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2096 County Road 24 S.
DeGraff, Ohio 43318
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College Planning

Choosing the right college or university.

  1. Decide what are of study you wish to pursue. 
  2. Research which colleges or universities off your area of study.
  3. Choose 5 colleges or universities that offer the program(s) you want.
  4. Visit each college or university to see if it provides what you are looking for and you feel comfortable being there.
  5. Take a tour, ask questions, talk to instructors and talk to students who attend there.
  6. Ask yourself does the college or university offer extra curricular activities that interest you?
  7. Narrow your college or university selection to 3 based on what you have learned.
  8. Research the requirements of admission for the colleges or universities that are on your short list.
  9. Research the cost of attending the colleges or universities on  your short list including tuition, room, board and books.
Begin the admissions process for the colleges or universities on  your short list.
  1. Visit the admissions office of the college or university you wish to attend.
  2. Ask about scholarships and grants available. 
  3. Ask what the institution's placement rate is after graduation in the area you plan to major.
  4. Ask  when the admissions deadline is required.
  5. Ask what information and forms are required for admission to their college or university.
  6. Complete all required forms for admission for that institution.
What you need to know now.
  1. Make sure you meet all deadlines.
  2. You can apply to more than one college or university and make your final decision in the spring of your senior year in high school.
  3. Work hard at finding scholarships to reduce the cost of higher education.
  4. Financial Aid is available but remember, it is a loan and will need to be paid back. 
What is the difference between a college and a university?
  • A college is generally a place of higher learning which grants a degree in Liberal Arts or Science.
  • A university is a group of two or more colleges within a place of higher learning which grants a degree. They generally can provide a wider selection of majors for a student to select.
When should you begin your search for the right college or university?
  • You should begin researching colleges and universities first semester during your junior year of high school.
  • You should begin visits to college and universities in the spring of your junior year and complete those visits by the end of the first quarter of your senior year in high school.
All About Testing
PSAT/NMSQT (Sophomore Year)
  • A standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
  • The PSAT/NMSQT measures Critical Reading Skills, Math Problem-Solving Skills and Writing Skills.
  • Beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year the PSAT/NMSQT will be required for all sophomores in the state of Ohio.
ASVAB (Junior Year)
  • The ASVAB Career Exploration Program provides high quality, career exploration and planning materials at no cost throughout the country.
  • The ASVAB helps students learn about themselves and potential occupations in line with their skills and interest.
  • Most importantly the ASVAB Program encourages students to explore a wide variety of careers, rather than limiting their exploration by telling them what they can or should do.
  • This service is provided to all high school students by the branches of the U.S. Military. By taking this test there is absolutely NO obligation to enlist or serve in the military.
ACT (Junior and/or Senior Year)
  • The ACT is an assessment required by colleges and universities to determine a student’s readiness to enter and be successful in post-secondary education.
  • ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States.
  • The ACT assess college readiness in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and Writing.
  • Every college or university has their own minimum ACT score requirement for admission and possible scholarship opportunities offered to incoming students.
  • ACT scores range from 0-36, the average being 21. The higher the ACT score the student acquires the more opportunities they will gain.
  • The ACT may be taken as many times as desired.
SAT (Junior and/or Senior Year)
  • The SAT is an assessment required by some out-of-state colleges and universities to determine a student’s readiness to enter and be successful in post-secondary education.
  • The SAT is used by the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United States for admission purposes.
  • The SAT assess areas in Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing.
  • Every college or university has their own minimum SAT score requirements. 
  • SAT scores range from 200-800 in each of the areas assessed, the average being 500.
  • The SAT may be take as many times as desired. However, some colleges and universities frown upon multiple attempts.
Financial Aid
The cost of college is always increasing. It is extremely important to start planning your future by figuring out your financial plan. There are TONS of resources out there to help you pay for school it just requires a bit of effort. 
What are scholarships?  A grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement. Scholarships can be based on your academic or athletic talent, or on your interest in a specific subject or career. Scholarships are not paid back; there are thousands of scholarships available, many of which you must apply to separately.
What are grants?  Grants are typically need-based (which means your financial circumstance is considered) and they come from the state, federal government and colleges themselves; you don't pay back grants.
What are loans? Loans are borrowed money that you have to pay back. Federal loans are a better option than private loans.
How do I apply?

There are many opportunities to apply for a scholarship. Riverside High School has a page dedicated to scholarships. If you are looking for more scholarships there are several websites dedicated to helping you find what scholarship is right for you!
Fastweb - online resource in finding scholarships to help you pay for school.
FinAid.org - a guide to financial aid.
FastAid.com - worldwide college scholarship directory.
CollegeNet - earn money by writing on topics in ways that persuade others to vote for you.
Finally, you've figured out what college you want to attend to pursue your field of study but you're not sure if you can afford to attend. Don't miss out on money from our government to help you cover the cost.
FASFA - part of the U.S. Department of Education that is the largest provider of student financial aid.
College Grants and Scholarships - if you qualify for financial aid at the federal level there is a good chance you are in line for similar treatment from your home state.
To look for the best loan option there are 3 things you can do.
  1. Complete the FAFSA. It can qualify you for federal loans, which usually have the best terms.
  2. Contact your college's financial aid office to ask about loans through your college.
  3. Check with the U.S. Department of Education to find out about state loans.
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