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Senior Parent Night Sept 13, 2010 A-D: Cindy Cloninger E-K: Yeva Hall-Williamson L-Re: Rita Wilkinson Rh -Z: Beverly Baltzegar. Tonight’s Topics. Services for Seniors College Application Process Transcripts Recommendations College Testing Requirements Scholarships

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Senior parent night sept 13 2010 a d cindy cloninger e k yeva hall williamson

Senior Parent Night

Sept 13, 2010

A-D: Cindy Cloninger

E-K: Yeva Hall-Williamson

L-Re: Rita Wilkinson

Rh-Z: Beverly Baltzegar


Tonight s topics

Tonight’s Topics

  • Services for Seniors

  • College Application Process

  • Transcripts

  • Recommendations

  • College Testing Requirements

  • Scholarships

  • Financial Aid


Senior parent night sept 13 2010 a d cindy cloninger e k yeva hall williamson

Senior Services

  • Important Date Sheet: August 31

  • Weekly Counselor Table at Lunches (September and October)

  • Senior Orientation in Classes (Handouts!)

    • September 16th : In English classes

    • Week of September 20th: Through electives for those not in English

  • Senior Conferences: Begin after Senior Orientation

  • Check the East Gaston website for updates.

  • Goal: For every senior to have a post-graduation plan.


Senior parent night sept 13 2010 a d cindy cloninger e k yeva hall williamson

College Application Process

  • Primary Months-September and October; November at the latest!

  • Target number of 3-4 Colleges

  • Online applications preferred by colleges

  • CFNC.org or college websites

  • Limited Availability of paper applications in Counseling Office, College websites

  • A computer is available in Counseling Office for students to use.


Common misconceptions about applying to college

Common Misconceptions about Applying to College

  • Wait to apply after SAT or ACT scores are back.

  • It is fine to wait right up until the deadline to apply.

  • There is no need to apply to a school that we think we won’t be able to afford (such as a private college).

  • If I am starting off at a community college, I can wait until later on in the spring to apply.


Senior parent night sept 13 2010 a d cindy cloninger e k yeva hall williamson

Sending Transcripts

  • Apply throughCFNC and send electronically

    • Input of NCWISE student number

    • Look for box to check to have it sent.

  • Student can request and pick them up from Mrs. Rumfelt, Guidance Secretary

    • 24-Hour Notice

    • It is the student’s responsibility to mail transcripts.

    • Transcripts cannot be faxed!


Recommendations

Recommendations

  • Send only if the college requires them!

  • At least a one-week notice for forms

  • At least a two-week notice for written letters of recommendation


Testing requirements

Testing Requirements

  • SAT or ACT

    • 4-year colleges and universities

    • Some health-care field programs

  • Placement Test

    • Community Colleges

    • Gaston College: COMPASS

  • SAT Subject Tests

    • Used for placement at some 4-year colleges

    • Plan early when to take!


Test fee waiver eligibility

Test Fee Waiver Eligibility

Student is…

  • a member of a family receiving public assistance

  • a resident in a federally subsidized public housing project

  • a resident in a foster home

  • receiving free or reduced lunch

  • Eligible to receive free or reduced lunch based on family income and family size

    One of the above must apply; documentation is required.


Senior parent night sept 13 2010 a d cindy cloninger e k yeva hall williamson

*** Students were given this information on 8/31/09


Senior parent night sept 13 2010 a d cindy cloninger e k yeva hall williamson

*** Students were given this information on 8/31/10


Ncaa clearinghouse

NCAA Clearinghouse

  • Student creates an account and registers at www.eligibilitycenter.org

  • Student must request first transcript and mail to the Clearinghouse.

  • SAT/ACT scores must be sent directly to the Clearinghouse using code 9999.

  • A student will not be completely cleared until the final transcript is received.


Scholarships

Scholarships

  • “Current Scholarships” Newsletter

    • Distributed in homeroom every 4-6 weeks

    • A copy for every senior

    • Posted on school website

    • Primary source of what’s available and when

  • College-based scholarships

    • Most do not require a separate application.

    • Tighter criteria than most scholarships

  • Watch for scams and search services!

  • Deadlines are not negotiable!


Senior parent night sept 13 2010 a d cindy cloninger e k yeva hall williamson

Financial Aid

  • Grants, loans, work study

  • Must complete the FAFSA(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) after JANUARY 1

  • Eligibility based on 2010 income information

  • Apply for PIN ahead of time

    • one for the student and one for a parent

    • www.pin.ed.gov

  • Some colleges also require the PROFILE form


Help with applying for financial aid

Help with Applying for Financial Aid

  • January 27, 2011: Financial Aid Night for Parents

    • Led by a CFNC representative at East Gaston

    • Understanding the Financial Aid process

    • Understanding how to complete the FAFSA

  • February 19, 2011: FAFSA Day

    • At a location in Gaston County (TBA)

    • Actual individual help in completing the FAFSA


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