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Trion High School 

College and Career Information 

Mary Myers Searels, High School Guidance Counselor 

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Trion High School is committed to helping all students achieve their post-secondary goals. Our curriculum is designed to meet the admissions requirements of technical colleges and universities. Our extracurricular program provides rich opportunities for students to develop nonacademic strengths, talents, and interests.  All students are encouraged to make community service an important part of their lives.  Juniors and seniors should form personal objectives and educational plans and, in consideration of these, assess their potential in these areas. Students will then be better able to make post-secondary plans to provide an appropriately challenging and rewarding future.


Helpful College and Career Web Sites

The following links will take you outside of the Trion City Schools web site. TCS does not endorse any of these web sites; however, this list is provided to help you with your college planning.
Check your school email and Twitter for additional information. Please stop in and talk with Mrs. Myers Searels



You must take the Writing/Essay section at least one time.
*not available at Trion High School

ACT TEST INFORMATION – www.actstudent.org  $68.00 with writing; $52 without writing 

Test Date


Late Deadline

Online Score Release*

Sept 12, 2020 *

    Aug 14, 2020

Aug 28, 2020

Sept 22; Oct 6, 2020

Oct 24, 2020

    Sept 18, 2020

Oct 2, 2020

Nov 3; Nov 17, 2020

Dec 12, 2020

    Nov 6, 2020

Nov 20, 2020

Dec 22, 20; Jan 5, 21

Feb 6, 2021

    Jan 8, 2021

Jan 15, 2021

Feb 16; Mar 1, 2021

Apr 17, 2021

    Mar 12, 2021

Mar 26, 2021

Apr 20; May 4, 2021

June 12, 2021

    May 7, 2021

May 21, 2021

June 22; July 6, 2021

July 17, 2021*

    June 18, 2021

June 25, 2021

July 27; Aug 10, 2021


SAT TEST INFORMATIONwww.collegeboard.org  $68.00 with essay; $52.00 without essay 

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

August 29, 2020*

July 31, 2020

August 18, 2020

September 26, 2020

August 26, 2020

September 15, 2020

October 3, 2020*

September 4, 2020

September 22, 2020

November 7, 2020

October 7, 2020

October 27, 2020

December 5, 2020*

November 5, 2020

November 24, 2020

March 13, 2021

February 12, 2021

March 2, 2021

May 8, 2021*

April 8, 2021

April 27, 2021

SAT and ACT Registration Information 
Sign up early as space is limited to 60 students.  
If you take the ACT or SAT, add the Writing option at least one time. 
If you qualify for free and reduced lunch, see Mrs. Myers Searels  for a test fee waiver.
Code in the colleges/universities that you might apply to when you register.


General College Information
The following are general college planning sites that offer college searches, financial aid, test preparation, and other resources:
Collegeboard.org - is an excellent site to compare colleges; provides test taking tips and practice questions
ACT.org - provides free online ACT tutorials and practice tests
USA Test Prep – excellent test preparation site
www.ncaa.org – for student athletes
www.naia.org  – for student athletes

Financial Aid and Scholarships

 Fafsa.gov is the site for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is the only means to access your HOPE scholarship; federal grants including Pell; and federal loans.  The application will open in October, 2020.  Please attend our financial aid meeting on October 19 at 6:00pm with our guest speaker from Georgia Student Finance Commission.
Fastweb.com for free scholarship and college search information.

Important Reminders for Seniors and Parents

1. Pay careful attention to the SAT and ACT test registration, college and scholarship application deadlines.  Take the next available ACT or SAT if you are not satisfied with your scores.  See Mrs. Myers for a fee waiver if you qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch.   Code in the four colleges that you are most interested in receiving your scores when you register for the test.  It will cost $13 to send your scores later.

2. A parent or guardian must sign your transcript release form in order for your transcript to be sent to colleges and scholarships.  Please see Mrs. Myers to have your transcript sent.

3. Visit colleges virtually on their websites until in-person tours are available again. Tours during fall and spring breaks fill up quickly at colleges so make your reservation early when it becomes safe to travel again.

4. Listen to daily announcements of scholarship opportunities, check your school email, twitter and the bulletin board outside Mrs. Myers’s office for scholarship information.

