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WELCOME parents Class of 2015. 2014-15 Guidance Office. Counselors Mrs. Lageman (A-G) Mr. Morris (H-O) Mr. Gonzalez (P-Z) Guidance Specialist Mrs. Shaw Guidance Assistant Mrs. Rick At-Risk Counselor Mandy Ganz. AGENDA. College Entrance Requirements Financial Aid/Scholarships

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welcome parents class of 2015
WELCOME parentsClass of 2015

2014-15

Guidance Office

  • Counselors
    • Mrs. Lageman (A-G)
    • Mr. Morris (H-O)
    • Mr. Gonzalez (P-Z)
  • Guidance Specialist
    • Mrs. Shaw
  • Guidance Assistant
    • Mrs. Rick
  • At-Risk Counselor
    • Mandy Ganz
agenda
AGENDA
  • College Entrance Requirements
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships
  • What colleges are looking for
  • Selecting the right school
  • NCAA & NAIA Requirements
  • The application process
  • Senior year timeline
college entrance requirements
COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

UNIV. OF CALIF. (UC)

Same

3 yrs., 4 or more recommended

2 yrs., 3 rec. (must include 1 yr of chem. or physics)

Same

2 yrs., 3 recommended

Same

Same

Must submit SAT I or ACT. Tests must include Writing as well

Some majors or colleges may also require or strongly encourage SAT II (Subject Tests)

CAL STATE UNIV. (CSU)

  • CP English 4 yrs.
  • Math (Alg.1, Geom., Alg. 2) 3 yrs.
  • Lab Science 2 yrs.
  • Social Science (1 yr WC + US Hist) 2 yrs.
  • World Language 2 yrs.
  • CP Electives 1 yr.
  • Visual/Performing Arts 1 yr.

Must also submit SAT I or ACT scores

BE SURE TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND “A-G” REQUIREMENTS. ALL COURSES MUST BE UC CERTIFIED (P)

sat act
SAT & ACT

SAT II (Subject Tests)

No longer required by UC’s

Some majors in Engineering & math may require at UC’s

Some private/out-of-state colleges may require or strongly recommend – you need to check

SAT I (Reasoning) & ACT

  • SAT I – max score 2400
    • Critical Reading (200-800)
    • Math (200-800)
    • Writing (200-800)*
  • ACT – max score 36
    • English
    • Math
    • Reading
    • Science
    • Writing*

* = Required by UC and some Private/out-of-state schools

fall test dates
Fall Test Dates

ACT

September 13

Reg. Deadline August 8

Late Reg. Deadline August 22

October 25

Reg. Deadline September 19

Late Reg. deadline October 3

December 13*

Reg. deadline November 7

Late Reg. deadline November 21

SAT

  • October 11
    • Registration deadline Sept. 12
    • Late Registration deadline Sept. 30
  • November 8
    • Registration deadline October 9
    • Late Registration deadline October 28
  • December 6*
    • Registration deadline Novem. 6
    • Late Registration deadline Nov. 24

* Last test date accepted by UC’s. Some CSU’s (Cal Poly for example) will have deadline of October test date

reporting sat act scores
Reporting SAT & ACT Scores

4 reports in cost of test:

  • NCAA must have results – 9999
  • NAIA must have results – 9876
  • CSU system (all CSUs) code for SAT – 3594
  • UC system – send to one UC you’re applying to, all will have access
  • Private/Independent/Out-of-State – send individually
  • Some scholarships may require scores
ncaa naia college athletics
NCAA & NAIACollege Athletics

NCAA

(National Collegiate Athletic Association)

  • Required for Division I or II
  • Clearinghouse Eligibility – check with your counselor
  • Current and final transcripts will be required. YOU must submit AHC transcripts (done through AHC)

NAIA

(National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

  • Separate from NCAA
  • Similar to NCAA but covers many smaller Christian colleges
  • Westmont College is an NAIA school
financial aid
FINANCIAL AID
  • GIFT AID
    • Need based or merit-based
      • Scholarships/Grants
      • Don’t repay
  • SELF-HELP AID
    • Need-based or non-need based
      • Loans
      • Will need to repay
fafsa
FAFSA
  • Most important piece of the financial aid puzzle – determines eligibility for grants/loans/work study programs
  • Must file for Federal, State, Campus & some private $
  • File date: January 1 to March 2
  • Will have Financial Aid Night at SYHS in January
  • FAFSA Website: www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • GPA Verification Form: required for Cal Grants
  • PROFILE: for Private Colleges along with FAFSA
  • PIN: Get now!: www.pin.ed.gov

“CASH FOR COLLEGE” Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

Help in completing FAFSA

scholarships
SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Based on activities, academic merit, athletics, intended major, ethnic origin, religion, parent employer or any other combination of factors
  • Review Scholarship Handbook – deadlines throughout the year
  • Santa Barbara Foundation – deadline late January
  • Local Scholarships – deadline will be in February or March
how do i pick
HOW DO I PICK?

