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1Associate Director of Admissions Radford University Douglas BradyAssociate Director of AdmissionsRadford UniversityRemind attendees to silence their cell phones.Cover logistics such as bathroom location and any other announcements you would like to share.
2How college can change your life Let’s get started.Audience activity:Ask audience to call out all the reasons why college is important. Summarize what was said by audience.
3College is importantUnemployment rates are directly tied to your level of educationStudies consistently show that attending college adds to your lifelong earningsDifference between a high school graduate and a four-year degree – between $800,000 and $1 millionSource: U.S. Department of Labor statistics, September 2011Notice the gap between unemployment rates for high school graduates and those with a bachelor’s degree. In May 2007 it was only 2.6%. Now it is 5.3%.The more education you have, the more employment options you have.Having a job means you have income, and there is also a correlation between education and income. We asked people how much – in terms of dollars – a college education is worth.
4College is importantThere’s more to being happy than how much money you make, but it is clear that you make more money at each higher level of education. In Oregon, someone with a bachelor’s degree makes almost twice as much on average as a high school graduate.The extra money you make over a lifetime can seem like a very abstract concept. Let’s take a closer look at the income gap.
5College is important People who have attended some college Report higher levels of job satisfactionTypically live healthier lifestylesEnjoy benefits such as insurance, paid vacation, a retirement plan, etc.Are more involved in their communities through higher levels of volunteering and votingIt’s true—college is important!While we’ve talked a little about the financial rewards of going to college, there are other benefits as well. College graduates enjoy higher job satisfaction, live healthier lifestyles, are more likely to have better benefits such as health, disability, and life insurance, along with paid vacation and a retirement plan, and more. College graduates are more likely to be involved in their communities by volunteering and voting. College is more than a higher income – it’s a pathway to enjoying life more.Audience discussion:Does anyone have anything to add about the benefits of going to college?Are there any questions before we move to the next section about choosing the right college.
6Choosing the right college Let’s look at choosing the right college.
7Many choicesThere are over 6,000 colleges to choose from in the United StatesWith this many choices, where and how do you start to look for the college that is right for you?Before you start searching, think about your goalsThe great thing about higher education in the United States is the wide variety of options you have from over 6,000 colleges.If that’s the case, how do you narrow down the list of schools from 6,000 to those that would be a great fit for you? One way to do this is to think about what goals you have for yourself.
8What are your goals? Some students already know they want to Learn a trade or enter a specific professionObtain a degree, maybe in a specific fieldNot sure about your goals?College is a great place to explore your optionsGoals can change while researching collegesAbout 80% of college students change their major at least onceIt’s possible you don’t know what your ultimate goals are, and that’s OK. College can expose you to new possibilities you’ve never considered.On the other hand, you may know exactly what you want to do for a living and what type of college can help you become that. This makes it easy to identify colleges can help you achieve your goals.ActivityAsk audience to write out what their goals are.
9Choosing a collegeNarrow down your list of potential colleges by identifying the characteristics important to youFactors some students considerProgram or major you are consideringCollege sizeClass sizeLocation or distance from homeSupport programsGathering and comparing information about colleges you’re interested in attending will start you on the path to choosing where you’ll attend. There are several factors to consider. Most important is whether the college offers a program that will aid in your career.Audience discussion:Presenter may choose to illustrate with a personal example of how you chose the college you attended. Or, ask the parents in the audience who would like to share their story about how they chose the college they attended.You don’t have to know what you’re planning to major in today but the college you choose should offer programs in areas you’re interested in exploring.School size is also a factor. Can you thrive in a school with large class sizes and less personal attention but more flexibility in what you study? Or would you rather have more individualized attention.Costs may also vary with the size of the school and whether it is a private or public institution.What about location? If you want the vibrancy of a big city you may wish to consider a school in a major metropolitan hub. If the campus is far from home – will that be an issue for you?Depending on your circumstance you may want to look at the support programs a college offers. Support programs are designed to help you stay in school and graduate. Examples of support programs include tutoring, providing you a mentor, residence hall advisors, and much more.
