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  1. Review of College Admissions

  2. List the types of schools

  3. Types of Schools • Liberal Arts Colleges • Universities • Community Colleges • Specialized Colleges • Public Schools • Private Colleges • Academies (including military) • Prep Schools

  4. What are the differences between a public & private school?

  5. Public –Financed through federal, state, and local taxes, public schools are part of a larger school system, which functions as a part of the government and must follow the rules and regulations set by politicians.  • Private – generate their own funding, which typically comes from a variety of sources: tuition; private grants; and fundraising from parents, alumni, and other community members; often religious


  6. What do colleges consider during admission?

  7. What Do Colleges Consider?

  8. List as many college entrance tests as you can

  9. Testing Information • College Board Customer Service # 866.756.7346 ACCUPLACER – 2yr and 4 yr THEA – 2yr and 4yr SAT – 4yr ACT – 4yr GMAT – graduate GRE – graduate LSAT – graduate (law school) MCAT – graduate (medical school) PCAT – graduate (pharmacy school)

  10. Testing Information Continued… ACT • Achievement test • Measures actual learning in English, math, reading, science, and writing • 13-36 contents ; 3-12 writing SAT • Measures critical reading, math, and writing • 2400 • 200-800 each section

  11. College Search Process Size Programs Narrowing Your Options Location Campus Life Cost Special Programs

  12. The List – Considering The Options • REACH • REALISTIC • SAFETY • FINANCIAL – REACH, REALISTIC, SAFETY

  13. List the Types of admission

  14. Types of Admission • Early Action • Binding • Can apply to more than one school with a few exceptions • Priority • August-December of senior year • Available for more scholarships • Regular Decision • Watch deadlines – they vary • Hear by April 1st • Rolling Admission • “Apply anytime, hear anytime” • It is recommended students apply as early as possible to be sure space is still available • Watch for priority deadlines

  15. What do you need to complete your college application?

  16. College Application Materials • GPA/Rank • Resume • Letters of Recommendation • Essay(s) • Transcript(s) • Test Scores

  17. The Application Process • The STUDENT will submit to the college: • The application • Essay • Application fee • Official SAT & ACT scores from the testing organization • Official transcript from Alamo Colleges • The GUIDANCE COUNSELOR will submit to the college: • Official transcript • Counselor recommendation • Teacher recommendations (if received)

  18. What federal application must be completed each year?

  19. FAFSA... • FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid • Website – www.fafsa.ed.gov • What You Need to Complete It: • Parent(s) W-2 and 1040 tax returns • PIN number www.pin.ed.gov • Social Security Numbers/Driver’s License • School(s) Name • http://www.finaid.org/fafsa/video.phtml Video

  20. What is the difference between cost of attendance and tuition?

  21. COA & Tuition • Cost of Attendance • Tuition • Fees • Room • Board • Books • Travel/Transportation • Tuition • The price of attending classes

  22. What does efc stand for?

  23. EFC Explained... • Expected Family Contribution • What the government says your parents are able to pay for your schooling • Calculation • Cost of Attendance – EFC = Your financial need • Your parents’ bills (mortgage, car payments, insurances, credit card debts, etc. are NOT used to create your EFC).

  24. What does SAR stand for?

  25. SAR... • Student Aid Report • The detailed form that the government sends to each of your schools • This form includes your EFC and other financial information • You must complete the FAFSA in order to receive an SAR

  26. When Should you file a fafsa?

  27. When to File a FAFSA... • Spring 2013, but check your school’s deadline. • Priority is usually March 30. • You can estimate your FAFSA based on last year’s tax information, BUT you MUST update it as soon as your parents file. • FAFSA opens January 1st

  28. Types of financial aid

  29. Financial Aid Types of Financial Assistance • Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships • Work Study • Federal Student Loans (PLUS Loan) • Private Signature Loans

  30. Which of the types are free money?

  31. Free Money... • Scholarships • Grants • Fellowships

  32. Which type of financial assistance should be your Last resort?

  33. Last Resort... • LOANS • Federal • Stafford – Subsidized (gov’t pays interest while you’re in school) and Unsubsidized (you pay the interest or it capitalizes) • Perkins – For students with low EFC’s • Parent • PLUS • Private • Credit based

  34. Loan Limits – Stafford Loan

  35. Questions? These items will be on your SEMESTER EXAM! Make sure you understand!

  36. Sources • Adapted from Wilmington High School College Information Night presentation. 2010. • College Board. College MatchMaker. 2010. 8 January 2010 http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search /adv_typeofschool.jsp . • University of Texas at Austin. 8 January 2010 College Board. College MatchMaker. 2010. 8 January 2010 http://www.utexas.edu/student/admissions/.