High School Code


Words to Know

A.A. degree: This stands for “associate of arts” degree, which can be earned at most 2-year colleges.

A.A.S. degree: This refers to an “associate of applied science” degree, which can be earned at some 2-year colleges. These are usually programs of study that are more technical in nature, but also involve courses in general eds, such as English 9, Social Sciences, etc.

ACT: This is a college admissions test published by American College Testing which measures a student’s achievement in English skills, mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning. Most 4-year colleges in the South and Midwest require scores from this test for admission. It is usually taken in the spring of the Junior year.

B.A. or B.S. degree: B.A. stands for “bachelor of arts,” and B.S. stands for “bachelor of science” degree. Both degrees are 4-year college degrees. It depends on what major you are in as to what degree you earn. Ex. Teaching degrees are B.S. degrees, while a degree in English Literature would be a B.A. degree.

CEEB Number: The individual code that has been assigned to your high school. The CEEB Number for Stamford High School is __070750___.

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: This is an additional financial aid profile that select schools use in determining a total financial aid package.

Early Action: An admission plan used primarily in highly selective colleges. Under Early Action, you follow an accelerated process and usually apply by November 1. You will be notified of a decision by mid-December, but, if you are accepted, you do not have to let the school know your decision until May 1.

Early Decision: An admission plan offered to well-qualified applicants who are definitely committed to their choice of college. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or refusal in December. Acceptance under Early Decision requires you to withdraw applications at other colleges.

E.F.C: Expected Family Contribution: An amount given on your FAFSA results, determined by a formula that is specified by law, that indicates how much of a family’s financial resources should be available to help pay for college.

FAFSA: (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): This is a form to fill out and send in after taxes are figured in January for the previous year, for both parents and student. The information on this form is used to figure out how much, if any, financial aid you are entitled to for your education.

Fees: These are charges that cover costs associated with the student’s course load, such as costs of some athletic activities, clubs, special events, computer lab, etc.

Financial Aid: Refers to money available from various sources to help pay for college.

Financial Aid Package: The total amount of financial aid a student receives. Federal and non-Federal aid such as grants, loans, or work-study are combined in a “package” to help meet the student’s need.

Financial Need: Equal to the cost of education at your chosen college minus the EFC (Estimated Family Contribution). Example: Your EFC for Southern  State is $7,500. It costs $13,400 for tuition, fees, room and board. Your financial Need is $5,900 (13,400 minus $7,500)

Grant: A sum of money given for college expenses that does not need to be repaid.

Loan: A type of financial aid available to students and parents that must be repaid, but in many cases not until after the education is complete.

Official Transcript: A certified copy of your transcript sent directly to the institution of your choice from Faribault High School. This document is NOT hand carried by the student or parent. It includes your classes and class grades, cumulative grade point average, class rank, ACT or SAT scores (if taken), and immunization records.  Colleges require official transcripts with applications for admission.

Open Admissions: Means slightly different things at different schools, but generally means that a college will admit most or all students who apply to the school. This can mean anyone with a H.S. diploma, GED, or is over 18.

Post-secondary: This term means “after high school” and refers to all programs for high school graduates, including two and four year colleges, vocational and technical schools.

Proprietary: Term used to describe post-secondary schools that are private and are legally permitted to make a profit. Most offer technical and vocational courses.

Private Colleges/Universities: Schools are not publicly funded with taxpayer dollars. Costs are usually much higher than public colleges and universities.

Public Colleges/Universities: These schools are partially funded by taxpayer money, which keeps the cost down for students.

Regular Admissions: Most applications fall in this category. Applications are typically due in late fall or winter. Admission under this plan is not binding. This plan is best used for students who apply to several schools or who want to review several financial aid offers before making a final decision.

SAT: (Scholastic Aptitude Test) This college entrance test measures a student’s aptitude in math, critical reading and writing.  Most colleges on the East and West coasts require SAT test results for college admission. 

Scholarship: A sum of money given to a student for the purpose of paying for at least part of college. Scholarships can be awarded to students based on the student’s academic achievements, athletic achievements, volunteer experiences or on many other factors.

