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  1. College 101 Presented by Tracy Prater, College Specialist Spain Park High School

  2. Why/When Taking the ACT or SAT • College Admissions • Scholarships

  3. College Entrance Exam - ACT • ACT – www.act.org • $35 for Registration • Highest Possible Score – 36 • The National Average – 21 • Subject Areas • English – 75 Questions – 45 Minutes • Math – 60 Questions – 60 Minutes • Reading – 40 Questions – 35 Minutes • Science – 40 Questions – 35 Minutes • Optional Writing (Required for many schools) – 30 Minutes

  4. College Entrance Exam - SAT • SAT – www.collegeboard.com • $47 for Registration • Highest Possible Score – 2400 • The National Average – 1500 • Subject Areas • Writing – 200 to 800 Possible Score • Math – 200 to 800 Possible Score • Critical Reading – 200 to 800 Possible Score

  5. 2011-2012 Testing Dates 10/27 12/8 2/9 4/13 6/8

  6. Eligibility • Register Online - $60 • www.eligibilitycenter.org • Official Test Scores MUST be Sent from ACT and/or SAT • Use Code 9999 • The Higher the ACT and/or SAT Score, the Lower the GPA has to be for Eligibility • 16 Core Courses are Required for Division I – Only core courses are used to compute the GPA

  7. Eligibility • Division II • 14 Core Courses • Minimum 2.0 GPA • Minimum SAT Score of 820 OR • Minimum ACT Sum Score of 68 Beginning August 1, 2013 – Students will be required to complete 16 Core Courses. • Division I • 16 Core Courses • Minimum 2.0 GPA • Slide Scale for Test Scores and GPA • Uses only Critical Reading and Math Sections of SAT • Uses sum of all four ACT Sections

  8. Eligibility • Division I • 4 English • 3 Math (Algebra I or Higher) • 2 Science • 1 Additional Math, Science, or English • 2 Social Studies • 4 Extra Core (Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and/or Foreign Language) • Division II (Until 8/1/2013) • 3 English • 2 Math (Algebra I or Higher) • 2 Science • 2 Additional English, Math, or Science • 2 Social Studies • 3 Extra Core (Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and/or Foreign Language) GPA is calculated for Core Courses ONLY

  9. Division I Sliding Scale Example

  10. Eligibility • www.eligibilitycenter.org • Meet with Mr. Prater to Review Transcript • Register online • Keep track of your account and your eligibility process • