Further FAFSA DetailsDependent vs. Independent Student status

More info on Dependent vs. Independent

Who is my "parent"?

Loan Forgiveness for Public Service
FAFSA BasicsWe encourage ALL students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the gateway for all need-based financial aid. Students work with their parents to fill in the FAFSA online. Based on the information you provide, students can be awarded any combination of grants, loans and work study. Filling the FAFSA does NOT obligate you to take any of the aid offered--you can always refuse, but you never know what you'll get unless you file the FAFSA!

Here is a link to the FAFSA website. You can take a look any time, but you can't file the FAFSA until January 1st of the year you plan to start college. FAFSA

Do You Need Money for College?

What is a PIN & why do I need one?

What information do I need to file the FAFSA?

Steps to Financial Aid

January Scholarship ListHere is the list of scholarship opportunities for January 2015.


The cover page for the January scholarship list has information about testing deadlines and upcoming opportunities for Seniors.

January 2015 Scholarship Cover Page
General Financial Aid Information"Financial Aid" means any help with paying for college. Financial aid can be loans, grants, scholarship or work study programs. The best source of need-based financial aid is the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). Below is some basic information about Financial Aid.

Here are a couple of videos on how to fill out the FAFSA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRyXfUStHO0

This is a link to information about the different types of aid available through FAFSA.
Types of Aid Available

For more information on types of loans available through FAFSA, click this link.
Types of Loans

For more information about financial aid scams, click this link.
Financial Aid Scams

For information about financial aid opportunities for non-citizens, click this link.
Aid for Non-Citizens
December Scholarship ListBelow is a list of upcoming scholarship opportunities. Paper copies of this list are available in the Counseling Office and the Career Center.

Dec 14 Scholarship List

This cover page including important dates and information about the CHS/CCC FAFSA information Night. Check it out!

Dec 14 Scholarship List Cover Page
Letter of Recommendation Request FormWhen you ask a teacher/boss/coach, etc for a letter of recommendation, please keep the following things in mind:

- Give at least 2 weeks time to write a good letter
- Make the request in writing
- Include a resume or list of activities during high school
- You CANNOT have a relative write you a letter of recommendation

Below is a "fillable" PDF of a Letter of Recommendation Request form that you can type in & print to give to the adults who will write your recommendations. The second page is an Activities List that you can use if you don't already have a resume or activities list.

Letter of Recommendation Request Form

November 2014 Scholarship OpportunitiesHere is a list of scholarship opportunities for the month of November. This cover sheet has information about upcoming SAT & ACT deadlines as well as colleges visiting CHS and helpful websites.

November 2014 Scholarship Cover Page

The actual list of scholarships is divided into 2 parts. The first part is new scholarships. That is followed by a "Previously Listed" section. Both sections are listed in order of deadlines.

November 2014 Scholarship List
NCAA Eligibility InformationNCAA Eligibility Guide

NCAA Eligibility Video

NCAA Eligibility Center Registration Guide


NCAA Eligiblity Brochure

NCAA Eligibiity Requirements

Approved CHS Core Courses

New Division 1 Requirements

The NCAA Eligibility Center recently launched a website specifically dedicated to educating students and parents about the new NCAA Division I eligibility standards for 2016 and beyond. Visit http://2point3.ncaa.org

NCAA Student Athlete Guide on Rules & Regulations
Community Service-Extended ApplicationFill in this form to document your community service hours. Remember all students at Canby High School must document 40 hours of community service as a graduation requirement.

CHS Community Service Documentation

So what counts as community service? Basically anything where someone is being helped, as long as the student is not getting paid, it is not required for specific class credit, and it is not for a family member.


The following are documents to explain the requirements for the (EA) Extended Application:

EA Checklist

EA Documents

EA Teacher Scoring

EA Class Opportunities
College TestingFour year colleges require students to submit either ACT or SAT scores. The ACT is the American College Testing program. The SAT is the Scholastic Aptitude Test. The tests give colleges an indication of a students academic readiness for college level instruction. Most schools accept scores from either test.

Both tests assess students in three sections (English, Math, and Writing). The ACT also includes a fourth section, Science. The SAT is considered a reasoning test, so some of the test measures a student's ability to think through new or novel situations. The ACT is considered an achievement test, so it only measures what curriculum students have learned and retained. The SAT has scores ranging up to 800 in each of the three sections, for a total possible score of 2400. A good score for the SAT is 1500 and higher. The ACT has scores ranging up to 36 in each of the four sections, and they also give a composite or average score. A good score for the ACT is 22 and higher.

