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Welcome to. [Enter Site Name]. Tonight ’ s Program. 2. 1. 3. 4. Be sure to. Fill out a scholarship entry form Take a copy of Opportunities home with you Check www.collegenights.org for a copy of tonight ’ s presentation Check out College Nights Facebook – www.facebook.com/emcfab

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welcome to
Welcome to

[Enter Site Name]

be sure to
Be sure to
  • Fill out a scholarship entry form
  • Take a copy of Opportunities home with you
  • Check www.collegenights.orgfor a copy of tonight’s presentation
  • Check out College Nights
    • Facebook – www.facebook.com/emcfab
    • Twitter – www.twitter.com/ecmcfab
at the end of the evening
At the end of the evening
  • We’ll collect evaluations for tonight’s event
  • Even better, we’ll hold a scholarship drawing
  • We’ll select four $500 scholarship winners (you must be present to win)
college is important
College is important
  • Unemployment rates are directly tied to your level of education
  • Studies consistently show that attending college adds to your lifelong earnings
    • Difference between a high school graduate and a four-year degree – between $800,000 and $1 million
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College is important
  • People who have attended some college
    • Report higher levels of job satisfaction
    • Typically live healthier lifestyles
    • Enjoy benefits such as insurance, paid vacation, a retirement plan, etc.
    • Are more involved in their communities through higher levels of volunteering and voting
  • It’s true—college is important!
many choices
Many choices
  • There are over 6,000 colleges to choose from in the United States
  • With this many choices, where and how do you start to look for the college that is right for you?
  • Before you start searching, think about your goals
what are your goals
What are your goals?
  • Some students already know they want to
    • Learn a trade or enter a specific profession
    • Obtain a degree, maybe in a specific field
  • Not sure about your goals?
    • College is a great place to explore your options
  • Goals can change while researching colleges
  • About 80% of college students change their major at least once
choosing a college
Choosing a college
  • Narrow down your list of potential colleges by identifying the characteristics important to you
  • Factors some students consider
    • Program or major you are considering
    • College size
    • Class size
    • Location or distance from home
    • Support programs
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Choosing a college
  • Additional factors to consider
    • Campus culture
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Religious or cultural affiliations
    • Cost of attendance
  • Ultimately cost matters but
    • Think about cost when making your final decision, not as much when starting your search
    • Consider your net out-of-pocket cost, not just the sticker price
researching college choices
Researching college choices
  • Parents and school counselors can help
  • There are many college search web sites
    • www.CollegeProwler.com
    • www.CollegeBoard.org
    • www.PrincetonReview.com
    • www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator
  • All these sites allow you to search for colleges based on the factors that are important to you
college application process
College application process
  • There are many things you can do to prepare for a successful college application process
  • The Opportunities booklet contains a checklist on page 6
  • The checklist shows steps you should take beginning the summer before your junior year through high school graduation
your college applications
Your college applications
  • Each college has its own requirements for completing the application process
  • These can include
    • Completing a short form and taking a placement test at a community college
    • Submitting test scores, essays, reference letters and a portfolio at some colleges
    • Check each college’s web site for requirements
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Your college applications
  • Determine college application due dates
    • Postmark date or arrive by date
    • Note on your calendar
  • Read the directions carefully
    • Ability to follow directions correctly is part of the acceptance criteria
  • Meet the application deadlines
    • Each college sets its own deadline
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Your college applications
  • Application fees
    • Most colleges have an application fee
    • Many colleges will waive the fee
  • You may have to submit
    • SAT or ACT scores
    • Transcripts
    • References/recommendations
    • Essays
    • Other evidence of talent
college entrance exams
College entrance exams
  • For many students, the admissions process includes taking college entrance exams
    • PSAT or PLAN – “Practice” tests for the SAT/ACT
    • Placement tests
    • SAT or ACT
  • Disability accommodations and fee waivers are available
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College entrance exams
  • SAT
    • Measures conceptual thinking rather than facts
    • Critical reasoning, math, and a required writing test
  • ACT
    • Measures what you learned in high school
    • English, math, reading, science and optional writing test
  • Depending upon your learning style, you may perform better on one test versus the other
your college applications3
Your college applications
  • Transcripts
    • Official high school transcript needed for each college application
    • College transcript also required if you’ve taken any college courses
    • Transcript is used to document your GPA, class rank and the rigorousness of your high school program
    • Many acceptances contingent on maintaining GPA
    • Most require a final high school transcript
your college applications4
Your college applications
  • References
    • Usually from teachers, other adults and peers
    • Allow plenty of time
    • Give as much information as possible
    • Include stamped, pre-addressed envelope
    • Write thank you notes to your references and let them know when you get accepted
your college applications5
Your college applications
  • Admissions essays
    • Stay on topic
    • Essays should be error free
    • Don’t exceed the word limit
    • Be yourself
your college applications6
Your college applications
  • Other evidence of talent
    • Portfolio
    • Audition tapes
    • Writing samples
    • Contact specific program for more information
sources of college funds 2012
Sources of college funds – 2012

