Presentation on theme: "C OLLEGE P LANNING. UCanGo2 Year-round college access program for high school and middle school students Provides information on how to plan, prepare."— Presentation transcript:
UCanGo2 Year-round college access program for high school and middle school students Provides information on how to plan, prepare and pay for college Helps families create a college- going culture in the home Complements the State Regents’ other excellent access programs and services What is UCanGo2? 2
UCanGo2 Why Go To College? 19 I didn’t like high school. Why would I want to go to college? more freedom more choices new opportunities
UCanGo2 Why Go To College? 20 College is too expensive. There’s no way I can afford it. College costs in terms of tuition, books and time, but it’s a smart investment in your future. Financial aid comes in many forms, including grants, scholarships, work- study and student loans.
UCanGo2 What Do I Want To Be? 24 Examines the differences between a career and a job Encourages students to evaluate their interests, hobbies and skills Helps students create a career plan based on their talents Highlights the most popular jobs in Oklahoma
UCanGo2 Ten Most Popular Occupations in Oklahoma Requiring a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher 26 Occupation Average Hourly Salary Average Annual Salary Veterinarians$34.29$71,300 Personal Financial Advisors$30.01$62,400 Physicians Assistants$38.08$79,200 Financial Examiners$31.90$66,400 Computer Software Developers, Applications$30.97$64,400 Cost Estimators$24.75$51,500 Survey Researchers$13.05$27,100 Petroleum Engineers$55.80$116,100 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists$21.61$44,900 Physical Therapists$34.95$72,700
UCanGo2 Ten Most Popular Occupations in Oklahoma Requiring Training or an Associate Degree 27 Occupation Average Hourly Salary Average Annual Salary Veterinary Technologists and Technicians$12.11$25,200 Medical Equipment Repairers$17.62$36,600 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers $17.66$36,700 Radiation Therapists$31.67$65,900 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians$18.55$38,600 Surgical Technologists$15.71$32,700 Respiratory Therapists$22.70$47,200 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation and Relay $25.98$54,000 Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers$11.72$24,400 Physical Therapist Assistants$22.31$46,400
UCanGo2 How Do I Get There? 29 Outlines college entrance requirements and ACT/SAT testing Free practice tests on OKcollegestart.org Explains the benefits of good study habits Covers ways to save on college costs Concurrent enrollment AP courses Cooperative Alliance
UCanGo2 Where Do I Go? 34 Provides research tips to help students make an informed choice Explains how to set up a successful college visit Supplies a list of questions to ask at various offices on a school campus
UCanGo2 How Do I Pay For It? 39 Provides a review of current college expenses Explains the different categories of financial aid available Describes the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with tips for application
UCanGo2 College Costs 41 Expenses Research Universities Regional Universities Community Colleges Technical Branches Career Technology Centers Tuition$4,076$3,537$2,206$2,802$1,837 Mandatory Fees $3,040$1,155$819$828$250 Average Academic Service Fees $858$292$60$113N/A Room and Board $6,880$4,543$4,437$5,030N/A Books and Supplies $1,042$1,087$1,230$1,620$500 TOTAL$15,895$10,614$8,753$10,393$2,587
UCanGo2 What is Financial Aid? 42 Financial aid is money to help you pay educational costs, such as: Tuition Fees Books Room and board Transportation Personal expenses
UCanGo2 Types of Financial Aid 43 Grants and scholarships considered gift aid typically don’t have to be repaid Federal work-study allows students to work at their school or at authorized sites to earn money for school Student loans low cost, flexible federal student loan options should be exhausted before considering “private” or “alternative” loans loans must be repaid with interest
UCanGo2 State Financial Aid 45 Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG) $1,000 annual maximum for public schools; $1,300 annual maximum for private schools Application deadline is March 1, 2013 Oklahoma’s Promise Students must graduate from high school and successfully meet End of Instruction (EOI) requirements Students must complete the FAFSA Second income check will begin Fall 2012
UCanGo2 Getting Organized 63 The busiest time for scholarship applications is Feb 1-April 30. Search for scholarships in a variety of places. Prepare early for scholarships. Don’t rush when completing applications; be thorough.