10Choosing a college Additional factors to consider Campus cultureExtracurricular activitiesReligious or cultural affiliationsCost of attendanceUltimately cost matters butThink about cost when making your final decision, not as much when starting your searchConsider your net out-of-pocket cost, not just the sticker priceWhen visiting a college, get a feel for its “personality.” Does it match yours?Extracurricular offerings can also be important. Many people build their social circle through activities that are organized by the school. Is there a hobby or activity that you can’t live without while enrolled? Activities such as debate team, sports, and/or clubs on campus.Many colleges have affiliations with religious groups or may have a campus culture that‘s part of the mainstream of the school. If you have strong religious beliefs you may want to look into schools that satsify your spiritual side.Don’t self-select yourself out of attending a specific college because it appears to be more than you can afford. While one school may appear to be less expensive, what will your final cost be after receiving financial aid? For example, a more expensive school may offer more institutonal grants or other aid that makes the overall cost out of your pocket less than another school.
11Researching college choices Parents and school counselors can helpThere are many college search web sitesAll these sites allow you to search for colleges based on the factors that are important to youYour parents can be a huge help in the process. School counselors can too. They have a wealth of knowledge . The Internet is also a big part of the process.When you’re doing your research, it helps to know to some degree what characteristics of a college are important to you.
12Your college applications Each college has its own requirements for completing the application processThese can includeCompleting a short form and taking a placement test at a community collegeSubmitting test scores, essays, reference letters and a portfolio at some collegesCheck each college’s web site for requirementsEach college you apply for will require an application. That’s why it’s important to narrow down the colleges you want to attend. Each college has it’s own requirements which can range from completing a short application and taking a placement test to completing a longer applications, submitting test scores, essays, reference letters and a portfolio. From a college’s perspective, the goal of the application is to learn about you and whether you fit the academic standards for the college and your motivation to attend. Check each college’s website for the requirements to apply. Some colleges will require a written paper application while others will require an online application.
13Your college applications Determine college application due datesPostmark date or arrive by dateNote on your calendarRead the directions carefullyAbility to follow directions correctly is part of the acceptance criteriaMeet the application deadlinesEach college sets its own deadlinePut your deadlines for your college applications into your calendar as soon as possible. Each college application will have different due dates and will say whether your packet needs to be postmarked by the due date or that it needs to arrive at the school by the due date. Many colleges accept their applications online and many prefer this method.Make sure to follow the directions on your application packet. The ability to follow directions is viewed as a positive trait in many college admissions officers’ criteria. You can find application deadlines by visiting each colleges’ website.
14Your college applications Application feesMost colleges have an application feeMany colleges will waive the feeYou may have to submitSAT or ACT scoresTranscriptsReferences/recommendationsEssaysOther evidence of talentDon’t be surprised if you get to the end of the application and discover that the college charges you an application fee. Many colleges have one or more ways for you to apply at no cost.It’s really important to understand that each college may require you to submit additional information to support your application. These requirements vary from college to college, so you need to look at each college’s web site to know what additional information you need to submit along with your application.Now we’ll talk about some of the things you may have to submit with your college application. The first item is test scores. We’ll talk a bit later about SAT and ACT testing requirements. In addition to test scores, schools may require your high school transcripts, reference letters, essays and other evidence of your abilities. For example if you’re applying to study journalism they may want to see a portfolio of articles you’ve written.
15College entrance exams For many students, the admissions process includes taking college entrance examsPSAT or PLAN – “Practice” tests for the SAT/ACTPlacement testsSAT or ACTDisability accommodations and fee waivers are availableLet’s talk a little more about testing. There are also some tests to be taken while in high school. Not all colleges require standardized testing for admissions but you’ll want to be sure to take any that are required.The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test is taken during junior year and may qualify you as a national merit scholar should you do exceptionally well. The Scholastic Aptitude Test is generally taken late during junior year and in the fall of your senior year and is generally the most commonly required admissions test.When taking the tests accommodations for disabilities and fee waivers are available.
16College entrance exams SATMeasures conceptual thinking rather than factsCritical reasoning, math, and a required writing testACTMeasures what you learned in high schoolEnglish, math, reading, science and optional writing testDepending upon your learning style, you may perform better on one test versus the otherIt’s important to understand that the SAT and ACT are very different tests. One measures how you think while the other measures what you know. If you know you do better on one type of test versus the other, that might help you decide which college admissions test to take.
