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A Message From Mr. Huggins

Hello Seniors & Families,

I'm sending you all best wishes for good health, and congratulations on your ability to be more flexible and patient than you ever thought possible, during this difficult time!

There is so much that is unfolding daily that it's hard for seniors -- and all of us -- to know what to expect for the remainder of this year. Below are some updates I can share today, and I will continue to send out pertinent updates as I hear of them. If you have any questions related to college or career-related plans, scholarships, financial aid, or AP testing, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at:

College employees are operating remotely or on skeleton crews these days, so be patient if you're waiting to hear from schools. For those of you awaiting decisions and other information from out-of-state schools, you may want to look at these online tools: National Association for College Admissions

Colleges: It’s not too late to apply to many colleges, including all our in-state schools! CNM, UNM, NMSU, NM Tech, ENMU, NM Highlands, WNMU and all other NM colleges have simple online applications on their websites. For all 4-year colleges, you'll also need to send your official transcript (do this at and your ACT and/or SAT scores (log into your ACT or College Board (SAT) account and pay a small fee to send your scores to each college). For CNM and other 2-year/community colleges, all you need to do for now is fill out an application online and follow the instructions they email you afterward; you'll send them your official HS transcript AFTER you graduate.

ACT/SAT: were you planning to take/retake the ACT or SAT before college starts in the fall? Here are updates:

ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. The last day to register is Friday, May 8. For up-to-date ACT information, check:

SAT has in response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled. Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds. In the coming days, College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers. College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations. We’ll be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college. We have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority. We are also exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year.  For up-to-date SAT information, check:

Been accepted to college and had your orientation all set? Many colleges have cancelled or postponed in-person orientations and are switching to online versions. Check regularly for emails from your college; some may still go to the personal email you used when you applied to that college, but once you've committed to a college they expect you to set up a college email account, and often a college info portal. See your acceptance letter for instructions and check those emails/portals for communications frequently! Also check the college’s website.

Planning to live on campus. Communicate with the Housing or Residence Life Department of the college of your choice, to see how they are handling things like housing deposits & deadlines, etc.

FAFSA: It’s not too late to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid for possible federal grant money, scholarships and (IF you wanted them) loans.

Step 1) Student and ONE parent/guardian apply for FSAID's: 

Step 2) Fill out the FAFSA online using your parent(s)’/guardian(s)’ 2018 taxes:

E-mail me if you have any questions about FAFSA!

Scholarships: You can link to any recent updates for scholarships by going to the RGHS Counseling webpage under Scholarships and Financial Aid

AP testing: huge changes coming! All AP tests this year will be ONLINE and much shorter than usual!

You can get more information at Placement. Also, stay in touch with your AP teacher(s) for study tips and their advice.

Please contact me at if you have any questions.

Take Care, and I hope to see you all soon.


Tim Huggins, MA

College and Career Readiness Counselor

Rio Grande High School

2300 Arenal Rd SW

Albuquerque, NM 87105

505-873-0220 ext. 50039