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September 20, 2012 Back to School Night Senior Meeting
The Process Begins…. Senior meetings will begin the first week of October Finalize college selections (before Oct. 1 st ) Finish college applications Update or start an academic resume Continue looking at possible majors Go on college visits! Take the SAT/ACT Meet with college reps when they visit
College Applications Many applications are online Print Counselor Forms online to bring in Fill out application NEATLY Bring to Counselor Office to get transcript, etc. We cannot send in any money! Keep a folder or file with all your info in it Keep a calendar of deadlines! Ask teachers for recommendation letters early
Where to Access Applications Click on Counselor’s Corner
College Go! Week A great time to apply September 24-28, 2012 Encourages students to take practical steps in preparation for college Certain colleges and universities will waive the application fee during this week!
College Application Do’s and Don’ts Keep it neat (legible) No nicknames (emails, etc) Write in pen – all in one color Complete everything Sign it! Include your money Apply online if possible Have them all done by Thanksgiving
Registering for SAT / ACT Register for SAT online at www.collegeboard.org www.collegeboard.org Register for ACT online at www.actstudent.org www.actstudent.org Be sure to send scores to Whiting – School Code is 153810 Be sure to send scores to colleges See Mrs. Duncan about a fee waiver if you qualify for free-reduced lunch
COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE, BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE! Average Community College $3,000 Average Public University $16,000 Average Private University $28,000 Elite Private College $40,000 +
Financial Aid Information Attend Financial Aid Night at Whiting HS on January 24, 2013 Complete FAFSA online: the STUDENT and PARENT both need a PIN PIN is the electronic signature Apply early for PIN numbers at www.PIN.ed.gov www.PIN.ed.gov www.FAFSA.ed.gov is the website to complete the FAFSA online www.FAFSA.ed.gov
College Quick Facts Many families qualify for financial aid even though they think they make too much money Colleges are in competition for students Colleges have empty seats to fill Colleges will pay for good students 90% of students attending private colleges receive financial aid
Additional Tips Follow up with college if you get a rejection letter If test scores or grades are low, send in application with a letter of explanation and/or recommendation Apply to at least one private and one public school
Scholarship Information Apply early and apply often There are many good scholarship search engines online that are free: Scholarships.com helps you find money for college as well as learn about the entire financial aid process. Search Fastweb.com to find scholarships and information on financial aid, job, and internships The more information you have, the more prepared you’ll be to plan for your future
Academic Scholarships Most commonly thought of scholarships Usually need a good GPA or standardized test scores, such as SAT/ACT Often related to academic performance, but can also be given to a candidate displaying artistic or athletic excellence Example: National Merit Scholarship qualify by taking the PSAT and receiving a high student score If you do not qualify for an academic scholarship, don’t worry!
Student Specific Scholarships Chances are there is at least one scholarship out there that you’re eligible for Make a list of what makes you special, and look into the organizations, local groups, and private corporations that may have funding set aside for education Example: Scholarships for left-handed students, students with a particular last name, tall students and students who are vegetarians Best Buy runs a scholarship program for incoming college students interested in community service
Student Specific Scholarships The good thing about having a unique hobby is that the awards for those hobbies may be less competitive than needs-based or more high- profile scholarships Think about what makes you stand out, and consider contacting local organizations that fit those criteria If you’re going into a field that is unique, look to your community for awards in that field of study you’re pursuing
Community Scholarships Scholarship providers like to see people from their communities succeed They often offer local scholarships available only to residents of their community The number of students who qualify is based on location, so chances of winning local scholarships are often better This can make local scholarships an attractive and easy option for funding your education. Example: BP offers scholarships to children of its employees who achieve academic excellence McDonalds offers scholarships to employees who are a high school senior and show commitment to school, work, and volunteering in their community
Other Ways to Find Local Scholarships Local Scholarship Bulletin Morning announcements at school Scholarship Corner across from Mrs. Duncan’s office The Counselor’s Corner website Go to Whiting High School website Click on the “For Students” heading Select the “The Counselor’s Corner” link Whiting High School online announcements
When to Apply Watch application deadlines According to the National Scholarship Database, 60% of scholarship deadlines fall between February and April Students should begin applying at least a few months prior to this, preferably between September and December Now is the time!
Websites of Interest www.collegeboard.org www.collegeboard.org Information about SAT, SAT practice tests, SAT sign-up, links to college websites www.act.org www.act.org Information about ACT, ACT practice tests, ACT sign-up and more www.learnmoreindiana.com www.learnmoreindiana.com Indiana’s own website to research colleges and careers www.scholarships.com www.scholarships.com Free internet college scholarship search and financial aid resource www.fastweb.com www.fastweb.com A great site for researching scholarships and getting financial aid information
Websites of Interest www.knowhow2go.org www.knowhow2go.org Provides useful information by grade level to prepare for college, apply to college, what to ask on a campus visit, and much more! www.triptocollege.org www.triptocollege.org Provides college planning timeline, figures and information about preparing and paying for college, a savings growth calculator, and information about Indiana Colleges www.Wachovia.com/CollegeReady www.Wachovia.com/CollegeReady Offers products and services for parents and students who need to fund a college education www.ecampustours.com www.ecampustours.com Take a virtual tour of over 1200 college campuses! A great place to start the college search process www.indianacareerexplorer.com www.indianacareerexplorer.com Online system that helps students plan for a career through exploration of majors, occupations, and interests