Tonight’s Program Why are we here tonight? Financial aid How to get in New Reach High Scholars Program activities
Why are we here tonight? It’s about going to good colleges It involves a lot of hard work This is a team effort! Students and Parents are the Team Teachers & other water-carriers Students “Reach High” – Get into a good college – Parents support and encourage students Research and visit colleges with them Prepare financial aid documents and /or write big checks
Why are we here tonight? (Cont.) The road for everyone leads in the same direction: The 80 best colleges in the Handout Booklet Endowment drives quality and financial aid If financial aid needed, get attractive package and reduce strain on Parents If aid not needed, Parents get a better education for their considerable investment The Team wins!
Why Attend a Highly Competitive College? Greater intellectual stimulation from professors who are leaders in their field An energized group of fellow students, many of whom will become future leaders Availability of more academic facilities (classrooms, libraries, labs, etc.) More small, seminar-type classes Better job opportunities after graduation Better chance of acceptance in top graduate schools (business, law, medicine) Better long-term support system among alumni and faculty More attractive financial aid opportunities
Endowment per Student at Selected Colleges Endowment ($million)# of Students Endowment/Student ($000) Yale 16,32712,4951,307 Amherst 1,3061,697770 Williams 1,4092,173648 Dartmouth 2,8255,897479 Bowdoin 6881,723399 Duke 4,44113,457330 Hamilton 4891,780275 Brown 2,0178,261244 Wesleyan 4762,946162 Boston College 1,34114,39593 Wheaton 1401,55090 RPI 6137,52182 WPI 2924,17870 Boston University 89231,76628 UVM 27211,05425 UNH 15914,65211
Great Schools, Great Prices Total Cost and Grants (Avg. 37 Top Colleges) Slslll Student Debt % Grads Avg. Amount % Grads Avg. Amount w/ Debt of Debt Avg. of 14 Top Colleges For Which Data Available* 42% $11,863 UNH $25,000 St. Anselm 82% $33,655 * Five of which have eliminated student loans Estimated Total Cost to College “Sticker “ Price to Student % Receiving Need-Based Grants Avg. Cost After Grant Avg. Discount From Cost to College Avg. Discount From “Sticker” Price $70,000 $48,823 46%$19,52972%60%
Important Financial Aid Policies Need-Blind Admission vs. Need-Aware Admission Need-Based Financial Aid vs. Merit-Based Scholarships Grants, Loans and Student Jobs Treatment of Outside Scholarships FAFSA, CSS Profile and Tax Returns
Steps to Get Into a Highly Competitive College Standardized tests Excellent grades in challenging (honors and AP) courses On-line honors and AP courses Non-academic excellence (sports, art, performing arts School leadership and contributions in the community Summer academic enrichment programs Familiarization with colleges RHS is not well known in Admissions Offices
RHS Students Attending Enrichment Programs This Summer Brown University Leadership Institute Amy Neeper Middlebury Monterey Language Academy Jake Leavitt Phillips Exeter Academy Charles DeBenedettoNicole Lee Jaclyn DugasAshley Lord Shaun Gallagher Abbey Schlangen Jesse Hardman
RHS Students Attending Enrichment Programs This Summer St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program Samantha HarmonAbrielle Webster Jonathan Lemay Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) Nicholas ClarkKathryn Gray Taylor DiLeoSteven MacKenzie Briana DraperHope Palettella Raymond Roundtables 21 Middle School students
REACH HIGH SCHOLARS THURSDAYS2:20 ROOM 206 Control Your Destiny.