17Your college applications TranscriptsOfficial high school transcript needed for each college applicationCollege transcript also required if you’ve taken any college coursesTranscript is used to document your GPA, class rank and the rigorousness of your high school programMany acceptances contingent on maintaining GPAMost require a final high school transcriptRequest an official copy of your high school transcript for each college where you plan to apply. You will likely be required to send a final transcript after you graduate as you are expected to keep your grades up. Colleges will also want to review your transcripts for college courses you may have taken while in high school. Colleges use transcripts to document your GPA and review the rigorousness of the classes you took during school. When you are accepted to a college remember your acceptance is contingent on maintaining your GPA until you graduate from high school.
18Your college applications ReferencesUsually from teachers, other adults and peersAllow plenty of timeGive as much information as possibleInclude stamped, pre-addressed envelopeWrite thank you notes to your references and let them know when you get acceptedIf your college requires recommendations you’ll need to be organized to get them in on time. Give your references plenty of time to write letters or complete forms. References appreciate information. While they may know you well, a resume and a note about what you’d like them to focus on can make their job easier. Always include a stamped envelope for them if they’ll be sending it in. Also, some references may have several to write for other students. Allow plenty of lead time so yours gets done by the due date.Finally, send a thank you note to your references and keep them informed. They’re interested in your success and will feel rewarded for their efforts.
19Your college applications Admissions essaysStay on topicEssays should be error freeDon’t exceed the word limitBe yourselfYour essay is about more than your writing skills. It’s also about your ability to complete a task as requested so be sure to stay on topic. It’s ok to recycle essays from other applications but make sure you meet the requirements of the question.Obviously essays (and your entire application packet) should be error free. This means more than using the spell check Have a few trusted people such as teachers, parents and guidance counselors read your essays. Be sure to give yourself some time to be able to make corrections before sending in your essay(s).Be yourself when writing your essay . There’s no need to second guess what the college would like you to think or say on a particular subject.
20Your college applications Other evidence of talentPortfolioAudition tapesWriting samplesContact specific program for more informationThere may be other tasks that you need to complete for your admissions packet. Don’t let these derail your application. Colleges generally post their requirements so be prepared with whatever will be needed. These could be things such as an art or writing portfolio, audition tapes, writing samples or specific information required by the school.
21Any questions?Ask audience for questions. If audience doesn’t have questions you may want to ask audience “What was something you learned?” or “How will you used what you learned?” These two questions will enable the audience to provide a review of the content through their answers.
22Paying for collegeThis next segment is about Paying for College. We’ll share the different financial aid resources available.
23Sources of college funds – 2012 Source: “How America Pays for College”, Sallie Mae, 2012Every year, Sallie Mae conducts a poll to determine how Americans pay for college. Many times, how you pay for college is a combination of some or all of these methods.We will focus on grants, scholarships and borrowing.Source: “How America Pays for College”, Sallie Mae, 2012
24Your college costs Which college would cost you the most to attend? Example private college - $55,850Sample state college - $19,619The answer seems obvious, but it isn’t as simple as comparing these numbersWhich college would cost you the most to attend? Based on the price alone the answer may seem obvious with the example of the private and state colleges. However, it isn’t as simple as comparing these numbers.
25Your college costsWhen you look at the costs listed on the previous slide, you are looking at the college’s “sticker price”More formally known as “Cost of Attendance” (COA)Consists of direct and indirect costsDirect costs are paid to the collegeTuition and feesRoom and board if living on campusThere’s more to the cost of college than the basic tuition price. Your financial aid office will determine your cost of attendance based on several categories of expenses.Tuition and fees Nonresidents at public colleges generally pay more than resident (or in-state) students. Private colleges typically charge higher tuition. Fees are added on for services such as the library, student activities and the health center, among others.If you plan on living and eating on campus, the cost of room and board that is part of COA is paid directly to the college.If you look in the Opportunities book, it lists the “sticker price” of many colleges in the state. In addition, you‘ll want to determine your own cost estimates to make sure that you’ve accounted for things outside the ordinary such as medical bills, etc.
