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21st Century Scholars Senior Exit Interview. Congratulations, 21st Century Scholar!. Senior Exit Interview Topics. Keeping the Pledge : Affirming Your Scholarship Preparing for College Applying for Financial Aid Using Your Scholarship. KEEPING THE PLEDGE: AFFIRMING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP.

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21st century scholars senior exit interview

21st Century ScholarsSenior Exit Interview


Congratulations 21st century scholar

Congratulations, 21st Century Scholar!


Senior exit interview topics

Senior Exit Interview Topics

Keeping the Pledge: Affirming Your Scholarship

Preparing for College

Applying for Financial Aid

Using Your Scholarship


Keeping the pledge affirming your scholarship

KEEPING THE PLEDGE:AFFIRMING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP


Pledge affirmation

PLEDGE AFFIRMATION

In order to receive the 21st Century Scholarship, you must affirm that you kept the Scholars Pledge that you signed when you applied to the program.

Your Affirmation Form can be completed online by visiting www.scholars.in.gov or by contacting your school counselor and requesting a paper copy of the Affirmation Form.

The deadline to submit your completed Affirmation Form is March 10, 2013.


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PLEDGE AFFIRMATION

The Scholars Pledge requires that you:

Graduate with an Indiana High School Diploma from a charter school, freeway or other Indiana school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education

Achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

Not use illegal drugs or alcohol or commit a crime

Apply for admission to an eligible Indiana college, university or proprietary school as a high school senior

Apply on time for state and federal financial aid


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PLEDGE AFFIRMATION

Fill out the Affirmation Form in its entirety. Missing information could delay or cost you your scholarship.

The paper or online form must be signed by you as well as your parent or legal guardian to be considered complete.

Be sure to provide the correct date of your expected high school graduation as well as the name of the high school that will issue your diploma.


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PLEDGE AFFIRMATION

Your Affirmation Form may be selected for verification. If selected, you must comply with the verification request in order to receive the scholarship.

You will be notified by mail if your affirmation has been selected for verification.


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PLEDGE AFFIRMATION

High School GPA Requirement:

21st Century Scholars must graduate high school with a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

High school guidance counselors will report your GPA to the 21st Century Scholars program.


Preparing for college

PREPARING FOR COLLEGE


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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Selecting a College or School

What is your eventual career goal?

Which school is the top choice for this kind of training?

Which school will provide the best financial aid package?

What are alternate schools in case you can’t get into your top choice school?

Always have a Plan B!


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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Deadlines Matter!

Remember the key deadlines that exist for almost every aspect of planning for college. Make certain you have a calendar and are keeping up with specific admission deadlines and other key dates, such as those affecting financial aid.


Preparing for college3

PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Take the SAT or ACT

Register and prepare for the SAT or ACT. Select colleges and universities that should receive your scores. Once the scores arrive in the mail, review them with a guidance counselor to see how the scores relate to qualifications for specific colleges and scholarships. Consider retaking the test with stronger preparation if unhappy with scores.


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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Take the SAT or ACT

You can an register online at:

SAT: www.collegeboard.com

ACT: www.act.org

Test fees for the SAT may be waived once as a junior and once as a senior.


Preparing for college5

PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Differences Between the ACT and SAT

The ACT is an achievement test measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.

The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test (which needs to be taken if required by the college to which you are applying). The SAT has 3 components: Verbal, Mathematics and a required Writing Test.


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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Differences Between the ACT and SAT

The SAT has a correction for guessing. That means that points are taken off for wrong answers. The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no deduction for guessing or incorrect answers.


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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

ACT Test Dates


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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

SAT Test Dates


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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Key Deadlines: Fall Semester

Schedule campus visits for the colleges that you are interested in attending. Create a separate folder for each potential college. Make a checklist of the admission requirements (transcripts, application fees, test scores, letters of recommendation, essays and financial aid applications).

Make a special note of the admissions deadlines of the colleges. Make sure to allow enough time for recommendation letters and for the submission of transcripts.


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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Key Deadlines: Fall Semester

Consider retaking the SAT or ACT if not satisfied with scores.

Attend as many college fairs and financial aid workshops as possible.

Update list of all involvement, awards and recognitions. It may be needed next semester for scholarship applications.


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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Key Deadlines: Spring Semester

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (www.fafsa.gov). This will determine eligibility for grants and loans to help cover the costs of college

Attend College Goal Sunday (www.collegegoalsunday.org)

Attend Cash for College (cashforcollegeindiana.org)

Continue with campus visits


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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Key Deadlines: Spring Semester

If needed, forward mid-year grades to the selected colleges. Your counselor can help.

Choose the college you will attend. Feel free to make one last visit to make sure it is the right fit. Work with the college's financial aid office to apply for any scholarships and additional financial aid.

Create final list of all involvement, awards and recognitions. It may be needed during the Freshman year of college for scholarship applications.


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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Key Deadlines: Summer

Make sure to request that a final transcript be sent to the college you will be attending.

Plan for the coming year in college by developing budgets, schedules and a list of telephone numbers for important services and support.

Get a part-time job to gain work experience and extra money to help cover college costs.


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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Incentives for Scholars

In addition to the 21st Century Scholarship, a number of schools offer additional incentives of which Scholars can take advantage, such as application fee waivers.