A student can take the tests as often as they would like, however 2-3 times is on average when scores are the highest. Most colleges will combine the best sub-scores from multiple tests to get a best representation of a student's ability. Test preparation usually improves test scores, and options vary from self-prep to test prep classes to simply taking the PSAT (Practice SAT) and reviewing results.

It is recommended that top students take the SAT or ACT for the first time at the end of their junior year. Then they can take the test a second time, if so desired, in the early fall of the senior year. This will allow time for the student to have scores sent to colleges between December - February, when most college applications are due.

To register for the SAT, and/or get prep materials, go to http://www.collegeboard.com/

To register for the ACT, and/or get prep materials, go to http://www.actstudent.org/index.html

Other Self-prep options include acquiring prep books from the public library or local book store, or visiting sites, like http://www.number2.com/
or Khan Academy
or http://www.testprepreview.com/
or http://www.actexampracticetests.com/
or http://www.kaptest.com/
or students can access Peterson/s Test Prep through the CHS created CIS Portfolio, http://oregoncis.uoregon.edu/login/login.aspx

For prep classes, students can sign up for classes from:
Saturday Academy
Portland Community College Community Ed - Test Prep
Freshmen Four Year Course PlansCounselors will present Four Year Course Planning Information to all freshmen students during freshmen English classes sometime within Trimester 1 & 2 of this school year.

Four Year Course Planning is important for the following reasons:

-To learn and plan for high school graduation requirements
-To learn and plan for college entry requirements
-To learn and plan for Honors Diploma and/or College Credit classes
-To meet State Of Oregon Graduation Requirements (as part of an Educational Plan & Profile)

Most of the information emphasized is from our CHS Academic Planning Guide

Students are shown the typical progression of academic classes through the following flowcharts:

English & Math Flowchart

Science & Social Studies Flowchart

The students course plan is started on a document called the MAPP (My Academic Plan & Profile), and then the MAPP is updated every year in high school, through 10th grade Future Focus Classes, and 11th and 12th grade Advisory Groups.

See the document here,




ASPIRE Program InformationASPIRE is a program which trains adult volunteers to give students one-to-one assistance with completing post high school planning activities (career research, college apps., scholarships, financial aid forms, etc.). Referrals to ASPIRE come from the student or their Academic Counselor. Students decide what they want help with, and are assisted through the CHS Career Center.

See the CHS Career Center Website: CHS Career Center

And the link to ASPIRE: ASPIRE Page

Oregon University System (OUS) InformationFor information about the Oregon Public Colleges,view the following slide show:
Choosing an Oregon Public University

For specific information regarding Oregon Public Colleges (Admission Requirements, Application deadlines, Preview Dates,etc.), view the following:
Oregon University System Viewbook
October Scholarship OpportunitiesEach month in advisory, Seniors will receive a list of available scholarships. The list will also be posted on this blog. Paper copies of the list will be available in the Counseling Office and the Career Center.

This cover sheet lists upcoming college visits and a list of good scholarship search websites.

Oct 2014 Scholarship List Cover Page

Here is the list of available scholarships.

October 2014 Scholarship List
Advisory ProgramThe CHS Advisory Program is an extension of the Comprehensive Guidance and Education Program. The program provides important information to support the success of all students. Advisors also serve as additional support personnel for students. The goals of the program are as follows:


(1) Increasing students’ self-monitoring of their school progress
(2) Increasing students’ knowledge of specific graduation requirements
(3) Improving students’ knowledge of and access to post high school info
(4) Improving student goal setting and personal planning
(5) Increasing student utilization of school resources

CONTENT: (White Notebooks)

Through approximately twenty yearly advisory sessions, over four years, students review:

(1) Transcripts, State Assessment Reports, CHS Grade Reports, Attendance Reports
(2) Graduation and Portfolio Requirements (Credits, Career Related, Other)
(3) Reasons to Stay in School, College Degrees, College Testing, Scholarships, etc.
(4) Forecasting, Career Information & Resources, Updating Career Plans & MAPPs
(5) How to get help (Math & English Labs, etc.) & How to make up credits

The Advisory Topics are as follows:
2014-2015 Freshman Advisory Topics

2014-2015 Freshman Advisory Topics">2014-2015 Sophomore Advisory Topics

2014-2015 Junior Advisory Topics

2014-2015 Senior Advisory Schedule

College Admissions and ApplicationsWhat Kind of Students are Colleges Interested In?
You don't need to be a “brain.” You do need to show a willingness to learn. You don't have to have lots of money. You do need to be willing to work. You don't have to be an outstanding athlete. You do need to be involved in a variety of activities. Colleges are interested in a well-rounded individual who has participated in many areas of high school life. The best advice we could give is to get involved—join—participate—learn.