26Your college costs COA also includes indirect costs Room and board if living off campusBooks and suppliesPersonal expensesTransportationAllowance for dependent careLoan feesCost of a personal computerCosts related to disabilityReasonable costs for study abroadCost of attendance also includes your living expenses such as rent, food, utilities along withBooks and supplies costs vary but are factored in also. Textbooks can be quite expensive. Some academic fields will require specific supplies that may be more expensive – for example art and lab supplies.Personal expenses vary from student to student but the financial aid office will factor in an amount that the average student might need for things such as: clothing, laundry, medical insurance, etc.Transportation is also factored in for costs to and from home once or twice per year and for commuter students for getting to and from campus.Some colleges may consider other costs as well. If you have dependents, daycare or eldercare may be considered.Some loans have fees and this is taken into account as well as expenses to accommodate for a disability.If you’re required to have a personal computer an allowance for a computer may also be considered.If you study abroad the additional costs for travel may also be considered.
27Your college costsComparing COA – the “sticker price” – of various colleges does not give you an accurate picture of what it will cost to attendCan get an estimate of net price by using your college’s “net price calculator”You find out the actual net price by applying for financial aidJust like when buying a car, most people don’t pay the sticker price. The cost for you to attend a specific college is likely to be different from many other students who attend the same college. Why? Every student’s individual financial situation is taken into account to determine the net price that student will pay.Every college that offers federal financial aid has to have what is called a “net price calculator” on its web site. This is intended to provide you with an estimate of what your net price will be after receiving financial aid.These calculators have limitations. Some ask much more specific questions than others, so take this information for what it is – an estimate only.The only way you can truly know what it will cost you to attend a specific college is to apply for financial aid.
28About the FAFSA FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid Determines eligibility forMost federal financial aid programsMany state financial aid programsMuch of the aid colleges award from their own fundsSome scholarship programsColleges may require additional forms to collect more detailed dataThe way to access most federal and state financial aid is by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By filling out the FAFSA you will be considered for eligibility for the many financial aid programs. You’ll also be considered for some of the state and private grants and institutional aid the college may offer. Some private colleges may have more private grant money available than state colleges.Some colleges will ask you to complete a form that asked for more detailed financial information.Remember, you will need to complete a FAFSA each year in which you wish to be considered for financial aid.
29About the FAFSA FAFSA asks you questions about IncomeAssetsFamily sizeNumber of family members attending collegeNumber one reason people don’t file a FAFSAThey assume they are not eligible for aidThis may be a costly assumptionThe FAFSA asks you a lot of questions about your personal financial situation such as your family income, assets, family size and number of family members attending college. The goal of the FAFSA is to determine how much financial aid you need and whether you are eligible to receive federal aid.The primary reason people do not file the FAFSA is that they assume they will not be eligible to receive any aid. That might be a costly mistake.
30Cost of not filingEach year 1.7 million students who would be eligible for financial aid do not file a FAFSA33.1% would have qualified for a Pell Grant17.1% would have qualified for the maximum Pell Grant awardAlso missed out on potential aid from the state, the college and many scholarship providersEach year 1.7 million students do not file the FAFSA. Of those 1.7 million 1/3 would have qualified for the Pell grant with ½ of those getting the maximum Pell grant amount. They also missed out on potential aid from the state, college and/or a scholarship.Although the most recent data is from 2011, it shows many people miss out on receiving a grant.Question for audience:How much is the maximum Pell grant? Answer:$5, % of the people who did not file the FASFA missed out on $5,550. Another 16% missed out on a few thousand dollars.Source: Mark Kantrowitz, “Reasons Why Students Do Not File the FAFSA”, January 2011
31About the FAFSA Three versions of the FAFSA Online version is best Online –PDF FAFSA – Print from your computerPaper FAFSA – Call FED.AIDIt is always free to complete the FASFAOnline version is bestBuilt-in edits make it easier to complete accuratelySign it electronically with your PIN obtained fromFaster resultsYou only have to fill out one version of the FAFSA, but you can choose which version works best for you. You can begin preparations to file the FAFSA before January 1, but that is the earliest date you can file a FAFSA. You will also have to file a FAFSA each year you want to be considered for financial aid.Be careful of the web address you enter. There is a web site – – that will charge you $80 to help you file the FAFSA. The free site isMost people choose the online version because it has built in edits which help improve the accuracy of your FASFA. You can sign your FASFA electronically by obtaining a PIN (Personal Identification Number) from The benefit of filing online is it’s easier and you‘ll get faster results.