5. Attend the Senior Financial Aid Meeting in our cafeteria on October 19, 2020 at 6:00PM.  There will be college representatives and military recruiters in the high school gym afterwards to speak with you about post-secondary options, admission criteria and the application process.

6. Continue to keep a list of your community service and leadership to add to your resume.


Important Reminders for Juniors and Parents

1. Make the best grades possible. Your grades will determine your official class rank and GPA. Most college admissions decisions will be based on the grades you make through your junior year.

2. Continue to build a strong personal and extracurricular record through involvement with your school activities. Colleges look for community service commitment and leadership in your resume.

3. Take the SAT and/or the ACT this winter and spring.  See Mrs. Myers Searels for advisement on the best test option for you and a fee waiver if you qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch. Sign up online. Be aware of those registration deadlines.  You will want to take these tests in December and February if you wish to enroll in one of our Dual Enrollment classes. 

4. Visit colleges virtually until travel is safe again and in-person tours are available. Sign up online for the information session and tour. 

5. Continue your college/career search on the internet.  Use Collegeboard.org and BigFutures.org to learn more information about colleges you are interested in attending.

6. Take the PSAT at Trion High School on October 14, 2020.

7. Attend the college fair in the high school gym.  There will be college representatives available to explain their admission criteria and the application process.

8. Plan to return to school next August with a definite list of three to five colleges.


Military Career Options

 The Armed Services are one of the major employers in our nation. It is also an excellent source of educational training and preparation for entry-level jobs. Representatives from each branch of the Armed Services visit the school on a regular basis.  If visitors are not allowed, the military will send us power point presentations that we will put on our televisions during lunch or see Mrs. Myers Searels for additional information.

The College Visit 

Schedule a college campus information and tour if they are allowed and you feel safe doing so.

If you are very interested in a particular college, inquire about staying overnight in a dorm, meeting a coach or teacher and attending a class.

Prepare questions to ask during your visit such as class size, cultural events, support services for students, etc.

Make notes after your college visit about your likes and dislikes.

The College Application Process

1. Complete the transcript release form and return it to Mrs. Myers Searels.

2. Apply online at the college’s website.

3. Use your credit card, check, or money order to pay for the application fees that can range from $30 upwards.  You may be able to use a fee waiver if you used one to take the ACT and/or the SAT.

4. Be certain that you have informed Mrs. Myers Searels and teachers in advance if you will need a letter of recommendation. 

5. YOU are responsible for applying to college in a timely manner.

6. If a college essay is required, spend the time to make it reflect YOU. This essay is your “third dimension”. It will make your application come alive to the admissions officers. Write about something that you are passionate about as it will ultimately reveal your intelligence, talent, sense of humor, enthusiasm, maturity, and writing ability. 


Financial Aid 

HOPE Scholarship requires an academic GPA of 3.0.  Zell Miller Scholarship requires a 3.7 GPA with 26 ACT Composite or 1200 Critical Reading and Math SAT. HOPE Grant requires a 2.0 GPA to pursue a certificate or diploma at a technical school. 

THS is hosting a financial aid meeting on October 19 at 6:00pm for all seniors and their parents with our Georgia Student Finance Commission representative. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about financial aid opportunities. 

1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid – www.fafsa.gov – can be completed online and submitted beginning in October, 2020. Have your tax returns and other pertinent information available as you complete it.  This must be completed in order to access the HOPE Scholarship and Grant.

2. CSS PROFILE is required by some private colleges to determine student financial need.

3. Grant Aid, which does not have to be paid back, includes the Federal Pell Grant. The Pell Grant is based on need as determined by FAFSA.
4. Loans which must be paid back after a student leaves college include the Federal Perkins Loan and the Federal Stafford Student Loan. FAFSA must be completed in order to be considered.
5. Many scholarships are available by contacting the Financial Aid office of the college or university the student selects.
6. Merit scholarships are those which are not based on family need. Students and families can find these using the websites posted on the bulletin board outside Mrs. Myers’s office in addition to those announced daily, sent to your school email and tweeted out on Twitter.
7. Do NOT pay money to apply for a scholarship. It is probably a scam.

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