Graduation fee of $100 must be paid by April 15th. It includes your cap and gown, diploma, a senior activity and senior banquet.
Graduating seniors should be applying for scholarship money to pay for college throughout the school year. Don’t wait until the end of the year because every scholarship has their own deadline and many of the deadlines are early in the school year.
Graduating seniors should be thinking about their career choice and researching colleges throughout the year, as well. You need to have a career/college plan even if that plan changes as you get closer to graduation. Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) can be filled out after January 1st of your Senior year. You will need both your tax return forms and your parents tax return forms. This form should be filled out as soon as possible to have the best opportunity to receive grant money. Many scholarship applications require you to file a FAFSA form as well.
Paying for college doesn’t have to be stressful. There are plenty of options for assistance, all you have to do is look! Each of these financial aid options must be applied for every year you attend college.)
|Burger King Scholarship||Hispanic Scholarship Funds||Scholarships.com|
|Coca-Cola Scholarship||USA Funds||BigFuture Scholarships|
|Mesa Community College Scholarships||Fast Web Scholarship Search||AZ Community Foundation|
Don’t forget to apply for the Makiling-Angst + Margaret Williamson Scholarships offered through ACP. There are 2 scholarships each for $500 and only offered to ACP graduating seniors! Pick up an application in the office or from the scholarship board.
Selecting a College: Choosing a college isn’t always an easy decision to make. College choice should depend on your career choice, preferred location, class size, transportation, and much more. ACP has several college guide books that list Arizona colleges, the majors/programs they offer, and tuition rates. Simply visit the office for these guide books.
Applying for College: Once you have selected a college or two, you need to visit the college’s website to find out what their application process is. Each college has their own process for applying. Then you can start the application process. If you don’t have a computer at home, you are welcome to use a school computer. Do not wait until after you have graduated to apply. You should apply and register for classes before your high school graduation day!
ACT vs. SAT: What’s the difference between the ACT and the SAT?
Both the ACT and the SAT are nationally administered standardized tests that help colleges evaluate candidates. Most colleges and universities accept either test. As you begin to think about college and creating the best application package possible, your admissions plan should begin with the question, “Which test should I take?”
When weighing your options, keep in mind that there are differences in test structure and the type of content assessed. Use the chart below to see which test makes the most of your strengths to help you determine which test might be best for you.
|Length||3 hours, 25 minutes (including 30 minute optional writing test)||3 hours, 45 minutes|
|Sections||4 test sections (5 with optional essay, known as the writing test)||10 sections|
|Areas Tested||English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing (optional)||Critical reading, math, writing (including essay)|
|Reading (ACT)/Critical Reading (SAT)||4 reading comprehension passages, 10 questions per passage||Mix of reading comprehension and sentence completion questions that require vocabulary expertise|
|Science||Science reasoning (analysis, interpretation, evaluation, problem solving) covered||Science not included|
|Math||Math account for 1/4 of overall score Topics Covered: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry (4 questions)||Math accounts for 1/3 of overall score Topics Covered: Basic Geometry & Algebra II|
|Essay||Last thing you do (optional); 30 minutes Not included in composite score||First thing you do; 25 minutes Factored into overall score|
|Scoring||Total composite score of 1 – 36 (based on average of 4 tests) 4 scores of 1 – 36 for each test Score of 0 – 12 for optional essay||Total score out of 2400 3 scores of 200-800 per section 2 sub-scores of 20 – 80 for writing multiple choice and 0 -12 for the essay|
|Wrong Answer Penalty||No wrong answer penalty||Yes, 1/4 point per wrong answer|
|Sending Score History||You decide which score is sent||Your entire score history will be sent automatically|