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Welcome to planning for college

Welcome toPlanning for College

Presented by Auburn Career/College Counselors

Jon Morrow, AHS

Amanda Paulson, AMHS

Steve Mead, ARHS


  • Types of Schools...Which is Right for You?

  • Credit Requirements

  • Application & Admission Considerations

  • Intro to Finances

  • Q&A

What type of school
What Type of School?

  • Community College

  • Technical College

  • Career/Specialty School

  • Four-Year Public

  • Four-Year Private

Why choose a community or technical college
Why choose a Community or Technical College?

  • Convenience

    Lake Washington Institute of


    Seattle Community College District

    Bellevue College

    Highline Community College

    Renton Technical College

    Green River Community College

    Tacoma Community College

    Bates Technical College

    Pierce College

    Clover Technical College

Community vs technical college there are some differences
Community vs. Technical College: ...There are some differences

Community College

  • Two Pathways

    • Academic

      • Transfer credits to a four-year university or college

      • Some offer BA degree

    • Professional/Technical

      • End goal may be work or transfer

      • Blend of theory and hands on instruction

Technical College

  • Choose a Program vs. individual classes

  • Classroom is conducted much like the working environment for which you are training

  • Some disciplines have transfer agreements with universities

  • Primary end goal is work

Career and specialty schools
Career and Specialty Schools

  • Private, For-Profit Companies

    • Gene Juarez, Culinary Schools, DeVry,

      Everest, FIDM, etc.

  • Training for specific careers

  • Costs

  • Application process may include interview

  • Financial aid?

  • Transferable?

Washington four year public baccalaureates







Washington Four-Year Public Baccalaureates

  • Central Washington University

  • Eastern Washington University

  • The Evergreen State College

  • Western Washington University

  • University of Washington

  • U of W Bothell or Tacoma

  • Washington State University

  • WSU Vancouver, Tri-Cities or Everett

Four year independent colleges universities

The Art Institute of Seattle

Cornish College of the Arts

Gonzaga University

Northwest University

Pacific Lutheran University

Saint Martin’s University

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

Trinity Lutheran University

University of Puget Sound

Whitman College

Whitworth College

Heritage University

Four-Year Independent Colleges & Universities

Trinity Lutheran

Whitworth, Gonzaga


Art Institute, SPU, SU, Cornish, Northwest


St. Martins

Heritage U.


Out of state colleges universities things to consider
Out Of State Colleges/Universities?Things to consider…

  • Public: Tuition (2X)

  • Private: No Additional Tuition

  • Add Cost for Travel Expenses

  • Possibility for WUE

    (Tuition = 140-150% of in-state)

  • Back-up Plan?

  • Websites: www.californiacolleges.edu


Out of state colleges universities contd
Out-of-State Colleges/Universities (contd.)

Research college for specific admission requirements (ex: www.collegeboard.org)

College Board Subject Tests required?

Required courses/credits can vary -

University of CA colleges clearly define Fine/Performing Art

Some require 3 credits World Language

Wa minimum college admission requirements 2013 grads beyond
WA Minimum College Admission Requirements2013 Grads & Beyond!

*CADR: College Academic Distribution Requirements

Higher Education Coordinating Board

  • 4 credits in college-prep English

  • 3 credits math, including Adv. Algebra/Trig

    • Senior year math or completed Pre-Calculus

  • 2 credits lab science including one credit of algebra-based science (Chemistry or Physics)


  • 2 credits of the same World Language

  • 3 credits Social Science

  • 1 credit fine, visual, or performing arts or 1 additional CADR credit (UW & WWU require .5 credit in fine or performing art)

  • 15 total CADR credits/3 per year including senior year

What about athletics three requirements
What About Athletics?...Three Requirements





High School


Plan a campus visit
Plan a Campus Visit

Would you buy a car without seeing it first???

  • “Preview Days” for Juniors/Seniors

  • Regularly scheduled campus tours

  • Informal visits

Admission and applications j unior timeline
Admission and ApplicationsJunior Timeline

All-Year...Research Colleges, Scholarship Search


February...”Beyond High School Night”

December thru June...Register for and take SAT/ACT

June thru October...Visit Colleges

Admission and applications senior timeline
Admission and ApplicationsSenior Timeline

All-Year...Narrow College Search, Scholarship Search


September thru March...Apply to Colleges

January 1st!...File FAFSA

May 1st...Commit! (National Final Day of Declaration)

June/July...Send Final Transcript

The admission application
The Admission Application

  • Four-Year Colleges

    • Institution specific online form or…

    • College Net or other company or…

    • The “Common Application”

