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Shelton Senior Parent Guidance Workshop Helping with the College Process. Handouts. ACT Prep Handout Senior Timeline ACT Prep Book Guide to Federal Student Aid College Prep Handbook PowerPoint Copies. What Seniors & Parents Can Expect from the Guidance Office.

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  • ACT Prep Handout
  • Senior Timeline
  • ACT Prep Book
  • Guide to Federal Student Aid
  • College Prep Handbook
  • PowerPoint Copies
what seniors parents can expect from the guidance office
What Seniors & Parents Can Expect from the Guidance Office
  • Provide Info on Colleges, Careers, Scholarships, FAFSA
  • Honor All Transcript Requests
  • Complete Necessary Recommendations
  • Assist with Making Major College/Financial Aid Decisions
  • Continued Personal Development during the year

While I Provide information, I will not chase a student down the halls to provide forms OR complete any forms for you!!

You are ultimately responsible for deadlines, applications, etc. . .

does your student have a career path in mind
Does Your Student Have A Career Path In Mind?
  • If Not-Don’t Panic
  • Main Focus Is to Get Them On Campus
  • Inventories (Interest)
  • Job Shadows
  • Change Majors 2-3 times (common)
4 year college
4 Year College
  • Offer Bachelor’s degree
  • Universities are usually larger
  • Public and Private
    • Private(don’t charge out of state tuition), but are more expensive without scholarships, usually better student teacher ratios
    • Public(charge out of state tuition, larger classes)
2 year colleges
2 Year Colleges
  • Associate’s Degree
  • Academic Transfer Degree
    • Southeast Lincoln, CCC
  • Technical/Career School
    • Trade or Skill Specific
      • Southeast Milford, Curtis, Wyo Tech
military service
Military Service
  • Many Benefits
  • Can also go to college while in service
    • Army Navy Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard
    • Guard has a program where they guarantee you to go to school for 2 years first
senior time line
Senior Time Line
  • Handouts
  • College Bulletin
  • Focus on Month to Month
  • Every School Is Different
  • Open/Selective/Highly Selective
  • Based on Many Variables
    • When in doubt, apply to the school you want to go to, talk to their admissions people
  • Online Applications can be free, and are faster
  • Complete applications to the schools you want to go to before Thanksgiving
  • Request Recommendation Form
  • Senior Profile to Guidance
  • 2 from School Faculty
  • 1 from Community
  • Don’t wait until you need these
college testing
College Testing
  • ACT, recommend you take this 4 times, the most important time is Oct, Senior Year
  • Be sure School Choices are listed to receive scores
  • or Mr. Brown’s Website(recommended)
  • John Baylor Test Prep
  • Compass/Asset
  • 2 year schools use this test
  • Can take it free on campus, this is a placement exam
  • I can set up a visit, and a test on the same day
ncaa clearinghouse
NCAA Clearinghouse
  • Any Student who plans to compete in athletics at DI, II or III must complete the form
  • Does Your Child Meet the Core Requirements
  • Use my website under “Athletes”
  • Costs money $40
transcript requests
Transcript Requests
  • Use Website or handout
  • Each college will need a copy of your child’s transcript
  • I send them, request 4-5 days ahead of time minimum, in writing on the form
  • If your student has taken college classes, you must request those records be sent to the college of your choice at the end of the year
campus visits
Campus Visits
  • Narrow Choices
  • 1 day for visit, 1 day for job shadowing, or 2 days visits no job shadowing
  • When to visit
  • Questions to ask
  • How to set it up
  • Departments to visit
common campus visit questions
Common Campus Visit Questions
  • Admission requirements
  • Does school have academic program to fit interests
  • Will they take all of my college class hours
  • Average class size
  • Classes taught by professors or assistants
  • Freshman orientation
  • Computer access, special abilities
  • Scholarship application process
  • Are residence halls pleasant
  • Nice town/city?
  • Are on or off campus jobs readily available
  • Does it feel like a comfortable fit
financial aid
Financial Aid
  • Is the family’s Responsibility to Provide Funds For Child’s Post Secondary Education
  • Types of Aid
  • Federal Aid
  • Private Grants
  • Military Aid
  • National Guard
  • Scholarship
federal aid
Federal Aid
  • Education Quest in Kearney is the key to your Federal Aid, free, by Walgreens, talk to them before you need them ask them for advice
  • Based on Family Income and Assets
  • Pell Grants
  • Work Study
  • Subsidized an Unsubsidized Loans
  • Parent Plus Loans
  • FAFSA completed by March
  • Financial Aid Night in Jan/Feb usually



National and Regional

from the College you are attending

college you are attending scholarships
College you are attending scholarships
  • Based on Academics, Leadership, or Activities
  • Every School is Different
  • Deadlines,
    • Dec 1st deadline for state colleges
    • Jan 1 for most Universities
    • ACT, GPA, Class Rank, and types of courses will be used to award academic scholarships
    • In some fields-nursing for example or diesel mechanics, they will pay you to go to school if you agree to work for them
national regional scholarships
National/Regional Scholarships
  •,, my scholarship board
  • Keep a Resume and list of activites up to date, use career cruising or educationquest
  • Local Scholarships on my website, turn in to guidance office, some like the Duncan E. Lillian McGregor you can apply for every year
funding estimator
Funding Estimator
  • Use Educationquest’s website to calculate your expected family contribution
  • Use last year’s info
together we can do this
Together, we can do this!!!!!
  • Staying organized and motivated is the key
  • Start working with college recruiters
  • Follow the Senior Time Line
  • Email me at with questions, I will respond