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High School Counseling News

Please take a moment to stay current on all of the counseling information.

Bright Futures Scholarship

Attention, parents of seniors! University High will be hosting a student and parent night to assist with the Bright Futures scholarship application process on Wednesday, January 22, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the main library. If you have an interest in attending, please RSVP via email to Mrs. Stapleton. Prior to attending, please note that students will need their social security number and student’s state ID number.

If students have access to their completed FAFSA document and they have already completed their 16 hours of community service and filled out the community service form, they can upload both of those documents during this meeting. Please note that we do not require the FAFSA and community service documents to be complete by the time we meet. Please visit the Bright Futures Volunteering page for community service forms.

We look forward to seeing you and your student there!

Scholarship, Leadership, and Educational Opportunities

Melissa Stapleton, high school counselor, updates the FYI: From the High School Counselor every two weeks during the school year. This publication provides information on scholarships, leadership and educational opportunities, and college admission officer visits. Parents and students may also receive it directly through email by sending a request to Melissa at Please include “Request for FYI” in the subject line and your name in the message. The first publication of the school year will be in early September. 

Another resource which also provides this information is our high school counseling bulletin board on the hallway wall directly across from the student services door.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent-enrollment opportunities include fire science, EMS, and agriculture programs, as well as other courses offered by Aims. Under Concurrent enrollment, juniors and seniors may take a class and receive both high school and college credit. In addition, University Schools will pay the tuition, up to six credits per semester. This is a great way to start earning credits toward a post-secondary degree or certificate program. Concurrent-enrollment paperwork for the fall 2019 semester is due May 15, 2019, to your high school counselor.

High School Students Can Receive College Credit for Accounting

Juniors or seniors at University High School can receive three college credits at Aims Community College (ACC101) for taking accounting while in high school. Aims is offering the class, taught by University Schools faculty, on the University Schools campus during normal school hours. Students can also receive University High School math credit for the accounting course. Accounting will help those students who plan on working in a business environment, or plan on owning their own business, and helps with learning how to handle personal finances. The accounting class also exposes students to what it is like to take a college-level course. If you are interested, please sign up during the class selection days in January. Any questions, please contact JoEll Matthews.

Benefits Of Free And Reduced Lunch For High School Students

High school students can get more than financial assistance for lunch when they qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Seniors may qualify for a waiver of their college application fees if they have been approved for the program. Students may also get a fee waiver for the ACT and SAT exams and a significant reduction in the fees for the AP exam. These are great reasons to apply for the free and reduced lunch program, even if your student does not regularly eat a school lunch.

Simply bring a copy of the approval letter to your high school counselor to receive a waiver or reduction of these fees. All information will remain confidential.

Discounted Internet

Comcast offers discounted Internet for families on the National School Lunch Program. To see if your family qualifies or for more information, visit Comcast.