College Prep

College Days

At the beginning of the 11th grade year students are allowed a total of two higher education days per year to be used to explore post-secondary options. Students exploring post-secondary options will not be counted absent if the following conditions are met:

  1. Five days notice must be given to the Guidance office in writing by a parent or guardian.
  2. A signed statement from an admissions officer must be presented to the Guidance Office upon the student's return to school.
  3. These days must be taken prior to May 1 of each school year.

The purpose of these days is to allow students to investigate post-secondary options. Further information concerning higher education days and their usage may be obtained from the student's counselor.



This is the process that determines federal and state grants and loans. Many colleges' financial aid programs and scholarship programs will not consider a student for aid unless the FAFSA is submitted. Every student considering post-secondary education should make the FAFSA a priority.

Senior applications may be submitted starting October 1st and must be received by the federal government by April 15th. (Various colleges may have earlier submission dates.)

More information on FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is available on the web at FAFSA.

Financial Aid Night

  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (Tentative)
    • TWHS Auditorium
    • Junior & Senior parents please plan to attend.

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Student/Parent Responsibility

Student Responsibilities

  1. Begin process of selecting a college or university early (Junior Year or Fall of Senior Year- August & September.)
  2. Be aware of grades, rank in class, strengths and weaknesses
  3. Pay attention to daily announcements and bulletin board outside of Guidance Office for upcoming visitation days, college rep. visits, test dates, scholarships, job listings, etc.
  4. Use Guidance Office for research on colleges, careers, testing, financial aid, Area 31, etc.
  5. Acquire some college applications from Guidance Office or contact colleges/universities via phone or on-line.
  6. Search and apply for scholarships.
  7. Attend and arrange college visits.
  8. Follow directions for submitting applications and scholarships.

Most college applications and scholarship applicationas are done electronically.  Senior are asked to notify their counselor of any completed online applications.  For applications requiring transcripts to be mailed, Seniors are required to supply two stamps to Mrs. Miller so that materials can be processed. Students should allow 2 school days for this information to be completed and mailed. Students who wish to have their counselor or a teacher to write a letter or recommendation should give this person 10 school days to complete the letter.
All information, application, letters of recommendation (if needed), stamped envelope, and any other necessary information, will be submitted at the same time in order for the application to be processed in a timely manner. Students who do not follow this policy risk that their applications may be delayed.

Parent Responsibilities

  1. Discuss future plans, including the financial picture and any restrictions, with your son/daughter early in the selection process.
  2. Be aware of deadlines (admission, scholarship and financial aid applications, etc.)
  3. Complete your portion of the admission application (signature, checks, verifications of residency etc.)
  4. Fill out financial aid forms, if you plan to file, in January and no later than March 1 to qualify for Indiana grants (Some private colleges have earlier submission dates for FAFSA).
  5. Call the Guidance & Counseling Office if you have questions, and make an appointment if necessary.
  6. Attend college advising and financial aid meetings offered at Tri-West.
  7. Attend college visits with your student.
  8. Check with your student periodically to provide support with the college selection process.

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