What are My Choices?
Generally speaking, all colleges fall into one of two categories: State-Supported Colleges —
institutions which are supported by public funds and tax monies; or Independent Colleges and

Universities which are institutions that are not supported by tax money. The schools may be church affiliated or totally independent of both state and church support.

State-Supported colleges and universities in the state of Oregon are either 2- or 4-year schools. The 2-year schools are all community colleges. They offer a wide variety of special vocational training programs, as well as college transfer programs of study.

Usually the state-supported colleges and universities, whether 4-year institutions or community colleges, are less expensive than independent or private colleges. This is because they are tax supported. All state-supported 4-year institutions will be very similar in cost for any Oregon resident. The variations are minor and are detailed in the specific college catalog. The programs available will vary quite a bit; again, this is where the college catalog or website comes in. Conversely, many independent or private colleges will be more expensive, but able to offer a more attractive financial aid package because they are not state supported.

FACTORS TO CONSIDER..when choosing a college

•What are the costs for tuition?
•Room and board? Are there other fees?
•How much did costs increase from last year to this year?
•Is there a difference in the costs for in-state and out-of-state students?
•Are accepted students required to place deposits for tuition and housing? Are these refundable?
•By when must accepted students decide whether they will attend?
•Are deposits required each year for returning students?
•When do the bills have to be paid?

•Where is the college located (city, suburb, small town, rural setting)?
•What is the surrounding community like?
•Is the college public, private, church affiliated?
•What is the current student enrollment?
•What special or unique programs are offered?
•Does the college have general education or course distribution requirements? What are they?
•Does the college have special programs for transfer students?
•What is the academic calendar (semesters, quarters)?

•What is the average age of the student body?
•What is the male-to-female ratio?
•What percent of students reside on-campus?
•Are dorms co-ed or single sex?
•Is it a "suitcase college" where all the students leave on the weekends?
•What are the procedures for selecting a roommate?
•What are some of the rules and regulations that govern campus and dormitory life?

•What percent of students receive financial aid based on financial need?
•What percent of students receive scholarships based on academic ability?
•What would be a typical financial aid package for a freshman?
•What percent of those who apply for financial aid receive it?
•Will my financial aid be adjusted if my need increases?
•What are financial aid application procedures and deadlines?
•When are financial aid applicants notified of their awards?
•How long do they have to respond? Is there a tuition payment plan?
•Are there campus jobs available? Are there off-campus jobs as well?

•Where do the majority of students come from?
•Do most of the students commute or live on-campus?
•What types of student activities are there? Are sororities and fraternities on-campus?
•What athletic programs are available?
•Is the surrounding community supportive of the college?
•Does the college have a campus visitation program?
•Is housing available / guaranteed for freshman? Is it available for all four years?

•What high school courses are required?
•Are entrance tests required? Which ones' What scores are acceptable?
•Is a certain grade point average or class rank required?
•Will my activities and school involvement be considered?
•Is there an essay on the application? Is it read?
•Is there an early decision or early action plan?
•On what basis are applicants accepted?
•Are personal interviews or letters of recommendation required?
•Do certain majors have special requirements?
•What percent of applicants are accepted?
•Can admission denials be appealed?
•What are the application filing dates?

•What is the average class size? Largest? Smallest?
•How many students in last year's freshman class returned for their sophomore year?
•What was the grade point average for the freshman class last year?
•What is the college's procedure for student orientation, class placement and scheduling? Are classes guaranteed?
•How is a faculty advisor assigned to students?
•What services does the school offer for the student who is undecided about a major?
•How many students complete a degree? What are the most popular majors?
•Are students taught by full-time faculty members, graduate assistants, or a combination of both?
What types of additional services are provided by the school at no additional cost to the student (e.g. tutoring, career and personal counseling, developmental reading and study skills workshops, job placement)?

Is there an honors program? What are the qualifications for entry?
Compiled from various sources by the National College Fairs Staff

Summary of the College or School Application Process

1. Do the groundwork. Look at websites, review catalogs, write for information, visit campuses, and seek advice from people who have experience and/or expertise in this area.
2. Take the appropriate admissions tests.
3. Decide where you wish to apply. Many schools provide on-line applications and may waive
application fees. Check the school's website.
4. Make sure that you meet the admission requirements for the program that you want.
5. Request letters of recommendation if needed. Give your references at least 2 weeks notice. Provide references with a written list of your interests and activities.
6. Submit the admission application by the date required. Be sure to include all supporting data such
as transcripts, references and personal statements or essays.
7. Submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 st , in order to start the financial aid process. Applying on-line usually results in quicker response.
8. Apply to each school for financial aid and scholarships.
9. Apply for local and other financial aid and scholarships.
10. Confirm admission by sending in any required deposits.
11. Apply for on-campus housing.
12. Make an appointment with the institution's Financial Aid Officer.
13. Attend orientation, if offered.
14. Register for classes.
Online OpportunitiesMany colleges and universities offer classes online. In some cases, you can even earn an entire degree online. Take a look at the following websites for more information.




