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1Trinity HS Senior College Planning Meeting Mon. , Sept Trinity HS Senior College Planning Meeting Mon., Sept. 29th, :30PM HOW TO PLAN, APPLY, AND PAY FOR COLLEGE
2Welcome parentsI am Leigh Bell, school counselor for students with last names L-ZI help all students navigate college admissions, financial aid, and scholarshipsI have been the senior counselor for 14 years now and been in education for 18 years.New to Trinity this year and happy to be a part of Bulldog Nation!
3TONIGHT’S TOPICSExtracurricular Activities & Community Service through high schoolCourse selection & grades and how that impacts college admissionsACT/SAT tests and preparationApplying to collegePaying for collegeAdvice from parent of 2014 graduateGeneral Q&A
4Extracurricular Activities & Community Service Both play a big role in competitive college admissions & competitive scholarship successStudents need to keep track of their volunteer work & extracurricular activities since 9th grade on their own student data sheet. See Jane Doe sample data sheet in your folder. Always give your data sheet to a recommender and include with scholarship applicationsBe specific about “what” you did within your community service, hours devoted, leadership positions heldColleges and scholarships want to see long-term service to fewer activities rather than the chronic “joiner” who is in too many activities/clubs and has very little tangible leadership or service hours within each activity
5How to possibly win those BIG scholarships A student who can demonstrate initiation of a community service project or event shows a level of commitment, leadership, maturity, and achievement much higher than merely participating in a project initiated by someone else.Try to start earlier than the senior year if possible to garner BIG scholarship consideration, however, it is never too late to do something early in your senior year for later scholarships.Example: A graduate initiated, planned, and carried out a 5K race in their town to benefit a children’s summer camp that she had worked at as acamp counselor. She worked with town officialsto conduct planning, got t-shirts donated, etc.
6Course Selection & Grades Have students select a curriculum that is right for their ability and work ethicStudents NEED a challenging curriculum if they are college boundSometimes making a B in an AP class looks better than straight A’s in standard/Honors CP classes. See what the college(s) think…If a student is in CP level classes, try integrating one or two Honors courses first; then if there’s success there, try an AP class or two.Admission to the most competitive colleges requires a few to several AP courses (3-7)
7ACT test- 2 or 4 year colleges Curriculum based test- English, Math, Reading, Writing, and Science sectionsScore range is 1-36 for each sectionAll colleges require ACT + Writing for admissionsTo register, pick up registration info. from Mrs. Crotts in the guidance office OR registerCost is $54.50 per test administrationFee waivers applicable for free or reduced lunch-see Mrs. Crotts.Take at the end of Algebra II, no later than end of junior year
8ACT test- more detailsAll current seniors took the ACT test here at Trinity HS for free on March 4th, Student scores on this test are applicable towards college admissions applications during their senior year. At the time of that testing session, students were given the opportunity to send their scores to up to 4 colleges for free. To send additional score reports, you must log onto and click on Send your scores on the left-hand side of page. Scores for that March ACT test are not on the high school transcript at this time due to restrictions by DPI.
9SAT test- 2 or 4 year colleges Aptitude based test- Critical Reading, Math, & Writing sectionsScore range for each sectionTo register for test, get registration information from Mrs. Crotts in guidance office or atCost is $52.50 per test administrationFee waivers applicable for free or reduced lunch-see Mrs. Crotts.Take at the end of Algebra II, no later than end of junior yearSAT scores are not on the HS transcript. Test scores be sent directly from the College Board testing agency:
10What Is A Good ACT or SAT Score? It all depends on which colleges you are interested in applying to!(Avg. score ranges based on College Board 2014 publication)Duke University ( SAT CR + M only)/ (ACT)UNC-Chapel Hill / 26-31ASU / 24-28UNCC / 21-25ECU / 20-23WCU / 20-24Lenoir-Rhyne / 19-23High Point /NC Central /Winston-Salem State / 17-19
11Minimum admissions standards to UNC system institutions Appalachian State East CarolinaElizabeth City State Fayetteville StateNorth Carolina A&T State North Carolina CentralNC School of the Arts North Carolina StateUNC-Asheville UNC-Chapel HillUNC-Charlotte UNC-GreensboroUNC-Pembroke UNC-WilmingtonWestern Carolina Winston-Salem StateTHEN….YOU MUST MEET THESE MINIMUM ADMISSIONS STANDARDS:1) 2.5 WEIGHTED CUMULATIVE GPAAND…2A) 800 SAT SCORE (CRITICAL READING & MATH ONLY)OR2B) 17 ACT COMPOSITE SCORE
12Going to CollegeHighly recommend students creating an account and regularly usingTheir motto is “Plan, Apply, and Pay for College”Plan: materials on their website allow students to align their high school curriculum to their college & career goalsApply: students can apply online to most any 2-year/4-year NC college using CFNC & send their HS transcriptPay: students can search for NC based scholarships only available through CFNC; parents can set up 529 savings accounts for their children through CFNC and also get parent/student loans through CFNC
13Planning for College Applications Grades from 9th grade are reflected in a student’s cumulative GPA when they apply to collegeIf you plan to apply to one of these colleges, taking AP classes is a MUST:Davidson, Duke, NC State, UNC-CH, Wake ForestOther colleges that it would be helpful to take AP to improve your file: ASU, ECU, UNC-Wilmington (these are getting more competitive)Talk to individual colleges to see what kind of curriculum they expect to see
14Applying to CollegeResearch which colleges meet your needs! Adhere to admissions deadlines!Take into consideration: Majors offered, cost, location, size of college, student demographics, extracurricular opportunities, financial assistance available, student’s maturity level, etc.Start taking visits to colleges and/or college fairs to see if you “click” with that college. Many people change their mind after a college visit.
