Presentation on theme: "Let’s talk about life after High School"— Presentation transcript:
1 Let’s talk about life after High School Choosing a CareerGoing to School after High SchoolGetting into College/Voc. SchoolPaying for School
2 Choosing a Career Learn More about Yourself Take a look at:Your interestsYour skillsYour career goalsFocus on information thatPertains to your personalityRepresents the lifestyle you wantReflects the goals you have set for yourselfAssure yourselfVolunteer in a related fieldWork part timeJob Shadow for a day or twoDo an internship once you’re in school
3 Choosing a Career Learn More about Yourself Tennessee College and Career Planning SystemCareer Search (interest assessment)Skills AssessmentWork Values InventoryBegin your career portfolioUser name and passwordAsk school counselor for “N” code
4 Going to College Why go?The more education you get the more likely it is you will always have a job. According to one estimate, by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them.Education beyond high school gives you many other benefits, such as meeting new people, and taking part in new opportunities to discover and explore your interests.
5 Earnings chart Education Level Average Lifetime Earnings Professional degree $4.4 millionDoctoral degree$3.4 millionMaster's degree$2.5 millionBachelor's degree$ 2.1 millionAssociate's degree$1.6 millionSome college $1.5 millionHigh school graduate$1.2 million
6 Going to School after High School The best school is the one that fits you! Type of school- Public vs. Private- 2-year vs. 4 year- Technical SchoolLocation- urban, rural, big town- large vs. smallSize of school (how many students)Cost and financial aidMajor offeredCampus activities
7 Going to College What should you be looking for? Top Ten Reasons NOT to Choose a CollegeYour boyfriend/girlfriend is going thereYour best friend is going thereIt’s a party schoolYou decided in the 7th grade that you wanted to go thereYour mom and dad are alumniIt has a good football teamYour school counselor told you to pick itThe school is prestigiousThe tuition is lowIt looks good in the guidebook
8 Going to College What can you do now? Attend college fairs or meet with college representatives during visits to your schoolResearch Scholarships- internet- employer- bank- churches/social organizationsResearch Colleges- campus visits
9 Going to College You just have to do some looking! Begin your college search by viewing virtual tours of over 1,300 college campuses!
11 Going to School after High School The Campus Visit Make the most of your visit!Research the school beforehandCall ahead and schedule the visitWear comfortable shoesBring a journal to take notes about the collegeTalk to students while you are on campusTry to meet with a faculty member in majorSit in on a freshman level classTalk to an admissions and financial aid counselorCheck out the residence hallsEat in the dining hallRead the campus newspaperCheck out campus bulletin boardsASK QUESTIONS!
12 Going to School after High School The Campus Visit Questions to ask…Are there academic scholarships available through the school?Are you required to live on campus your first year?What is the cost of attendance?Do most students participate in a meal plan?How can I get involved on campus?What types of social groups are available?How do students spend their free time?
13 Going to School After High School The Campus Visit Questions to ask…(continued)Are there athletic programs offered?How safe is the campus?Are professors accessible outside of class?What percentage of students receive financial aid?What are the library hours?Are there tutoring services available on campus?
14 Getting into College What do colleges look for in an applicant? GradesStandardized Test ScoresExtracurricular ActivitiesApplication EssayLetters of RecommendationChallenging Schedule
15 Getting into College The Admissions Process The ACT and SAT (entrance exams)Retake ACT or SAT during senior year--Check with the School Counseling Office for registration packets and datesAsk the Admissions Office about details (which test to take, what score you need, etc)
16 Getting into College The Admissions Process The APPLICATIONDeadlines – some as early as Nov. 1 (this varies depending on the school)Available online (college website), school counseling office, admissions office- if permittedFind out from the college what to include:- recommendations - portfolio- essay - transcripts- resume - test scores (ACT/SAT)
17 Getting into College The Admissions Process What other applications do I need?- housing- scholarships- special programs (honors, etc.)Don’t forget- Application fee or fee waiver- Additional transcripts- Earlier deadlines
18 Getting into School after High School DON’T WAIT!!!APPLY EARLY!!!MEET ALL DEADLINES!!!
19 Getting into School after High School Time to askquestions
20 Paying for College Financial Aid MONEY that assistsstudents and familiesin funding theircollege education
21 Paying for College Financial Aid: Gift Aid GrantsFederal- Pell Grant – $5,550 max- SEOGState- Tennessee Student Assistance AwardInstitutionalPrivateMoney you do NOThave to pay back!
22 Tennessee Student Assistance Award Award Amounts for4 yr / 2 yr private - $4,0004 yr public - $2,0002 yr public - $1,300TN Tech Ctr - $1,000Application Deadline: ASAP after Jan. 1Valid EFC of $2,100 or lessTN residentAmounts can be adjusted by financial aid office
23 Paying for College Financial Aid: Gift Aid ScholarshipsState- Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program- Ned McWherter Scholars Program: $6,000 award. Minimum 3.5 GPA & Minimum 29 ACTInstitutionalPrivateApply for all you are eligible!
