North Point High School College and Career Newsletter

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North Point High School

College and Career Newsletter

Anna Grow – College & Career Advisor FEBRUARY 2017

Follow me on Twitter @NPHS_CCC 301-753-1759
Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

This is an online college application system that allows high school students, grades 9-12 to set up an account and begin learning about the application and financial aid processes. The platform includes three main features: 

  • Virtual Locker. Students can collect and store information that may be useful when they apply, academic documents, essays, written work, extracurricular activities, videos, photos, visual arts/music

  • Collaboration Platform. The teachers, counselors, employers, and mentors who are supporting the student’s college search and application can offer feedback. 

  • Application Portal. Students select the information from their Virtual Locker that they wish to include with their application to Coalition member universities.

There are 95 public and private universities across the U.S. that comprise the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.

The University of Maryland, College Park will use the application provided by the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success beginning in mid-August 2017 for students seeking freshman admission to the university. 

College Representative Visits

Juniors and seniors sign up in the Career Center and have your agenda book signed by Mrs. Grow. This is your pass to attend. All meetings are in the Career Center.

CSM advisor and financial aid rep 2/7 11-12 NEST

Coastal Carolina University 2/22 10:30 2A

CSM advisor and “Men of Excellence” rep 3/2 11-12 NEST

University of North Carolina – Charlotte 3/9 10:30 2B

University of North Carolina – Greensboro 4/7 1:30 4A


Please remember to bring in a copy of ALL

your college acceptance letters and your

scholarship and grant awards to

Mrs. Grow in the Career Center!!!

Grade Level Reminders


  • Keep up your grades. Do extra credit whenever possible...strive for A’s and B’s in all classes.

  • Use your Career Cruising account and stop in the Career Center before school, during lunch, or with a pass from a teacher to explore the possibilities and find colleges that have your major.

  • Use to ask questions about college to hundreds of college reps conducting virtual college fairs and information sessions. The US Department of Education sponsors this valuable program. Do not miss the free, virtual college tours and opportunities for scholarships provided by the program.

  • Look for opportunities for community service and be sure to complete the Service Learning Graduation Requirement within your Local/State/National (LSN) Government class this semester.

  • Think about a challenging schedule for next school year. Colleges look for Honors and Advanced Placement classes that indicate a student has tried to take the strongest possible course of study in order to prepare for college-level classes.


  • Keep up your grades and stay involved in extra-curricular activities and community service.

  • Start thinking about a challenging schedule for next school year. Colleges look for Honors and Advanced Placement classes that indicate a student has tried to take the strongest possible course of study in order to prepare for college-level classes.

  • Search for relevant summer activities, paid and/or unpaid, that support your area of interest or intended major.

  • Save money for senior-year expenses and college. It is not uncommon to need at least $500 to pay for college entrance exams and college application fees as well as senior dues.

  • Use your PSAT Access Code to study for and prepare for college entrance exams. At: to gain a true advantage in the college admissions process by achieving high-test scores. Do not forget to finish the personality assessment.


  • Plan a challenging senior class schedule. An easy schedule can cost you an acceptance to your dream college.

  • Map out your college-entrance exam schedule and register for exams needed. If your college requires Subject Tests, be sure to find out which ones they prefer for your intended major.

  • Prep for your college-entrance exams at,, using your access code, and stop in the Career Center use books and use computers.

  • Remember how important your junior grades are for class rank and college applications. Do all assignments and ask for extra credit.

  • Be sure your Student Service Learning graduation requirement is complete, continue to volunteer and stay involved in activities.

  • Student-athletes planning to pursue Division I and II sports in college need to register at to meet eligibility requirements to play college sports at those levels.

  • Use your Career Cruising account and take advantage of as well as resources in the Career Center to narrow down your list of prospective colleges.


  • If you have not done so, PLEASE submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and check the financial aid deadline of your prospective colleges. Be sure to ask for additional financial aid scholarship and grant applications.

  • Have your counselor submit your mid-year grades to your prospective colleges and send any updates if you have not been granted admissions yet or waitlisted. Ask for an interview and showcase why you should be accepted!

  • Pay attention to correspondence from colleges whether communication is done through e-mail or the postal service so that you do not miss deadlines or opportunities offered by colleges.

  • Sign up in the Career Center to take the free CSM Placement Test. Remember you must apply online at

  • Sign up in the Career Center to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) March 8.

  • Keep up your grades. Offers can be rescinded...taken away!

  • Use for the scholarship matching service. Be sure to use the Career Center Newsletter each month for scholarship announcements.

  • Turn in a copy of your college acceptance letters and any scholarship, grant, or award letters you receive.