15Applying to College Recommendation: Apply to at least 3 colleges 1) dream school, 2) “I think I can get in there” school, and 3) “Sure Thing” school(s).Make sure you have taken the ACT or SAT by the end of the first semester of the senior year.If you used a fee waiver and took the ACT or SAT on a Saturday, then you qualify for 4 college admissions fee waivers.Make a list of pros and cons for each college if you are having a tough time making a decisionSome families let each college’s financial aid package make their decision on where the child will attend college. Students will be offered the most financial aid their first year of college. That amt. will likely go down each year afterwards.
16College Application Week 2014 Will be held at Trinity HS from Nov. 10th-14th. Contact Shannon Edwards for detailsFor students who have not yet applied to a NC college usingSeniors can use class time to complete online college applications with the help of adult volunteers.Many private and some NC public colleges will waive their application fees that week.NOT for those seniors that want to meet early admissions deadlines.
17Paying for CollegeIf there are no college savings in place, then here are other options:Financial Aid- FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Based on family’s finances. Application available Jan. 1st of student’s senior year. Must re-apply each year in college. Completing the FAFSA is necessary for consideration for ALL grants & federally managed loans. Financial Aid meeting with CFNC representative at Trinity HS on Monday, Dec. 15th. CFNC’s FAFSA Day is Feb. 28th, 2015Scholarships- Merit based, leadership, diversity, and/or athletically based. Students must show talent for academics or athletics. Typically, academically based scholarships require grades at minimum GPA of 3.0 or better and essays/interviews are likely required in application process. Another good website to look for scholarships is throughWork Study- Students can be placed on campus to work for limited hours and earn money either to help pay for college costs or earn spending money. Apply through FAFSABEWARE of scam scholarship finders!
18Scholarship app.’s & interview tips…. Seniors must be willing to write essays for scholarship applicationsAsk for recommendations WELL IN ADVANCEOn an essay or interview, seniors need to focus on what is unique and/or compelling about themselves- makes them memorableBe specific with concrete examples of leadership, community service (include hours), any struggles, WHY are they deserving.Being a good academic student is sometimes just not enough when in high competitionPractice interviewing with adults to weed out bad habits and get advice on how to improve
19In Review…. Get involved in community & at school Create data sheet early, save it, and add to it!Start researching college optionsTake college entrance tests & STUDY for them!Visit colleges and/or college fairsGet organized with dates/deadlinesThis is a joint effort: family members need to work together and help each other.Talk to high school counselors and ask questions- we love questions!
20Survival Tips from a parent who has lived it…. Mrs. Kristi Green whose daughter is at UNC-Chapel Hill.My tips:1) Get on my list2) Stay tuned to my website for announcements3) Do your own research through other means4) Make it a priority to find $$ for college
21PARENT SURVIVAL TIPS CONTINUED… VISIT the college campus and try to visit a dorm room. Your student needs to know what college living "feels" like. Could save some money this way because dorm life may not be what they thought it would be.Take the SAT or ACT immediately!Look to see what the qualifications are for all schools in which you are interested in applying---be realistic as well.
22Inside your CFNC folder tonight… Bright yellow sample student data sheetBright pink CFNC account set-up & sending electronic transcripts directionsStapled Trinity FAQ sheetGray ACT & SAT test dates & registration deadlinesOrange sheet: Basic Steps to Navigating the Senior YearLime green Timeline for College Bound Trinity seniorsCollege Advice from College Officials documentStapled cream colored scholarship listingsLight green North Carolina College Application Week flyerBlue sheet of minimum UNC admissions requirementsACT/SAT Average admissions ranges for NC collegesStapled NC four year college profilesTrinity HS financial aid meeting flyer for December
23QUESTION & ANSWER… WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT TO KNOW? IF YOU THINK OF QUESTIONS LATER, PLEASE ME AT or call me at ext. 111Mr. Mel Jones (Names A-K) questions at or call him at ext.112Please encourage other Trinity parents of seniors or underclassman to join my group or tell them to look at the my website & bookmark it for all this information. Go to the Trinity HS website & find my website under School Counselors on the left hand side of the page.