Selective College: Colleges that  are more restrictive in their acceptance of students. This usually means they are difficult to get into. GPA, class rank and ACT or SAT scores must be high.

Subsidized Stafford Loan:  Available to students who demonstrate financial need. The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest while the student is in school.

Unsubsidized Stafford Loan:  Students are not required to demonstrate financial need. The U.S. Department of Education does not pay interest on unsubsidized loans.

Tuition: This is the amount of money that colleges charge for classroom and other instruction and use of facilities, such as libraries. Tuition can range from a few hundred dollars per year to more than $44,000. It all depends on the school and the state.

Work-Study Programs: Many colleges offer these programs. They allow students to work part-time during the school year as part of their financial aid package. The jobs are usually on campus and the money earned is used to pay for tuition or other college expenses.

More education can make a huge difference in your life — and your family's. It can open doors of opportunities, financially and personally.

Higher Salaries: Earn More During Your Career
Studies prove it: continue your education after high school and you're likely to make more money than people who stop at high school. As an example, a college graduate can afford to buy a large, flat-screen TV in 1–2 months while a non-college graduate might have to work for 3–4 months to buy the same TV.

Skills for Today’s Jobs: Have More Options
Today, more jobs than ever before require specialized training or a two- or four-year college degree. More education means more choices, and that means more opportunities for you. Fast Fact: Of the 20 fastest-growing occupations, more than half require an associate’s degree or higher.

Job Security: Keep Working
Your high school diploma is useful. But a college degree increases your chance of employment by nearly 50%. A two-year degree or even some college can have a positive impact on your ability to find and keep a job, too. Fast Fact: The higher your education level, the higher your chances of finding and keeping a job.

More Benefits: Get the Important Extras
There's more to a job than a paycheck. Jobs for college graduates typically offer more and better benefits than jobs requiring just a high school diploma. These can include health insurance and retirement plans you may not get at lower-skill jobs.

Discovering Your Interests: Listen to Yourself
What do you like to do? It's a tough question to answer, but spend some time considering it. Day to day, notice the things you do that interest you the most. During quiet times, where does your imagination lead you? Make note of these things as they come to you. Try these sites to match your interests to career possibilities:

What's a Major: Decide What to Study
A college major provides a framework for your studies and the classes you'll need to take. Some majors, like engineering, prepare students for specific careers. Other majors, like liberal arts, can lead to many different career paths.
Not sure what to major in? Don't worry. Many schools don't require you to declare (choose) a major right away. And you can always change your major later on.
Fast Fact: Most college students change their majors at least once.

Be Open to Opportunity: Stay Curious
Over and over again, students say that college led them to career paths they never imagined for themselves, or weren't even aware of. So, even if you know what courses you want to study, even if you already have a possible career in mind, stay open to new opportunities.

New People, Places, Ideas: Learn out of Class
College is about more than training for a career. It's also about discovering yourself and learning to think and live independently. A lot of that occurs outside the classroom. The new people you meet. The new environments you visit. The new ideas you find. This is the stuff that helps you learn more about life.

Academic Support: Make the Grades
Yes, new people and places are great. But you still need to succeed in the classroom. Because your college wants you to succeed, you'll find it provides a wealth of resources to help you. Some examples are:
  • Academic advising. Advisers can help you find a major that’s a good fit for you and help you choose the courses that will keep you on track to graduate.
  • Tutoring. When you have difficulty with a particular class, tutors are often available to help you one-on-one.
  • Academic counseling. Get help building basic academic skills, like setting goals, taking notes, overcoming test anxiety, and more.
  • Study groups. Many schools encourage students to work together outside of class to help one another succeed in a particular course.
  • Services for first-generation, low-income and disabled students. Some colleges offer academic support geared especially for students whose backgrounds may create challenges for them.
Social Support: Count on It
Your college will also have many resources to support your social and emotional well-being.
On-campus counseling services can help with issues such as homesickness, roommate conflicts, family problems, dating and more.
There are also clubs and social organizations that can help you have more fun during college. They can even lead you to new career paths.

