visits: Seniors are encouraged to visit college campuses before making a final decision. With pre-approval, seniors may visit campuses one day each semester and not be counted absent. See your counselor or the Jill Hartley, guidance secretary for the procedure and form required.
Transcript Requests: Students need to complete a "Request for Transcript" form and submit it to the guidance secretary at least one week prior to needing a transcript copy. Note: if requesting a transcript be sent directly to a third party, student and parental consent are necessary. Forms available from your counselor or Jill Hartley, the guidance secretary.
Recommendation Letters: Scholarships and colleges may require a reference form or an open letter of reference from your teacher, counselor, employer, etc. Your counselor and Jill Hartley, guidance secretary have a "Request for Recommendation Letter" form that you could use to assist whoever is writing your letters. Optional.
Important Web Sites
www.southcaldwell.com - South Caldwell High School
www.cfnc.org - College Foundation of North Carolina
www.fafsa.ed.gov - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
www.collegeboard.com - SAT registration/practice & CSS/Financial Aid Profile
www.act.org - ACT registration/practice
www.fastweb.com - Scholarship and College Search
www.ncaaclearinghouse.net - NCAA Clearinghouse Eligibility
www.dpi.state.nc.us - NC Department of Public Education
Scholarships and Financial Aid
All scholarship and financial aid information will be posted in two places: on the SCHS website (www.southcaldwell.com, click on "Communicator"or "Counseling and Student Services", then "2010-2011 Scholarship Information" or "2010-2011 Scholarship Quick Reference) and in the guidance office. Students may pick up applications in the guidance office anytime during regular office hours. Students needing assistance completing any college or scholarship/aid application should make an appointment with their counselors.
Types of Financial Aid
Most nationwide scholarship opportunities can be found using the Internet. Very few sponsors send paper applications or notices to high schools. One excellent resource is www.fastweb.com, and www.CFNC.org also has links to national web searches. Because so much information is available in the Internet, you should never have to pay for a scholarship search.
or information on North Carolina scholarships, visit www.ncpublicschools.org (under "Program Areas", click on "Students"; click on "Graduation and Beyond"; click on "NC Programs for Assistance") and www.CFNC.org (click on "Paying for College"). All information received by SCHS will be posted.
Local community agencies and organizations: Examples are civic organizations (Kiwanis, Rotary, etc.); churches; business organizations; employers (parent or student); veteran's administration. All information received by SCHS will be posted. Check with your employer/organizations.
Individual Colleges: Each college has its own scholarships and/or work programs. Once you know where you are applying, it's very important that you learn each school's procedure and contact the college financial aid office for information and assistance. For example. ASU has one application for all scholarships, due early in December. Colleges offer aid based on merit, need, specific talent such as music, athletics, leadership, etc., as well as student employment. Some schools, including UNC Chapel Hill, NCSU, Duke, Davidson and Wake Forest require the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE for financial aid consideration. (See counselor or www.collegeboard.com for complete list of schools requiring this profile and deadlines for submission.) Must be completed online at www.collegeboard.com, but workbooks available from you counselor. Registration can begin as early as October 1. Cost is $5.00 registration fee and $18.00 per school.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed for all four year and community colleges. This application determines your eligibility for all federal grants and loans (eg Pell, Stafford, etc.). The FAFSA is available in December from your counselor or can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You and your parent must each have a PIN. PINs can be obtained at any time at www.pin.ed.gov. March 15 is the priority filing deadline for NC. Individual colleges may have earlier deadlines. CCC&TI offers free assistance completing your FAFSA on date TBA. Please pre-register.