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Countdown to College. Student Services Department Riverside Brookfield High School September 3, 2019. College Planning Information at RB. College Application Filing Process Using Naviance to view application status College Reps visits at RBHS Financial Aid Scholarship Opportunities.
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Countdown to College Student Services Department Riverside Brookfield High School September 3, 2019
College Planning Information at RB • College Application Filing Process • Using Naviance to view application status • College Reps visits at RBHS • Financial Aid • Scholarship Opportunities
Application Filing Process • Completing the college application • Essays & personal statements • Letters of recommendation from counselors/teachers • Requesting ACT, SAT, & AP scores • Transcript requests • Putting the pieces together
Completing the Application • Online • Resume of extra-curricular activities • Sports • Clubs/organizations • Leadership positions • Volunteer hours/service projects • Honors/awards • Check application deadlines • Early Decision (Binding Agreement) • Early Action • Priority Filing
Common Application • Every school on Common App has its own requirements listed - some require supplemental essays • What do you need to fill out your Common app? • A copy of your transcript • Resume of activities • Test scores and test dates • Parent/guardian legal information • Form of payment • Teachers will upload letters of recommendation and Common App evaluation forms to Naviance
Common Application • FERPA - Sign in Common App, Sync with Naviance
College Essays • Students should start essays now. • Ask a counselor for direction and ideas. • Ask an English teacher for help. • Be sure to answer the essay question asked. • Avoid writing a “laundry list” of achievements. • Focus more on one or two experiences. • Proofread, proofread, proofread! • Essay Writing Workshop • Wednesday, October 2nd - 7th Hour • Sign up in Student Services
Letters of Recommendations • Counselor recommendations • Students complete the “Senior Questionnaire” form. • Please give your counselor at least 2 weeks notice. • Teacher recommendations • Give teachers at least 2 weeks notice. • Ask teachers early – many of the same teachers get asked. • Provide teachers with a college list. • Remember to write a “thank you” note. • Junior year teachers are a good choice. • Teachers upload their letters to Naviance.
Requesting ACT, SAT & AP Scores • Students request scores from ACT or College Board. • No test scores are indicated on the transcripts • Request test scores as soon as possible. • ACT scores • www.actstudent.org • $12.00 per score per school, $16.50 per score for priority • SAT & AP scores • www.collegeboard.com • $12.00 per score per school • On fee waiver? Ask counselor about free reports.
Requesting a Transcript • All transcripts are processed by Ms. Englehart, not the counselors. • A $10.oo fee was included on students’ fee statements. • Complete a request form for every college. • Forms are available in Student Services and on the Student Services webpage. • Parents must sign the request if the student is under 18. • Please allow 10 school days for requests to be processed.
Putting the Pieces Together • Students should set up an appointment with their counselor after applications have been submitted. • Counselors will go through the transcript release forms with the student. • Most transcripts and letters will be sent electronically to colleges through Naviance (e-Docs).
Still College Searching? • NACAC College Fair at McCormick Place, Chicago • Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 11am to 3pm • College of DuPage Fair • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm • Visit college campuses. • Parent/Student Evening programs at various locations • Use Naviance for college searches. • Continue to talk with your counselor.
Financing Your Education • FAFSA • Free Application for Federal Student Aid • October 1, 2019 • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) • Determines eligibility for federal, state, and college sponsored financial aid including grants, loans and work-study programs. • CSS (College Scholarship Service Profile) • Net Price Calculator
Net Price Calculator –Duke Example Estimated Cost of Attendance $79,108 Estimated Grant/Gift Aid $62,308 Estimated Net Price $16,800 Calculated Family Contribution $9,600 Parent and Student Potential Self Help Opportunities $7,200 Student Loans and Work Estimated Remaining Costs$0 *The above example assumes combined parental income of $85,000, savings of $40,000, and home equity of $100,000.
Financing Your Education Help • College Planning Tips for Seniors and Parents • Tuesday, September 24 from 7:00-8:00 (Auditorium) • FAFSA Workshop at RBHS • Date and Time - TBD (Library & Computer Labs) • “Don’t Pay the College Sticker Price” • January 21, 2020 (Auditorium)
National Scholarship Opportunities • General Scholarships • Located under College and Career Information on the Student Services homepage General Scholarships • Each scholarship varies in qualifications and application deadlines. • Updated as scholarship information is received from the organizations offering the scholarship • Other Resources • FastWeb – www.fastweb.com • Student Scholarships– www.studentscholarships.org • Search for local, state and national scholarships and grants • Identify scholarships based on your academics, community service activities, talents and interests.
Local Scholarship Opportunities • Located under Local Scholarships on the Student Services homepage Local Scholarships Link • Riverside-Brookfield students only • Academic, athletic, and community service scholarships • Awards range from $500 to $7500. • Students can apply for and receive multiple scholarships. • Applications posted on the Student Services homepage in mid-February 2020 • Deadline for applications will be in mid-March 2020.
University Scholarships • Each college or university offers scholarships and grants directly to its admitted students. • Do not need to be repaid • Some scholarships are automatically awarded to the students based on their application information. • Other university scholarships require an additional application that can be found on its website. • Each college/university will have different scholarship deadlines.
Student Services Communication • Remind - informational text about events, deadlines, etc. • Text “@msleiteri” to “81010” • Facebook - RBHS Student Services • Twitter - @rbstudentservic
Please welcome Christine Grenier Elmhurst College Senior Director, First-Year Admission