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College Counseling - November 2019

College Counseling Websites of the Month  

Mrs. Maura Diehl- Associate Director of College Counseling  
Last names A-G  

Mr. Gerard M. Brett – Director of College Counseling 
Last names H-M

Mr. Jim Sawyer - Associate Director of College Counseling 
Last names N-Z  

Mrs. Katie Palopoli – College Counseling Assistant  





Please note that it is the student's responsibility to electronically forward from College Board or ACT any October, November, December SAT or ACT scores to the colleges to which you are applying. It is also the student’s responsibility to know which colleges need official scores from the testing agencies and which colleges allow self-reporting. There are hundreds of colleges that allow a student to self-report their scores in the Common Application.




Please do not be alarmed by delays in items posting to the college's portal and/or being officially received by the colleges. This is a normal occurrence as colleges are receiving thousands of application items from hundreds of students on a daily basis. It can take them weeks and sometimes months to accurately compile all of the parts of the application on their end. Please be assured that all items will be sent from La Salle's College Counseling office by the official documentation deadline for the college or university. It is the student’s responsibility to accurately inform the College Counseling Office of all colleges and application deadlines.


If a student is applying to a Common Application college he must use The Common Application





Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to send 1st quarter senior report card grades. Unless the college specifically requests these grades, then it is optional and is up to you if you want to send them. These grades will be available 11/8. The report card (scanned or screenshot) can be emailed to the admission office or the college rep responsible for reading applications from La Salle. The name and contact info of the college rep can be found on the college’s own website or in SCOIR. The College Counseling Office will automatically send 1st SEMESTER grades electronically in early February to all of the colleges that a student has applied to.




College visits will continue through November 8. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to sign up in SCOIR to attend these valuable meetings with the college admission representatives.




Seniors are reminded to inform Mrs. Palopoli in the College Counseling Center by Monday, December 2, about any colleges they are adding to their original list or removing from their original list.  The counselors need time for processing these requests before Christmas Vacation.  Copies of letters of acceptance or scholarship awards also need to be brought to the College Counseling Center. 
Please note that the College Counseling Office follows the La Salle school schedule and will be closed December 21 through January 5.  No applications will be processed during this time. 




In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act, a college must post a Net Price Calculator on its website (typically the financial aid webpage) that uses institutional data to provide estimated net price information to current and prospective students and their families based on a student's individual circumstances. In order to have an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid and your estimated financial contribution, Google FAFSA4caster.


FINANCIAL AID – Clock started October 1, 2019


Understanding financial aid is an important part of the college application process. Meeting requirements and deadlines for financial aid is crucial and is the family's responsibility. In order to qualify for Federal or State funds, parents and students need to complete the FAFSA which may be submitted beginning October 1, 2018.  Go to for information. Prior to completing the FAFSA, students and parents must create an FSA ID which gives access to Federal Student Aid online systems and serves as a legal signature.


In addition to the FAFSA, over 400 colleges require their own financial aid form or the CSS Profile.  Information is available on the College Board site and may be submitted beginning October 1, 2019. Additional websites are listed at  Three particularly helpful ones are, and for an excellent overview of financial aid and Scholly for scholarships.


Click the Scholarships tab at for information on individual private scholarships that are sent to our College Counseling Office.  Don't miss out! Encourage your sons to take advantage of the opportunities that are available. 



Any senior who is considering playing Division I or Division II intercollegiate sports must make application for eligibility clearance through the NCAA Eligibility Center.  Read the directions carefully. Inform Mrs. Palopoli in the College Counseling Center if you plan on playing a sport at the college level and when you register so transcripts can be sent to the NCAA. NCAA information is explained in the 2019-2020 Guide For The College-Bound Student-Athlete. Coaches and counselors are available to answer any questions. Students should be aware that a 2.30 is the minimum GPA in core courses that is needed to play a Division I sport in college as a freshman. 



Since juniors do not receive their PSAT results online until Monday, December 9, and since much of the SAT and ACT content has not been completely covered yet, we strongly encourage students not to begin taking the SAT or ACT until December at the earliest, but ideally in the spring. Most students take the SAT or ACT for the first time in winter/spring months of their junior year. We encourage juniors to take the SAT or ACT twice prior to the end of the junior year. The SAT is offered in December, March, May, June, and August and the ACT is offered in December, February, April, June, and July. 


Please become familiar with the differences between the SAT and ACT. Both tests are accepted by all colleges and are looked at equally. If you think that your son may qualify for a SAT/ACT fee waiver based on financial need please encourage them to ask Mrs. Palopoli.


Juniors are encouraged to take a practice test to find out which standardized test they may possibly perform better in.  Most test prep companies offer these evaluations for free. Now that students have taken the PSAT, many of them will want to decide which test they should take next, the SAT or ACT. For example, Kaplan is hosting multiple free SAT/ACT Combo Practice Tests. Students can also participate in the test live online.  Please visit for more information and additional details. Students will take a "combo" practice test, exposing them to every section of each exam. After the test, students will see their scores instantly and receive detailed data helping to determine which test may be best for them.


In addition, Kahn Academy has partnered with the College Board to offer free test preparation. The junior grade level counselor, Mr. McGranahan has introduced multiple college counseling topics to the juniors in Advisory Class.  Students and parents are encouraged to research colleges through SCOIR, in Naviance  through the Parent Portal and Student Portal, and to avail of the myriad of resources available at  The Junior Monthly Planning Calendar is listed on our webpage.  Advisory classes for juniors regarding the college search and application process will begin at the start of the second semester. 




As the second quarter begins, keep in mind that the GPA in college preparatory courses is the most important criteria in the college admission process.

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