Visit www.scholars.in.gov review the list of incentive offered by participating schools and colleges.


Applying for financial aid

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID


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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

There are three main types of financial aid:

Federal Financial Aid

State Financial Aid

Institutional Financial Aid


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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the college or state deadline, whichever is first.

FAFSA must be received by the federal processor on or before March 10, 2013 in order to be eligible for Indiana state aid.

To ensure maximum consideration for federal, state, and college aid, check information from each school to determine:

Required application materials

Application deadlines


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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

Collects family’s personal and financial information used to calculate the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Available in English and Spanish

May file FAFSA in one of two ways:

Electronically via FAFSA on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Paper FAFSA


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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Good Reasons to File Your FAFSA Electronically:

Built-in edits to help prevent costly errors

Skip-logic allows student and/or parent to skip unnecessary questions

More timely submission of original application and any necessary corrections

More detailed instructions and “help” for common questions

Ability to check application status online

Simplified renewal application process


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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Registering a FAFSA PIN

To file your FAFSA electronically, a PIN is needed

A PIN is your electronic signature

Student needs PIN

Parent(s) of Dependent Students need a PIN

Website: www.pin.ed.gov

Can request PIN before January 1, 2013

May be used by students and parents throughout aid process, including subsequent school years


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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Registering a FAFSA PINwww.pin.ed.gov


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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Free Assistance with the FAFSA

Online Guide to the 2013-2014 FAFSA

Online presentation that walks you through the FAFSA filing process and addresses many topics, questions and potential pitfalls to help you file your FAFSA correctly the first time

Available at www.scholars.in.gov


Applying for financial aid8

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Free assistance with the FAFSA

College Goal Sunday: www.collegegoalsunday.org

The event is for high school seniors and other Indiana students who qualify for undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2013 and need financial aid.

Attend College Goal Sunday at 2 p.m. local time, Sunday, February 24 at any of the 40 sites throughout the state and receive free help from financial aid experts in completing the FAFSA.

Students should attend with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ completed 2012 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 form or other 2012 income, asset and benefits information.


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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

eStudent is the State’s self-service website for students who have filed a FAFSA as residents of Indiana.

www.ssaci.in.gov/estudent


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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

What does eStudent do?

Indicates if there are any issues with the FAFSA that could prevent students from receiving state aid

Allows students to see their state grant award and state grant history

Allows students to view their grant application which includes information from the FAFSA, the high school diploma type, 21st Century Scholar and National Guard status and their school of choice

Allows students to update their school of choice


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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Registering Your eStudent Account

After you file your FAFSA, visit www.ssaci.in.gov/estudent

When registering:

Data must match your FAFSA

One student per e-mail address


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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Six Signs of a Scholarship Scam

“Scholarship guaranteed or your money back”

“You can’t get this information anywhere else”

“May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship?”

“We’ll do all the work”

“The scholarship will cost some money”

“Surprise! You’ve been selected or you’re a finalist!”


Using your 21st century scholarship

USING YOUR 21st CENTURY SCHOLARSHIP


Using your scholarship

USING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP

Graduate from an Indiana high school with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

Submit your completed 21st Century Scholars Affirmation Form by March 10th of your senior year

File for state and federal financial aid by completing and submitting the FAFSA by March 10th of your senior year

Make any required corrections to your FAFSA by May 15th


Using your scholarship1

USING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP

File your FAFSA by March 10th and make corrections by the May 15th deadline every subsequent year

Apply for admission and institutional financial aid at the Indiana college you will attend by the deadline for each college

Enroll as a full-time student within one year of graduating from high school

Maintain your Indiana residency


Using your scholarship2

USING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP

Covers tuition and regularly-assessed fees only, not room and board, books, or computers

Guarantees 100% tuition at state public colleges and at Ivy Tech Community College

Pays partial tuition at approved private or independent state colleges equivalent to that of Ivy Tech Community College

Pays partial tuition at approved for-profit specialty or proprietary schools equivalent to that of Ivy Tech Community College

Provides up to 8 semesters of tuition assistance toward an undergraduate degree


Using your scholarship3

USING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP

Remember, your 21st Century Scholarship covers the cost of tuition at an eligible public college or university and partial tuition at eligible private colleges and proprietary schools equivalent to that of Ivy Tech Community College.

However, your 21st Century Scholarship is supplemental to other state aid. If you receive state aid such as the Frank O’Bannon Grant (FOB), which is based on your financial need, your 21st Century Scholarship is applied after the Frank O’Bannon Grant is applied, up to the cost of full tuition at a public school or the partial tuition amount at a private college or proprietary school.


Using your scholarship4

USING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP

In this example, the student has an Expected Family Contribution of $0 (calculated from the student’s FAFSA).


Using your scholarship5

USING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP

In this example, the student has an Expected Family Contribution of $20,000 (calculated from the student’s FAFSA).


Don t forget

DON’T FORGET!

You must submit a completed Affirmation Form by March 10th

You must file your FAFSA every year by March 10th

You must correct any errors to your FAFSA by May 15th

You must enroll as a full-time student by Fall 2013 and continue to be enrolled as a full-time student

You must continuously be enrolled as a full-time student and maintain satisfactory academic progress each semester

You must remain a resident of Indiana


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