CompuHigh Offers Solutions to Calm Graduation Panic

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Planning for graduation and college admission has come down to the wire as seniors start their final semester of high school. But getting applications in before late deadlines and squeezing in missed courses is still possible.

It’s that time of year when high school seniors all over the country must knuckle down and prepare with renewed earnest for graduation and what lies beyond. This involves some degree of trepidation for young people regardless of their academic performance. But students realizing that they do not have enough of the right credits to graduate or be admitted to college can be hitting a wall of sheer panic as they head back to school after the carefree holiday break. Take a deep breath. There ARE solutions...

Making Up Credits
Some online high schools offer open enrollment, self-paced courses. CompuHigh is one well-established, accredited online high school that offers individual core and elective courses that students can enroll in at any time of year. Students can complete these self-paced courses in a month or more depending on the pacing and quality of their work. So, there’s still time to get in that Spanish 2, or lab science, or repeat that failed English course before the end of the year. CompuHigh also has the added benefit of using a ‘mastery learning’ curriculum which means that students get to revise each assignment with help from their online teachers until they get it ‘right’.
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Speak with your high school’s guidance counselor to be sure online credits will be transferred in. You may also ask if your school has any special arrangements with specific online high schools.

College Application Deadlines
Although, some college application deadlines have passed, many colleges and universities continue to accept applications into mid-January or February. And colleges do usually consider the courses applicants are currently enrolled in during their senior year, so get signed up for those ‘extra’ online courses right away. Don’t forget that there is always the potential to transfer to the college you prefer next year if that school’s deadline has already passed. Here are some places to start looking for colleges and universities still accepting applications: Peterson’s list of late deadline schools and rolling admission schools. These lists are by no means exhaustive so...
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Dig through the websites of the colleges and universities you might be interested in attending to find their freshmen admission application deadlines. Note that some universities have different deadlines for different ‘schools’ within the university. For example, the health sciences school might have a different deadline than the fine arts school. So check the deadline for the specific program you want to get into.

College Aptitude Exams
Many colleges and universities require applicants to take a standardized college aptitude exam such as the ACT or SAT. Students who have not taken these yet may still have a chance. An ACT test date Feb 9, 2013 has late registration open until Jan 18th. However, it takes 3 to 8 weeks for scores to be reported, so this may go beyond certain application deadlines. Late registration for the SAT test date of Jan. 26, 2013 is open until Jan. 11th and scores for this test date will be reported beginning Feb. 14th.
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Check with the admissions counselors at the schools to which you are applying to see if exam scores trailing in past the application deadline will still be accepted.

Financial Aid Deadlines
Financial aid deadlines are typically later than admissions application deadlines because the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) only becomes available in January. Deadlines vary from state to state and each institution to which you are applying may have its own deadline. This PDF from the FAFSA website lists all the state deadlines for the 2013-2014 school year: State FAFSA deadlines
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FAFSA recommends you check with the school that you are applying to for their financial aid deadlines and also clarify “its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.”

The ideal time to be planning for high school graduation and college is during the junior year and earlier. This is especially true for students vying for selective colleges or athletes who may want to participate in college sports and need to meet eligibility requirements of the NCAA. However, there is still hope for senior students who have just noticed that graduation is around the bend or who have just decided that college is for them after all. It will take a good deal of hustling, hard work, and probably some sleepless nights, but it’s not impossible.

CompuHigh is an accredited online high school established in 1994. CompuHigh offers both individual courses and flexible diploma programs. CompuHigh’s private diploma program high school is called Whitmore School. For more information about CompuHigh, visit http://www.CompuHigh.com or call 1-866-859-0777 to speak with admissions specialists Melissa or Kassie.

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