Guidance

Achieve Your Dreams!

The Guidance Office is available for all students to use as a means of discovering talents and interests, pursuing career goals and preparing for college entrance upon graduation from St. Frances Academy. The College Adviser is in charge of making sure that all students have an active plan for the future before exiting SFA and entering the world of post-secondary education and work.

Seniors are welcome to utilize the Guidance Office by registering for the SAT or ACT, applying to colleges, exploring interests, careers and college majors and developing concrete goals for the future. Students are assisted with academic counseling and understanding how their grades and standardized test scores are an integral part of their future success in college. Students receive assistance with the preparation and submission of college applications, recommendation letters, college essays, fee waivers and scholarships and federal and state financial aid to pay for college. Juniors are advised in the Spring for college and career planning. Seniors work intensely with the College Adviser in the Fall for college application submission.

My Student Edge—College Planning Website from Peterson's

SFA students and families have access to Peterson's Student Edge, a resource for customized SAT test preparation, college planning and scholarship searches, career exploration, homework help and creation of resumes - www.mystudentedge.com. SFA's access code is: PKTEMHDQ. This website is a must for any student who wants to plan and prepare for college.

SAT & ACT

The SAT is the Scholastic Aptitude Test that each senior takes for entrance into college and includes verbal, math, and a writing sections. The alternative option is the ACT, which includes a math, verbal and science portions. All Juniors are required to take and pay for the SAT in the Fall of their Junior year.

Students may receive up to two fee waivers, if they qualify. For efficiency and a quicker response, it is recommended to register online at www.collegeboard.org. A fee waiver may be used if the student applies by the regular deadline date. Dates and cost for the test may be found at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org. To determine if you qualify for a fee waiver, please speak with the College Adviser, Mrs. Linda Wilson.

All tests are administered at St. Frances Academy.


Financial Aid (FAFSA)

Seniors may apply for financial aid for college from Jan. 1 through March 1. Parents may use their tax returns or W2s to apply. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.gov and should be completed online.

Procedures to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Apply for a PIN for both parent and student. The PIN is a four-digit number, which allows you to electronically sign your online application. www.pin.ed.gov.
  2. Gather documents needed to apply, including last year's tax return, W-2 forms and PIN.
  3. Go to www.fafsa.gov to begin the process. Submit the FAFSA online and print out your confirmation number. If you haven't completed your tax return yet, you can estimate your answers and return later to make corrections. March 1 is the Maryland deadline, and financial aid is on a "first come, first serve basis." Do NOT go to www.fafsa.com or you will have to pay.
  4. Include a Maryland college on your FAFSA, even if you don't want to go to college in-state. If you apply for a college after submitting the FAFSA, you will need to add that college to your FAFSA.
  5. You will be sent a SAR or a Student Aid Report. If necessary, make changes or corrections and resubmit for processing.
  6. College award letters will sent to you.
  7. Review award packages from your colleges and compare amounts and types of aid.
  8. As soon as you know which school you want to attend, call the Financial Aid office of that school. The office will assist and help you with any financial issues.
  9. Don't forget - you need to re-apply for financial aid each year you are in college.

College Scholarship Opportunities

NCAA Eligibility

If you are considering playing collegiate Division I or II athletics, please follow the directions below. Download the free Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete at www.eligibilitycenter.org. Click on Resources, Student and the Guide.

  • Register in the Spring of your Junior year at www.eligibilitycenter.org.
  • St. Frances Academy school code is 210-185.
  • Payment of $75 or fee waiver from me, if you qualify.
  • Request a transcript from me after you register.

College Visits & Senior College Round Robin

Many prestigious colleges and universities visit St. Frances throughout the year. Please take advantage of these opportunities by signing up in the Guidance Office. Parents are always welcome!

Seniors will have the opportunity to interact with 4 prestigious colleges on the last Friday in September. The College Round Robin will take place on that morning.

Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to take advantage of College Fairs such as the Fall National College Fair at the Baltimore Convention Center. Fairs are designed for high school students to meet admissions representatives and discover where they want to apply to college. http://www.nacacnet.org/EventsTraining/CollegeFairs/ncf/Fall/Pages/default.aspx. Juniors will meet Mrs. Wilson at the Baltimore Convention Center on Monday, Nov. 7 at 9:30 AM. Seniors may visit the fair in the evening.


Contact

Mr. Jerry Miles is available for assistance in college planning and preparation.
He can be reached at college.advising@sfacademy.org or 410-539-5794 x25. Fax: 410-685-2650.