The College Adviser's Corner

College Adviser:

Mr. Dillon Frechen is our college adviser for 2016-2017

Mr. Frechen is available to discuss any college or career activities every Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday. There is an appointment sign up sheet outside his office (inside the HS Library).   

Phone:231-821-1916; call anytime and leave a message

Email anytime:

Our college adviser works within the school to foster a college-going culture and increase the number of students pursuing their education after high school. Our adviser is part of the school community and works closely with the school counselor and school staff.

From navigating the college admissions maze to identifying and making students aware of available TIP funding that may pay for their tuition and assisting students and their families with FAFSA applications, our adviser is an expert, mentor, champion, and guide for students.  

Senior Timeline and Senior Checklist

Below is a list and a timeline that is here to help you be successful in your senior year! 

  1.  Apply now for your top college choices. To complete applications you will likely need: well written essays, competitive GPA, a list of your extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation. Some of the selective institutions will require you to complete a common application. You can find that application at 
  2. Want to join the Military? See Mr. Frechen, who can connect you with our local reps. 
  3. APPLY for scholarships!  Ask for help - this IS something you can and should do.
  4. Visit college campuses, especially those that interest you most. Finding the best fit for you is critical for your success. Let us help - see Mr. Frechen today.
  5. TIP = cash for college program. Do you know if you are TIP eligible? Mr. Frechen does! So if you are unsure, ask him. The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) pays for your entire two years of tuition at any Michigan Community College, Ferris State University, Laks Superior State University, Northern Michigan University, and the Michigan State Agricultural Tech Program. This is called Phase I. During Phase II you are eligible for $2,000 over the course of your junior and senior year college.   more information is provided in the link. You can also call 1-888-447-2687 to see if you are eligible for this awesome program! 
  6. Most ways of getting money for college involve applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The application is available October 1, 2016. You will need your social security number, your parents social security number, and  your parents W2 tax information. Please see our FAFSA page for details on information nights & how to get help in filling this out.
  7. Make a DECISION about which college you'll attend by May 1st, 2017.
  8. Pay your enrollment or housing deposit
  9. CONGRATULATIONS!! Completing these steps are the best way to be ready for college.

Scholarship Search

It is never too early or too late to start searching for scholarships. 

ACT Test

This is widely considered the most important factor for getting into most 4-year colleges after your grades. And it isn't an easy test, but with practice and hard work you can do very well. A good score can not only lead to acceptance into a college, but also better scholarship money. So don't put it off, start studying TODAY!

Seniors- if you are unhappy with your ACT score or you want a better chance at scholarships, retake the ACT. It costs $35 and it is given multiple times a year. Give it a chance, most students get a better score the second time around. 

Juniors-It is never too early to start practicing, you will be taking the ACT with your class in March and it is pretty difficult and VERY important so check out these sites and start practicing right away! - sign up here!

For more information on standardize testing in general and its affect on college admissions, click here

Want to study for the ACT?

 Here are a few sites that are great for preparing for the ACT, and you should prepare, it's a very important test for your future.

Study, prep, and eat breakfast! Your future depends on it!

This site has free practice questions. If you get the answer wrong the first time, it explains the rules that relate to the question and allows you to try again. Its a great way to practice your skills.