College Readiness

Core – Complete the following:

High School Transcript – High School Transcripts must be submitted for all college applications. A copy must be obtained through the registrar at the home high school and Parchment.com. A Skyward-generated copy will not be accepted.  Be sure to follow your home high school's transcript request process. High school transcripts cannot be generated at the JATC. 
 
Post-Secondary Graduation Plan – Research requirements for your intended program of study, degree, or major. Program requirements for certifications, professional licenses, degrees, and majors are readily available on each college/university's website. Complete and include the document provided as evidence in your portfolio. 
 
 
College Report – Complete a College Report that compares and contrasts 3 colleges of consideration.  A completed spreadsheet must be included in the student portfolio. Students may find the College Navigator website as well as individual college and university websites helpful as they gather data to complete the college report.
 
Please use one of the templates below.
 
Supplemental – Complete three of the following*:
 
Formal College Campus Visit – Students may schedule and attend a formal campus visit at the college of their choice.  Various campus visit opportunities are available and can usually be explored by visiting an institution’s website.  Examples of opportunities available at some local institutions are posted at the links below. Students will use the College Visit Document to gather information during their visit and include the report in the student portfolio.
 
 
Submit a College Application – Submit a college application to any post-secondary institution (public or private).  Post-secondary institutions that offer certificate programs, 2-year associate degrees, and/or 4-year bachelor's degrees all meet the definition of college.  Proof of application submission in the portfolio can include any of the following: a copy of an email or electronic communication from the institution stating that the application has been submitted, documentation that an application fee has been paid, an admissions acceptance letter, or other documentation proving college application was submitted.   **Don't forget to send your transcript!**  Transcripts can be sent electronically using Parchment.com.
 
*** If you have taken any concurrent enrollment classes you have already completed a college application. Evidence of concurrent enrollment will be verified through your high school transcript.

Request for Letter of Recommendation – Students will often need to obtain at least one letter of recommendation for use in scholarship and/or college admissions applications. In order to ensure a strong letter, it is helpful to provide detailed information about yourself when asking for a letter. Please complete the “Request for Letter of Recommendation Documentation” form available from the link below for future use.  

Request for Letter of Recommendation Documentation

College Application Essay – Many college applications require a college admissions essay in their student portfolio.  The CollegeBoard has essay writing tips and sample essays at the link below.
(CollegeBoard Writing tips/Sample Essays)
 
FAFSA Completion Open House (Seniors Only) – Attend a Virtual or in-person FAFSA Completion Open House sponsored by Utah/UHEAA to get help filling out the form. Students can sign up for an available time slot during one of the scheduled events in October and November.  Available dates, instructions, and the sign up are listed below. Please include documentation of open house attendance.
 
Scholarship Award – Receiving a scholarship award can be counted as a portfolio qualification.  Include a copy of the award letter in the student portfolio as evidence.
 
Concurrent Enrollment/AP College Credit – Complete Concurrent Enrollment or AP credit. A high school or college transcript showing credit earned will be accepted as evidence for the portfolio. 
 
ACT/SAT Completion – Include a copy of your ACT or SAT results in your portfolio.  The documentation must be one of two options: the complete score report from ACT or SAT (available online), or the basic scores included on the high school transcript. Get your ACT Score Report Here.  Get your SAT Score Report Here.
 
FAFSA Application – Complete a FAFSA application.  Certification of a FAFSA submission to the federal government would be the inclusion of a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) in the student portfolio.  The SAR is generally delivered via email 72 hours after submission of an electronic FAFSA.  Personal information (such as income) should be removed or hidden.  For more information and guidance on FAFSA submission, students should attend a FAFSA Completion Open House sponsored by the Utah Council and UHEAA.  Additional information is available in the Financial Aid section of the JATC website. (seniors only)
PSAT Completion – Students may take the PSAT/NMSQT examination in the fall of their junior year.  A copy of the test results must be included in the student portfolio for certification.  High schools administer the PSAT/NMSQT each October.  Students should check with the Guidance Center at their boundary school for testing date and registration information.
(PSAT/NMSQT Examination)
 
Scholarship Application – Complete and submit at least two scholarship applications.  Scholarship opportunities are posted on the JATC website under the “Current Students” navigation menu.  A copy of the applications, email confirmations, or a print screen verification of the electronic submission of the applications must be included in the student portfolio.