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Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Approves 25 New Local Scholarship Proposals

DENVER – Dec. 18, 2020: The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) board approved 25 proposals that will provide more than $3.3 million in scholarships for Colorado students.   
 
The money will match locally fundraised scholarship dollars one-to-one during the first round of awards for 2020-2021. This funding will support more than 2,349 students across the state. The scholarships are multi-year awards ranging from $500 to $15,000, depending on the program and a student’s financial need. Most students will receive the scholarship within the next two to four years. ...Read More

College Planning Night for Juniors Is January 20 @ 6 pm

Counselors will host a virtual college planning event for juniors and their parents on Wednesday, January 20, at 6:00 pm. Topics covered in this presentation include: how to use Naviance, ACT/SAT, planning timelines, college entrance requirements, and more. Details will be emailed to junior students and parents. After the event, the presentation will be posted on the BHS Counseling Events website for anyone to access.

Midyear Transcript Requests for Seniors

Midyear Transcript Requests for Seniors

Seniors, if your colleges/universities have asked for midyear transcripts, you may now request these through Naviance: Instructions for Requesting Midyear Transcripts in Naviance. We will begin processing requests once midyear transcripts are finalized in late January. Please note there is no charge for midyear transcripts. 

Schedule Change Deadlines for Spring 2021

Schedule Change Deadlines for Spring 2021

Schedule change deadlines for second semester, Terms 3 and 4, are now available. Link to the Spring 2021 Semester Deadlines for more information. For classes that run the full semester or for Term 3 only, level changes will be allowed until January 26, provided there is availability in the new class. Please contact your counselor with any questions or to make a schedule change.

FOR SEMESTER 2, TERM 3 CLASSES ONLY:

  • Deadline to Add Courses: Thursday, January 7
  • Deadline for Clean Drops*: Friday, January 15
  • Deadline for Drop with WP/WF**: Tuesday, January 26
  • Late Drops*** (Grade="F"): Wednesday, January 27 
  • Deadline for Level Changes: Tuesday, January 26 

*Clean Drops are defined as removing a class from the schedule and the transcript.

**WP is defined as a withdraw pass. This is shown on the transcript but does not affect the grade point average.  

**WF is defined as a withdraw fail. This is shown on the transcript but does not affect the grade point average.  

‚Äč***Late Drops are defined as a class dropped starting January 27 (2nd semester, term 3) or April 12 (2nd semester, term 4). The student will receive a failing grade for the class. 

Graduation Packet Distribution for Seniors Jan. 20 & 22

Josten’s will be at Boulder High on Wednesday, January 20, and Friday, January 22, to distribute graduation order packets to seniors. Packets can be picked up between 11:15 am and 12:00 pm on the south side of the school at the entry doors to the gymnasium (masks required). All seniors should pick up a packet during this time! Packets include information on ordering your cap and gown and graduation announcements. Seniors must have a new cap and gown to participate in the ceremony.

Josten’s will return to collect orders from students on January 27 and 29 between 11:15 am to 3:15 pm, again on the south side of the school at the entry doors to the gymnasium.

If you need more information, contact Josten’s: 970-223-7119 or bellusoffice@jostens.com.

Spring 2021 State Testing Dates

The SAT School Day test for juniors is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

The PSAT 10 for sophomores is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, 2021, and the PSAT 9 for freshmen is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021. 

These school day state tests will all take place at Boulder High School. If you have individual questions regarding any one of these exams, please contact your alpha assigned counselor.

Join ACE Mentor Program Today

Join ACE Mentor Program Today

Interested in Architecture, Construction, or Engineering? Looking for something creative to do after school? Why not get involved in the ACE Mentor program?

ACE Mentor will introduce students to the A-C-E professions and, with the help of professionals in the industry, guide students through the design process.

This year, the design will be of Tiny Homes!

Sessions will be held virtually starting in January. You will be able to choose from one of three sessions which will be made up of students from all around Colorado!

Register today!

https://www.acementor.org/students/

Applying for College Scholarships

Applying for College Scholarships

Seniors, if you have completed all your college applications, now is a great time to start doing scholarship research. You can find scholarships in Naviance and on your college websites. You can also contact our College Support Team parent volunteers for scholarship search help. Link to the BHS Financial Aid & Scholarships webpage for more information.

College Admission in the Era of COVID-19 Presentation

College Admission in the Era of COVID-19 Presentation

Former dean of admission, Peter Van Buskirk, assesses the impact of the current health and economic crises on the college search and selection processes. This district presentation was given on October 26, 2020. Watch it now: College Admission in the Era of COVID-19 Presentation.

Seniors: Your Diploma Name Form Is Due Nov. 2

Seniors: Your Diploma Name Form Is Due Nov. 2

All senior students were emailed the Diploma Name Form. Your diploma name must match your full, given legal name, as listed on your birth certificate or other legal document. This form must be submitted by November 2, 2020. (Note to seniors: You must use your BVSD email account to submit this form.) Contact theresa.vanzante@bvsd.org if you have questions. 

New Portal Allows College-Bound Colorado Seniors to Apply for State Financial Aid

New Portal Allows College-Bound Colorado Seniors to Apply for State Financial Aid

The Colorado Department of Higher Education today announced a new online application that allows Colorado students who have historically not qualified for federal aid to complete an application for state financial aid. The Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) opened October 1 and is available here.

“CASFA positively supports families and is a logical next step in efforts to erase equity gaps and put college in reach for the families who benefit most from a postsecondary education,” said Dr. Angie Paccione, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. “This is one example of how Colorado demonstrates its commitment to educating all of our students on their academic journey.”

In 2019, the General Assembly passed H.B. 19-1196, Financial Aid For Students With In-state Tuition, which allows state-funded financial aid to be awarded to students who do not have lawful immigration status but have resided in the state for at least three years before graduating from a Colorado high school or passing a high school equivalency exam, and admitted to a participating college within 12 months of graduating high school. They must also sign an affidavit affirming that they are seeking or will seek legal status as soon as they’re eligible. These students are historically called ASSET students after Senate Bill 13-033, Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow. 

“Every student deserves access to a postsecondary education,” said Colorado Senator Dominick Moreno. “Many of my constituents work multiple jobs or have to take time off from school due to lack of access to financial aid. The CASFA helps all students access the state or institutional support they need to complete their education. I was proud to sponsor this legislation for the many Coloradans who have worked hard to pursue their educational goals.”

Non-U.S. citizen resident and non-resident students can complete the CASFA to determine their eligibility for institutional aid, as well as state-funded financial aid if they are also ASSET students. Institutional and state-funded financial aid, including grants and work study funds, help open doors to higher education for students who have attended high school in Colorado but who are not eligible for federal financial aid.

The CASFA follows the same methodology for determining the Expected Family Contribution as exists in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and aligns with the FAFSA open and close date—a 21-month application cycle that begins on October 1, nine months before the start of the award year, and ends on June 30, the last day of the award year.

Students eligible for Title IV financial aid should complete the FAFSA and not complete the CASFA. 

More information on the CASFA can be found here: https://highered.colorado.gov/casfa.  

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