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Choices • 2-year technical program • 2-year college, then transfer to 4-year university • 4-year university
Applying to College • As a sophomore, make good grades, take the PSAT and Plan, take ACT/SAT if you’ve completed Algebra 2, get involved, start a resume. • As a junior, take the PSAT, take the ACT/SAT, research colleges online, make college visits, update your resume. • As a senior, APPLY! Applications should be completed in the fall of your senior year. Applying online is preferred by most colleges. Request a transcript be sent to any college to which you send an application. Apply to 2-year schools after Christmas.
PSAT, ACT, SAT-I, SAT-II • PSAT-Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test • Take in the sophomore year for practice. • Take in the junior year as qualification for National Merit Scholarships. • October 29th, register NOW in guidance ($15) • PLAN-Preliminary ACT • Take in the sophomore year for practice. Oct. 21 • SAT I-Scholastic Aptitude Test (Reasoning Test) • Take in the sophomore year if you’ve completed Alg. 2 • Take in the middle of the junior year • SAT II-Subject Area Tests • Take as recommended by the college you are applying to
PSAT, ACT, SAT-I, SAT-II • ACT-American College Testing • Take in the sophomore year if you’ve completed Alg.2 • Take at least twice during the junior year. All juniors will test on April 28th. • Repeat either the ACT or SAT at the end of the junior year and again at the beginning (Sept/Oct/Dec) of the senior year as needed. • What is a good score on the ACT? • 20-24 for admissions • 27&up for academic scholarships
ACT/SAT Preparation • Study! Even before you take the test for the first time. • There are free practice booklets in guidance and the College & Career Center. • Websites • www.collegeboard.com (SAT) • www.actstudent.org (ACT) • www.march2success.com (ACT and SAT) • Prep Classes in Enterprise and Dothan • ACT Seminar—October 19th, 1-6 pm, no cost, sign up in guidance. Space is limited. • ACT Prep during flex for juniors and seniors. See Mrs. Mills about getting in an ACT Prep flex class.
What does it cost? • ESCC • $142 per credit hour X 12 hours=$1,704 • $500 for books • Room/Board= Mom & Dad • Total=$2,204/semester
What does it cost? • Troy • $299 per credit hour (including fees)=$3,588 • $500 for books • Room=$2000 • Meal Plan=$1,553 +tax • Total=app. $8000/semester Four year total= $64,000
What does it cost? • University of Alabama • 12-16 hours of undergraduate study=$4,913 • $500 for books • Course fees (average) $400 • Room-$4,400 • Meal Plan/Board-$1,633 (required for Freshmen) • Total=$11,846/semester • Four year total= approximately $94, 768 • Note: Out of state tuition is 2-3 time that of an in-state student regardless of college. College costs generally increase 3-5% per year. • Auburn University=Approximately $11,500/semester
How to pay for it! • The Federal Government • University and Private Scholarships • Military Scholarships • Self-Help
The Federal Government • Need based aid • Based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) • Completed in February of senior year (after tax returns) • www.fafsa.ed.gov • Determines Expected Family Contribution (EFC) • Complete whether or not you THINK you are eligible
The Federal Government • Financial aid packages can include: • Federal Pell Grant (2014-15 maximum is $5,730 per year) • FSEOG-Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant ($100-$4000 per year) for students with exceptional financial need. Varies by school. • TEACH Grant for teaching careers ($4,000 per year). Must sign agreement to serve. Visit www.teachgrant.ed.gov • FWS-Federal College Work-Study Program • Loans-Subsidized and Unsubsidized • Lots of information available at www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov
More on Loans • Direct Subsidized Loans-loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to help cover the costs of higher education at a college or career school. Government covers the interest while in school. • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, but in this case, the student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan. • Direct PLUS Loans are loans made to parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid. • Federal Perkins Loans are for students with exceptional need. Students can borrow up to $5,500 per year. • A student can borrow $5,500 to $12,500 per year in Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans • Private or alternative loans are credit-based loans for students and parents of students. Private student loan terms vary. Make sure to shop around and be smart.
