Purpose Statement – The purpose of the Guidance Department at Marshall High School is to assist students in their academic and emotional growth during high school years, and to provide students with post secondary options. The guidance and counseling curriculum includes opportunities for 100% of the students in areas of career planning, knowledge of self and others, and educational development.
As we strive to meet the needs of our students please take advantage of the resources and information included on this counselor page.
**MYCA STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS**
Please call 269-248-9154 for help obtaining your transcript.
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Want to know how to prepare for college or career school?
We’ve provided checklists with the steps you can take to help your (or your child’s) chances of getting into—and being able to afford—the school of your choice.
The Sallie Mae Paying for College Resource is a new, go-to destination to help students and families make a plan to pay for college. The resource is free, easy-to-use, and includes great information on all the important paying for college topics.
The featured video series takes families through the paying for college process. Over the course of eight short videos, learn not only what resources are available to help pay for college, but also the basics of financial aid and the questions to consider before choosing a college. Watch by topic or the entire series.
VIRTUAL FINACIAL AID NIGHTS 22-23- Students and families looking for help paying for college are encouraged to register for a Virtual College Financial Aid Night provided by Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid team. Click here
Complete the Federal application for student aid (FAFSA). This must be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov/
**please note that any application for financial aid should be free.
Create an FSA-ID
An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at fafsa.gov.
If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child's FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.
LOOK OVER THE RED SCHOLARSHIP BOOK FOR SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES ~ Every Senior will receive a copy in October
Use the following helpful hints as you begin the process of applying for scholarships. The students who are most successful at earning scholarships are students who follow these points:
Utilize the RED Marshall High School Scholarship Handbook for local available scholarships offered. This booklet will be given to students in their English 12 class.
Listen to daily announcements for scholarship opportunities as well as due dates for applications.
Remember that applying for scholarships is the responsibility of the student.
Marshall High School is not notified of all scholarships available at a particular college, so students are encouraged to contact/research the college they hope to attend and ask for information on freshman scholarships.
Don’t procrastinate! Get busy on this part of your college planning early and stay on top of it. Your success will depend on your perseverance, organization, and your ability to meet deadlines.
Be sure to give your teachers and counselor adequate time to write recommendations for you. Two weeks is a good rule of thumb. Give them a list of activities and awards that are noteworthy in the recommendation. When given sufficient time, teachers can write a meaningful letter that truly reflects each student’s unique qualities.
Trusted Scholarship and Financial Aid Websites
Financial Aid offices for Michigan Colleges Check out and compare the financial aid options and eligibility requirements at your Michigan colleges.
http://www.marshallcf.org (local scholarships)
http://bccfoundation.org/ (local scholarships)
Going Merry The Common App for scholarships.
BIG Future - College Board Scholarships
Minority Students - http://www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/minority-students/
45+ College Scholarships for Minority Students 45+ College Scholarships for Minority Students
Local scholarship information will be shared in the following ways:
- Listed in parent email blasts
- Shared via REMIND (Class of 2020, see your counselor to sign up)
**Search for “net price calculator” on a college’s website to find out how much money it will cost you (estimate) to attend.
College Planning SallieMae.com/MICalculator
Additional resources from Sallie Mae: SallieMae.com/MichiganPlans
College Scorecard - summary of info to help understand cost of attendance
(You can link to each school’s net price calculator)
Compare the cost of different schools at costoflearning.com
FAFSA - estimate how much federal money you qualify for
Student loan calculators [Lendedu] https://lendedu.com/blog/student-loan-calculators/
Recruiters will be in the cafeteria from time to time - stop by and introduce yourself!
The PSAT will be administered to Juniors at MHS in October. If you would like to take the PSAT/NMSQT, register in the Counseling Office, the test fee is $18.00. Also, pick up a copy of the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT to help you prepare before test day.
Understanding your PSAT or SAT score - use this DEMO site - sat.org/scoresdemo
Practice Test @ PSAT practice test
Khan Academy @ https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
Practice is also provided through the Michigan electronic Library
SAT Test Prep: SAT test prep at MHS - Click here
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has announced that it will transition to using the SAT as part of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME).
The SAT is accepted at all Michigan universities and is already a familiar exam to many in the state. The exam keeps pace with what colleges are looking for today — measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century. It focuses on the few durable things that evidence shows matter most for college and career success, and reflects what Michigan students are already learning in their classrooms.
The ACT can still be taken in addition to the SAT for college admission.
All male U.S. citizens residing in the United States must register within the period starting 30 days before, and ending 30 days after, their 18th birthday. Log on to www.sss.gov and you can register in about 5 minutes