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
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.
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!
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:
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."
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) )
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.
How do I request an OFFICIAL MIDYEAR TRANSCRIPT for college?
How do I request an OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT for a scholarship?
Please see the Distric 202 weekly updates for current information.