32FAFSA help is available You can receive in-person help in completing the FAFSA at a “ 2013 Super Saturday” eventFinancial aid professionals will help you complete the FAFSA onlineThe date for 2013Saturday, February 9, 2013Details atFor many years, VASFAA has sponsored Super Saturday. At each location there will be financial aid administrators who will work with you individually to help you complete the FAFSA.
33Navigating financial aid After completing the FAFSA, the student receives the Student Aid Report (SAR)Correct any errors and returnSAR contains Expected Family Contribution (EFC)FAFSA information is also sent to the colleges you listed to receive the dataOnce you’ve finished your FAFSA you can expect your SAR in a few weeks – note that you’ll receive it quicker if you do the online version. Check it carefully for errors and return it. Your SAR will also list your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). It’s generally in the upper right hand corner with no decimal points. Your EFC is what the federal government estimates that you and your family can contribute to your college education.
34EFC determines aid offered COA (Cost of attendance) — EFC = financial needFinancial aid office will then determine the student’s eligibility for federal and state financial aid, and for any aid the college may be able to offer from its own fundsFinancial aid office may ask for additional informationStudent will receive an award letterYour EFC goes into determining the aid you are offered – also known as your award. Your EFC is the same no matter which college you’re applying to. Let’s say that you’re going to a college that has a cost of attendance of $20,000 and your expected family contribution is $6,000 annually. The college subtracts $6,000 from $20,000 and will try to offer an aid package of $14,000.The financial aid office will take the cost of attendance and subtract your EFC and work to build a financial aid package that meets the leftover need. Depending on the college, the financial aid office may ask for additional information to help them in awarding you financial aid. Once your financial aid has been determined ,your financial aid office will send you an award letter with the details.
35Types of federal financial aid Need-based federal aidNon-need-based federal aidPell GrantSEOGWork-studyPerkins loanSubsidized Stafford loanUnsubsidized Stafford loanPLUS loanTEACH grantThere are additional Federal financial aid programs, most of which require you to file a FAFSAThere are several federal financial aid programs. It is important to note a couple of things: (1) some are based on you demonstrating need, but others are available even if you do not demonstrate need, and (2) you have to file a FAFSA to be considered for all these programs.The details about these programs are contained in the Opportunities booklets, so you should take some time at home to see just how much money might be available for you to attend college.
36Virginia grants summary Virginia Commonwealth AwardVGAPVTAGAward based onNeedNeed and meritAttending a VA private collegeEligible schoolsVA public collegesParticipating VA private collegesMaximum awardUp to tuition and feesUp to tuition, fees and booksApproximately $2,800Other informationNeediest get largest awardsMust maintain a 2.0 college GPAMust be full-time studentThe state grant programs each have different requirements. Some are based on need only, while VGAP is based on both need and merit. VTAG is based simply on attending a participating private college in Virginia.In all cases, the college financial aid office will determine whether or not you are eligible to receive funds. And you need to file a FAFSA to be considered for most of the state aid programs.
37Understanding award letters Read your award letter carefullyCould be either on paper or onlineFollow instructions for next stepsMeet all deadlinesInform college of changing financial issuesLet’s talk about your award letter. Once you have been accepted for enrollment at any college, and have applied for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any other financial aid forms required by the college, you and your family will receive a financial aid award letter. This letter will detail the amount of financial support the college is able to provide for the upcoming year. You might receive the award letter along with your notice of acceptance. Some colleges make the award letters available online. Check with your colleges to see how they will distribute the award letters.Read the fine print• Read your award letter carefully to ensure you understand all terms and conditions so you can decide if you want to accept some, or all, of the aid offered.• Look for instructions for your next steps. You might need to complete additional paperwork, such as loan applications.• Determine if grants or scholarships are available for more than one year. If so, what are the applicable conditions?Be sure to meet all the deadlines and keep your college aware of any changing financial issues such as becoming unemployed, receiving a scholarship, or other financial issues that did not exist at the time you completed your FASFA.