Source: “How America Pays for College”, Sallie Mae, 2012

your college costs
Your college costs
  • Which college would cost you the most to attend?
    • Example private college - $55,850
    • Sample state college - $19,619
  • The answer seems obvious, but it isn’t as simple as comparing these numbers
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Your college costs
  • When you look at the costs listed on the previous slide, you are looking at the college’s “sticker price”
    • More formally known as “Cost of Attendance” (COA)
  • Consists of direct and indirect costs
  • Direct costs are paid to the college
    • Tuition and fees
    • Room and board if living on campus
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Your college costs
  • COA also includes indirect costs
    • Room and board if living off campus
    • Books and supplies
    • Personal expenses
    • Transportation
    • Allowance for dependent care
    • Loan fees
    • Cost of a personal computer
    • Costs related to disability
    • Reasonable costs for study abroad
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Your college costs
  • Comparing COA – the “sticker price” – of various colleges does not give you an accurate picture of what it will cost to attend
  • Can get an estimate of net price by using your college’s “net price calculator”
  • You find out the actual net price by applying for financial aid
about the fafsa
About the FAFSA
  • FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Determines eligibility for
    • Most federal financial aid programs
    • Many state financial aid programs
    • Much of the aid colleges award from their own funds
    • Some scholarship programs
  • Colleges may require additional forms to collect more detailed data
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About the FAFSA
  • FAFSA asks you questions about
    • Income
    • Assets
    • Family size
    • Number of family members attending college
  • Number one reason people don’t file a FAFSA
    • They assume they are not eligible for aid
      • This may be a costly assumption
cost of not filing
Cost of not filing
  • Each year 1.7 million students who would be eligible for financial aid do not file a FAFSA
    • 33.1% would have qualified for a Pell Grant
    • 17.1% would have qualified for the maximum Pell Grant award
  • Also missed out on potential aid from the state, the college and many scholarship providers

Source: Mark Kantrowitz, “Reasons Why Students Do Not File the FAFSA”, January 2011 www.finaid.org/educators/20110118nofafsareasons.pdf

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About the FAFSA
  • Three versions of the FAFSA
    • Online – www.fafsa.gov
    • PDF FAFSA – Print from your computer
    • Paper FAFSA – Call 800.4.FED.AID
    • It is always free to complete the FASFA
  • Online version is best
    • Built-in edits make it easier to complete accurately
    • Sign it electronically with your PIN obtained from www.pin.ed.gov
    • Faster results
tips for fafsa success
Tips for FAFSA success
  • Before completing the FAFSA
    • Download the FAFSA on the Web worksheet
      • Provides a preview of FAFSA questions
    • Gather documents for both parents and students
      • Income tax returns
      • W-2 forms and other income statements
      • Benefits records from state and federal agencies
      • Current bank statements
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Tips for FAFSA success
  • Meet all financial aid deadlines
    • Can vary from college to college
    • Meeting “priority deadline” results in best financial aid package based on your eligibility
  • It’s okay to estimate your financial information
    • Will have an opportunity to correct
  • List all colleges that you are applying to
  • Retain a copy of your completed FAFSA
fafsa help is available
FAFSA help is available
  • You can receive in-person help in completing the FAFSA at “College Goal Oregon” events
  • Financial aid professionals will help you complete the FAFSA online
  • Depending upon location, dates are to be determined
  • Details at www.CollegeGoalOregon.org
  • The College Place 1-866-326-8287
  • Assistance is available at 1-800-4-FED-AID
navigating financial aid
Navigating financial aid
  • After completing the FAFSA, the student receives the Student Aid Report (SAR)
    • Correct any errors and return
    • SAR contains Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • FAFSA information is also sent to the colleges you listed to receive the data
efc determines aid offered
EFC determines aid offered
  • COA (Cost of attendance) — EFC = financial need
  • Financial aid office will then determine the student’s eligibility for federal and state financial aid, and for any aid the college may be able to offer from its own funds
  • Financial aid office may ask for additional information
  • Student will receive an award letter
state grant program
State grant program
  • The Oregon Opportunity Grant is available by filling out the FAFSA – no additional application needed
  • Must be an Oregon resident attending an approved Oregon college
  • File the FAFSA by February 1 to be


