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College Planning 101. CHS Senior College Night. Options after High School. 1. College 2. Military Service 3. Apprenticeships 4. Work. Tonight’s focus is on college . College planning takes time. It’s not something that is easily decided overnight.

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College Planning 101

CHS Senior College Night


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Options after High School

1. College

2. Military Service

3. Apprenticeships

4. Work


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Tonight’s focus is on college.

College planning takes time. It’s not something that is easily decided overnight.


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Why College?

  • Expected lifetime earnings:

    • Non-high school graduate $1 million

    • High school graduate $1.2 million

    • Some college $1.5 million

    • Bachelor's degree $2.1 million

    • Master's degree $2.5 million

    • Doctoral degree $3.4 million

    • Professional degree $4.4 million

      • Source: U.S. Census Bureau


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College Options

  • Technical/Vocational college

  • 2-year college

  • 4-year university


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Deciding on a College

Characteristics to consider:

  • Location

  • Size of campus & student body

  • Degree programs offered

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Cost & Financial Aid

  • Admission Policy

  • Accreditation

  • Support Services

  • Personality of the campus


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Narrowing Down Colleges

  • Research and investigate schools.

  • Narrow your list down to 3 schools (if possible).


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Road Trip

Plan time to visit the colleges

you are considering!

*meet with an admissions counselor

-chances of admission

-review cost/financial aid

-graduation

-job placement

*take a campus tour

*visit a class

*talk with staff and students


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Apply Early!

  • All colleges have different

    deadlines for applying.

  • Know your deadlines!

  • Advantages to applying early:

    • More scholarship opportunities

    • Better chance of being admitted

    • Potentially knowing admission status earlier


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Application Process

A typical application packet requires:

  • Application

  • Transcript

  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)

  • Letter of Recommendation (s)

  • Personal Statement


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Decisions, Decisions

  • Compare offers.

  • Talk with parents, teachers, and a counselor.

  • Choose the college that’s right for you.

  • Contact colleges you choose not to attend.


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Financial Planning

  • Parents

  • Personal Savings

  • Financial Aid

    • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    • Loans

    • Work Study

    • Scholarships

  • Other means


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How much does college cost?

  • 2 yr degree (live at home) $3000-$5000

  • BA (public university) $48,000-$60,000

  • BA (private university) $80,000-$140,000

  • Law School? Add $30,000-$50,000

  • Medical School? Add $100,000-$140,000

    Source: ACT organization


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The Truth is . . .

College is expensive but when there’s a will, there’s a way!


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Apply for Financial Aid early!

FAFSA forms can be submitted after January 1st.

www.fafsa.ed.gov

*Before the FAFSA can be submitted, students and parents need to apply for a PIN.

www.pin.ed.gov


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Seniors can also check out:

  • financial aid pages on college websites

  • scholarship search engine services such as: www.fastweb.com

  • the senior page on the CHS website for scholarship announcements

    http://www.chelanschools.org/hs/Student%20Links/Senior_Class/Index.htm

  • Senior Scholarship Packet (available after winter break)


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Beware of . . .

Financial aid scams

*You should never have to pay a

fee to submit the FAFSA or any

scholarship application.


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CHS Scholarship Role

  • Collect scholarship information.

  • Publish scholarship opportunities.

  • Liaison between providers and students.

  • Review packets before submission.

  • We do not fill out applications.

  • We do not insure your child can afford college.


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Upcoming dates

  • Manson College & Career Fair

    -Friday, October 26th, 12:30-3:00 p.m.

  • National/International College Fair (Seattle)

    -Monday, November 5th, all day

  • FAFSA Nightwith Kevin Berg, WVC Financial Aid Director

    -Monday, November 19th, @ 7:00 a.m. (HS Library)


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Questions? Comments?

Mary Parsley, CHS Counselor

kingm@chelanschools.org

TimmieLinehan, CHS College & Career Coordinator

linehant@chelanschools.org

(509) 682-4061


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