Tawas Area High School Counseling Office

How do I Register for the ACT/SAT?

Registering online for the ACT and SAT tests is the quickest way to register.  To register for the ACT on line, go to www.actstudent.org. You can register 24/7; get your admission ticket sooner; and have access to the most up-to-date list of test locations.

The only ACT test that students do not have to register for themselves is the ACT that is part of the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) given in March unless you want to take an additional test on a different date.

To register for the SAT online, go to www.collegeboard.org or SAT.org  You can get immediate confirmation of your registration.

An informational flyer is also available in the counseling office. Students can come in and pick one up.

Tawas High school staff can not register students for the ACT or SAT. Students and parents must register themselves.  Students do not have to register to take the ACT for the Michigan Merit Exam since it is part of the State of Michigan test.

ACT test dates 

December 12, 2020
February 6, 2021
April 17, 2021
*June 12, 2021
July 17, 2021

SAT test dates

December 05, 2020 (Check Collegeboard.org for Locations)
March 13, 2021 (Check Collegeboard.org for Locations)
May 8, 2021 (Check Collegeboard.org for Locations)
June 5, 2021 (Check Collegebaord.org for Locations)

**FREE SAT practice site**  

Need A Fee Waiver?

You may be eligible for fee waivers for ACT, SAT, and college applications.  Visit www.collegeboard.org  or stop by the counseling office for more information.


What You Need to File the FAFSA 

Go to the right website!

The FAFSA application can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid. If you are on a website that tries to charge you, it is a scam.
For special circumstances, there is a paper FAFSA that can be printed out and completed; however we do not suggest you file on paper because it takes several weeks to process and is harder to complete. Application process opens on October 1st.  


Deadline Approaching: March 1, 2021

As a reminder, priority consideration for State programs is given to students whose Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received at the federal processor on or before March 1, 2021

High school seniors who achieved a SAT score of 1200 or higher are eligible for consideration for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS).  Additional criteria for eligibility, such as demonstrating financial need at a Michigan institution, will be evaluated based on a completed FAFSA.

Set up your FAFSA ID before you file.

Students and one parent (for dependent students) will need an FAFSA ID, which includes a user name and password, in order to file a FAFSA. This is used both to log in and as your electronic signature on the FAFSA.

Make sure to keep this information in a secure location or choose something that you will easily remember as you will need it to make any changes on the FAFSA, file the FAFSA in the future, and fill out information to receive loans.
It generally takes 1-3 for the FSA ID to become fully operational, so it is a good idea to do this process at least a few days before starting the FAFSA.
Please note the that the FAFSA ID has replaced the PIN number on all federal websites.

There are many things you will either need to know or need in-hand in order to fill out the FAFSA and to create your FAFSA ID. This will include:  

  • Social security number (both student and parent[s])
  • Driver’s license (if any) or state ID
  • Permanent resident receipt card (If applicable)
  • W-2 forms and other 2019 records of money earned
  • 2019 income tax return
  • Records of child support paid
  • Records of taxable earning from Federal work study or other need-based work programs
  • Records of student grant, scholarship, and fellowship aid, including AmeriCorps awards, that was included in student or parent AGI
  • Current stock, bond, and other investment records
  • Current business and farm records
  • Current bank statements

Sallie Mae Paying for College Resources:

Here is a great resource to help students and families make a plan to pay for college.  The resource is free, easy to use , and includes great information on all the important paying for college topics.  Click on the link and it will take you to the homepage and you can view multiple video presentations regarding:

  • Introducing resources to help pay for college.
  • How to pay for college.
  • How to find out what college really costs.
  • How to find free money for college.
  • How to fill out the FAFSA.
  • Understanding your financial aid offers.
  • What you need to know about student loans.
  • Filling financial gaps.

Attention Sophomores:

There is a weekend leadership conference held at Michigan State University in May offered through Michigan Youth Leadership (MyLead). Participants will develop the leadership skills necessary to become understanding and effective leaders of tomorrow. Conference activities include motivational speakers, panel discussions about current events, team-building exercises, and much more. Students who have attended this had an awesome time! If you are interested in more information, stop by the counseling office for application or you can visit the MyLead website at www.mylead.org.   

Interested in College Fairs?

Below is a link of fairs across the state of Michigan.




Important Information for College Bound Seniors

  • College applications should be completed and submitted as soon as possible if you have not done so.
  • www.tawas.net  has a web page for scholarships under the counseling department link.  Parents can visit this site to keep up with information important to seniors.
  • Local scholarship information is available in the counseling office.  Scholarships are also announced in the high school daily announcements and on our website (www.tawas.net ).  Information on national and Michigan specific scholarships can be obtained by accessing the Michigan Department of Treasury's Student Financial Aid website at www.michigan.gov/treasury

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A student who has lost credit in a course due to any reason is allowed one attempt to test out for credit recover.  If they do not pass the test out, they would need to re-enroll in the course if it is required for graduation.  If the course is not required, students would make up the credit either by taking the course again, by taking a different course, or by using another credit recovery option.

Due to time restriction, students are able to test out of up to three courses per session.  Testing information will be posted on the district website and on the Tawas Area High School calendar.  Registration for testing out will be handled through the counseling office.

Test out Dates for the 2018-2019 School Year:

United States Military Academies provides information for students who are interested in applying


Applications will be accepted starting the middle of May through the end of September with interview nominations taking place late November or early December of each year.

Qualifications are:

  • Be a citizen of the United States by the time you enter a military academy
  • Be a legal resident of Michigan's First Congressional District
  • Be 17 years old, but not yet past one's 23rd birthday on July 1st on the year one enters the military
  • Earned an above average academic record
  • Achieved competitive standardized test scores (ACT/SAT)
  • Scored near or above the published averages on the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA)
  • Be medically qualified as determined by the Department of Defense Medical Evaluation and Review Board
  • Have strong moral character and display integrity

(Provides full tuition funding for a number of two-year (Associate Degree) programs).


  • A student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36 consecutive month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Human Services.
  • An acceptance form must be completed and returned before graduation or completion of a GED and prior to their 20th birthday.
  • TIP covers tuition charges up to 24 credits per academic year.  If the student has other financial aid assistance through the FAGSA, those funds can be used for room and board, books, supplies and transportation costs.

More information and a fact sheet regarding the TIP program can be found by calling toll-free: 1-888-447-2687 (Student Scholarships and Grants)

Online Resources for Colleges and Universities

www.EduTrek.com is a free website where prospective students can search the database for schools by state, degree and subject.  Information is gathered here on every American school including career-oriented trade and technical schools (also certification programs and other not-so-well-known schools), so that every student can find the right school.  It's a free site to use and offers a matching service that will take basic information and filter through schools to match students criteria.

Senior Athletes

Senior Student Athletes interested in participating in sports at the college level need to register with the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).

Counseling Office


Shannon Studley

Counseling Secretary

Sherrie Barringer

School Social Worker

Amanda Lizotte