I'm your college adviser, Ms. Cook! I studied Psychology and Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill and graduated in May 2020. I'm originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico (it's a real place, I promise)! I love high school sports, Tar Heel basketball, singing along to music in the car, practicing yoga, and ERHS!
Login to your CFNC account. If you don't have an account, make one using a personal email, not your school email. Your school email will be deactivated when you graduate, so use a personal email (no silly names).
Write it out first
Click the image above to see a handout of all the information you need to fill out RDS. Write down all of this information before you begin filling out RDS.
Fill out your RDS
Carefully read all questions. You cannot go back to previous sections, so go slowly when you fill out each section and use the document you filled out in the last step.
Your Residency Certification Number
After filling out RDS, you will be given a number, your RCN. Write down this number because you will need it for college applications.
Get help paying for college!
Make an account
Before you can fill out your FAFSA, you must make an FSA ID. If your guardian has filled out FAFSA before, they must use the same FSA ID they did before. They can recover their old FSA ID here.
Estimate your aid
The FAFSA4Caster tool will help you and your family estimate how much financial aid you will receive before you are able to fill out the FAFSA and receive your award. This tool helps you plan ahead!
Fill out FAFSA
The FAFSA application does not open until October 1. In October, you will apply for FAFSA. Much of the information for FAFSA is the same as RDS, so keep the info sheet you use for RDS.
Receive your award
After you fill out your FAFSA in October, FAFSA will tell much how much Federal Financial Aid you qualify for. After this, we can explore other options for paying for college.
Some schools require an SAT or ACT score for admission
Many colleges are test optional this year!
Due to COVID-19, many colleges are allowing students to submit applications without an SAT or ACT score for this year.
Talk to Ms. Cook if you're deciding whether or not to take the tests.
If you are on free or reduced lunch, ask me for a fee waiver.
If you're on free or reduced lunch, you do not have to pay to take the SAT or ACT. Just let me, Mrs. Miller, or Mr. Brown know, and we will give you a waiver! Scroll up for SAT and ACT links!
Preparing for these tests is key!
There are lots of free resources to study for the SAT and ACT. We can make a study plan together! If you want to start right now, click the picture above for Khan Academy SAT prep.
Make sure you have your ticket!
Click above for the SAT Test Day Checklist, and reach out to me if you need help making your ACT or SAT tickets. Make sure your photo follows their guidelines, and bring extra pencils!
Sign up for events on this page!
FAFSA Night in English on Thursday, November 19, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Learn about FAFSA and financial aid and get individualized help!
On Thursday 11/19 at 6:00PM, we will be hosting a virtual FAFSA Night, where we will give a brief presentation about FAFSA and then offer one-on-one help with your FAFSA applications. This meeting will be held through Google Meet, and we will send you an email invitation around 5:45PM on Monday 11/19. Please reach out to me at email@example.com if you have any questions! Sign up here!
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