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College Advisement Night. The College Application Process. Tonight’s Agenda. Senior Timeline College Selection Admission Overview Application Process Financial Aid / Scholarships NCAA Extras. Senior Timeline. Fall Semester: Finish the college selection

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College Advisement Night

The College Application Process

Tonight’s Agenda

  • Senior Timeline

  • College Selection

  • Admission Overview

  • Application Process

  • Financial Aid / Scholarships

  • NCAA

  • Extras

Senior Timeline

Fall Semester:

Finish the college selection

Retake your college entrance exams

Submit your College Applications by Thanksgiving

Scholarship Applications at colleges

Spring Semester

FAFSA financial aid form in January

Scholarship Applications

Make college choice by April




Naviance College Search

Naviance College Search

College Fairs

In State colleges – October 8th

Cherry Creek High School 6-7:30 p.m.

Out of State College Fair –

Saturday October 13th @ Mountain Vista H.S.

October 10th , 2012 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m Monarch High School

October 11th , 20126:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. John F. Kennedy High School

College Visits Schedule

College Visits

  • College Visits at Eaglecrest

  • College Preview Days or campus tours

What do you do on a visit?

  • Campus tour

  • Special Preview days - sit in on a class

  • Talk with students, professors,

    admissions representatives

  • What does the campus feel like?

  • Pros and Cons list

Finding the Right Fit!

  • Major

  • Size

  • Location

  • Chances of being accepted

  • Cost/ Affordability?

  • Personality of the school



Admissions Criteria

  • Eligibility Index (G.P.A and ACT scores)

  • Activities, leadership, contribution to

    community, potential for success

  • Community Service

  • Letters of Recommendation

  • Admissions Essay

ACT or SAT score


If a student has a 3.3 GPA and gets a 22 on the ACT then the Index Score is a 104.

Reasons to Retake the ACT

  • To improve your score for admissions

  • To improve your score for scholarships

  • To qualify for NCAA athletic eligibility



- October 27th (register by Sept 21st)

- December 8th (register by Nov 2nd)

SAT - October 6th (register by Sept 7th)

- November 3rd (register by Oct 4th)

- December 1st (register by Nov 1st)

ACT costs $35 and the SAT costs $50

Some out of state schools and private schools may also require SAT subject tests (also called SAT II tests).

ACT Test Prep

Mrs. Sestrich’s class

$ 25 for 3 sessions or $ 10 each

The 3 Saturdays before each ACT.

Sign up in the

Language Arts/Social Studies Resource Room



Application Process


  • Online applications

  • Make sure your files are complete

    - recommendations

    - essay

    - fee

    - transcripts / ACT scores

Online Applications


  • YOU must print out ANY forms your high school must complete

    - School Report Form

    - Teacher /Counselor Recommendation Form

  • Get the necessary teacher signature(s) on forms beforeyou turn them into the College & Career Center

Specialty Applications


  • Out of State / Private Schools

    - may have earlier deadlines, short answer and essays, extra letters of recommendation etc.

  • Selective Schools (CU Boulder, CSU Fort Collins)

    - always include essays / letters of recommendation

    unless your index score is 112 or higher

  • Common App

    Make sure you let your counselor know! There are several extra steps.

Admissions Essay

  • Engage the reader, be original!

  • Make sure you write to the prompt

  • Be genuine!

  • Don’t repeat all your activities!

    Instead, choose a specific instance from your life that you can use to describe yourself and what you have learned.

  • Explain any weak points on your transcript

  • Proofread, proofread, proofread!

Letters of Recommendation

  • Make sure you know which colleges require a letter.

  • Don’t ask for more letters than you need.

    Pick up a letter of recommendation form in the College & Career Center or complete our new letter of recommendation form in Naviance (About Me Tab)

  • Fill out the form for the teacher or counselor

  • Check back that the teacher submitted it through

    Naviance (you won’t be able to request transcripts until this is done)

  • Remember to give your teacher 3 weeks notice and say thank you!



