09.30.2021

College Counseling Updates – Kris Nilsen’s All Things College

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Class of 2022! September 28, 2021

Click Here for all things college!

Relocation of Mrs. Nilsen

Dear Families,

Due to the water issues at the upper school, Mrs. Nilsen ill be using Mrs. Padovich’s office for meetings with families and learners.

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RESCHEDULE “ALL ABOUT THE CLASS OF 2022” ZOOM MEETING

Due to issues beyond my control, I feel it is best to postpone the zoom meeting until next week.

Thursday, October 7th

6:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/8816321018?pwd=aEg2dndEMmlyZ2YwQjFhRzhzbE1UUT09#successMeeting

ID: 881 632 1018
Password: College

Information on Senior Events and College applications will be discussed.

Parents and seniors HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to attend!

Event will also be recorded.

FAFSA, California Dream Act

FAFSA/CADAA OPENS THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1ST!

FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA)

Billions of dollars goes unused every year because students do no fill out the FAFSA/CADAA.

Here’s How to Get Ready for the FAFSA!

Here’s How to Get Ready for the CADAA!

Undocumented Students must meet the eligibility criteria for AB 540, AB 2000, SB 68 or U-Visa holders to apply for and receive California state financial aid. The California Dream Act allows students to receive state and institutional grants if they meet income guidelines, apply by the priority deadlines, and complete all necessary paperwork on-time.

Click here to access the CADAA: https://dream.csac.ca.gov/landing

Zoom w/ Nilsen

If you need help with the FAFSA or CADAA, please reach out to me.

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COLLEGE ESSAY GUY VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR

Wednesday, October 6th

3pm – 6:45pm PDT (6pm – 9:45pm Eastern)

  • Connect with over 65 colleges and universities from around the world
  • Join me in the opening session as I share How to Develop a Preliminary College List in Under an Hour
  • 6×6 format: 6 schools present for 6 minutes each (super efficient way of getting to know many colleges/universities)

Check out the schedule and list of colleges, and register now!

Show up at 3pm PT to catch my opening session How to Develop a Preliminary College List in Under an Hour. It’ll be an interactive session in which you can actually develop an initial college list—or refine the list you’ve already started—in less than 60 minutes.

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SAT at SCVi

Most colleges are test-optional this year due to Covid 19 but If you would like to take the SAT, it is being offered on-site:

When: Thursday October 28, 2021

Where: The Village room in lower school

Time: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Proctor: Mrs. Nilsen

Cost: $60 (Cash or Check made out to SCVi)

Limited Seating / First Come First Serve

Email kris.nilsen@scvi-k12.org to reserve a spot

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO ACCESS APPLICATION WEBSITES

Get Common App For Mobile

  • App. Opens 10/1
  • One application/different essays depending on college
  • If application waivers are needed, request in Common App

University of California Apply

Submit 11/1-11/30
$70 per campus
One Application
Self-report all classes and grades
No recommendations needed
Can request Application Waiver in application
Required to answer 4 out of 8 short answer personal insight questions
Due November 30th

Cal State Apply

App. Opens 10/1
$70 per campus
One Application
Login to Student Portal to view transcript
Self-report all classes and grades
No recommendations needed
Can request application waiver in application
Due November 30th

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GET HELP WITH COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS AND PROMPTS

A WEEKEND CRASH COURSE ON THE SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAYS

October 2nd and 3rd

Saturday & Sunday | 10-11:30am or 4-5:30pm Pacific time (1-2:30pm or 7-8:30pm ET)

HOW TO ANSWER THE UC PERSONAL INSIGHT QUESTIONS

Oct 9th, 16th, & 23rd

Saturdays | 2:00-4:00 pm PT (5-7:00pm ET)

Register Here

Appointment w/Nilsen

For availability, click HERE.Choose a time that works with your schedule. Fill out information and choose In-Person or Virtual

Appointment will be added to my google calendar. If in person, come to my office (by Etta James)

If virtual, at the time of the meeting click HERE!

Meeting ID-881-632-1018

Password: College

StudentSquare

StudentSquare is linked to ParentSquare. Learners need to do the following:

  • Download the app
  • Sign In (uses school email)
  • Edit account and add cell phone number

Follow Me On Twitter & Instagram

@NilsenLovesCollege

Twitter

Instagram

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Pathways Student Portal / Login Regularly

The student portal is a great way to stay on track throughout the semester. Please login regularly.

REPORTING: There are 3 tabs.

“SCVi 4 year plan”: Click on each subject to see what grades you received and credits earned.
Transcripts: View and print unofficial transcript. Also make sure all classes and grades are up to date.

Class Attendance:

View attendance by month. When getting attendance emails, you can check here to see what class and facilitator issued the absence.

Class Schedule:

Make sure the classes listed here are the classes you are physically attending. If the class is not listed, you are not “in” the class.

Resources:

Helpful links and information. If you login to the portal first, you will be able to access all programs at SCVi (Brightspace, SCOIR, College, etc)

Pathway Student Portal Login

We Are In This Together!
iLEAD Student Support Counseling Website
California Help Line
We Are In This Together!
Click below for some awesome resources to help you through difficult times.

 

1-888-448-9777 (English and by text)

1-888-448-4055 (Spanish and by text)

The number will be staffed the following hours:

M-F: 5pm – 10pm

Sat: 11am-4pm

Sun: Closed

Help is just a phone call away!

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@NilsenLovesCollege
Academic/College/IB Counselor
28060 Hasley Canyon Road, Castaic, CA, USAkris.nilsen@scvi-k12.org661-704-4823scvi-k12.org

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