Benefits to Your Family: Now and for the Future
If you go to college, statistics show your children and even their children are more likely to go.
Families with higher levels of education tend to have a better standard of living. Plus, higher education enables you to help your family. With more earning potential, you can give back to your parents, help your siblings and more. There are so many reasons to go.
So, if you come from a family of college-goers, keep it up. And if you're the first in your family to consider college, tell everyone, "I'm going."
Fast Fact: More education for you can mean your children will be better prepared for school.

Talking to Your Family: Make Your Case
Are you afraid your family might have concerns when you tell them you want to continue your education? That's completely understandable. Here are some ideas to help make talking to them easier:
  • Do your research. Explain how college or other postsecondary education will benefit you and possibly the whole family. You can find facts to back that up on this site. If you have already started looking into schools or financial aid, share what you've learned.
  • Plan your pitch. Don't just go in cold. Make an outline so you don't forget anything you want to say.
  • Anticipate their concerns. Just because they have concerns doesn't mean you can't convince them. To do that, be ready to respond to their objections calmly and politely with facts that ease their fears. The Why They Should Go page in the Parents/Family section of this site lists common concerns families can have, followed by responses that make those concerns seem more manageable. Study this list so you'll be prepared to respond to their worries. Or show them the list online. Knowing that other families had similar first reactions may make it easier for your family to let go of their concerns.
  • Practice first. If you're feeling really nervous, rehearse what you are going to say ahead of time. It can really help you feel more confident. You can even role-play. Ask a friend to play the part of the family member you will be talking to.
  • Promise to do your part. Pledge to hold up your end of the bargain. Promise them that their efforts to help you will be worth it. That means you'll apply yourself in school. You'll share with them all information about applications, tests and deadlines. You'll research schools. You'll participate in activities that will enhance your college resume. Then keep your word and follow through.
  • Stay positive. If you're lucky, things will go great and your family will be on board immediately. But if they don't see things your way, hang in there. They may come around eventually. If not, there are tips you can use to deal with an unsupportive family. You'll find them by scrolling down to the last section of this page.
  • Prepare to be surprised. They may not react negatively at all. They may be thrilled and offer more help than you ever expected. The only way to find out is to tell them.
Family Need Help Helping You? Point Out Resources
If your family supports your college dreams, but they don't know what they can do, you can help them help you:
  • Take them to school. Bring your parents to meet your high school counselor. Explain to your counselor that your family needs help helping you go to college. Together, you can create a plan outlining the steps everyone should take.
  • Visit the library. Your local public library will have lots of good information for you and your family. Ask a librarian if you need help finding it.
  • Lead them online. The Internet is a great source of college information. Here are some sites that can help your family learn what they can do to help:
    • college.gov's info for parents/family page. It lists useful links and tips to help your parents and family members use this site to help you.
    • Student Aid on the Web. Your source for free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
    • Federal Student Aid FAFSA4caster. This site helps high school juniors and younger get an early start on the financial aid process.
    • FAFSA Web site. This is where you'll apply for federal student aid as a high school senior. Your parents can learn what kind of information they'll need to provide, and learn about the process, so they can help you through it.

Family Unsupportive? Try These Tips:
Even after you explain the benefits, your family may not understand why you want to continue your education.
Maybe they don't believe it's possible financially. Maybe they don't understand how important it is to you. Don't give up hope. Try these tips:
  • Find mentors. Tell your high school counselor and your favorite teachers that you want to continue your education. Ask for their guidance, help and support. Having one or two key people on your side can make all the difference.
  • Enlist an advocate. Find an adult to talk to your family on your behalf. It could be someone from your place of worship. It could be a family friend. It could be your high school mentor. Hearing it from another adult they trust can help your family understand how important going is, for all of you.
  • Be committed. Form a plan to go as soon as possible, and stick to it. When your family sees how determined you are, they may come around. If not, at least you will have started on the path to get there yourself.
  • Think long term. If you don't go to college with your family's support, you can still go. If you can't go right after high school, you can still go later. Many people do. Stay focused and you can do it.

  Visiting Suggestions


1. It is never too early to start visiting
Most students start visiting colleges during the Spring Break of their Junior Year. Three day weekends are a great opportunity to visit – stay over Sunday night, go to classes on Monday, and go home Monday night.

