School Counselors Kim Miller Counselor Assistant Jenny Friddell A-L Melanie Hartley M-Z
College Planning • Deadlines • Sooner than you think! • Varies by college • Community and Technical Colleges are more relaxed with deadlines. • Ex. Northeast State deadline is March 1, 2011 • Priority application deadlines for many four year colleges is Dec. 1, 2010.
Application Packet • Application • Scholarship Application: Some colleges have a separate application. • Application fee ($10 and up) • High School Transcript • Fill out request form on counseling office door • Letters of Recommendation • Give teachers a two week notice
Application Packet (cont.) • Senior Schedule (if not on regular application) • Check each colleges immunization requirements • ACT scores • During registration, put down the codes of colleges you are considering attending • Up to four colleges for free • Additional score reports will require a fee
ACT • Take as a junior your first time at school • Can take as many times as you want • Tend to increase score 1 or 2 points when you take it again • Scores below a 19 in English and Math may require you to take a Compass test and a remedial college course. • Register online or by mail. • Pick up packets at the counseling office.
Scholarships • FAFSA-Hope(Lottery)Scholarship • School Specific Scholarships • General Scholarships • Scholarship search sites-FastWeb • Remember never to pay a fee for scholarship searches. • Local Scholarships • Check counseling website and listen to announcements. • Check with your parent’s employer. • Over a million scholarships available!
FAFSA • Free Application for Federal Student Aid • All students considering going to college should fill out the FAFSA. • Hope Scholarship, federal grants, and loans • Apply as soon as possible after Jan. 1, 2011. • Request a P.I.N. today! www.pin.ed.gov • Gather all information today! • Social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, tax returns, financial records for parents and student.
Help with FAFSA • ETSU is hosting a Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, November 30in the Culp Center at 6 p.m. Information will be presented on filing the FAFSA, Tennessee Lottery Scholarship, state and federal financial aid, and important deadlines. Representatives from various colleges will also be present. • TSAC is hosting COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY at Milligan College on Jan. 30, 2011 and Feb. 13, 2011 at 2p.m. in Derthick Hall. They will assist families in filling out the FAFSA. Visit
School Specific Scholarships • Each college/university offers their own unique scholarships. • Check each school’s website and contact their financial aid offices. • Be sure to check the deadlines for each scholarship because they my vary from the regular application deadline.
Reminders • Check counseling website weekly • Counselor Website • NEW forms and files link. • Includes information on testing, colleges, scholarships, community events, fieldtrips, etc. • Be sure to check the counseling bulletin board. • Come by the counseling office if you have any questions or need help with college planning.
Quotes • “I thought growing up was something that automatically happened as you got older, but it turns out it’s something you have to choose to do.” –Scrubs • “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” –Robert Louis Stevenson • “Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” William Ward
Quotes (cont.) • “You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.”-Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go
Questions • Senior Surveys