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Preparing for College

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  1. Preparing for College Revised 9/2013

  2. Agenda

  3. Why College? • Who wants to go to college? • Why do you want to go to college? • What are you doing to prepare for college now?

  4. Why College? Postsecondary education creates more job stability 8.3 7.7 6.8 6.2 4.5

  5. Why College? Postsecondary degrees lead to greater weekly earnings Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, 2013.

  6. Agenda

  7. Roadmap to College

  8. Agenda

  9. Academic: HS Graduation Requirements • Earn high school credit • 2.0 GPA • Pass state tests or approved alternatives to those tests • Complete a Culminating Project • Complete a High School and Beyond Plan

  10. Academic: Classes

  11. Academic: College Entrance Requirements

  12. Academic: College Entrance Tests

  13. Academic: Test Preparation • PSAT • ACT • Practice for SAT • Qualifier for National Merit Scholarship • Aptitude test for college admissions • Similar to SAT I but includes science section

  14. Academic: Test Preparation • SAT I • SAT II • Aptitude test for college admissions • Tests verbal, math, and reasoning abilities • One-hour tests on specific subjects • Required by some schools for admission

  15. Academic: Test Preparation • COMPASS and ACCUPLACER • Untimed, computerized placement exams • Reading, writing, math and English as a Second Language • Designed to evaluate your skills so the college can place you in the right course • No “correct” score

  16. Academic: College Credit NOW • Advanced placement (AP) courses • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) • Tech Prep • Running Start

  17. Academic: Studying • Prepare for exams • Do well in classes • Succeed in challenging courses • Improve college entrance test scores

  18. Academic: Sample College Calendar

  19. Agenda

  20. Personal: What Do You Need?

  21. Personal: What Your Activities Say

  22. Agenda

  23. Financial: Cost of Attendance ?

  24. Financial: Cost of Attendance Community College-Highline Community College = $16-$18,000 4-Year Public College-University of Washington = $20-$27,000 4-Year Private College- Seattle University = $46-$53,000

  25. Financial: Other Costs Participate in College Financial Literacy: Stretching Student Aid workshop • How long will it take to graduate? • What will my job prospects be like? • What will my earning potential be like? • What can I do to lower the cost of attendance? • What kind of financial aid can I get?

  26. Financial: Hidden Costs of College • Application process and fees • Fee waivers • Test-taking fees • Dorm deposits

  27. Financial: 3 Pots of Money Government/ Institutional Financing Family Financing Community Financing

  28. Financial: What Is Financial Aid? = Paying for College Family Financing

  29. Financial: What Is Financial Aid? *Need-based *Available to everyone *On financial aid award letter High High • Gift Aid: Grants COST AVAILABILITY Low/No Low

  30. Agenda

  31. Resources: What You Can Do Now! • Be a Pain: Find an Advocate. • Push Yourself Academically. • Push Yourself: Get Organized. • Push Yourself: Make a Study Strategy. • Find the Right Fit: Explore Your Interests. • Find the Right Fit: Become a Researcher. • Put Your Hands On Some Cash: Save

  32. Resources: College Process Timeline

  33. Online Resources • Roadmap to College • www.college.gov • Mapping Your Future • www.mappingyourfuture.org • The College Board • www.collegeboard.com • CollegeNET • www.collegenet.com • Adventures in Education • www.adventuresineducation.org • KnowHow2Go • www.knowhow2go.org • NELA Workshops • Nela.webex.com; onlinecenter@nela.net