Welcome, Class of 2020! This is your senior year and there are a lot of important events happening. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Class of 2020 Senior Timeline


The 2020-2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is open! The state deadline to remain eligible for Indiana aid is April 15th. Some colleges require you to submit your FAFSA sooner for their scholarships and financial aid so make sure to check each college’s website to confirm their deadline


Before starting your FAFSA, each student and one parent will need to create an FSA ID. This is what you will use to log into your account each year and you will enter this information to sign the FAFSA. Make sure to keep this information in a safe place because you will use the same information each year you file your FAFSA.

Duke Summer Academy

Deadline:  April 15, 2020

Duke Summer Academy is a three week certificate program that allows students in grades 9-12 to explore academic topics, improve their communication, presentation & self-awareness skills while experiencing a college atmosphere during the summer. Different classes are offered each term. Classes are listed here.

  • Term 1:  June 14 – July 3, 2020
  • Term 2:  July 12 – July 31, 2020

Eligibility Requirements:  Must currently be enrolled in grades 9-12.  Program is looking for students with strong character, a commitment to service, and a history of academic excellence.

Application and additional program information (including cost) are available at Duke Summer Academy for High School Students.

Duke Summer College

Deadline:  April 15, 2020

The Duke Summer College program is seeking well-rounded, academically-motivated students who want to participate in an authentic college experience during the summer.

Eligibility Requirements:  Must currently be in grades 10-12 and at least 16 years old.  Looking for applicants with strong character, a commitment to service, and a history of academic excellence.

Application must include an essay, resume, high school transcript with test scores, and a teacher letter of recommendation.

Application and additional program information (including cost) available at Duke University Summer Session.

Thinking about applying to college but not sure where to start? Need help figuring out applications and financial aid? Check out the Common App’s new resources designed just to help families!

Common App Family Resources

Resources include:

  • Checklist for families
  • Information on financial aid
  • Fast facts about application fees, fee waivers
  • Scholarship facts

Academic & Technical Honors Diploma Candidates

If your student is on track to get an Academic or Technical Honors Diploma, they must create a Scholar Track account at

    • This is a new tracking system for the state to determine if the student is eligible for any financial aid incentive related to the honors diploma.  Schools will verify diploma types and GPAs after graduation, using this system.
    • 21st Century Scholars will already have a Scholar Track account and do NOT need to create a new one for the honors diploma.
    • Please have your student create an account.  It must be a STUDENT account, as a Parent account will not allow us to verify diploma types and GPAs for your student.

Information on the Laude system

The GCCS School Board voted in 2017 to move to a Laude system beginning with the Class of 2020.  This means that a group of students with exemplary grade point averages will be recognized, instead of a valedictorian/salutatorian system.  There will be three levels of recognition based on increasing GPA – see below.

Recognition GPA
Cum Laude 4.0 – 4.4 9
Magna Cum Laude 4.5 – 4.99
Summa Cum Laude 5.0 +

If you need help with your FAFSA or have financial aid questions, check out INvestEd!

INvestEd is a free resource for Hoosier students and parents looking for help with college planning and financial aid.  At INvestEd, we help families understand how to fund college wisely to help minimize potential education debt.

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