38Understanding award letters What if it’s not enough?Research private scholarshipsConsider any potential employer benefitsCheck into college tuition payment plansMake financial aid office aware of changes in your financial situationReminder – you must complete the FAFSA to be considered for most types of aidConsider part time employment during collegeIf after reading the award letter, you believe that the award and your family savings are not enough to cover all of your expenses, don’t panic! There are other options for getting the money you need to attend the college of your choice.• Research other sources for private scholarships. It might not be too late to apply. See if there is a national association affiliated with your major that might offer a scholarship. Review your college catalog, contact the head of the department of your major, talk to your guidance counselor, or take another look at the free college scholarship search services available online.• Consider any potential benefits from your parents’ place of employment. Look beyond just tuition and scholarships. Programs might exist to lower the cost of computers, insurance, or travel.• See if your college offers a payment plan that allows tuition expenses to be spread out over the year.• Make sure your college is aware of any special situations or circumstances that might affect their award decision. Is another sibling in college? Has a baby been born or adopted? Is a parent facing possible layoff? Do any of your family members have a chronic medical condition resulting in unusually high medical expenses? Did you get a new scholarship? Make sure your financial aid office is aware of any unique situations.
39Any questions?Ask audience for questions. If audience doesn’t have questions you may want to ask audience “What was something you learned?” or “How will you used what you learned?” These two questions will enable the audience to provide a review of the content through their answers.
40Scholarship searches & scams In this next section we will review scholarships – what to do and scams to watch out for.
41ScholarshipsA form of gift aid – money given to students that doesn’t have to be repaidThere are lots of different types of scholarshipsYou don’t always needa very high GPAto be the greatest athleteDiligence and perseverance are great tools when applying for scholarshipsWhile a super grade point average and a strong resume and great athletic talent are helpful in getting scholarships being a regular student may also qualify you for a scholarship . Is your GPA offset by a strong focus on a particular talent, skill or volunteer activity? Do you have great ideas of what you want to do with your life? Are you in need financially or do you have strong connections to a particular community? Are you the first in your family to attend college? If so, there are scholarships you may qualify for.Quality counts. A smattering of extracurricular activities won’t stand out as much as focusing on something that you care about and being able to state why that activity is important to you.You still have to look for scholarships. Even if you’re a great student, chances are you need to do some research to find scholarships. They’re unlikely to find you.When applying for scholarships, you may need to follow a different process than what you did to apply to get into college. You may be able to use an admissions essay but you‘ll likely need to gather different information for your application packet.The competition for scholarships can be intense, especially for the big money. However, Diligence and perseverance are great tools to use when applying for scholarships
42ScholarshipsAn estimated 45% of college students receive scholarship fundsAverage scholarship amounts received4-year public college = $4,8764-year private college = $14,016Community college = $2,929According to a survey How America Pays for College 2012 an estimated 45% of college students receive a scholarship with average amounts ranging from almost $3,000 at community colleges, close to $5,000 at public colleges and $14,000 at private colleges.Source: How America Pays for College 2012 https://www1.salliemae.com/about/news_info/research/how_america_pays_2011/
43Popular scholarship sites Three good and legitimate sitesFastweb –College Board –Scholarships.com –Many other scholarship search sites butAvoid paying a feeKeep an eye out for possible scamsOf course the most popular way of searching for scholarships is via the internet. To search for scholarships you can go to one of the many free sites and fill out a profile. You’ll be asked to fill out a profile which will tell a lot about yourself. This information will be used to match you with scholarships. Note when you get an it means that you likely “qualify” for the scholarship. You haven’t yet won the scholarship. You should definitely verify that you meet the qualifications and that it’s a legitimate offering.
44Other scholarship resources A successful scholarship search extends beyond the InternetHigh school counselorMay have a list of local competitionsCheck with other area high schoolsCollege/UniversityFinancial aid officeCheck within your majorThere are many resources to use when beginning your search for scholarships. An essential place to check is with your current high school. It may have a list of local competitions where fewer people enter, making it easier to win. If your high school doesn’t have a listing, check out others in the area. Local providers of scholarships are generally looking to invest in their community and your potential could be a great investment for them.Often, when you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, you will be considered for grants and scholarships through the financial aid office. Check out financial aid and other areas of student services to see if they have additional listings as well. Students who are strongly committed to a particular major may also find that there are scholarships available specific to their area of study.