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State grant program
  • Maximum family income to qualify for Oregon Opportunity Grant is $70,000
  • Maximum 2013-2014 award is $2,000
  • Students will be notified of award by OSAC email and by their college of choice
  • You can receive the grant for four years of full-time enrollment
    • Need to reapply each year
understanding award letters
Understanding award letters
  • Read your award letter carefully
    • Could be either on paper or online
    • Follow instructions for next steps
  • Meet all deadlines
  • Inform college of changing financial issues
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Understanding award letters
  • Award letter
    • Shows cost of attendance
    • Lists types of aid and net costs
  • Pages 23-24 in Opportunities
  • Worksheet on page 25helps you compare awards
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Understanding award letters
  • What if it’s not enough?
    • Researchprivatescholarships
    • Consider any potential employer benefits
    • Check into college tuition payment plans
    • Make financial aid office aware of changes in your financial situation
  • Reminder – you must complete the FAFSA to be considered for most types of aid
  • Consider part time employment during college
  • A form of gift aid – money given to students that doesn’t have to be repaid
  • There are lots of different types of scholarships
  • You don’t always need
    • a very high GPA
    • to be the greatest athlete
  • Diligence and perseverance are great tools when applying for scholarships
  • An estimated 45% of college students receive scholarship funds
  • Average scholarship amounts received
    • 4-year public college = $4,876
    • 4-year private college = $14,016
    • Community college = $2,929

Source: How America Pays for College 2012 https://www1.salliemae.com/about/news_info/research/how_america_pays_2011/

finding scholarships
Finding scholarships
  • Develop a plan to search and apply for scholarships
  • In Oregon, one of the first steps should be completing the OSAC Scholarship Application
    • Apply online www.OregonStudentAid.gov
    • Instructions, list of scholarships, and worksheets available online
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Finding scholarships
  • More than 400 scholarships totaling over $18 million are available
  • Deadlines for complete applications
    • Early Bird date is Friday, February 15, 2013
    • Regular date is Friday, March 1, 2013
popular scholarship sites
Popular scholarship sites
  • Three good and legitimate sites
    • Fastweb – www.fastweb.com
    • College Board – www.CollegeBoard.com
    • Scholarships.com – www.scholarships.com
  • Many other scholarship search sites but
    • Avoid paying a fee
    • Keep an eye out for possible scams
other scholarship resources
Other scholarship resources
  • A successful scholarship search extends beyond the Internet
  • High school counselor
    • May have a list of local competitions
    • Check with other area high schools
  • College/University
    • Financial aid office
    • Check within your major
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Other scholarship resources
  • Family and friends
  • Employers
  • Religious, civic, and community organizations
  • Foundations
  • Military
  • Public library
successful scholarship candidates
Successful scholarship candidates
  • Apply for many different scholarships
  • Request application allowing plenty of time to complete application requirements
  • Turn in error-free applications
    • Follow all application directions
    • Watch out for the fine print
  • Keep copies of completed applications
  • Be thankful and gracious
scholarship applications
Scholarship applications
  • May need to provide
    • Proof you have filed the FAFSA
    • Essays/personal statement
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Examples of work in specific study area/portfolio
    • SAT/ACT scores
    • Transcripts
    • Interview – in-person or phone
watch for scams
Watch for scams
  • You’re guaranteed to win or your money back
  • You can’t get this information anywhere else
  • Give us your credit card number to get started
  • The scholarship will cost some money
  • You are a finalist (for a scholarship you didn’t apply for)
  • If it sounds too good to be true
  • Come to a free seminar
  • We’ll do all the work for you
tips to remember
Tips to remember
  • Scam mailings often sound and look official
  • Expect winning notification from legitimate scholarships via mail not by phone
  • Watch out for 900 area code telephone numbers
  • Always walk away from high pressure sales
  • Be wary of endorsements
when you win
When you win
  • What to expect
    • Congratulations letter – keep a copy for your records!
    • High profile scholarships may include follow ups
    • May need to send transcripts and proof of enrollment
    • Fulfill obligations – such as thank you letters
    • Check may be sent to you or your college
    • College may adjust your financial aid award