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College : Sounds great but how do I get there?. Tonight's overview: . Why go to college? What do colleges look for in a student ? How and when do I start preparing? How am I going to pay for college? Where can I find scholarships?. Why go to college?.

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tonight s overview
Tonight's overview:

Why go to college?

What do colleges look for in a student?

How and when do I start preparing?

How am I going to pay for college?

Where can I find scholarships?

why go to college
Why go to college?
  • Individuals who have a college degree earn an average of $22,000 more per year than those with only a high school diploma (
  • A college education gives a person more job security. People with a high school diploma are more than twice as likely to be unemployed.
  • For most students who go to college, the increase in lifetime earnings far outweighs the cost of their education.
  • College is more than just a classroom. It’s an important time in life to learn and grow as a person while gaining independence and life skills.
choosing a college things to consider
Choosing a college;Things to consider…
  • Size of the Student Body
  • Academic attention; extracurricular activities
  • Location: Close to home? New part of the country? City? College town?
  • Academic Programs
  • Campus Life
  • What extracurricular activities, athletics, and special interest groups are available?
  • Are students welcomed by the community?
  • Cost
  • Diversity: geographic, ethnic, racial, and religious diversity
how do i get there
How do I get there??
  • Wanting to Go to College is Different than Being PREPARED to GO!
  • There is NO time to waste!
  • Waiting until junior or senior year to get serious about school is a MISTAKE!
  • Why? You get accepted into college primarily based on

what you do in the first three years of high school!!!

  • Getting Into College Competitive!
what do colleges look for
What do colleges look for?
  • ACT/SAT Score
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Extracurricular activities (after school jobs, community service, leadership, involvement in school clubs)
  • Coursework: 4 years of math, science, English, and history; 1year of a foreign language; AP and honors classes whenever possible
ap and preap vs gpa
AP and PreAP vs. GPA

AP and PreAP classes:

  • What to expect next year (we will be tougher)
  • When should you and why (helps ACT scores)
  • When you should not! (but don’t jeopardize GPA)
how and when do i start preparing
How and when do I start preparing?
  • NOW
  • Check GPA and credits in INOW
  • When does GPA begin?
  • What is GPA?
    • A=4 pts, B=3 pts, C=2 pts, D=1 pt, F=no points or credit
    • Quality points
    • Weighted vs unweighted GPA
monitor grades
Monitor grades
  • Progress Reports
    • 4 ½ Weeks
    • 9 Weeks
    • 13 ½ Weeks
  • Report Card - at the end of each Semester
    • This grade is posted on your transcript and will count toward your grade point average (GPA).
    • How close is the next quality point above?
    • You will earn ½ credit at the end of each semester.
testing overview
Testing overview:
  • 6-8th: ASPIRE (ACT test replacing the ARMT)
  • 8th: EXPLORE (last year fall 2014)
  • 10th: PLAN
  • 11th: ACT (beginning spring 2014)


Each test builds on the other to predict the next set of scores above.

11th and 12th grade students on Free/Red lunch two fee waivers

how will i pay for college
How will I pay for college?
  • Scholarships
  • Grants: does not have to be repaid
  • Work Study: work on campus
  • Loans: To be repaid
    • Apply for these through FASFA your Senior year: Grants, Loans, Work Study


    • Athletic (ACT and GPA requirements)
    • Academic Merit (ACT and GPA with priority deadline Dec of senior year) see next slide
    • College specific scholarships (Music, Art, etc)
    • Back door Scholarships
      • Listed on Jefcoed website,, local scholarships (ECO credit, Mercedes Benz, etc.)

Scholarships continued

  • Big 4 year colleges
    • ACT mid twenty’s to partial 30’s for full

3.0-3.5 GPA

  • Smaller college options
    • ACT lower 20’s partial to upper 20’s for full

3.0-3.5 GPA

  • 2 Year colleges (Jeff State)
    • ACT 22 and 3.0 GPA

ALSO, don’t apply to just one college and change up choices!


Grants: A “gift” that does not have to be repaid and has certain criteria

FASFA -"Free Application for Federal Student Aid.“ Based on income, most families qualify for some,

max. of $5600.00



Work Study: work on campus

    • Benefits:
      • On campus job
      • Often can study during down time
      • Getting paid

Loans: To be repaid

    • Subsidized vs unsubsidized

You want the subsidized!! You will qualify for these if you qualify for FASFA

Try not to exceed the annual salary of the job your degree!

Examples: sculptor, teacher, doctor

helpful hints from upperclassmen
Helpful Hints from Upperclassmen
  • Come to school!!
  • Do ALL of your work
  • Pay attention in class. Even take a note or two.
  • Pay attention to your teachers. They are trying to teach you something
  • Find a homework buddy for each class in case you are absent or forget something at school
  • Get to know your peers.
  • Go to school events.
more helpful hints
More Helpful Hints …
  • Get involved at school and in the community. It helps to build your resume.
  • Remember GPA starts counting in 9th grade!!
  • Use the ACPS Kuder system-it helps with work interests and values, finding colleges that fit you, scholarships, etc. (
  • It’s important to take school seriously but still enjoy it. Don’t wait until you are a senior to start looking for scholarships or colleges
  • FASFA is not hard to complete
know your school counselors
Know your School Counselors
  • Laura King and Jennifer Collins
    • Honorary counselor: Vincent Quick
  • Counselor office is located in the front office
  • Students sign up to see the counselor in the office or parents can call for an appointment
  • Your counselor addresses your concerns: academic, personal, and social
  • Counselors keep information confidential or on a need to know basis, unless you or someone else is getting hurt