College Before Graduation: Spring 2021 Enrollment Is Open
If you are interested in taking a class at CU Boulder or Front Range Community College through the College Before Graduation program, please reach out to your counselor. The deadline for submission is November 15. For more information on the College Before Graduation program, go to the BHS Classes Outside of Boulder High page.
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/
Remember to Schedule Your Senior Meeting
Seniors! If you haven't already done so, please set up your senior meeting with your counselor using your BVSD email. Please do not set up the meetings through your parent email or a non-BVSD email. The links to schedule with your counselor are below:
- Ms. Berman, A-Ch: Berman Senior Meetings
- Ms. Valenzuela-Sliger, Ch-Gm: Valenzuela Senior Meetings
- Mr. Goulet, Gn-Lan: Goulet Senior Meetings
- Mr. Mowen, Lao-N: Mowen Senior Meetings
- Mr. Bloom, O-Shj: Bloom Senior Meetings
- Ms. Malkinson, Shk-Z Malkinson Senior Meetings
Be sure to book an appointment slot during a free period or another time you don’t have class. We are not able to excuse you from classes for your senior meeting. Let your counselor know if you have any questions!
—Your Boulder High Counselors
Graduation cap and gown ordering will take place in January this year. In the meantime, seniors can use this QR code to connect with Josten's, share information, and receive updates.
For Fall 2020, all college rep visits will be held virtually on Mondays. To join these meetings, go to your Naviance account. Click on "Colleges>Colleges Home>College Visits." Oftentimes, you will need to register in advance with the college to attend these meetings. Or you can use the link provided in the College Rep Visits Calendar: https://boh.bvsd.org/counseling/college-planning/researching-colleges
Each year, Boulder High hosts college admissions representatives to provide an opportunity for juniors and seniors to learn more about prospective colleges. View the College Rep Visits Calendar for the schedule. You can also search Naviance to see when a specific college you are interested in is visiting and to sign up for their visit.
Schedule Change Deadlines for Term 2
Below are the deadlines to add/change/drop classes for Semester 1, Term 2. Please contact your counselor with any questions or to make a schedule change. Link to the BHS Schedule Changes page for more information.
Deadline to Add Courses: Thursday, October 22
Deadline for Clean Drops: Thursday, October 29
Deadline for Drop with WP/WF: Friday, November 13
Late Drops (Grade="F"): Monday, November 16
Deadline for Level Changes: Friday, November 13 (only accepted for AP Human Geography, AP U.S. Government, and AP Psychology)