Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18AttendanceandTardyPolicies What happens if you are late or absent. Are there consequences for being absent or tardy a certain number of times? Does a parent need to call if you’re not going to be in school? Do you need to bring in a note when you return? CodeofConduct/SchoolRules The student handbook will tell you the school’s expectations. Be sure to look the handbook over. Most rules will be common sense (no weapons, no alcohol, no harrassment or bullying); but some things are specific to your school, like the dress code. So, know what’s acceptable and what’s out of bounds. AthleticEligibility Do you want to play a sport in high school? If so, you need to know your school’s eligibility requirements. At many schools, these same requirements also apply to students who are in other activities. If you have a question about eligibility, see your counselor, coach, or athletic director. Apply for Financial Aid Financial aid is money that is given, earned, or lent to help students pay for their education. To receive financial aid, you must submit the necessary forms. If you are eligible for aid, the college’s finan- cial aid office will put together a financial aid package for you. Here’s what you need to do: 1. Complete applications In the fall of your senior year, complete college applica- tions for admissions, financial aid, and scholarships. 2. Complete the FAFSA – this is very important For information and instructions on completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. 3. Complete the CSS PROFILE, if necessary Some colleges (generally smaller, private colleges) require this financial aid application, in addition to the FAFSA. 4. Apply for scholarships Search for scholarships online at www.fastweb.com and www.scholarships.com. Also ask your counselor for information on local scholarships. If you’re hoping to get an athletic scholarship, make sure that you are registered with the NCAA. www.eligibilitycenter.org While the financial aid process can be confusing, there are people who can help. School counselors can provide information and advice, and all colleges have Financial Aid Counselors available to assist parents and students. 14