Welcome to the 2012-2013 Counselor's Corner!
Hello Owls! We are so glad you are visiting our webpage. Here, you will find information about scholarships, testing, dual credit, college and career readiness, and many other resources. This year there are two counselors. Mrs. Alvarado is serving Sophomores and Seniors while Mrs. Busse is serving Freshmen and Juniors. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need anything!!
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1. When can I start applying to colleges?
Many colleges and universities begin accepting applications on August 1.
2. How do I apply to college?
Most colleges in Texas accept applications through the website www.applytexas.org. Many private universities use www.commonapp.org. You can always check the college's website for more information about the application process.
3. When can I start applying for scholarships?
You can start immediately! By doing a search for "scholarships" online, you may be able to find 100's of scholarships that will be right for you. In the fall, we will have a few local scholarship applications available; however, most of the local scholarship applications come out in the spring. It is also very important to remember to apply for scholarships from the college of your choice--these scholarship applications are available on the college websites. Here are some websites you may want to check out in your spare time this summer:
4. What are some tips for filling out scholarship applications?
Fill them out neatly, make sure you follow all the directions, make sure the application is complete, and be sure to turn them in on time! The essay is also very important, so take care in writing an essay that is grammatically correct and has interesting content.
5. When can I apply for financial aid?
You can apply for financial aid after January 1 at www.fafsa.gov.
6. How do I request a transcript from HHS?
There is a "Transcript Request Form" in available in the office--fill this out and turn it in. Please allow a few days for us to fulfill your request.
DUAL CREDIT FAQ'S
1. How do I register for Dual Credit?
If you requested a Dual Credit course on your Course Selection sheet in April, then you will be registered for the requested course through HHS.
2. Do I need to apply to SWTJC?
Yes, but you need to attend a session at HHS with Mrs. Alvarado to complete your application. There are certain parts of the application that must be completed a certain way in order to ensure that you do not get dropped from classes once you are registered.
3. I see advertisements in town about signing up for classes at SWTJC...do I need to go online and do that?
No, we register you for all Dual Credit classes through HHS.
4. Will I need to take the Accuplacer?
You will need to take the Accuplacer if you are not exempt based on your TAKS, ACT, or SAT scores.
5. How much do Dual Credit classes cost?
Dual credit classes will cost about $240.00 each per semester.
6. When is my payment due?
SWTJC gives dual credit students until the 12th class day to pay their bill. If you are unable to pay the full amount at once, SWTJC may be able to provide a payment plan for you.
7. When is the first day of class?
Dual Credit classes will begin on August 26.
8. How do I get my books?
Students are responsible for buying their textbooks for Dual Credit classes. You can create an account at the SWTJC Bookstore on the SWTJC website, www.swtjc.edu, in order to learn the details of which books you will need to purchase. Once you create an account, you will need to search by the course number of the class(es) you will be taking. Here is a list of the course numbers:
English III and IV is ENGL 1301
US History (both dual and concurrent) is HIST 1301
Government is GOVT 2305
Psychology is PSYC 2301
Intro to Criminal Justice is CRIJ 1301
Principles of Business is BMGT 1327
Books can be pricey to buy, but you can often rent them from a variety of websites or buy the e-book version for a lower price. You can certainly purchase your textbooks at the SWTJC bookstore, but here are some additional websites that may be helpful:
OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES
Here are a few of my personal favorite websites for college and career planning. More links can be found by clicking on "links" at the top of this page.
- Various scholarship opportunities along with other college/career planning information can be found at www.hope2be.com.
- Not sure where you want to go? Try SuperMatch on www.collegeview.com to help you find the best school for you!