International School for the Arts
College Counseling Resources
We know that there exists an exciting world of over 4000 college options across the country, in Canada, and in the UK. We introduce our students and families to as broad a range as we can. We recognize that the range of college choices available to each student is directly related to their own effort and individual habits of mind. Therefore, we guide students in taking ownership over their high school education and college planning process, knowing that doing so will maximize the college options that will later become available to them.
This handbook provides an overview of the college application process, high school diploma requirements, standadized testing, career development resources and scholarships/financial aid. Please use this guide as a resource to assist you navigate the senior year.
The college planning process is an integral part of advisement. A combination of meetings, events and online resources enables students and families to engage thoughtfully in the process:
- Students and parents meet with School Counselors one-on one to discuss academic strengths, aspirations, and viable college options
- Day and evening programs throughout the year are designed to inform students and parents of various aspects of the college process and create excitement for the journey that lies ahead. These events include financial aid nights, college fairs, college application days, college tours and college admissions sessions with College Counselors.
The following resources provide access to virtual college tours, college search engines.
SC Commision on Higher Education College Application Info Sessions, As a way to provide even more opportunities to place college representatives in front on interested students, CHE has asked the colleges for some college specific nights where students can log on and get assistance directly from the college they are applying to. These CHE/College Sponsored app nights will take place through the months of September, October and November.
Big Future, Comprehensive college search engine.
Virtual College Fairs, College fairs hosted monthly by the National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Campus Tours, Links to virtual tours, video clips, and other material.
College Quest, Search for colleges by interest, size, location.
College Net, Search for colleges, scholarships, financial aid; electronic applications; virtual bookstore.
College Navigator, Search for information on college, financial aid and other college application information. Provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.
CollegeWeek Live, Virtual college fairs.
College View, College searches and information about college life.
National Association of College Admissions Counseling, Information about admission policies and procedures. This information is provided by the Association of College Admissions and Counseling Professionals.
Peterson's, College searches, information on majors, careers, financial aid and preparation for college.
The College Application Process
1. GET AN APPLICATION: Most college applications can ne accessed online. Student’s can simply go to the colleges website and fill out the online application.
2. APPLY: Students should read and follow all direction and fill out the application thoroughly. It using a paper application, be sure to write neat and legibly.
3.COUNSELOR FORM: Some colleges include a sheet that must be completed by the school counselor. Print this form and bring it to your school counselor as soon as possible.
4. RECCOMENDATION LETTER: Colleges often require recommendations. This can be either a letter or may be a certain form that the college has within the application that is sent to the recommender via a secure link. Be sure to give the writer of any recommendation plenty of time to complete the letter or form. It is recommended that you provide the writer a copy of your resume or an activity sheet listing your activities, awards, and accomplishments, etc.
5. TRANSCRIPT: After completing the application, students are required to request their high school transcript through www.Parchment.com to be sent to each college they are applying to.
6. ACT/SAT SCORES: Colleges require that students have test scores sent directly from the ACT or Collegeboard (SAT) directly. Students can also indicate which colleges they would like for their scores to be sent to when they take the test.
College Admissions Testing
For information on general information about the Accuplacer, ACT, and SAT tests, as well as information about test preparation click here . For specific questions, please contact the School Counseling Office by calling (803) 476 - 3005.
Financial Aid & Scholarship Information
Free Application for Federal Student Aid : Avalible October 1
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid; translation: it determines a student's eligibility for need-based federal financial aid for college, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans.
College Scholarship Service Profile
CSS Profile®,short for the College Scholarship Service Profile, is an online application created and maintained by the United States-based College Board that allows college students to apply for non-federal financial aid. A list of colleges, universities , and scholarship programs that use CSS PRofile as part of thier finanial aid process can be found here.
The Irmo High School Counseling Department hosts an active scholarship directory each year. The 2020-2021 directory can be accessed by accessing this link:
Irmo High School Scholarship Directory ( archived)
Wondering how to pay for college? This video series can help. Over the course of eight short videos, learn not only what resources are available to help pay for college, but also the basics of financial aid and the questions to consider before choosing a college.