Senior Guidelines

A.  Planning for post high school

  1. Resource guide for college:  http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/Prepare/index.html
  2. Research careers, majors, colleges or technical schools
    www.njnextstop.org          www.collegeboard.com
    www.njcan.org (Career Cluster Inventory)
    www.Petersons.com          www.myroad.com
    Use Access Code: 310495
  3. Spend time with people in your potential career

Ask questions, shadow at a job, and consider part time work or volunteering

  1. Attend college fairs www.nacacnet.org   (See Attached List of College Fairs)
  2. Visit schools – Present a note from the school on letterhead.
  3. Review your online profile!!  Please be aware that all online activity (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) may be viewed by colleges, military branches, and potential employers.

B.  Testing         HHS Code:  310495

  1.  SAT: Register at www.collegeboard.org- List any potential colleges when you register so they receive your scores.
    - Admission ticket must have an uploaded photo on it and a separate and appropriate photo ID.
    - Standby, walk-ins and test center changes are no longer permitted.
  1. ACT: Register at http://www.actstudent.org/ List potential colleges when you register to ensure scores are sent.
  2. SAT 2 may be required by some colleges. Register at www.collegeboard.org
    - *You must list your college choices every time you register for an SAT or ACT test so they receive your scores.*
  3. If you are enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program you qualify for fee waivers for the SAT, ACTand for college applications.  To receive fee waivers see your counselor.

C.  Applying to colleges, schools, academies:

  1. Determine all deadlines and apply as early as possible
    ~  Consider Early Decision and Early Action options (handout attached)
    ** Some colleges receive over 17,000 applications and can only accept 1,500 students.  Some colleges also stop reviewing applications before their official deadline
    ** Students are responsible for applying before the deadline
  2. Update your resume or activities list
  3. Letters of Recommendation (LOR)
    ~  Provide the teachers and counselor with your resume and request LOR as early as possible
    Follow up by writing them a thank you note and personally giving it to them
  4. Safe School:  Be sure to apply to at least one safe school in terms of acceptance, finances, major
  5. Apply online through the college website, The Common App or SendEdu
  6. The Common Application:  www.commonapp.org
    ~  When selecting recommenders, provide correct teacher and counselor email addresses
    ~  Be sure to “Invite” and “Assign” recommenders as required by Common App
  7. GPA and class rank is reconfigured at the end of 2nd marking period
  8. Submit a “College Application Form” and resume to  your counselor or have your transcript and LORs sent
    ~  This should be done well before the application deadline
    ~ Senior Transcript Release Form” must be signed or transcripts cannot be sent
  9. It is your responsibility to check the online application for supplementary forms
    Be sure to print all supplementary forms and fill in your personal information on the forms before submitting them to your counselor
  10. Potential Division I and II College Student-Athletes must register with NCAA:  www.eligibilitycenter.org
    It is important to review NCAA Eligibility Requirements regarding courses, GPA, and test scores:
  11. Military candidatesA  www.todaysmilitary.com/service-branches
    www.goarmy.com       www.airforce.com
    www.navy.com           www.nationalguard.com
    www.marines.com      www.goang.com
    www.usmma.edu        www.gocoastguard.com
  12. ACCC Jumpstart Program – Sign up with your counselor by February of your senior year
    • Complete application and provide to counselor.
    • You will  have three meetings with ACCC advisors here at HHS
    • Meetings:
      • General Information
      • Placement Test
      • Scheduling

D.  Financial Aid

  1. Plan to attend the Annual Financial Aid Night at HHS in November.
  2. Prepare to apply for federal student aid.  Register for a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov- One of your parents should also get a PIN.
  3. Fill out the FAFSA4caster to get a head start at  www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov
  4. Encourage your parent/guardian(s) to complete income tax forms early.
  5. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1st of your senior year.
    - Submit your FAFSA by the earliest financial aid deadline of the schools to which you are applying at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  6. Visit www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/guide for helpful financial aid information.
  7. Some colleges also require a CSS Profile available at  www.collegeboard.com
  8. Stay in close contact with each college’s financial aid office.

