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5 Steps for College Preparation

Check out these tips for a nice summary of what seniors should be doing right now!

SAT/ACT Information

Juniors should plan to take the SAT and ACT this spring or early summer. Sophomores still have plenty of time, but some choose to take at least one test this year for practice. 
Freshman do not need to take SAT or ACT yet.
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Register here for the ACT:
 PSAT score reports and test booklets were distributed to all juniors and sophomores. Please encourage your students to review the report. This will help them determine areas they need to focus on for SAT/ACT preparation. Reports can also be accessed online at 

Financial Aid

FAFSA (Free Federal Application for Federal Student Aid)
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Southside Achievers Guaranteed Admission (SAGA)

$12,000 Hampden-Sydney College Academic Grant
The Hampden-Sydney College Southside Achievers Guaranteed Admission "SAGA" Program offers a financial grant and guaranteed admission to young men from Southside Virginia who meet certain eligibility requirements.  On November 10, 1775, in Prince Edward County, Virginia, Hampden-Sydney College held its first day of classes. The Board of Trustees for the new College announced that Hampden-Sydney was created "to form good men and good citizens." That statement has remained unchanged and unrivaled to this day. One prominent member of that Board was American patriot Patrick Henry. Henry, a son of Southside Virginia, so believed in the mission of Hampden-Sydney that he sent six of his sons to the College. In that spirit, we are pleased to offer the Southside Achievers Guaranteed Admission "SAGA" Program enabling young men from the Southside Virginia area to follow in the footsteps of the Henry family and take full advantage of the educational opportunity located in their own backyard, while creating their own saga at Hampden-Sydney College. After completing the Application for Admission to the College, students who meet the requirements will not only be guaranteed admission, but will also receive at least $12,000 in academic grant to assist with tuition and fees. Candidates who meet the criteria for a higher academic scholarship will receive that in lieu of the $12,000 grant. Click here for the requirements and how to apply.
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