  • State Website for Community and Technical Colleges

    • + Program application for Technical Colleges

Login Screen


Paying for post h s education
Paying for Post H.S. Education

Cost of attendance includes:

  • Tuition

  • Fees &/or Supplies

  • Books

  • Room & Board

  • Personal expenses

  • Transportation

2013 2014 cost of attendance
2013/2014 Cost of Attendance

  • Community colleges$5,000-6,500

  • *Technical colleges $5,000+

  • Career schools $19K-$35K

  • *4 year public colleges $18,000-$24,500

  • 4 year private colleges $33K-$50K+

    **Includes housing expenses

  • Out of State Public = 200% tuition

    * Costs vary by Educational Program chosen

Paying for college
Paying for College

  • Family funds

  • Scholarships

  • *Grants

  • *Work-study jobs

  • *Loans

    *Seniors will submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1st to determine eligibility for these funds.

Get guaranteed education tuition program
GET: Guaranteed Education Tuition Program

Washington State’s prepaid tuition program (529 Savings Plan under Federal IRS rules)

Lock cost of future college tuition by purchasing units today

Fund guaranteed by the state to pay costs of future tuition

Units should be purchased at least two years in advance

529 Tip: Have grandparents take out a 529 … pay directly to the school/college

Scholarship search
Scholarship Search

  • Your Career Center

  • Search Engines & Websites (Career Center Internet Lists)

    - www.thewashboard.org

    - www.fastweb.com

    - www.scholarshipexperts.com

  • Scholarship Books/Ask Everyone

  • Schools/Departmental Awards

  • Auburn Community Scholarship Program (Sr)


  • Both merit-based and merit + need

  • Awarded for:

    • Academic achievement

    • Talent or skill

    • Community service

    • Leadership/school activities

    • Parent affiliation with a club or organization

    • Financial need (Husky Promise/Cougar Commit)

Scholarships most require essays
Scholarships….Most Require Essays

TOPIC Examples:

  • How have your achievements impacted you…

  • How will obtaining a degree impact your future?

  • How will a degree impact your community?

  • How have others inspired you? How did they help shape your life

    Don’t just answer the essay question, give them something to remember

Auburn community scholarship
Auburn Community Scholarship

  • Auburn School District senior graduates ONLY

  • Application available in January on Career Center website…recipients announced at Senior Award Nights

  • Many scholarships totaling over $85,000

    Deadline March

Paying for college1
Paying for College

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    Go to www.fafsa.gov (not!!! www.fafsa.com)

    • Deadlines

      • Recommend completing between January 1st and February 1st

      • March 15 deadline for most Two-Year and Technical Colleges

    • Grants

    • Work Study

    • Loans (Subsidized: No interest and Pay when completed)

      • Discuss options with parents

      • Interest/Payments do not begin until after graduation

The fafsa4caster
The FAFSA4caster

  • Affordability Estimation Tool

  • Practice using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before actual form is available…early analysis tool

  • Reduces time required to submit actual FAFSA in January of the student’s senior year of high school

Financial aid for undocumented students
Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

  • House Bill 1079: Approved In-State tuition for undocumented students

  • WASFA: New for the state of Washington, financial support via State Need Grant (http://www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa )

  • Private scholarships exist (Hispanic Scholarship Fund and others…)

  • Dual Credit: AP/Running Start/Tech Prep

Additional ways to save
Additional Ways to Save $$$

  • Bargain Schools...Community College

  • Finish in Four-Years

  • AP/Running Start/Tech Prep

  • The Value of Financial Planning

  • Negotiate Financial Aid Package

  • In-State vs. Out-of-State

  • Commute or Live off Campus

  • Creative When Buying Textbooks (Rent)

Upcoming events
Upcoming Events

  • College Rep Visits- Fall ... at each high school

  • Paying for College Night – January 14 @ AMHS

  • Beyond High School Night – February 5 @ ARHS

  • SAT for Juniors- April 15, 2015

New college application and essay event for seniors
NEW! College Application and Essay Event for Seniors!

  • November 4: AHS

    2:45 PM – 5:00 PM

  • November 13: AMHS

    2:45 PM – 6:00 PM

  • November 12: ARHS

    3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

College goal washington

@ Auburn High School


Saturday, January 10

10 AM- 1 PM

@ Auburn Mountainview


Saturday, January 17

9:00 AM - Noon

Your career center is here to help
Your Career Center is here to help!



Thank you for coming tonight!

Senior timeline
Senior Timeline