Freshmen
_ Start dreaming about what colleges you might want to attend
_ Plan your high school course selections with college in mind
_ Grades count! Study hard and make good grades
_ If possible, visit colleges through sports camps, leadership and academic enrichment camps
_ Participate in service projects and seize any leadership opportunity
_ Participate in extra-curricular activities (clubs and sports)
_ Start your college data notebook

Sophomores
_ Review your high school course selections with college in mind
_ Keep grades up!
_ If possible, visit colleges through sports camps, leadership and academic enrichment camps
_ Participate in service projects and seize any leadership opportunity
_ Participate in extra-curricular activities (clubs and sports)
_ Attend college fairs
_ Begin taking practice tests for the SAT (Reading, Math and Writing)
_ Update your college data notebook
_ Consider dual enrollment classes from NETC for next year

Juniors
_ Review your high school course selections with college in mind
_ Keep grades up!
_ If possible, visit colleges through sports camps, leadership and academic enrichment camps
_ Participate in service projects and seize any leadership opportunity
_ Participate in extra-curricular activities (clubs and sports)
_ Attend college fairs
_ Update your college data notebook
_ Take PSAT (SPCS will administer PSAT)
(spring time)
_ Begin college visits
_ Take SAT or ACT
_ Consider dual enrollment classes from NETC
_ Begin scholarship searches (some are availbale to juniors)
_ Prepare draft admission essays

Seniors
(fall time)
_ Keep grades up!
_ Attend college fairs if needed
_ Finalize college list
_ Visit colleges on list
_ Submit applications by end of November
_ Re-take SAT or ACT to improve scores
_ Pursue scholarships
(spring time)
_ Attend financial aid workshops
_ Complete and submit FAFSA
_ Take AP exams if qualified
_ Respond to admissions letters and financial aid awards
_ Send required deposits
_ Request high school transcript be sent to college

Planning Checklist for College Admission

 

College Guidance

College Search
Types of colleges - What type of college do I want to attend?

List of SC and NC Colleges and Universities
South Carolina Colleges
North Carolina Colleges

Their are many college planning guides and tips online. Here are a few links that may help you begin your seach.
CollegeBoard
Offtocollege
Makingitcount


College Requirements
In general, colleges regard your SAT or ACT scores and GPA as its primary consideration for admission. Other considerations are given to your high school course load, application essay, letters of recommendation and extra-curricular activities.

For the minimum SAT/ACT requirements for each college or university in the US "click here", then type name of college in the College QuickFinder box to the right, then select "SAT, AP, CLEP" link in the middle of page.

Types of Aid

 

1. Federal

Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded grant that serves as the foundation upon which all other undergraduate aid is awarded. Unlike a loan, it does not have to be repaid. 

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) 
The Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) is a need-based award for first- and second-year undergraduates who completed a rigorous high school curriculum.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are federally funded grants awarded on a limited basis to students with exceptional financial need. 

Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) 
The Federal Work-Study Program was established by Congress to assist students in earning money to meet their educational costs while providing experience related to the student's academic major or career interests.


2. SC State

South Carolina Need-Based Grant Program (SNBG)

South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program (LTAP)

SC HOPE Scholarship Program (HOPE)

Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence Scholarship Program (LIFE)

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program (Palmetto)

SC Teaching Fellows (SCTF)


3. Scholarships

Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) 

4. Helpful websites

Scholarships.com


Fastweb.com