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1. College Planning 101 DeAnna Brown ELCS School Counselor Welcome! How many seniors? Juniors? Sophomores?Welcome! How many seniors? Juniors? Sophomores?

2. Overview of the Evening Planning & Preparing for College College Admissions 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 Volunteer 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 Volunteer Job Shadow Informational Interview 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 College Fairs 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 Degrees Available Location Size of School Admissions Criteria* Cost & Financial Assistance* Study Abroad Programs Housing Clubs & Sports

15. Some Terms to Know Associate’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Certificate Programs Undergraduate vs. Graduate Public vs Private Matriculated vs. Non-matriculated Matriculation Agreement

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 * NCCC 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. Eligibility 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 $40,000 $20,000 -20,000 - 00000 =$20,000 =$20,000

25. Paying for College Financial Aid Scholarships Grants Student Loans Parent Loans Work-Study Savings Family Financing Employment

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 Internet Searches

30. Handouts Review Questions?

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