Notes for Seniors

  1.  UMASS says that scores from the November 4 Sat will not arrive in time for early action.  If you are planning to apply and will not have an SAT or ACT score that you believe will be your best, you might want to wait to apply until Regular Decision.  This also applies for Commonwealth Honors College.
  2.  Both the FAFSA and CSS Profile for 2018-19 went live on Sunday, October 1.
  • Know your financial aid deadlines!
  • The FAFSA entitles students to federal Pell grants, work study,  Direct Stafford loans and the Mass Grant for low-income Pell grant recipients.  It also is required for eligibility for merit scholarships at some colleges.
  • File a FAFSA this year if you know you need aid, if you know that you will need aid at some point in your undergraduate education, if there will be more than one undergraduate student in college from your family next year or if you are applying to colleges that offer merit scholarships.
  • Before beginning a FAFSA, students and a parent must get an FSAID, which is like an electronic fingerprint and signature.  Get FSAIDs at  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE HOW-TO STEPS: HowToCreateFSA-ID
    It can take a day or two.
  • If you filed your 2016 taxes online, you can use the IRS data retrieval tool, which will populate much of your FAFSA.
  • The CSS Profile is required by about 250 colleges, mostly private.  Find it at
  1.  We are hosting a FAFSA-completion event on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 sharp, in the cafeteria.  In order to ensure that we have enough professional financial aid staff covering the event, please sign up ASAP at  Click on Register.  Ours is the first event listed.  The process takes about one minute.
  2. There are two important evening programs coming up soon.  Put them in your calendar:
  • College Admission Night: Thursday, October 12, 7:00 p.m., ARHS cafeteria – This event will focus on important information about completing the Common Application, essay writing, the Coalition application, things you need to know about UMass and things you need to know about transferring from community colleges.
  • Financial Aid Night: Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m., ARHS cafeteria – This is a comprehensive, informational program about applying for financial aid and understanding where it comes from.  Bring your general questions.
  1.  Next Thursday, in Advisory, you will receive a 9-page packet of precise instructions, with screen shots, detailing what you need to do in Naviance and on the Common application so that everything works right.  In Advisory, you should begin working on the parts that you have not completed on your own.  You can complete the remainder of the tasks at school or at home.  Please address your logistical questions to Mrs. Cappelli or Mrs. Tracy in room 309.
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