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Senior Newsletter & Scholarship Opportunities
December 2021

For detailed information on services, updates, and important student & parent resources, 
visit Lakeland School District Guidance


  • Do you have a January 1st deadline? The Official Transcript Request Form must be submitted to your counselor by December 2nd for a January 1st deadline (winter recess is December 24th   – January 2nd).
  • Remember to complete your FERPA on Common App first and then match your Common App with Naviance before submitting your Official Transcript Request form. Your school materials cannot be submitted if these steps are not completed correctly.
  • You can track your college applications through your Naviance account via the “Colleges I’m applying to” link and see whether applications have been submitted and received.
  • If a college is requesting your first quarter grades, please advise your counselor immediately. A copy of your report card will be sent.

SAT & ACT Scores
You are responsible for contacting the College Board or ACT to request official scores be sent to a college or university.  Use the SAT score sender service at SAT CollegeBoard and make your request at least five weeks before the date you want your report to arrive.  Score reports from ACT can be requested at ACT Student

Good Luck!
Good luck to all Early Decision and Early Action applicants who should be receiving admission decisions sometime between mid-December and the beginning of January.  Please be sure to advise your counselor of all admission decisions.

SAT/ACT Test Dates

SAT Test:
Dec. 4, 2021
March 12, 2022:  Regular registration deadline:  Feb. 11, 2022, Late registration deadline:  March 1, 2022

ACT Assessment:
Dec. 11, 2021
February 12, 2022:  Regular registration deadline:  Jan. 7, 2022, Late registration deadline:  Jan. 21, 2022

Financial Aid
If you have not completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), do so now at FAFSA.  If you list a New York college on your FAFSA you can link directly to the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).  For more information, visit TAP.  The CSS/Financial Aid Profile is used by nearly 400 college and scholarship programs to help determine eligibility for private and non-federal student aid funds and can be found at CSS Profile.   Even if you don’t think you qualify for financial aid, it may help determine eligibility for scholarships.

Make sure the financial aid office at each school you’re interested in has all the information needed to determine your eligibility and advise them of any unusual circumstances which may affect your family’s ability to pay for college, such as unemployment or unusual medical expenses.

After you receive your college acceptances, watch for financial aid award letters showing the amount and types of aid (from all sources) the school will offer you. Compare financial aid packages from each school.  Make sure you understand how much aid is free and how much you’ll need to repay.  Exhaust all federal and state aid before using private lending options.

Pertinent Miscellaneous Information
The N.Y.S. Higher Education Services Corp. (HESC) offers assistance in completing the FAFSA. Visit FAFSA Help to chat with a representative or email them at

Prospective students and families are invited to join SUNY for an online workshop which will provide detailed information about the financial aid application and award process.  The cost of attendance will be reviewed and the types of financial aid available will be explored, including the Excelsior Scholarship. During the session, you will be able to send your questions via live chat. Dates are December 14th at 6pm.  Go to SUNY Financial Aid Virtual Session.