E.  Scholarships

  1. www.hammontonps.org  Click on Guidance then scroll down to click on Scholarships.
  2. Check the HHS Career Center and listen to morning announcements.
  3. Complete the Local Scholarship Form available in April in the Guidance Office.
  4. Scholarship search websites:
    www.Fastweb.com             www.zinch.com        www.collegenet.com/mach25/app
    www.scholarships.com      www.finaid.org         http://go.salliemae.com/scholarship/
  5. Check specific scholarships offered at your college.  See college websites.
  6. New Jersey Stars Program  (subject to change)   www.HESAA.org     1-800-792-8670
    ~  A rigorous course of study and graduate in the top 15% required to be eligible.
    ~  College Placement test scores required.
    ~  Students must be citizens and legal NJ residents for at least 12 consecutive months prior to graduation from high school.
    ~  Students must take at least 12 college-level credits each semester, maintain full-time status and a GPA of 3.0.
    ~  Apply for admission to your home county college and file a FAFSA by the state deadline.

College Application Process: Early Decision and Early Action

Typical college application processes (varies with college):

  1. Rolling Admissions – You apply and receive an admissions decision within two to six weeks from the time you applied.
  2.  Regular Admissions – You apply by a midwinter deadline, hear from colleges in April, and make your decision and notify colleges by May 1.
  3. Early Action (EA) Application – You submit your application in early fall (usually by November 1).  The college lets you know whether or not you are accepted by January but you have the right to wait until May 1 before responding.  This gives you time to compare colleges before making a decision, as an EA application doesn’t commit you to enrolling if accepted.
  4. Early Decision (ED) Application – You submit an application in early fall.  Sometime between mid-December and early January the college notifies you whether you have been admitted, deferred to the pool of regular applicants for a spring decision, or denied admission.  This is considered binding so it’s essential that you be certain about wanting to enroll at that college.  By applying under an ED plan, you make a commitment to attend that college if you are accepted, and surrender the right to wait until May 1 to make a decision.  This commitment is taken very seriously and reneging on your agreement after being offered ED admission could result in other colleges refusing to admit you.

Considerations when applying early:

~  If you have found your “ideal” college, an early application lets the college know of your intense desire to attend their institution.

~  You are considered in a smaller pool of applicants, prior to the onslaught of spring applicants.

~  You avoid the time and expense of submitting multiple applications as well as getting notified early.

~  If applying under ED, you must be ready to make a binding commitment.  Do not use ED if you have not yet explored all your options.

**This information was taken from Susan Biemeret’s article, Early Decision Explained, Next Step Magazine, September 2007.

2016 Fall College Fairs

Rowan College at Gloucester County College Fair / Open House
Thursday, October 13th
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Physical Education Center


Career Council College Fairs
Thursday, October 27th
9:30 am – 12:30 pm at Riverwinds Community Center, Thorofare, NJ
Friday, October 28th   9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Absegami High School, Galloway, NJ


Philadelphia National College Fair
Sunday, October 30th
11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall B in Philadelphia, PA


Atlantic City National College Fair
Tuesday, November 1st
9:00 am – 12:00 and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Atlantic City Convention Center, Hall C


National Hispanic College Fair
Friday, December 2nd
9:30am – 12:30pm at Bordentown Regional High School, 318 Ward Avenue, Bordentown, NJ  08505

SAT Registration

www.sat.org/register or www.collegeboard.com

Test Date Normal Deadline Late Registration  Online Score Release
October 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 September 20, 2016 October 27, 2016
November 5, 2016 October 7, 2016 October 25, 2016 November 29, 2016
December 3, 2016 November 3, 2016 November 22, 2016 December 23, 2016
January 21, 2017 December 21, 2016 January 10, 2017 February 23, 2017
March 11, 2017 * February 10, 2017 February 28, 2017 April 13, 2017
May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 25, 2017 June 8, 2017
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017 May 24, 2017 July 12, 2017

* = No SAT Subject Tests

November and May Tests are administered at Hammonton High School.

SAT with Essay Fee: $57.00
SAT (no essay): $45
Late Fee:  $28
Standby Fee: $46

Fee Waiver is available from your counselor if you are a free or reduced lunch student

ACT Registration


Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 10, 2016 August 5, 2016 August 6–19, 2016
October 22, 2016 September 16, 2016 September 17–30, 2016
December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 5–18, 2016
February 11, 2017 January 13, 2017 January 14–20, 2017
April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 4–17, 2017
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 6–19, 2017


ACT Fee (no writing): $42.50
ACT Fee (with writing):  $58.50
Late Fee: $27.50
Standby Fee: $51.00

Fee Waiver is available from your counselor if you are a free or reduced lunch student.