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College Planning For Juniors. Fall Semester Begin/continue the college search Sign up for ACT or SAT Research specific college entrance requirements Maintain strong grades Continue/expand Enrichment Activities Spring Semester Select rigorous course work for senior year Take ACT or SAT

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Fall Semester

Begin/continue the college search

Sign up for ACT or SAT

Research specific college entrance requirements

Maintain strong grades

Continue/expand Enrichment Activities

Spring Semester

Select rigorous course work for senior year

Take ACT or SAT

Visit college campuses

Narrow your college list

Junior Timeline

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Fall Semester:

Finish the college search

Retake your college entrance exams

Submit your College Applications by Thanksgiving

Scholarship Applications from colleges

Spring Semester

FAFSA financial aid form in January

Scholarship Applications-additional

Make college choice by April

Senior Timeline

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How Is Your Junior Doing?

What is their current GPA?

Are they on track to graduate?

Do they know what credits are needed to graduate?

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Where Do They Want to Go?

  • Types of Degrees
  • Bachelor’s degree (Undergraduate)
  • Four year colleges/universities
  • Associate’s Degree
  • Community colleges
  • General education courses transfer to a 4 yrschool
  • Technical /Career Colleges
    • Specific program degrees
    • (Make sure credits will transfer if you choose
    • to switch programs)
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Finding the Right Fit!

  • Major
  • Size
  • Location
  • Chances of being accepted
  • Cost & Potential Debt
  • Personality of the school
  • GOAL: Have a list of colleges ready by August!
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The College Search-NAVIANCE

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The College Search-NAVIANCE

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The College Search-NAVIANCE

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The College Search-NAVIANCE

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Majors

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Colleges Folder

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Next Steps…

  • College Visits
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Important Tests: ACT & SAT
  • Financial Considerations
  • Net Price Calculators
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College Visits

  • Visit the campus
  • Attend a class
  • Talk with students, professors, etc.
  • What does the campus feel like?
  • Make a Pros and Cons List
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What to ask an Admissions Rep

  • How many lecture classes do
  • freshman take? Size of classes?
  • Is work study available?
  • How easy is it to change majors?
  • Do you have study abroad programs?
  • Ask about scholarships, but do not discuss your financial status at this time.
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College Fairs

  • Spring 2014
  • Out of State College Fair
  • Sunday, April 13th (1-3:30) @ University of Denver
  • Fall 2014
  • Colleges That Change Lives
    • Early August @ Denver Convention Center
  • In- State College Fair
  • CCSD
  • Out of State College Fair
  • Mid-October – Mountain Vista High School
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College Fair Tips

  • Register for college fairs ahead of time at- gotocollegefair.com
  • Make a list of “must-see” colleges
  • Visit at least 3 colleges you haven’t
  • heard of before.
  • Have a few questions ready!
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Admissions Requirements

  • CCHE College Admission Index
  • Beware aware of ‘state’ differences
  • Ex. California and Texas (Geography or two Fine Arts courses.)
  • Out of state testing requirements (ACT with wrting or SAT subject)
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Index Scores by college

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Important Tests

  • Why take the ACT ?
  • Why take the SAT ?
  • ACT Prep-Methond Test Prep
  • Consider taking a test multiple times
  • What does your college require?
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ACT Test Dates

Testing held at Eaglecrest High School

Saturdays: February 8th, 2014

April 12th, 2014

June 14th, 2014

ACT costs $36.50

Go to actstudent.org and set up an account.

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SAT Test Dates

Testing available at Grandview High School

Saturdays: January 25th, 2014

March 8th, 2014

May 3rd, 2014

June 8th, 2014

SAT costs $51.00

Go to collegeboard.com to set up an account.

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State ACT

EHS will test every junior on Tuesday April 22nd. You do not need to pay or register for this test. You will register at school.

Consider the February test date so the April test isn’t your first try!

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Financial Considerations

• April 2012, student loan debt surpassed credit debt for the first time in our history.

• ‘Paying for college’ is often the last topic discussed by families when investigating colleges.

• Student loan debt should be weighted with the same importance as other ‘fit’ factors when selecting a college.

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Net Price Calculators

• As of November 2011, colleges and universities were required to provide a Net Price Calculator on their websites.

• Net Price Calculators were mandated by the U.S. Government to provide families with a ‘Good Faith’ estimate of what the COA would be for students.

• Net Price Calculators now allow families to ‘shop’ for a financial fit.

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Example of Net Price Calculator

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Example of Net Price Calculator

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Example of Net Price Calculator

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Other tools to consider…

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College Navigator

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Collegedata.com

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Collegedata.com

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Goals for Junior Year

  • Keep your grades up!
  • Study for the ACT
  • Research Colleges