24 Paying for College Financial Aid: Gift Aid Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship ProgramApply for the lottery scholarship by filling out the FAFSATennessee HOPE Scholarship- $4,000/year - 4 year OR- $2,000/year – 2 yearScore 21 ACT (980 SAT)OREarn 3.0 weighted overall grade point average (GPA).
25 Paying for College Financial Aid: Gift Aid General Assembly Merit ScholarshipAdditional $1,000/year to HOPE Scholars who meet ALL of the following higher academic requirements:Qualify for the Tennessee HOPE scholarshipEarn 3.75 weighted overall GPA (Your extra points for Honors and AP can count here.)Score 29 ACT (1280 SAT)Aspire AwardAdditional $1,500/year to HOPE Scholars who meet ALL of the following income requirements:You must qualify for the HOPE ScholarshipYou (if you’re independent) or your parents must have a yearly income of $36,000 or less.
26 Paying for College Financial Aid: Gift Aid Tennessee HOPE Access GrantIf you don’t qualify for the HOPE Scholarship but you meet other academic and income requirements, you may be eligible for this one-time only award.Earn 2.75 weighted overall GPAANDScore ACT ( SAT)Have parents’ or independent students yearly income $36,000 or less- $2,750/year – 4 year OR- $1,750/year – 2 yearThe grant is not renewable but you can apply for a Tennessee Hope Scholarship after you’ve attempted 24 college credit hours and earned a cumulative 2.75 college GPA.
27 Paying for College Financial Aid: Gift Aid Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills GrantOffers up to $2,000/year (no more than the cost of attendance) to any full-time student pursuing a certificate or diploma at a Tennessee Technology Center. (Students can enroll part-time but their award will be pro-rated.) There is no ACT or GPA requirement.
28 Paying for College Financial Aid: Self-Help Aid EmploymentFederal Work StudyCampus EmploymentLoansFederal PerkinsFederal StaffordFederal Parent (PLUS)Institutional LoansAlternative LoansGraduate PLUS
29 Paying for College Financial Aid: How do I apply? College or UniversityInstitutional AidOther sources of aidOutside scholarships andloansFAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student AidPell GrantSEOGWork StudyPerkins LoanStafford LoanState Aid Programs (Lottery)
30 Paying for College FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid When…Apply after January 1 of senior year of high school and each subsequent yearHow…Register for PIN early –Remember…Must reapplyPriority deadlinesKeep copies of everythingParents/students should estimate if they file their taxes late!!!Assistance…College Goal Sunday
31 Paying for College How does the FAFSA work? Students will get the Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail with their Expected Family Contribution (EFC).Helps to package:Pell grantSEOGState grantsWork StudyPerkins loan Cost of Attendance (COA)Stafford loan - Expected Family Contribution (EFC)= Financial NEED
32 Paying for College Financial Aid: The Award Letter Based on FAFSA and results of college aid applicationsYou will receive an award letter from the college detailing all the aid you have receivedMust individually accept and/or deny all parts of the award packageReturn to the college by deadlineMay include other formsWork Study ApplicationLoan Application (Master Promissory Note)
33 Paying for College A Word about SCAMS If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You should be suspicious of an organization if they: Send you a notification that you were selected to receive a scholarship for which you never applied.Insist on your credit card number, any bank account number, calling card number, or social security number. If given a number, they could charge unnecessary fees or drain your account.Pressure you to act fast. “This offer will expire....”.Charge you for a scholarshipOffer to apply on your behalf or claim to have an influence on scholarship sponsors.Guarantee scholarship winnings or search results
34 Follow up with your financial aid officer! Paying for CollegeFollow up with your financial aid officer!
35 Let’s Review Fall of your Senior Year Start Early Do your research Request information from schoolsVisit campuses and attend Open House programsBegin requesting application informationTake ACT or SAT againMeet all deadlinesDo scholarship searches and applicationsAsk questionsComplete your applications
36 Let’s Review Spring of your Senior Year Fill out the FAFSA in January Complete any remaining paperwork with your college(s) (including your award letter)Return your intent to enroll to your school of choice (usually May 1)
37 Let’s Review Summer before you enroll Attend New Student Orientation Finish any last minute details with your schoolGet Ready!!!
38 Top 5 things to learn before you go off to college Laundry. If your mom has always done your laundry for you, be sure to ask her to show you how to do it before you move away.Balance a checkbook. Part of becoming an adult is learning how to manage your finances.Share. If you will be living in a dorm when you go to college, then you need to learn how to share. Use a PDA/smartphone/day-timer/calendar. Being organized is very crucial in college.Take notes. In order to perform well in your college classes, you need to be able to take good notes.
39 Let’s Review After you enroll Talk to career services for guidance Take advantage of internships in your field of interestGet practical experiences in your major (do I really want to do this?)Get involved on campus to help ease the transition from high school to collegeALWAYS ASK FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT!
40 Let’s talk about the Future Next Steps…Research and explore Career opportunities-Visit Colleges-Look for additional scholarships and apply-
41 Challenge Yourself Be better tomorrow than you are today!!! Find what you are good at and become great!!!Put forth an extra effort even if it is not easy!!!
42 Make the most of every opportunity and make the best decision for YOU.
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