Community College of Aurora

Click on Admission Application

Create a login and PIN

8 Sections to Fill Out


Naviance Family Connection

Log on to Powerschool

Welcome to Naviance


Click on the Colleges Tab



Click on

Colleges I’m thinking about

Add Colleges


Click on Lookup

Add Colleges


Pick a college from the list or use the search boxes

Add Colleges


Click Add Colleges

Colleges Folder

Rank your choices in order

FERPA Waiver

Click on “Colleges I’m Applying To” Folder



Transcript Requests





Financial Aid

FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid

* Never pay to submit your FAFSA!

Everyone should apply for financial aid by

filling out the FAFSA

in January of senior year.

Even if you think you may not qualify it

is required for work study jobs!

Financial Aid Night @ EHS on Nov. 28th

What you can do now

  • FAFSA pin numbers

  • FAFSA Forecaster

  • College Opportunity Fund

  • Financial Aid Calculators


  • Net Price Calculators (New)


College Opportunity Fund

New Tools



Net Price Calculator

Net Price Calculator

Net Price Calculator


Scholarship List

EHS Scholarship List

Students should start with their colleges

Pay attention to the details!

Plan ahead

Scholarships are a lot of work

Keep applying!

Scholarship Applications



NCAA Initial Eligibility

  • To play D1 or D2 college sports you must register

    with the NCAA eligibility center.

  • To report your scores fill in 9999 as one of your free score report choices when you register for the ACT.

  • You need to register on the NCAA eligibility website.

    It requires $60 and official transcripts.

  • Download the Guide for Student Athletes on the NCAA Initial Eligibility website.

NCAA Initial Eligibility


Some additional thoughts

• April 2012- student loan debt surpassed credit card debt for the first time in our history.

• Students are considered adults when they arrive on the college campus. Parents may speak with college representatives regarding tuition payments- but little else.

• A growing number of students are graduating in 6 years- as opposed to 4 years (traditional model).

• Students may drop a class (or two) per semester if they choose (without parent permission) and remain a full-time student.

• For some students, loan debt is not a ‘real’ concept

Breaking down college costs

  • Tuition: the cost of enrollment in coursework at the college level. (ex. $3,300 per year to $45,000 per year)

  • Room and Board: the cost of living on campus, made up of your dorm room fee and cafeteria meal plan. (ex. $7,000 per year to $ 12,000 per year)

  • Fees: usually include library access, parking, identification cards, athletic facility usage, health insurance, lab supplies, activity involvement, and game admissions. (ex. $200 per year to $4,000 per year)

  • Books: The College Board reports the average cost for books and supplies for the 2010–2011 school year was $1,137 at public colleges and $1,981 at private colleges.


  • College costs should never keep you from pursuing a college education. However…

  • Where you begin your education and where you complete your degree may be impacted by your individual financial situation.

  • College affordability is often the most important topic rarely discussed.


Questions to consider….

  • Will you attend Public, Private, or start at a Community College?

  • Will you live on campus, off campus, or at home?

  • Will you stay in state or go out of state?

Itemized Breakdown (estimated) University of Colorado-Boulder

  • $25,244Total Bill (excluding books) per year($100,976)

    - $ 2,500 Grants/Adjustments per year ($10,000)

    - $ 2,200 Work Study (Job) per year($8,800)

    - $ 2,544 Student Savings (Summer) per year($10,176)

    - $ 5,000 Parent Out of Pocket per year($20,000)

    - $ 5,500+ Student Stafford Loans per year * ($22,000+)

    - $ 7,500 Parent PLUS Loans per year ($30,000)


    Based on data from National Center for Educational Statistics

    * Stafford Loans Increase from $5500/$6500/$7500

Let’s look at it from a different lens

What you pay while in school:

Parent Total- $ 5,000 per year ($20,000 over 4 years)

Student Total- $ 4,744 per year ($18,744 over 4 years)

What you pay after you graduate:

Parent Total- $30,000 + interest over 10 years)

Student Total- $27,000 + interest over 10 years)

* For every $10,000 of loans a person typically pays $110 per month over a 10 year period

Senior Seminar Day

Wednesday. Sept 19th

7:45 a.m.

Thank you

for coming!

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