University Scholarships • University Scholarships • Academic—meet requirements and apply by the deadline. (Dec. 1, Dec. 15 for UA, Feb. 15 for AU) • Foundation or Departmental—may involve an interview, resume, etc. • Check each college’s website for these scholarships. You may also call the financial aid office of the college. • Performing Arts/Leadership/Athletic—usually involves a tryout or audition • Athletes, make sure you register with the NCAA.
University ScholarshipsAcademic Example #1: University of Alabama • 27 ACT/3.5 GPA=$3,500 per year ($14,000 total) • 28 ACT/ 3.5 GPA=$4,000 per year ($16,000 total) • 29 ACT/3.5 GPA=$4,913 per year ($19,652 total) • 30-36 ACT/ 3.5 GPA=full tuition, $9,826 per year ($39,304 total)
University ScholarshipsAcademic Example #2 Troy University • 27 ACT/ 3.5 GPA=Full Tuition • 31 ACT/3.7 GPA= Tuition, Room, and Board • Leadership Scholarship, 22 ACT/3.0 GPA= amount varies • Troy “stacks or super scores” for the ACT • Deadline is March 1 • All applications for Troy are online.
Private (Foundation) Scholarships • Private Scholarships • EHS Website- Click on College & Career and then “News” • www.fastweb.com • www.scholarships.com • Tuitionfundingsources.com (Wells Fargo) • Check affiliations with church, employers, civic groups, etc. • Usually smaller amounts at a time. • Can take to any college. • No limit on the number you apply for.
Military Scholarships • Academy Appointments-start early in junior year, highly selective, requires a Congressional Nomination, explore summer seminar programs between junior and senior year • ROTC Scholarships—Apply to college and for ROTC Scholarship • Navy, www.nrotc.navy.mil • Air Force, www.afrotc.com • Army, www.goarmy.com • Veterans Affairs Office-one at every college • Veterans Benefits • Visit www.todaysmilitary.com, click on Benefits, and then tuition support • Parent’s GI Bill. Info is available at www.gibill.va.gov or call 1-888-442-4551
In a Nutshell…. • Paying for a college education may require pulling from several different funding sources. • “Full-rides” (tuition, room, board, books, and fees) are limited. • Going to college requires planning, saving, researching, and dedication.
A Word of Caution • Private scholarship search companies who charge for services may or may not be reputable. They CANNOT guarantee that you will receive funds. • Never pay to complete the FAFSA form. If you need help, contact me or the financial aid administrator at any college or university.
More Information Available Online! • The following documents are available on the EHS Website (go to Guidance Services, Files, College/Scholarship Information): • Internet Resources-a list of website that will be helpful for you • Recommended Timetable for College Bound Students-a great outline of what you should be doing in grades 9-12 • Ready! Or Not?-General information regarding college and scholarships • How Colleges Choose Among Applicants • ACT or SAT?-A general overview of the differences between these tests. • How to Get an Athletic Scholarship • College Admissions Glossary • This PPT presentation is also available under Presentations. email@example.com 334-347-2640 X230
Stay Connected! • Get on Mrs. McClenny’s email list! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and grade in your email. • Remind 101 • Sr’s—text @ccseni to 571-248-3867 • Jr’s—text @ccjun to 571-248-3867 • So’s—text @ccsop to 571-248-3867 • Fr’s—text @ccfre to 571-248-3867 • “Like” Enterprise High College & Career on Facebook • Visit the College & Career Center! Parents are welcome during school hours or in the evening by appointment. • Visit the EHS website often! Check the calendar under “Guidance Services.”
Alabama College Application Week Initiative—Nov. 3-7 • The goal is for 100% of the senior class to have completed at least one college application by November 7th. • Seniors should notify Mrs. White in the College & Career Center when they have completed an application. • Seniors who have applied by the 7th will be entered into a drawing for a cash scholarship or Ipad (their choice). • Two-year college applications count and most two-year schools don’t charge an application fee.
College & Career Center • Hours: Monday-Thursday (8-3) and in the evening by appointment. • Open House Scheduled for November 3, 2014 from 5-7 pm. • Services: • Career Exploration • Interest Inventories • Scholarship Searches • Scholarship Applications • FAFSA Completion • Register and prepare for the ACT/SAT • Interview Preparation • College Searches
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