Research and Compare Colleges
2017 College Visits Tours. Tours are led and supervised by trained staff and high school counselors. View a complete list of 2017 tours at Tours are set up across the United States and Canada. Register online and call 843-853-8149 for details
CappexConnect Online at connect with colleges, faculty and admissions, watch live presentations from a variety of institutions on your computers, learn more about specific colleges
Career Cruising: Interest and Skills Assessments - Career Profiles - Multimedia Interviews - College and Financial Aid Information - Electronic Career Portfolio - Resume Builder, Username: nphs, password: eagles, student’s account: Username: cc08-000 and student’s ID number, Password: student’s birthdate two digit month, two digit day and four digit year. Student should then create their password
College Majors 101 Students learn about majors, students get recruited by Universities for them
What can I do with this major? Go to or
College Navigator from the US Dept. of Education, Find the right college for you:

College Week Live Virtual College Info free and available online
Common Application - Over 500 schools accept this application:

EDU, Inc. Common Black College Application: Apply to 32 member institutions with one $35.00 application fee- or call (770)716-0616
College Fairs & Tours
Alfred Street Baptist Church 2017 HBCU College Festival Feb. 18, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St, Alexandria, VA, to register:
NACAC National College Fairs Montgomery County Agricultural Center, Gaithersburg – Wednesday, April 5 & 6, Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, Landover – Thursday, April 6 & 7, register free: to receive fair details, avoid lines onsite, and share your contact information with your choice schools.
5th Annual St. Mary’s County College and Career Fair Friday, February 17, Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center, Leonardtown, MD, 8:45 am – 2:00 pm, information on financial aid, scholarships and opportunity for on the spot acceptance, students should bring SAT/ACT scores and official transcript, contact Adrianne Dillahunt 301-863-4031 or
MTM Foundation Historically Black Colleges & Universities Tour

Spring Break 2017 April 11-April 16 Grades 9th-12th

Visit: North Carolina A & T University, Morehouse College, Spellman College, Morgan State University, Clark Atlanta University, North Carolina Central University, Norfolk State University, Howard University, Hampton University, Bowie State University. Cost: $575.00 per person MTM1Foundation, Contact Mr. James at 443-768-6939

Login:  2017       Password:  ADMIT7 (case sensitive)Free Information: All students at NPHS have access to college admissions, grade level planning calendars, checklists, SAT and ACT college testing, links to the Maryland college system websites, over 600 other pertinent web links, information for student athletes desiring to play Division I and II collegiate sports. User name and password is under the icon.

Maryland Resources
MDgo4it is a valuable resource for juniors and seniors. It includes deadline dates for State financial assistance, tips on preparing for postsecondary education, college admission information, and resources on careers.
College 411 – A Student Guide to Higher Education & Financial Aid in Maryland – go to
Academic Common Market tuition savings program for college students who live in the 16 states that are members of the Southern Regional Education Board and want to pursue a degree not available in your home state yet pay in-state rates. www.mhec.state. click on Academic Common Market under the red column for parents and students. 
ARTSYS The articulation system for transferring courses from one Maryland University or College to another,
MHEC Handouts in the Career Center

  • 2017-2018 Scholarship Guide - MONEY FOR COLLEGE – A Quick Guide to Cash for College & HOW TO GET IT

  • Howard P. Rawlings Program of Educational Excellence Awards

  • Maryland Legislative – Senatorial & Delegate Scholarships Guide

  • DO YOU NEED MONEY FOR COLLEGE? Federal Student Aid at a Glance 2017-18


Victoria Pasini, Enrollment Advisor Phone: 301-934-2251 x 7043 E-Mail:

College of Southern Maryland: Application and Testing Process:
1. Apply online at, there is no fee.

2. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). CSM’s school code is 002064. If your application is not completed, your financial aid cannot be processed.

3. Once you have successfully applied to the college, their Admissions office will notify NPHS’s Career Center of those students who are ready for placement testing. The test will be administered at NPHS on March 20.

4. Register for an appointment for the Student Orientation and Registration (S.O.A.R.) 301-934-2251.

CSM Placement Test March 20, 2 sessions: 8:30 am or 12:00 pm, Sign-up in the Career Center, you must have your CSM application completed to sign-up, Deadline: March 15 go online at to practice for this placement test.
The U. S. Department of Education has selected College of Southern Maryland (CSM) to participate in an experimental program that allow students enrolled in the dual credit classes at CSM to receive Pell Grants. The Pell Grant Program provides monetary assistance to students demonstrating financial need. To apply for the Pell Grant, families must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For more information and FAFSA materials see Mrs. Grow in the Career Center.
The CSM Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Advisor will be in the NPHS Career Center Tuesday, February 7 during NEST. Any students with questions about CSM, the admission process or financial aid are encouraged to meet with the advisors.

Have questions about financial aid at CSM? Check out CSM Financial Aid TV!

Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation-CSM Foundation Scholarship Renewable scholarship at CSM for students with a weighted GPA 2.67 and 3.33 is preferred; min 2.0 GPA to apply, community leadership experiences, financial need preferred. Applications are available in the Career Center. See application for requirements. Applications are due to Mrs. Grow by March 24.

Check out CSM’s Online Scholarship Finder!

Did you know that you could now apply for CSM scholarships online? It is easy! It is free! Check it out! Visit for the most up-to-date information and eligibility requirements. Students can begin applying for 2017 -2018 in February 2017. Remember to apply early for best consideration! Contact the Financial Assistance Department at (301) 934-7531 for additional information.

February Deadline:
American Indian Scholarship Information

National DAR – American Indians Committee

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