Contributions for Summer Programs and Pre-College Expenses

 

The Reach High Scholars Program has established a program to help RHS students defray the cost to them of fees incurred in (i) applying to summer programs, (ii) preparing for and taking standard college admission tests and (iii) applying to four-year colleges.

 

Summer Programs

RHS students are encouraged to enroll in summer programs that offer academic enrichment such as those at Brown University, Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Paul’s School and other private boarding schools and major colleges. Because admission to these programs is competitive, students are advised to apply to least two.

Some of the programs will waive the application fee under certain circumstances of financial need. RHS students should first avail themselves of this possibility if it exists. Any student who is turned down or is not eligible for such a waiver can apply to his or her guidance counselor for reimbursement of their summer program application fees on the following terms:
• The student must have exhausted all fee waiver possibilities as outlined above.
• Fees will only be reimbursed for applications to programs of at least two-weeks duration.
• The student must apply to at least two such programs.
• The student must apply for financial aid at each of the programs and must have been awarded aid by at least one of them.
• Reimbursement will be made upon satisfactory proof that the student actually will enroll in one of the programs.
• 50% of the total of all application fees incurred by the student will be reimbursed. For example, a student applying to St. Paul’s (fee $25) and Phillips Exeter (fee $65) would be reimbursed $45.

 

SAT and ACT Tests

The College Board, which administers the SAT I and SAT II tests, has a procedure for students to obtain fee waivers based on financial eligibility guidelines (such as participating in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch/National School Lunch Program at their school). Students who qualify for such waivers should avail themselves of this option by using forms provided by their guidance counselor.

The ACT also has a procedure for students to obtain fee waivers subject to certain conditions. Students electing to take ACT tests can obtain the appropriate forms and eligibility requirements from their guidance counselor.

Any student who is turned down or is not eligible for such a waiver can apply to his or her guidance counselor for reimbursement of their test fees on the following terms:

• The student must have exhausted all fee waiver possibilities as outlined above.
• 50% of the fees will be reimbursed.

 

Advanced Placement Tests

Advanced Placement exams are administered by the College Board. The fee for each exam is $87. Fee reductions of $26 per exam are available from the College Board for students with financial need. In addition, RHS forgoes its $8 rebate for each fee-reduced exam, making the final fee for these students $53 per exam.

In the past, low-income students have been eligible for waivers from the State of New Hampshire to cover all or part of the $53. These waivers have been reduced starting in 2012 and students will have to pay $15 for each of the first three exams they take and $53 for any additional exam.

Any student who has received a waiver from the College Board but is required to pay any remaining Advanced Placement exam fees can apply for reimbursement on the following terms:
• The student must have exhausted all fee waiver possibilities as outlined above.
• 50% of the fees will be reimbursed.

 

College Application Fees

If a student qualifies for an SAT fee waiver, the guidance counselor can also provide up to four forms to request application fee waivers from colleges. There is a very long list of colleges that have agreed to consider waiving the application fee on this basis. Likewise, many colleges waive fees based on the "Request for Application Fee Waiver" of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and many of them have a waiver for applications made on line.

Any student who is eligible for a fee waiver by a college but is turned down or is not eligible for such a waiver can apply to his or her guidance counselor for reimbursement of their college application fees by the Reach High Scholars Program on the following terms:

• The student must have exhausted all fee waiver possibilities as outlined above.
• Fees will only be reimbursed for applications to four-year colleges.
• Fees will not be reimbursed for any college that the Faculty Advisor of the Reach High Scholars Club deems highly unlikely to accept the student.
• 50% of the fees for a maximum of eight colleges will be reimbursed.

 

Procedure for Reimbursement of Fees

The student must furnish by email to Arlene French, the Treasurer of the Reach High Scholars Program (arlenemfrench@gmail.com), information about the fees to be reimbursed and a statement describing the reasons that the student is unable to pay them.  The final decision on any fee reimbursement will be made by the Treasurer or another member of the Board of Directors of the Reach High Scholars Program.

Reimbursements will be made by check mailed to the address furnished by the student.  

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