2. Visit when the school is in session
If you visit in the summer, you can’t get a real sense of a college. Those who visit in the summer will often find a deserted campus – except for the           hordes of prospective students. You need to visit when school is in session to interact with the students, sit in on classes, see the activities and get a       sense for the school. Can you see yourself fitting in with the culture of the school?

3. Stay overnight at a school when possible
There’s only so much you can tell about a school from the tour and a walk around campus. Staying overnight will allow you to see the social scene, visit     classes, and really interact with the college students. Note- some schools do not host official overnight visits.

4. Sit in on multiple classes - especially in your possible major
When you visit a school, make every effort to sit in on multiple classes. The admissions office can provide you with a list of classes in various subjects.   The quality of teachers and classes varies, but by sitting in on several classes, you can get a feel for the type of students and teachers.

5. Ask students what they think!
The most overlooked tool to finding out whether a college will be right for you. When you’re on campus, seek out students and ask their opinions. Ask         several students, anyone you find in the cafeteria, campus center, gym, etc. This is the best way to get honest opinions. And college students definitely     are opinionated and are often happy to share their love (or hate) of their school.

6. Keep a notebook
After visiting several schools, the colleges and your experiences will blur in your mind. Have a notebook that you bring around to each school. Record         your feelings and experiences of that school. This notebook will be instrumental when you finally are choosing which schools to apply and go to.

7. Visiting campus is a must!
There are so many reasons to visit a college campus, rather than just going by what the website or brochures tell you. Obviously, the information sent out     by the college highlights the best aspects of the campus. You can discover a lot of information that the college didn't want you to know such as if the           campus is in a bad neighborhood, what the nearby town is like, and the quality of the facilities and dorms.

8. Go off the beaten path!
Don't just take the tour On the college tours, you are taken on a well thought out route of the campus. After the tour, go around and explore for yourself.

9. Read school newspapers
A school newspaper is one of the best ways to get a feel for the school and to learn about the activities on campus. Notice the main themes in the               newspaper - are there a lot of stories about theft and vandalism? Are there features on student activism? If a school has multiple publications, be sure to     check all of them out.

10. Look at "student sites"
Another good way to get a sense of the school is to look on online forums that some colleges have for students to interact and share information. Not all       schools have these sites but many do. For instance, Williams Colleges' site is: wso.williams.edu, and other schools have a Daily Jolt site, such as               Brown, http://brown.dailyjolt.com/, and Amherst, http://amherst.dailyjolt.com/

11. If possible, visit twice
First impressions can be misleading and so take advantage of every possibility to visit the campus. Remember, you're going to be at the school for four       years, so spending two nights there makes a lot of sense.


College Name: ______________________________________________ Website: _____________________________________________________

% accepted: _______ Avg. GPA: _____ Avg. Test Scores: _______________
Common Application user?: __________ Deadline:__________Early Action/Early Decision/Priority? ________

Location and distance from home: _____________________________________________________________

Program(s) in which you are interested: _________________________________________________________

Sports/ Division Info:________________________________________________________________________

Clubs & Activities in which I might be interested: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________

When I looked at their website I thought I might like the following things about this school:_____________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________

When I looked at website the following are things I thought I might not like about this school:__________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________

After looking at the website, I still have the following questions about this school: _______________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________

User name for website or school’s application: __________________ Password: _________________________

Information on Visiting:

Date and Times I can visit: ___________________________________________________________________

Contact person (staple card to front): ___________________________________________________________

Actual Date of visit: _______ Did you attend an info session: ______ Tour: ______ Interview: ________________

Did you meet with any SHS Alumni? _____________________ Faculty member? ________________________

When I visited my impressions were (think about the dining halls, residence halls, campus lay-out, impressions of the student body, surrounding town or area, etc.

Many colleges will ask on the application why their school is a good fit for you): _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________

Most impressed with: ______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________

I was concerned about or need to do more research on: ____________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________

A representative from this college will be visiting SHS on: ___________________________________________

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Visiting Suggestions