Senior Tips and Information
Senior Night 2019 took place on September 4th at 6:30 p.m. This year's presentation and our Senior Planning Guide can be found below.Financial Aid Night
MRHS School Counseling hosted Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Patti Bowman, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at UNC Charlotte was our guest speaker.
Her presentation from Financial Aid Night 2019-2020 can be viewed on the "Scholarships and Financial Aid" page.
- Overview of financial aid process
- New FAFSA details
- The importance of the FAFSA
- The types of aid available
- Using the Net Price Calculator and College Navigator
- Understanding award letters
- Programs specific to North Carolina
- Information on requesting transcripts can be found on the Transcripts page.
- PLEASE READ: Information on dropping courses mid-year - "Is it ok to drop a high school course?"
- Scholarships: Please begin self reporting any Scholarships you receive to Mrs. Wetzler in Guidance. Include academic scholarships, merit based scholarships, athletic scholarships, college scholarships, etc. You may e-mail Mrs. Wetzler with this information throughout the year or bring the information to the guidance department. More information on scholarships can be found on the Scholarships page.
Senior Year Timeline
- Continue to enroll in challenging courses. Remember universities will look at the classes you take in your senior year!
- Stay active in clubs and/or sports. Look for leadership roles in both!
- Take the SAT and/or ACT early in the school year, especially when applying for early action.
- Listen for colleges visiting MRHS on the announcements and sign up in guidance.
- Apply to your “dream,” “safety,” and “match” schools. Watch for admission deadlines and apply on time.
- Ask teachers for college recommendations. Pick 2-3 teachers—preferably ones who know you very well—and give them plenty of advanced notice before the application is due.
- Update your portfolio/resume with leadership roles, volunteer hours, awards, etc. Make sure to give these to teachers/counselors you are asking to write recommendation letters for you.
- Attend the MRHS Financial Aid night in December. Fill out the FAFSA, and if necessary, the CSS Profile. These documents will make you eligible to receive financial aid from colleges.
- Apply for scholarships. Scholarship Newsletters are updated bi-monthly on the MRHS School Counseling Website.
- Keep going strong until graduation. Don’t slack off in your second semester of senior year, even if you’ve already been accepted to college. Schools have been known to rescind (take away) admission from students who posted poor grades in their second semester. Don’t let this happen to you! Limit mid-year schedule changes.
- Bring scholarship reward letters to guidance!
- College Board's High School Senior Planning Website: Senior Action Plan
- CollegeData: College Search, Financial Aid, College Application, College Scholarship, Student Loan, FAFSA Info, Common Application