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College Application Process Overview

Counselors will be visiting senior health classes on Wednesday, September 20th to provide all seniors with an overview of the college application process including:  admissions testing options, college essay and letters of recommendation, application fees and fee waivers, college visits, college fairs, etc.  Seniors were also given a monthly college calendar checklist which serves as a guideline for what students should be doing from one month to the next in their senior year.  Lastly, seniors were encouraged to meet with their respective counselor for their initial college application overview meeting to begin this entire process.

 

BAHS College Fair

 

Bradford Area High School students and their parents are invited to the gymnasium to explore post-secondary options at the Bradford Area High School College Fair on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017. All are welcome to come to the high school and visit with various college representatives and branches of our military. 

 

Our College Fair will feature representatives from more than 34 Career & Technical schools, colleges and branches of the military from Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. The purpose of the fair is to provide high school students and their parents the opportunity to discuss admission requirements, housing, financial aid, scholarships, internships, and specific majors at each college.  Additionally, students and parents can explore opportunities within each branch of the military.

 

Parents should enter through the front doors of the high school. Please buzz in at the entrance and sign in as a guest in the main office. Peer Helpers will be available to escort you down to the gymnasium to meet with the representatives.  We hope you are able to join us at this important event as you explore future plans with your son or daughter.

 

For more information, please call Mr. Jason Blatchley, Guidance Counselor, at 814-362-3845 extension 5317 or email me at jblatchley@bradfordareschools.org

 

 

Port Allegany College Fair

Seniors and a handful of juniors will have the opportunity to meet with college representatives from over 20 colleges (primarily four-year colleges)in October 2016 (date to be determined) to gain information into their admission requirements, deadlines, programs offered, cost, and financial aid available at each respective institution.  Students are encouraged to compare and contrast a couple colleges to begin to determine what college might be the right fit for them.  All students were provided with a compare and contrast worksheet to assist them in completing the "College /Training Fair Checklist and Reflection" assignment which can be used as template to complete a graduation project objective.

 

 

College 101 Night

Seniors and their parents are encouraged and invited to attend “College 101 Night” on Monday, October 23rd, 2017 where you will have the opportunity to hear presentations from an admissions personnel from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Jamestown Community College and St. Bonaventure University. This evening event will begin at 6:00 p.m. in rooms 232-236 at Bradford Area High School. Below is a list of topics to be covered:

 

·        College admission testing SAT/ACT, placement tests

·        High school grades and college acceptance

·        High school, College in the Classroom and AP credits

·        College application process

·        A timeline of college acceptance expectations

·        College honors or other special programs

·        Scholarships and grants

·        Financial aid

Planning for your child's future and making informed and educated decisions as you move forward in this process can only benefit your child.  Furthermore, learning from experts in our local area and finding out what they have to offer is yet another option to consider.  Please join us for this educational and informative evening event!

Financial Aid Night

On Monday, October 23rd, 2017, the BAHS Guidance Department will be holding our first Financial Aid evening event which will provide an overview of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form that parents and students should complete at their earliest convenience in order to gain knowledge of any financial assistance provided by our state and local governments to help fund your child's education.  A representative from the University of Pittsburgh Bradford will present the latest information and changes to the FAFSA form and will also offer tips and suggestions on the completion of this important form.  This event will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Bradford Area High School and will be held in rooms 232-236.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

8th Grade Parents Night

Bradford Area High School will be hosting 8th Grade Parents Night for parents and students of upcoming 9th graders who plan to attend Bradford Area High School in the Fall of 2017.  Counselors, 9th grade teachers and CT teachers will provide an overview of the scheduling process and further familiarize families with the educational and social opportunities available at the high school.  This event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7th and will be held in the Bradford Area High School auditorium at 6:00 p.m.

 

FAFSA Completion Night

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will be offering a free FAFSA Completion Night for students and parents on Thursday, November 16th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sports and Fitness Center computer lab in Room 156.

 

This session allows families to complete the FAFSA online with help from a UPB staff member.  Those interested in attending should bring their 2016 Federal Tax return.  Families should also bring their FSA User ID's (if they have them) and investment statements for assets other than retirement accounts. 

For more information, please contact Deborah Woodley, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at (814) 362-7550 or woodley@pitt.edu.