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    The KHS College Resource Center

    Room 4405

    Hours:  Open Monday and Friday during One Lunch/Mustang Hour

     

    We are available to you all days, regardless of in-school hours.

    Our volunteers are willing to help!

     

    Email us at  kingwoodhscollege@gmail.com 

    **Please contact us using your non-school email.

    We are unable to reply to Humble ISD student accounts.**

     

     

    A few useful guides to the entire college admissions process

    These sites contain information about various college admissions topics. 

     
    How to find the *right* school for YOU
     
    We believe that there is a college for every student who wants to pursue higher education!  
     
    - College search engines – Searches can be narrowed by various indicators including geography, size, majors, test scores, etc.
    Registering at some sites allows for better matching and more information (registration is free)
     
     
     
    -Campus Visits – Always, always visit a college’s or university's Admissions page for current information on campus tours, general information sessions, and school/departmental information sessions.  Some schools are offering only virtual tours during the pandemic.  We encourage you to take advantage of those opportunities to "visit" and get a feel for each campus.  While not the same as physically exploring a campus and its environs, the virtual tours ARE valuable.  
     
     
    -College Fairs, Open Houses, Recruiter Visits at KHSThese are held throughout the school year and provide a valuable, convenient opportunity to meet with campus representatives without having to travel.   Many of these recruiters are assigned specifically to the Houston region and will be your campus contact should you have questions or concerns during the applications process.
     
     
     
    College Admissions
     
     
    Once you have identified colleges of interest to you, be sure to review all the college’s requirements and understand where you place in their applicant criteria.  Always check each college’s admission page for details on academic requirements, application information and deadlines, required standardized tests, financial aid information, and scholarships.
     
    Standardized tests 
     
    This "test optional" environment changes the weight of how different things are reviewed in an application.  That said, we do still recommend that students prepare for and take the necessary standardized tests in time for applications. You most likely will need:

    There are several ways you can prepare for these tests.  Free practice tests are available via:

    If you need or want additional tutoring, options include classes, private tutoring, online tutoring, and prep books.   We also recommend taking each test, under timed conditions,  over back-to-back weekends to determine preference/performance.   This is a cost-free opportunity to see which test is most comfortable for you.  To be fair and impartial, we cannot and do not endorse any test preparation businesses.

     

    Preparing your application

    There are different vehicles by which to apply to your chosen schools. Many Texas colleges and universities participate in the ApplyTexas common application. Nationwide, more than 700 schools participate in the Common Application. A growning number of schools are participating in the Coalition Application.  Other schools require a separate, or school-specific, application. Refer to your chosen school’s admission’s site for direction.

     

    Preparing your essay

    Current year's prompts for:

    The following may help in with the essay writing process:

    John Hopkins Essays that Worked 

    Khan Academy Admissions Essays

    126 Essays Examples with Analysis

     

    Paying for College

     

    Financial Aid from the College

    "Need based" – Offered to those who qualify or demonstrate financial need.  Most colleges require a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Check the college’s financial aid page.  The FAFSA is now required for graduating seniors in Texas.

    FAFSA4caster – This estimates the expected family contribution.  We emphasize the word 'estimates' as this is not a guaranteed amount.

    Fafsa.ed.gov – The official FAFSA application opens in October

     

    "Merit based" – Offered based on academic achievement, athletic performance, service hours, or other criteria deemed above and beyond by a school or organization.  Schools view merit differently so each college or university will vary in what they offer and to whom.

     

    Find listings of scholarships on your chosen college's admissions and/or financial aid page. Colleges and scholarship organizations may still require a completed FAFSA.

     

    Scholarships – may be need based, merit based, or both. They can be national, state, local, or KHS-specific.   Be aware that the larger the scholarship applicant pool, the more competitive the scholarship.  

     

    Online scholarship search sites:

    Scholarship Buddy Texas

    Scholarships.com

    FastWeb

    College Xpress 

    Scholly app

    College Room postings – Local or area scholarships applicable to KHS students

    Kingwood High School- or Humble ISD-specific packets  are available in January or February of senior year and are usually due before Spring Break.

    Raiseme.me - microscholarships to specific schools

     

    The resources listed here are just a few of the many search options available online.  College room volunteers provide information based on experience and research. Even though every attempt is made to verify posted information, things do change.  Neither the school nor the volunteers accept liability for the accuracy of information. Always check official sources for the most up-to-date information. 

     

    Note: You should not have to pay for general information.  Make sure the information you are looking at is unbiased.  There are several college admissions websites that are for-profit businesses that exist solely to sell you their product or services.   

     

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