College Planning Information

The ACT is a national college admissions exam that consists of subject area tests in: English, Math, Reading, and Science. The essay section is optional and when you register you must indicate if you want to take the writing section. The ACT is offered six (6) times/year: September, October, December, February, April, and June. 

Students typically take the ACT for the first time during the spring of their junior year since the exam is curriculum based.

Additional ACT registration information

To register for an ACT exam please visit ACT Student

Collegeboard (CEEB) codes are needed when you register for Collegeboard standardized testing such as SATs and SAT Subject tests. Our high school code is: 393580

College Applications
Students will apply to college during their senior year. The application timeline is typically late August through the end of November. During the first week of senior year, all students will attend a college application assembly to review the application process, timeline, deadlines, requesting transcripts, sending SAT/ACT scores, etc. (This information is also reviewed with them at the end of their junior year.)

All applications are completed online and application fees vary by college. Once a student applies to a college they will then request their transcripts in Naviance and send their test scores from the testing agencies.

More detailed information about PAHS college application process, writing the college essay, and obtaining letters of recommendation will be provided to the rising seniors via Naviance email, small group meetings, individual meetings, and parent presentations.

College Planning Checklist by Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

College Rep Visits to PAHS
Throughout the fall, Admissions Officers from various colleges and universities visit the high school to meet with prospective students. These small group meetings are open to current 11th and 12th grade students. Students can view the schedule and sign up to attend the session in their Naviance account. 

Disability Services Information for College-Bound Students
Academic accommodations are required by law for eligible college students with a learning disability. Accommodations are changes in the learning and testing environments that give college students with LD an equal opportunity to learn. The Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA) and its amendments (ADAA) require that reason accommodations be made available to college students who have current documentation of learning disabilities and who request learning and/or testing accommodations.

Students are encouraged to contact the Disability Services Office at the colleges they are considering or planning to attend in order to receive additional information an to submit the required paperwork in order to receive accommodations at college.

ALL colleges and universities provide some level of services and/or accommodations for learning disabled students, as mandated by the American with Disabilities ACT (ADA).
These colleges and universities go a step further... they offer programs, some quite comprehensive, designed to support students with learning disabilities.

Rights and Responsibilities for College-bound Students with Learning Disabilities

High School and College Differences

What are Accommodations?

Financial Aid
Student financial aid is funding that is intended to help students pay education-related expenses including tuition, room & board, fees, boos and supplies at a college or university. Financial aid can be both need-based and non-need based. Financial aid includes: direct loans, pell grant, and the PA state grant. Need-based aid is awarded on the basis of the financial need of the student. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine federal and state aid eligibility.

How To Apply For Financial Aid
1) Create a FSA ID. The student and at least one (1) parent will need to do this. This will be your electronic signature used to submit your completed FAFSA.
2) Complete and submit the FAFSA. Apply online at Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Aid At a Glance 2019-2020

Federal Student Loan Programs

Federal Grant Programs

Financial Aid and Undocumented Students

Financial Aid Night Presentation (September 2017)

Financial Aid & Scholarship Packet

Naviance is a college and career readiness program that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. It is a comprehensive planning software used by all PAHS students. Naviance family connection.

NCAA Student-Athlete Eligibility
In order to compete in a sport at a Division I or Division II college, the student must meet certain eligibility requirements set forth by the NCAA. PAHS students are asked to self-identify themselves as a potential college athlete to either their School Counselor or to Mrs. Bhalla, the College and Career Counselor. Mrs. Bhalla will oversee NCAA eligibility for the students of PAHS.

Students and parents are asked to complete the PAHS NCAA self-identification form and review the presentation to become aware of the eligibility requirements. Self-identification forms should be signed by both the student and parent and then returned to the Counseling Office for review.

2019-2020 Student-Athlete Guide

Division I Eligibility Requirements

Division II Eligibility Requirements

Students should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of their junior year of high school. The NCAA needs to see three (3) full years of completed high school course work in order to start the eligibility process. To register: please visit the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Additionally, students are required to send their SAT or ACT scores directly to the NCAA from the testing agency. The NCAA code is 9999.

Parent Authorization for Transcript Request
This form must be on file for every senior student in order for transcripts to be requested in Naviance and processed. Once the form is completed by the parent/guardian, it should be returned to the Counseling Office. 

Phantom's Future

Students and parents are encouraged to review Phantom's Future, which is our comprehensive post-secondary planning guide. This guide provides information on various topics related to post-secondary planning, timelines, grade level check lists and other important information.

PSAT Testing
Students in grades 9-11 took the PSAT in October 2019. Scores are now available in the student's collegeboard account and students received a paper copy of their scores.

The SAT is a college entrance exam used by most colleges and universities in the admissions process. The SAT consists of two sections: evidence-based reading/writing and math. The essay section is optional and students must indicate when they register if they want to take the essay.

The SAT is offered seven (7) times/year: October, November, December, January, March, May, and June.

Students typically take the SAT for the first time during their junior year.

Additional SAT registration information

To register for an SAT exam, please visit Collegeboard

SAT Subject Tests

The SAT subject tests are 50 questions and 1 hour in length. The test is specific to content area. (Ex: Bio, Chem, Physics, etc.) Students can take up to three (3) subject tests on one test date. 

SAT Subject tests are not required by all colleges. Students would need to check directly with the college to see if this is a requirement for admission. If subject tests are an "optional" item in the admissions process, students are encouraged to take them.

Students typically take a subject tests around the same time they are finishing a similar course high school course. (Ex: a student in AP bio junior year, would want to take the Bio subject test at the end of their junior year.)

For more information and to register, please visit
SAT Subject Test.

All scholarships are posted in Naviance for senior students and their parents to view. Scholarships are posted in Naviance throughout the year as we are notified of them. Most scholarship opportunities will be posted January-April. A detailed description of each scholarship, eligibility requirements, the application (or website) and the deadline to apply are all posted in Naviance when you click on the scholarship title.

We also advise students to look at each college's specific website for additional scholarships that the college may have to offer.

It is always a good idea to look close to home for scholarships. Parent-teacher associations, chambers of commerce, the hospital where you volunteer, local chapters like the Boys and Girls Scouts, Rotary International, the Elks and Lions, and other groups support hometown students aiming for college. Your religious institution may also offer scholarships in addition to your parent's place of employment. Additionally, if your parents served or are currently serving in the military you may be eligible for educational benefits from the military.

Additional Scholarship Links

Scholarships for Minorities
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