College, Career and Financial Aid Planning
Wissahickon High School
CEEB Code 390065
Wissahickon High School uses Naviance Student to help guide students in the post-secondary planning process. In order to gain the most up-to-date information relating to college planning, please visit your Naviance account.
All Wissahickon students have access to their own unique Naviance log-on. For most students, this is their email address. Parents can set up their own account by contacting Stacy Anderson, College & Career Counselor.
College Planning Timeline
Standardized Testing for College (SAT/ACT/Subject Tests)
Many colleges and post-secondary institutions will require some form of standardized testing as part of the application for admission. These tests are typically taken during junior year and timing is advised based on a student’s course selection. Parents and students should consult with their counselor or Ms. Anderson to develop an appropriate testing plan.
NCAA Eligibility Center
Any student who wishes to pursue Division I or II athletics in college must register with the Eligibility Center during their junior or senior year. Click here to access the Eligibility Center Quick Reference Guide.
Steps to Eligibility
- Complete registration at Eligibility Center website
- Send SAT/ACT scores and use the Eligibility Center code of 9999
- Submit transcript release form to counseling office to have transcript sent to NCAA at beginning of senior year
Financial Aid & Scholarship
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the primary financial aid application to receive any type of federal aid and, in some instances, institutional aid. Some colleges will ask prospective students to complete an additional financial aid document called the CSS Profile. Students should research the financial aid requirements for each college to which they will apply. Click on the resources below.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – free website to qualify for federal student aid
CSS Profile – required by some institutions to receive institutional aid
Naviance - scholarship database available under “Colleges” tab, then Scholarships
FastWeb – scholarship search database
FinAid – student financial aid guide
PHEAA – Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PA State Grant application)
FAFSA4Caster – get an estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid
Raise.me – microscholarship website supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The WHS Counseling Department will hold an annual Financial Aid Information Night (April) and a FAFSA Completion Night (October). Please check Schoology for the dates of these programs.
Financial Aid Timeline – Senior Year
- Complete college applications and any separate institutional scholarship applications
- Search Naviance and Fastweb for other scholarship opportunities
- Set up your FSA ID at www.fafsa.gov. Student and parent must have separate FSA ID. Parents will have one FSA ID for all children
- Begin FAFSA for federal and institutional student aid eligibility using tax return (Class of 2020 – use 2018 tax year information)
- Complete PHEAA State Grant Application (found at the end of the FAFSA application)
- Complete CSS Profile, if required by college
- Attend FAFSA completion workshop at Wissahickon High School
- Review any financial aid packages that have been received
- Apply for scholarships through Naviance or outside websites
- Compare all financial aid packages from colleges that accepted you
- Reach out to financial aid officers with questions about package
- Return any required documents to accept/decline financial aid package
College Representative Visits
Each Fall, many representatives from colleges all over the country visit Wissahickon High School. The high school encourages current junior and senior students to attend these visits. To see a complete list of currently scheduled visits, visit the Naviance website and sign into your account.
Visit With College Representatives
- Students should sign up through their Naviance account – a complete listing can be found under the “Colleges” Link (JUNIOR AND SENIOR STUDENTS ONLY).
- Before the visit date, students should stop in the counseling center to pick up a pink college visit pass.
- Come with questions and ready to learn about the college opportunities!
Wissahickon College Application Process
The Wissahickon High School Counseling Department is committed to providing college access for all students. During the Spring semester of junior year, students are given information about the college planning process in an English class. Click on the resource links below to find documents outlining the college application process for WHS juniors and seniors.
*WHS Information Release Forms (yellow) and WHS Transcript Request Forms (purple) are available for pick up in the Counseling Office
WHS Teacher Recommendations: Two letters of recommendation from high school teachers is what WHS will suggest for the college application. Students should identify teachers that know them well, and preferably from the junior year. Students are encouraged to have a verbal conversation with these teachers before the end of junior year. Be mindful that some teachers have a limit of how many letters they will accept to write, so don’t put this off. All letters are confidential in nature and will not be shared with the student.
School Counselor Recommendations:The assigned school counselor will write a letter for any student who needs to have one. Students are required to complete the Senior Questionnaire on Naviance before a letter will be written. The Senior Questionnaire is found in the About Me section of Naviance. Counselors will write the initial letter after receiving the first transcript request (purple form) where a college requires a counselor recommendation or where a student requests a letter to be written. Please allow up to TEN SCHOOL DAYS for the letters and transcripts to go out. View WHS Application Policies & Procedures for department deadlines.
Outside Letters of Recommendation: WHS will not send any letters of recommendation from non-WHS individuals. Any coach, advisor, employer, mentor, etc. that agrees to supplement your application with a letter of recommendation must submit his/her letter to each individual college on their own. Students should provide the contact information for all colleges to this individual.