45Other scholarship resources Family and friendsEmployersReligious, civic, and community organizationsFoundationsMilitaryPublic libraryAnother great resource are family and friends. A family member may know about community scholarships that are available. Ask around and you may be surprised at the opportunities out there. Many employers – both yours and those of friends – offer scholarships. Also check with organizations you and your family have been involved with such as the military and/or community organizations to see if they offer scholarships.The public library also has vast listings of scholarships with their application due dates and years in which they’re offered. It’s best to look these up at the library rather than purchasing a book as the information quickly becomes outdated.
46Successful scholarship candidates Apply for many different scholarshipsRequest application allowing plenty of time to complete application requirementsTurn in error-free applicationsFollow all application directionsWatch out for the fine printKeep copies of completed applicationsBe thankful and graciousThe determined scholarship applicant wins in many cases. Just being organized and following some of these basic tips may land your scholarship application at the top of the review pile.Don’t limit yourself to a few applications. By recycling essays and personal statements, it’s not a lot more effort to apply to 12 organizations as opposed to 2 or 3.Generally to apply for a scholarship you must request an application or download it from a web site. Get your application in time to allow plenty of time to complete it and to obtain any additional paperwork needed such as transcripts and test scores.Successful applicants show that they are qualified. The scholarship awarding committee will not assume that you meet the criteria. Send any proof that you can.Your application must be error free or it will likely be disqualified. Have your parents, teachers, guidance counselor, etc. review your application carefully.Keep copies of completed applications. Whether you receive a scholarship or not be sure to send a thank you note. When you apply next year they may remember your thank you note. Also, keep copies of completed applications in case you need that information for future scholarships throughout your college career.
47Scholarship applications May need to provideProof you have filed the FAFSAEssays/personal statementLetters of recommendationExamples of work in specific study area/portfolioSAT/ACT scoresTranscriptsInterview – in-person or phoneWhen you apply for scholarships, it may remind you a bit of the college application process. Some of the things you have to give the college when you apply are also required for scholarship applications.We have covered a lot of the topics already, but here’s a tip or two:See if you can recycle your college application essays for scholarship applicationsIf a scholarship requires an interview, prepare for it. Google common interview questions to get a sense of what you might be asked.
48Watch for scams You’re guaranteed to win or your money back You can’t get this information anywhere elseGive us your credit card number to get startedThe scholarship will cost some moneyYou are a finalist (for a scholarship you didn’t apply for)If it sounds too good to be trueCome to a free seminarWe’ll do all the work for youThe Federal Trade Commission put together a list of the most common scholarship scams. They sometimes work because they play on your desire to get free money. However, it’s estimated that Americans lose $100 million each year as part of these scams. Remember these warning signs that might help identify a scam (review bullets on the slide)$100 million source:
49Tips to remember Scam mailings often sound and look official Expect winning notification from legitimate scholarships via mail not by phoneWatch out for 900 area code telephone numbersAlways walk away from high pressure salesBe wary of endorsementsScammers who try to get you to fall for their tricks are very good at making their communication look professional and patriotic. Examine anything carefully before responding. Avoid any questions by tracking which scholarships you’ve applied for and only correspond with awarding organizations you’re sure about.If you win you will be notified via mail rather than telephone. Again, you’ll want to make sure any mail you get is the real thing rather than a scam.Legitimate scholarship awarding organizations never have 900 numbers, nor do community service organizations that help with your questions about the financial aid process.High pressure to buy a scholarship search? Walk away… It’s a scam.Some scammers will say they are endorsed by other legitimate organizations even when that is not true. They may also claim endorsements from fictional organizations with names that sound trustworthy.
50When you win What to expect Congratulations letter – keep a copy for your records!High profile scholarships may include follow upsMay need to send transcripts and proof of enrollmentFulfill obligations – such as thank you lettersCheck may be sent to you or your collegeCollege may adjust your financial aid awardWhen you win a scholarship, you’ll typically receive a congratulations letter. Keep this and feel the joy. A very high profile scholarship win could include follow up interviews or a photo opportunity. The check, when it’s cut may be sent directly to you or to your college. You may also need to provide follow up information such as transcripts once you’re enrolled in college. You’ll also want to fulfill any other obligations that the scholarship requires. Unfulfilled expectations could affect your award.
51Any questions?Ask audience for questions. If audience doesn’t have questions you may want to ask audience “What was something you learned?” or “How will you used what you learned?” These two questions will enable the audience to provide a review of the content through their answers.