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GET READY FOR COLLEGE A guide for parents and students
THE BIG PICTURE Admissions requirements ACT/SAT score GPA and rank (pre-AP, AP, dual credit) Résumé Letters of recommendation Essays (show your personality; paint a picture of who you are) Application (show that you are more than just a number) Extra-curricular activities (Don’t quit!) Awards (grades 9-12) Volunteer work (Start in 9 th grade) Financial Aid (Scholarships, grants, loans) FAFSA FOLLOW THE MONEY!
HOW COLLEGE WORKS Credit hours (usually 3 per class); full-time student takes 4 classes (at least 12 hours) You will pay for each credit hour plus each semester’s fees, books, room and board if living on campus, transportation, etc. **Note: Due to semester fees, it is cheaper to be a full-time student than a part-time student in the long run. Junior College (San Jacinto) = Two year school (Associate’s Degree) approximately $6,000 per year College or University = Four year school (Bachelor’s Degree) ranges from $15,000-$40,000+ per year depending on the school; in state and public schools are cheaper than out of state or private schools Certification programs (Everest) = no degree or transferable credits; costs vary
FIRST STEPS TO TAKE Buy a calendar planner to keep track of important dates and deadlines; include ACT/SAT tests, AP exams, application deadlines, and scholarship deadlines. SET PERSONAL DEADLINES. See the College Connection website and the Counselors’ Corner website for helpful tips and links. Research your college and career options. Start making plans for how to pay for it. Consider programs on each campus like Honors Colleges, partnerships, internships, etc. Visit colleges as a family. Contact the college for details. Sign up to take ACT/SAT as a junior. STUDY FOR THEM!
ACT/SAT SCORING GUIDE How to know what you need to score for college admission and for college readiness standards
National averages: English 20.4 Math 21.0 Reading 21.2 Science 20.8 Composite 21.0 For the class of 2013, average scores are: Critical reading: 496 Mathematics: 514 Writing: 488 AVERAGE SCORES ACT (Scale of 1-36) SAT ( /section)
ACT – Composite score of 23 or higher, with individual math, reading and English scores of no less than 19. SAT – Composite score of 1070 or higher, with 500 critical reading (formally “verbal”) and 500 math. COLLEGE READY (TSI) ACT SAT
Rice: average for top 25% grads--SAT 700, 720, 700; ACT composite 32 Stanford: average for top 25% grads—SAT 680, 700, 690; ACT composite 31 Baylor: average SAT (math and critical reading) ACT 24-29; 75% of freshmen were top 25% of graduating class Texas Tech: no minimum for top 10% (but TSI still remains); for top 25% minimum 25 ACT or 1140 SAT Texas A&M Corpus: no minimum for top 10% (but TSI still remains); 19 ACT or 900 SAT top quartile NOTE: for lower ranks, add 2-5 points ACT or points SAT COLLEGE ADMISSIONS Reach Schools (Private, selective schools) Realistic Schools (Texas State Schools)
COLLEGE CONNECTIONS TUTORIALS Mondays and Fridays, 2:30-4:00 in the GPHS library
FINANCIAL AID What it is and how to get it
HELPFUL WEBSITES FAFSA.ed.gov—Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be filled out after tax return Senior year (no sooner than January 1) Collegeforalltexans.com—links to facts sheets for tuition waivers and other important information Fastweb.com, AIE.org, and gmsp.org—links for scholarships Corporate scholarships—KFC, Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola, Olive Garden, HEB, Target, Kohl’s, and many more Check with your university’s financial aid department for more hidden money!
UNMET NEED Unmet need—when your tuition and fees are more than your college fund, grants, and scholarships Work Study programs Loans—borrowed money that you will have to pay back Subsidized—no interest, no payments until graduation; variable-fixed rate loan Unsubsidized—no payments until graduation but interest starts with first payout PLUS loan—higher interest rate which begins after first payout; no payments until graduation
WANT MORE INFORMATION? Contact your child’s counselor at A-Di—Ms. Brooks Dj-He—Ms. Coleman Hf-O—Ms. Jones P-S—Mr. Shiflet T-Z—Ms. Balderas Contact Brandi Couch, Academic Advisor, at