Communicate with your parents

  • Discuss wants & needs
    • Each side should discuss
    • Atmosphere
    • Distance from home
    • Size & location of campus
    • Cost of attending
    • Long term benefits
    • Majors
narrowing the field
NARROWING THE FIELD
  • Types of Colleges
    • Community College
    • CSU
    • UC
    • Private
    • Out-of-State
    • Specialty or Vocational
  • PRIORITIZE
    • Have a “reach school” and a “sure bet”
calculating your g p a
CALCULATING YOUR G.P.A.

Use the following guideline to determine your GPA that many colleges will use. This is especially true for the UC and CSU systems.

  • Find your 10-12 weighted andunweighted GPA
  • Split the difference between the two GPA’s.
  • Example:
    • Weighted: 3.60
    • Unweighted: 3.00
    • Calculated GPA for colleges = 3.30
  • GPA is based on A-G courses from sophomore and junior years.
  • Admission is based on A-G courses from all four years, including senior year.
additional factors
ADDITIONAL FACTORS
  • CSU:
    • No essays or Letters of Recommendation
  • UC
    • Students required to write two essays with option for 3rd
    • No Letters of Recommendation
    • Extracurricular activities (sports, clubs, work, etc.)
  • PRIVATE
    • Will want essays and Letters of Recommendation
    • Extracurricular activities (sports, clubs, work, etc.)
sources of information
SOURCES OF INFORMATION

COLLEGE FAIRS

  • Christian College Fair – September 29 (Santa Barbara)
  • Santa Barbara County College Fair – November 5 (Earl Warren Showgrounds)
  • College Representatives
    • Many coming to SYHS this fall. Check in Guidance Office or website for schools, dates and times
  • Campus Visits
  • Catalogs, Resource handbooks
  • Internet
when to apply
WHEN TO APPLY
  • UC’s and CSU’s have November filing period
  • Deadline to submit application NOVEMBER 30
  • CSU’s begin accepting apps October 1
  • UC app is open now, can’t submit until November 1
  • Private/Independent/

Out-of-State vary

  • A lot of schools have January 1 deadline but it is your responsibility to find out!
  • Early Decision vs. Early Application
letters of recommendation
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
  • Do not use for UC or CSU
  • Will need for Private Colleges & some scholarships
  • Complete Letter of Recommendation Form (available on SYHS Guidance page – College Information and from English teacher and in Guidance Office)
  • Always talk to person you ask for letter. See what they need from you.
  • Give at least two weeks notice.
  • Remember to thank those who help you!
the college countdown
THE COLLEGE COUNTDOWN
  • October
    • Gather info, prepare applications, complete PROFILE.
    • For CSU’s, can send application.
    • Request Letters of Recommendations if applying Early Application to private schools – check deadlines
  • November
    • Complete submission for UC and CSU (deadline is the 30th)
  • November through February
    • Submit private, out-of-state applications
  • January- February
    • Submit FAFSA
    • GPA Verification
countdown continued
COUNTDOWN continued…
  • March – May
    • Submit any additional information requested by colleges
      • Housing
      • Money
    • CHECK PORTALS!
  • April
    • Notification of Financial Aid by colleges
  • May 1
    • SIR – the day you commit – deposit money due
    • GRADUATION on May 29!
  • SUMMER – Orientation and Registration
important tips
IMPORTANT TIPS
  • Letters of Recommendation – be prepared and plan ahead – two weeks notice
  • No “cute” email addresses
  • Clean up your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts!
  • Make copies of everything you send
  • Get Certificate of Mailing if using snail mail
  • Check your junk email
  • Check & double check dates and deadlines
  • Most colleges communicate by email and/or portal
  • Write down passwords for each account!
questions
QUESTIONS?

BEST OF LUCK!

CLASS OF 2015

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