SAT and ACT Dates for 2014-2015All registration for SAT and ACT tests is online. You must upload a photo (head shot) with your registration.

Neither the SAT nor the ACT are given at Canby High School, but there are testing locations at many area high schools.

The Canby High School CEEB Code: 380-135

SAT Dates:

October 11, 2014

November 8, 2014

December 6, 2014

January 24, 2015

March 14, 2015

May 2, 2015

June 6, 2015

Register for the SAT at: SAT Registration

The SAT Reasoning test costs $52.50

ACT Dates:

September 13, 2014

October 25, 2014

December 13, 2014

February 7, 2015

April 18, 2015

June 13, 2015

Register for the ACT at: ACT Registration

The ACT test with Writing costs $54.50
Foreign Exchange ProgramsMany students are interested in Foreign Exchange programs. Studying & living abroad is a wonderful experience. In a average school year, two CHS students are living in another country as exchange students and we welcome four or five international students to CHS. Here are some basic facts to know if you are considering an exchange.

- Exchange programs can last 1 semester or 1 year. Some programs also run 4-8 week summer programs.

- Generally, your Junior year is the best year to go. It's difficult to get graduation & college plans squared away if you are out of the country during your senior year.

- Most exchange programs have some basic requirements. Students usually must be between 15-18 years of age. Some have a minimum GPA requirement, often 2.8 or higher. Depending on the program and/or country, there may also be language requirements.

- Cost of exchange programs varies widely. For semester or school year programs the costs can be anywhere from $3000-$9000. This cost does not include airfare or living expenses. It covers the actual exchange program only.

- Not every exchange program allows you to choose your destination. Often, you will have a "wish list" of 3-6 countries or you may be guaranteed a geographical region (e.g South America, Eastern Europe, etc.)

- Canby High School will accept credits earned while you are on exchange (maximum of 8.0 credits). These classes are listed with a "P" for Pass rather than a letter grade.

Below is a list of some state-approved exchange programs with representatives in Oregon.

AFS International Programs
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs
North West Student Exchange
Youth For Understanding
Cultural Homestay International
Education First Foundation
Rotary International
Education, Travel and Culture
International Student Exchange

Scholarship Application tipsDon't Get Scammed Looking For Scholarships

(Little ways to help win big bucks)

Scholarships are awarded to the students who can show on paper that they are the most qualified applicants. Incomplete and messy applications may be passed over in favor of neater and thoroughly completed applications. Careful preparation will increase your chances of success.

The Basics

Deadline: don’t miss it. Start early, especially if you need references or transcripts.
Follow directions exactly: Many applications are designed to check how well you follow directions. Instructions mean what they say: “In your own handwriting” (print neatly), “Typed” (printed from computer), “In the space below” (write here not on attached paper), etc.

Neatness: Print using black ink. Word process whenever possible. Most applications are available online and should be completed on a computer. Some can be scanned in, completed and then printed for a neater appearance.

Spelling and grammar: Use a dictionary and spell-check. Read it back to yourself out loud. Have a teacher or parent proofread the application.

Answer everything: Don’t leave any blanks empty (unless told to), write “none” or “N/A” (not applicable) where appropriate.


Choose carefully: Be sure what type of references are requested (sometimes a teacher of a specific class or an advisor of a particular club). If unspecified then give a variety of carefully chosen references. Good choices include pastor, employers, teachers, counselor, club advisor, or long-time family friend (not a peer or family member).

Attached recommendations: If letters of reference are to be included with the application:
Give the person at least 2 weeks to write the letter. You will get a better reference.
Tell them about the scholarship and what the judging criteria are. For example if it is based on leadership skills, communication skills, sportsmanship, volunteerism, etc., the person can specifically address their knowledge of you in that area.

Short Answer or Essay-type Questions

Thorough and exact: Thoroughly answer all parts of the question asked.
Length: Follow guidelines for length; more isn’t always better.
Proofread: Write a rough draft, proofread, and then copy onto the application. Concise, well-worded, neat, and grammatically correct answers will impress.

Help Yourself

Keep a file of your important information handy and updated so you don’t have to look it up each time. Jobs, clubs, awards, activities, references, etc. Save copies of applications and essays, often you can use the same thing again with minor changes. This includes papers you have written for school. Sometimes you can use an application essay to meet the requirements of a class assignment and get double benefit for the time you spend.