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College application season starts for seniors

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DENISON, Texas -- Senior year of high school can be a stressful time.

 “Our seniors are starting to feel a little pressure,” said Denison High School lead counselor Carrie Boettger.

Between filling out financial aid forms, writing essays, and mountains of paperwork, applying for college can seem like a full-time job.

“We try to be very cognizant of what senior life is like, and we try to make sure we spread out some of those critical pieces as far as the application, scholarships, and grants,” added Tamy Smalskas, Assistant Superintendent of Student Support and Engagement for the Sherman Independent
School District.

“Especially if their parent did not attend college, it’s intimidating for the parent as well,” added Boettger.

By now, seniors should have already narrowed down their college choices and gotten their SAT and ACT tests out of the way.

“Now is the paperwork part, the meeting the deadlines, getting everything submitted, turning everything in; basically dotting those i’s and crossing those t’s,” said Boettger.

To meet those deadlines, seniors need to hit the ground running, but that’s where Texoma schools step in to help.

“A lot of the applications for the highly selective schools are due November 1,” said Boettger.  “We have our financial aid officers from area colleges like Austin College, Grayson College, and Southeastern come and assist our parents and students filling out the FASFA online.”

The help doesn’t start in senior year, though.

“We start talking about college and career readiness in 7th grade,” Smalskas said.

“In all of their junior English classes, they were required to do a resume and complete a college essay and a scholarship essay,” said Boettger.

There are also online resources out there too, such as Texas OnCourse.

“I think it’s a valuable tool for families, for parents, especially first time family that may have some questions about colleges and universities and the whole application process,” said Smalskas.

Keeping in touch with your school counselor can help you make sure you stay on track.

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