College Planning Information
Senior College Planning Information 2022-2023
Financial Aid Events
- Ballard HS Financial Aid Night, Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. in the BHS Performing Arts Center (PAC)
- 12th Year Campaign Financial Aid Completion
- All Seniors should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) to be eligible for financial aid. A person should complete the WASFA if they are undocumented or do not qualify for federal financial aid because of immigration status. Everyone else should complete the FAFSA.
- Note! Changes coming to the FAFSA when it opens on Oct 1, 2022
- To complete the FAFSA or WASFA online go to: studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa for WASFA wsac.wa.gov/wasfa
- The FAFSA and WASFA are available starting Oct 1(fill out the application for 2023-2024)
- NACAC Seattle College Fair – November 4 and 5 nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs
- Black College Fair Expo – November 5 @ Renton HS – Register at ncrfoundation.org
College Visits at Ballard
- College admissions reps from all over the country will be hosting college visits at Ballard throughout the fall. To sign up, log onto Naviance, select “What’s New,” then “More Info” to sign up for visits. Email Counseling Secretary Carol Bristol, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. Visit the BHS College Visits page for a list of upcoming visits.
National Portfolio Day – Art and Design Schools
- November 6, 11am – 3pm @ Cornish College of the Arts – Register at nationalportfolioday.org
Many institutions are now test optional – check with your school to see if they accept / require test scores
- ACT Fall Test Dates (act.org) – October 22, December 10
- SAT Fall Test Dates (collegeboard.org) – October 12 at Ballard during the school day, November 5, December 3
- Do not wait for the deadline to register – testing sites fill up early
- SAT Subject Tests – Be sure to check your college websites to see if they require these additional tests
- If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, please see your counselor for a fee waiver for the ACT or the SAT
- Ballard HS Counseling Center
- WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange Program) – tuition break for some out of state colleges: wiche.edu/wue
- Naviance – online college & career planning tool; access Naviance by logging in to the SPS student portal
- Career Bridge – Visit: careerbridge.wa.gov
- NCAA Eligibility Center – to be academically eligible to participate in Division I or Division II college athletics, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and make sure you have completed the necessary academic requirements: eligibilitycenter.org
- College Search Websites
4-Year College/University Applications
Common Application: commonapp.org One application sent to all schools that use it. Student requests recommendations from teachers and counselor through the application. Counselor completes the Secondary School Report includes GPA, class rank, and recommendation (if needed). BHS reports weighted rank (decile/percent), unweighted GPA (4.0 highest). Transcript is attached electronically by counselor (no paper copy needed).
Coalition Application: coalitionforcollegeaccess.org Similar to Common app, used by less schools.
College/University specific application: See school’s website for more information. Many schools offer options for using the Common app or their college specific application. Often the college specific application is easier/faster (i.e. Central, WSU, Western), and is a simpler choice if you are not applying to other schools on the Common App.
Letters of Recommendation
To request a letter of recommendation from your school counselor, complete the Letter of Recommendation Student Information Sheet (Windows Form) online at least 2 weeks before your application deadline.
If requesting a letter of recommendation from a teacher, you need to ask them if they would be willing to write you one (don’t assume – they sometimes reach their limit and aren’t able to write more).
On a weighted scale, will be given as a decile (i.e. top 10%, top 20%, etc.), available Sept 30.
Contact Ms. Bristol, Counseling Secretary at email@example.com or come see her in the Counseling Office.
ACT or SAT Test Scores
Most colleges and universities are test optional and do not require test scores as part of the application process. If you need to/choose to send your scores, you must order and send them directly to the colleges/universities from your ACT or SAT account. To access your SAT score access/create an account on collegeboard.org
NCAA Eligibility Center
If you are considering participation in athletics at the university level (NCAA), you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center: web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3
Seattle Promise and 2 Year College Application
Visit the Seattle Promise site at: seattlepromise.seattlecolleges.edu
All Seniors should complete application for free 2 years at North, Central or South Seattle Colleges.
Technical/Trade School or Program
Visit the Wa State and Technical College site at: sbctc.edu for information about community and technical colleges and programs of study.
Visit the site: todaysmilitary.com/contact-the-services for more information and help.
Visit the site: gooverseas.com/gap-year/usa-fairs for more information and assistance.
BHS Counselors (by students’ last name):
- Ms .Petersen (A – Cop): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms. McKenzie (Coq – Hop): email@example.com
- Mr. Kramer (Hoq – Nat): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms. Olson Laing (Nau – Str): email@example.com
- Ms. Huguenin (Sts – Z): firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling Secretary, Carol Bristol at email@example.com
Updated Sept 2022