Ranchview Counselor’s Corner – March 2018

Upcoming EVENTS at Ranchview…

March 2nd – Nissan DOT Think Fast Pre -Prom Assembly for 11th and 12th grade

March 6th – FORD Test Drive Fundraiser and Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 7th – Rising Star Scholarship Application workshop for seniors planning to attend a DCCCD school

March 9th – Local Scholarship Application deadline by 5pm for seniors

March 12-16th – Spring Break

March 15th – FAFSA priority consideration deadline for seniors

March 26-30th – Community College Week

March 27th – Parent/senior meeting on Community College Options 6pm in Library Annex

March 30th – Bad Weather Day


11 College Admission Tips for Your Students

NBC’s Today Show recently interviewed the President of the Princeton Review and he gave them 11 tips that you can share with your students:

  1. It is never too soon to start talking and thinking about college:Starting the conversation early can defuse some of the angst about leaving for college.
  2. Even if you think you can’t afford a certain college, don’t cross it off your list if it is one of the school’s you would like to attend:Some of the most expensive schools offer the most aid. See what type of aid is offered before eliminating a school based on “sticker price”
  3. Students, you have a job. Be awesome!:Taking challenging classes and making good grades, then taking the SAT and/or ACT and scoring as well as they can on them can help get more financial aid.
  4. Parents, you have a job too. Be fearless!:Don’t slack off on filling out all the applications and forms (including the FAFSA). You won’t be rewarded with the maximum amount of financial aid unless you do this.
  5. Take the SAT or ACT, but take them no more than 3 times:Scores typically don’t improve after the 3rd time taking one of the tests and confidence tends to drop.
  6. Test optional colleges and universities really are test optional, but scholarships might not be: There are approximately 900 colleges that no longer required SAT or ACT test scores to apply, however, merit based scholarships at these same schools often times require those scores to be eligible. Be sure and verify that before applying.
  7. The perfect college might be the one you have never heard of before: Students should open their minds to researching many schools in their search. There are lots of great schools out there that have many unique things to offer.
  8. Applying to 30 colleges is nothing but ridiculous:Researching different colleges is smart and a good idea. Applying to 30, not so much. On average, students apply to between 7 and 9 colleges which is a good average. Any more than that is overkill.
  9. Know the difference between Early Action and Early Decision: Early Decision colleges require a student to commit to matriculation if they are admitted; Early Action is a non-binding process that allows students to submit their applications by November and receive answers by mid-December with no obligation to accept an offer until the regular date of May 1.
  10. Colleges do see students Social Media profiles:So clean these up and don’t post anything you wouldn’t want a family member (like your parents) to see.
  11. Deferred early applicants can help their chances: If a student applies early and receives a “deferred” decision, they should use the extra time to make sure their additional grades will be as high as possible.

Some great tips! Here is a link the story on Today – https://www.today.com/parents/11-college-tips-editor-princeton-review-t107623




Mon 3/5               University of North Texas (UNT)

Wed 3/7               City of Irving – Summer job recruiting

Tues 3/20            Men’s Warehouse-Prom Tux Promotion- (rentals/fittings)

Mon 3/26            North Lake College – applications for Fall-Library Annex

Tue 3/27              TX State Tech College

Tue 3/27              University of Nebraska

Wed 3/28            Outsource Technical School – Advisory Presentation

More info:


If you are a high school senior and meet the qualifications listed below, you can be a Rising Star!

  • You will graduate from an eligible Dallas County public high school, Dallas Can! Academy or approved charter high school by June 2018. Contact the Rising Star advisor at the college of your choice to find out whether your high school is eligible.
  • You must exhibit financial need; in other words, your family’s income must fall within a specific range (see the table below).
  • You must complete a financial aid application with a college Financial Aid Office using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Or, if you are an undocumented student and are not eligible for federal aid, print a copy of the FAFSA application and submit it with your family income information to your college’s Financial Aid Office. The results of the application will determine your financial eligibility for the Rising Star program. If you have any questions about your financial aid eligibility, please contact your college’s Financial Aid Office.
  • You must complete the Rising Star application process during your senior year of high school. We will accept applications for the Rising Star class of 2018 from Oct. 1, 2017, through March 15, 2018. (See How to Apply.) If you complete a Dallas County Promise Pledge form at a participating high school between Oct. 1, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018, you will be automatically considered for Rising Star and will be notified that you are eligible.

You also must meet the following academic requirement:

  • Have at least a 2.5 high school GPA (or 75 percent or better on a 100-point scale) at the time of application

Family Income Eligibility Guidelines for Rising Star Financial Assistance

People in Household 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Annual Family Income Cannot Exceed $38,050 $43,450 $48,900 $54,300 $58,650 $63,000 $67,350 $71,700