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SENIORS: FINAL TRANSCRIPTS, GRADUATION SURVEY, AND COVID-19 UPDATES/RESOURCES

SENIORS: FINAL TRANSCRIPTS, GRADUATION SURVEY, AND COVID-19 UPDATES/RESOURCES

We understand the current stress that this global pandemic and the uncertainty of the future is causing everyone, especially our seniors.  Please know that we are here to support you.  Below is information that we feel may be helpful during this time.  Students and parents can also reach out to me or the other Counselors by email with any questions.

Students, please make sure you are checking your email, college portals, and college websites regularly for updates from your college.

We hope to see you soon!

Mrs. Hurst, College & Career Counselor

 

HOW TO REQUEST FINAL TRANSCRIPTS/GRADUATION SURVEY (due Friday, May 15)

 

Seniors, please complete the Plainfield North Senior Survey in Naviance by Friday, May 15.  Completion of this survey is very important as it is the way we gather information about seniors' plans after high school.  This is also the way students request their FINAL TRANSCRIPTS, which are required by colleges, military, and trade schools to show final grades and proof of graduation.

Final transcripts will be sent by Counselors in June.  

Click here for survey instructions.

 

POST YOUR FUTURE PLANS ON INSTAGRAM

 

Seniors, we are so proud of you and excited to hear what you've decided to do after graduation.  Please share your future plans (college, military, trade school, job) with us on Instagram @PNHS2020FuturePlans.  Thanks to the amazing seniors who came up with this idea and organized it!

 

RESOURCES PERTINENT TO COLLEGE PLANNING/FINANCIAL AID AMID THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC

 

 

COLLEGE-SPECIFIC UPDATES

 

Many colleges are extending their decision and deposit deadlines and pushing back orientation and registration dates.  While college websites are the best places to find this information, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has created a tool that compiles college admission updates due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  

Although admissions visits and events are canceled at colleges during this time, most colleges are offering virtual campus tours, virtual hangouts, and virtual meetings with college admissions staff, faculty, and current students. 

A few local college updates are listed below:

 

SHOULD I DEFER/DELAY COLLEGE ADMISSION?

 

Deferring/delaying college admission is a question that should not be taken lightly.  If you are seriously considering this option, PLEASE reach out to your college to get more information before making a decision.  Below is an email Counselors received from Andy Borst, Director of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, on April 8 regarding this issue:

"At this point, I would suggest advising your students to hold off on deferring/delaying admission and to continue to plan to attend college in-person for the Fall semester.  I won’t speak for other universities, but we’ve been getting similar questions lately from others.  At the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign we will allow student to defer/delay thier admission up until a few days before the start of a semester if due to COVID reasons, so there is not a rush for students to make this decision.

From a college-side viewpoint, it is more efficient for a student to plan to enroll as normal and then later switch to a deferred/delayed admission prior to the start of the semester.  It can be more challenging for both the student and the university, if a student defers/delays admission now but then later elects to attempt to enroll in the previously desired semester.  If a student decides to delay/defer admission they cannot take any collegiate coursework from another institution during the interim.

None of us really knows how long the COVID outbreak will impact the educational environment.  The reality of this situation seems to change daily and our reality may be much different in August/September.  Right now, students have time on their side."

 

FINANCIAL AID

 

If you are having trouble picking a college because of cost, use this Financial Aid Worksheet to compare award letters.

 

**If you have special financial circumstances at this time, please do not be afraid to ask for help. 

If your family's financial situation has changed because of COVID-19 or for any other reason, please contact the college's Financial Aid Office.  They will be able to assess the situation and make any necessary accommodations or adjustments.

Please also note that stimulus checks and assistance/benefits from any other agencies will not impact a student's ability to receive financial assistance from the federal government to pay for college.  If your family needs to apply for assistance/benefits, please do not let planned college financial aid deter your family from seeking help.**

(**information from the COVID-19: Helpful Tips for HS Seniors and College Students (April 14 Facebook live video recording from the IL Student Assistance Commission) )

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Many scholarship deadlines have been extended.  Find the most updated scholarship information in Naviance

Joliet Junior College has over 700 scholarships available for incoming students.  Click here for more information.

 

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HOW TO LOG IN TO NAVIANCE

 

  1. From the Plainfield North webpage, go to the Quick Links menu and click Clever
  2. Click Log in with Active Directory and enter your psd202 email and password.
  3. Click Naviance and it will automatically log you in.

 

HOW TO REQUEST MIDYEAR OR SCHOLARSHIP TRANSCRIPTS IN NAVIANCE

 

How do I request an OFFICIAL MIDYEAR TRANSCRIPT for college?

  1. From the Naviance home screen, under the My Favorites menu click Colleges I’m applying to.
  2. Click the + in the red circle on the upper right of the screen.
  3. Select which college you are applying to and note how you are submitting your application (directly to the institution or via Common App - this is necessary for Counselors to send your transcripts).
  4. Click Add and Request Transcript when done.

 

How do I request an OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT for a scholarship?

  1. From the Naviance home screen, under the Colleges menu at the top click Apply to College then Manage Transcripts.
  2. Click the + in the red circle and then click Other Transcript.
  3. Click the radial button for Midyear (or Initial if Midyear isn’t an option) and then fill out the other fields. 
    1. If you want the transcript mailed, enter the mailing address.
    2. If you want the transcript emailed to you in a pdf, put that request plus your email address in the Notes section.
  4. Enter any additional information in the Notes section.
  5. Click Request and Submit when done.

 

DISTRICT 202 UPDATES ABOUT GRADUATION, PROM, ATHLETICS, ETC

 

Please see the Distric 202 weekly updates for current information.

 

NEED HELP FIGURING OUT YOUR PLAN?

 

We are here to help.  Please contact me or the other Counselors by email.