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1 Introductions Introductions Introduce yourself to your neighbor. Name Number of children What is something you would like to learn today?

2 Hispanic Education The percentage of Hispanics 25 and older that had at least a high school education in 2010 was 62.2 % The percentage of the Hispanic population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree or higher in 2010 was 13 % The number of Hispanics 25 and older who had at least a bachelor's degree in 2010 was 3.6 million out of 50.5 million Number of Hispanics 25 and older with advanced degrees in 2010 (e.g., master's, professional, doctorate) was 1.1 million out of 50.5 million

3 Hispanic Education-continued The percentage of full-time college students (both undergraduate and graduate students) in October 2010 who were Hispanic was 6.2 % Read more: Hispanic Americans: Census Facts | ml#ixzz2T8HP2BAUHispanic Americans: Census Facts | ml#ixzz2T8HP2BAU

4 Why do you feel that our kids do not go to college?

5 Conditions of Latino Youth in Texas (The Latino Education Crises) By Patricia Gandara Very high drop out rate, 50-60% graduate with their class 36% of Latino young children are living in poverty (by US standards) 60% of Latinos under 65 have no health insurance

6 Conditions of Latino Youth in Texas Cont. (The Latino Education Crises) By Patricia Gandara Texas is one of 3 states with highest segregation of Latino students 40% of Latino mothers have not completed high school Half of all Latino babies are born to single moms (fastest growth for any group) High school completion rate is below the national rate of 85% which limits the amount of Hispanics who are eligible for college.

7 Start the Conversation How do you think that we can change this trend? Does anyone have a student in college already? Have you or any of your children gone on a college campus tour yet? Whats the biggest worry you have about sending your student to college?

8 Play the Myth or Fact Game.

9 True or False Pursuing higher education means getting a four year degree at a university. False

10 True or False There is over 4 billion dollars available for financial aid every year. True

11 Hispanics at BISD Student Count all students9,932 Student Count Hispanic 3,164 Hispanics account for 1/3 of the students in Belton schools.

12 How can we help students at BISD? Information for parents Information for students Early planning Apply to multiple colleges. Visit the apply Texas website.

13 What are other needs for BISD?

14 Share the Basics of the College Process.

15 Understanding the Components Application Application Fee Fee waivers available High School Transcript Request from high school counselor SAT or ACT scores Send official scores Essay Letters of Recommendation

16 Visit

17 College Admissions Applytexas.orgallows students to apply to multiple Texas schools at once Lists deadlines and application requirements

18 When to Apply Students considering four-year schools should apply in the fall of their senior year. (The earlier students begin planning and searching for colleges the more options they will have.) Students considering two-year schools should apply in time to begin school in the summer or fall after they graduate from high school. Students considering a trade school should contact the prospective school for requirements.

19 Who Should Apply?

20 College Entrance Exams Scholastic Aptitude Test Verbal, Math, Writing (Take More than Once) SAT Reading, English, Math, and Science (Take More than Once) ACT Get Registration Deadlines and Fee Waivers from the high school counselor Fee Waivers

21 How Colleges Use the Scores Most colleges will take either SAT or ACT scores. Some schools will create a super-score taking the best scores from different sections on different test dates. Others will take only the best composite score. Average SAT or ACT scores are available on college websites or by asking an admissions office.

22 Financial Aid Is Available

23 Financial Aid 101 o Scholarship aid is available o US Citizens should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as early as possible after completing taxes. FAFSA priority date is March 1. o You dont need to pay anyone to help you complete the FAFSA or a scholarship search o If the student is undocumented he or she should complete the TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid)

24 Local Scholarships Students should contact their high school counselor to get a list of all of the available local scholarships. Students should apply for as many scholarships as they feel that that they are eligible for. Local scholarships are due early in the spring of their senior year. BEEF Athlete boy/girl Various clubs/organizations (Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis etc.) Local PTAs

25 The Truth About Financial Aid Its available for everyone and it comes in all shapes and sizes. You dont need to pay anyone for help. Your Financial Aid Office will help for FREE!

26 What type of Financial Aid is available? Grants: Free money based on need Scholarships: Free money based on talent and merit Loans: Money that must be paid back Public: Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans (Use First) Parent and Student Loans Private Loans (Avoid if possible) Work-study: Money earned from a part-time job on or off campus

27 How to Apply In addition to FAFSA, some colleges might require a separate financial aid form for their particular school Check with the individual schools Families should apply for financial aid as early as possible, once taxes are filed Financial Aid Offices have a certain amount of money to work with. Students may be offered more loans instead of grants if they wait to apply

28 Financial Aid Perceptions My parents make too much money, so Ill never get help. Only people with perfect GPAs get scholarships. You can only get financial aid if you pay someone to help you find it.

29 How Do I Apply for Aid? Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and send it in. The form is available: From your high school counselor (paper) Online at DO NOT google or do There will be a charge for (You must first request a personal identification number at

30 Aid- Continued Can submit up to 10 schools at once using the college or universitys Title IV Code At your local public library (paper or online) From the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4- FED-AID.

31 How is my information used? The information you provide is used to calculate the amount your family can afford to spend on college, or Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Youll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that provides your EFC. The College sends the student a Financial Aid Notification (FAN) letter based on need and available aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office and make an appointment.

32 What can I do to get a head start and save money for college? Take the Recommended High School Program. Take college-credit courses in high school. Take Advanced Placement (AP) classes or take the CLEP exam to place out of college hours. Choose your college classes and your major wisely. Begin your studies at a public community or technical college.

33 Money Management Dont forget to make a budget. Be careful with credit cards, and dont get in over your head. Avoid private student loans. Trust your Financial Aid Office.

34 Helpful websites and school information.



37 What Can You As Parents Do? Get involved at School Create a Learning Culture at home Make attending college an expectation!

38 Dream Act Provides deferred action on any immigration procedures for up to 2 years. Qualified applicants: Can renew process after initial 2 year stay Will receive employment authorization Can attend/finish upper level schooling

39 Dream Act Cont. You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you: Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;

40 Dream Act Cont. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012; Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

41 Dream Act Cont. Can access using the following address: Look for the humanitarian icon Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

42 Questions


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