UCanGo2 Watching Deadlines 64 Many online scholarships have deadline dates as early as January or February Keep track of your requirements and deadlines for each scholarship Don’t wait until the last minute
UCanGo2 Plan Early 65 Make a list of possible scholarships Apply for as many as you can Study hard Volunteer Participate in extracurricular activities Follow social media
UCanGo2 College Connection 66 Check your school’s website or financial aid office for available scholarships Watch for scholarship postings in the Student Center, Admission office, etc. Complete the FAFSA for financial aid and scholarships
UCanGo2 Search For It 67 Don’t pay for online scholarship websites Investigate your source Federal Trade Commission ftc.gov or 877.382.4357 Local organizations, churches, YMCA, Walmart, Target, McDonald’s Check the library
UCanGo2 Typical Application 72 Applicant usually must … Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident Be a high school senior, college student Major in a specified field Indicates number of recipients awarded Lists award amount and scholarship period Provides contact information and deadline Gives renewal data
UCanGo2 Don’t Rush 73 Read all the rules and any supplemental materials provided Answer each question completely Complete a scholarship checklist Review with a friend Get recommendation letters early Write a great essay
UCanGo2 Try These Tips 74 Clean up your Facebook page Be complete and on time Watch for scholarship announcements through your email Set up a Google Alert ‘Like’ Facebook sites that may offer scholarships Send a written thank you note
UCanGo2 Increase Your Chances 75 If ABC Company offers a scholarship: 100 students may receive the application 75 students will fill out the one page form 50 students will submit the one page form along with an essay Less than 25 students will submit the form, essay, resume and letters of recommendation
UCanGo2 Did You Know? 80 What was the total amount of financial aid awarded by Oklahoma State University during the 2011-2012 academic year? This includes all grants, loans and scholarships in their undergraduate, graduate and veterinary programs. Over $260 million
UCanGo2 Why Online? 81 Quicker processing time 3-5 days vs. 4-6 weeks for paper FAFSA Help and Hints boxes provided with every question Saves time and helps you meet deadlines Electronically sign using your Personal Identification Number (PIN)
UCanGo2 What’s a PIN? 82 Request a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at PIN.ed.gov Student and one parent must each have a PIN Use the same PIN when you: Renew your FAFSA Sign an online loan application Check your loan status on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS.ed.gov)
UCanGo2 Requested Information 83 Social Security Number Student and spouse or parent Student’s driver’s license information Income and W-2 figures School names
UCanGo2 Student Demographics 84 Use your full name as shown on your Social Security card Help and Hints boxes are located on each screen to assist you
UCanGo2 School Selection 85 You can send your FAFSA to 10 different schools. If you don’t know the school’s 6- digit code, you can search by School Name, City or State.
UCanGo2 Dependent or Independent? 86 Your answers to these questions will determine your dependency status.
UCanGo2 Dependency Status 87 Dependent students must provide parental information Independent students aren’t required to show parental information unless requested by their school
UCanGo2 Parent Demographics 88 You can only enter family members in college who are pursuing a degree or certification. Parents cannot be included. Enter your parent’s demographic information. Remember, your parent’s name must be entered just like it’s shown on the Social Security card. If you’re unsure who should be counted in your family’s household size, click here to get a full definition.
UCanGo2 Student Income 89 The Student Financial Information section requests the type of tax form the student filed, as well as the student’s income and asset figures.
UCanGo2 IRS Data Retrieval 90 While completing the FAFSA online, applicants may submit a real-time request to IRS for tax data IRS will authenticate taxpayer’s identity If match found, IRS sends real-time results to applicant in a new window Applicants choose whether or not to transfer tax data to FAFSA
UCanGo2 IRS Data Retrieval 92 Click here to transfer your tax info to the FAFSA form.
UCanGo2 Sign and Submit 93 You can review and print all the information you’ve submitted on your FAFSA to keep for your records. To sign your FAFSA, you and one parent (or your spouse) can enter a PIN here. You may also print and mail a signature page to complete the FAFSA process.
UCanGo2 Student Aid Report 94 Summarizes the information on your FAFSA Sent electronically or in paper form after your FAFSA is received Review for accuracy and correct any errors as soon as possible Will not list the amount of financial aid you’re eligible to receive The schools listed on your FAFSA will also receive a summary
UCanGo2 Cost of Attendance 95 An estimate of the total educational expenses for a specific enrollment period Includes average tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation and miscellaneous expenses COA may be different at each school
UCanGo2 Expected Family Contribution 96 Important number appearing on your SAR; also shown on the Confirmation page of your online FAFSA Based on the information provided on your FAFSA, such as income, assets and family size Same amount at every college
UCanGo2 Financial Need 97 The difference between the Cost of Attendance (COA) and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) School determines financial need based on data from your SAR Financial aid awards are based on your financial need
UCanGo2 Financial Need 98 Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution - ________________Other Aid Financial Need
UCanGo2 Federal Financial Aid 99 Federal Pell Grant $5,550 annual maximum Undergraduates without a bachelor’s degree Need-based Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) $4,000 annual maximum Undergraduates without a bachelor’s degree Priority given to Pell Grant recipients with high financial need
UCanGo2 State Financial Aid 100 Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG) Apply through the FAFSA Application deadline March 1, 2013 $1,000 annual maximum for public schools; $1,300 annual maximum for private schools Need-based
UCanGo2 Things to Remember 101 You must complete the FAFSA every year financial aid is needed. Never pay to complete the FAFSA. The first letter in FAFSA stands for free! FAFSA.gov is the only website you need. It never charges you a fee to complete your application.
102 Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Oklahoma College Assistance Program Outreach Department Kelli Kelnar 405.234.4239 866.443.7420 (toll free) UCanGo2@ocap.org