Casey Harper, Guidance Counselor
Amy Lewis, Guidance Counselor
RCHS School Code: 181910
To register for the ACT, go online to actstudent.org and set up an account. From there, you can register to take the exam using a debit or credit card. If you are an 11th or 12th grade student and you meet the financial guidelines to receive free or reduced lunch, you can get two fee waivers while you are in high school. Just ask one of the counselors for a waiver, and they can help you.
Keep in mind that it is NOT a good idea to wait until the deadline date to register for the ACT. Please give yourself (and your counselors) enough time to properly register.
There are many scholarships that are available to students who meet certain criteria; for example, some are based upon health conditions such as diabetes or epilepsy, some are based upon physical traits such as race, ethnicity, or height. The key factor in getting a scholarship is how hard a person is willing to research and follow up on the opportunities. Most scholarships require an essay, which requires time and effort. Although the R.C.H.S. guidance counselors post and advertise the scholarship opportunities that come into our offices, it is impossible to have information on every single scholarship that might be available to a particular student. For that reason, we encourage students to do scholarship searches on their own using websites that screen for certain criteria. A few reputable sites are:
College Affordability and Transparency Center: http://collegecost.ed.gov/
College Scorecard: http://collegecost.ed.gov/scorecard
College Navigator: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator
Financial Aid Shopping Sheet: www.ed.gov/financial-aid-shopping-sheet
CFPB’s Paying for College Tool: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/paying-for-college/
Comparing Colleges Brochure: http://StudentAid.gov/comparingcolleges