Overview of the Evening. Planning
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1. College Planning 101
ELCS School Counselor Welcome!
How many seniors? Juniors? Sophomores?Welcome!
How many seniors? Juniors? Sophomores?
2. Overview of the Evening Planning & Preparing for College
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Questions & Answers What else do you want to cover? What else do you want to cover?
3. Planning & Preparing
4. 9th & 10th Grade – Explore!
Get Involved in Clubs, Sports, Community Programs or other Activities
Keep your grades high– they count
Take the Plan Test (10th grade w/Mrs. Brown)
5. 11th Grade – Prepare! Keep Your Grades Up
Stay Involved in Clubs/Sports/Activities
Volunteer / Do Community Service
Research Colleges & Careers
Take the PSAT Wednesday, October 15 (Practice Test for SAT) Register with Ms. Brown by paying $13 fee by 10/7 (checks to ELCS).
Take the SAT or ACT (late spring)
6. Aim for Your Highest Diploma Regents Diploma
Regents Diploma w/Honors
Regents Diploma w/Advanced Designation
Regents Diploma w/Advanced w/Honors
7. SAT and ACT Tests Taken by students across the nation to give perspective colleges and universities a "snapshot" of the student's academic ability.
Most 4-year colleges and universities require either the SAT or the ACT.
Register by mail or online.
Some students choose to take both tests and submit their scores.
School Counselor has applications for fee waivers and testing accommodations
8. SAT vs ACT
9. Consider Possible Majors & Careers Take Interest Assessments
Internet Searches on Ms. Brown’s website
Talk to friends, relatives, neighbors
Books on majors in Ms. Brown’s office
12. 12th Grade – Ready, Set, Go! Review your GPA, rank, & diploma type with Mrs. Brown
Narrow your list of colleges
Know your deadlines
Apply to Colleges
Apply for Financial Aid
Apply for Scholarships
Keep your grades up & retake Regents Exams!
13. Researching Colleges Internet Searches from Ms. Brown’s site
Books from Counselor’s Office and Library
Meet with Admissions Reps at ELCS
Attend Open Houses at colleges
Talk to friends, neighbors, relatives about colleges they attended.
14. Compare Colleges Academic Programs
Size of School
Cost & Financial Assistance*
Study Abroad Programs
Clubs & Sports
15. Some Terms to Know Associate’s Degree
Undergraduate vs. Graduate
Public vs Private
Matriculated vs. Non-matriculated
16. Upcoming Events September 22 Mrs. Brown meets with seniors (periods 1&2)
September 23 SUNY Albany Rep visits ELCS @ 10:30
September 23 US Army Rep hosts info table 11-12
September 24 NCCC Bridge Program Enrollment at ELCS (in classes)
September 28 US Air Force Recruiter visits @ 10:00
September 29 Vermont Technical College Rep visits ELCS @ 11:30
October 7 SUNY Plattsburgh hosts College Night 6:30-8:30
October 8 Hartwick College visits ELCS @ 10:00
October 8 ACC hosts College Night 6:30-8:30
October 14 Juniors take PSAT @ ELCS
October 19 NCCC Rep visits ELCS @ 11:30
October 22 SUNY Canton Rep visits ELCS @ 9:30
October 26 St. Lawrence University visits ELCS @ 2:15
17. Admissions Information Example
18. Applying to Colleges
19. The Application Process Your application will not be reviewed until all materials are received (including your high school transcript from me)
Rolling admissions vs. deadlines
Acceptance, Conditional Acceptance, Wait List
20. The Typical Application College Application Form, Common Application or SUNY Application & Supplemental Application
Counselor Recommendation (including Rank / GPA)
Letters of Recommendation *
Official High School Transcript *
SAT or ACT Scores
Reminder: Don’t Wait until the last minute!!!
*Seniors will receive forms tomorrow in folder
21. NCCC Credits You will need to request an official transcript from North Country Community College (NCCC) to be sent to the college you will be attending. That college will determine if the credits will transfer.
Official Transcripts - $7 each
Unofficial Transcripts – No charge
***Note: Enrollment is This Thursday***
22. Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP / HEOP) Provides academic support, and financial aid to students.
Ineligible for admission under traditional standards, but demonstrate potential for completing a college program; and
In need of financial assistance within established income guidelines.
Mark on admissions application that you wish to be considered for EOP/HEOP
23. Paying for College
Financial Aid Workshop
at ELCS in December
with Keri Lubold from PSU
24. A Word About Price Tags $$ Cost of Attendance
- Financial Aid
= Actual Cost to You
School A School B
-20,000 - 00000
25. Paying for College Financial Aid
26. Financial Aid 1)Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you have filed your taxes.
2) Complete the HESC Application for financial aid through NY State.
3) Wait to receive an Award Package from each school, which tells you what financial assistance they can offer you. FAFSA processed within 3-5 days if filing on the web, and 2-4 weeks if filing by paper.FAFSA processed within 3-5 days if filing on the web, and 2-4 weeks if filing by paper.
28. Scholarships 3 Main Sources
Scholarships offered through colleges & universities.
Mrs. Brown’s Scholarship List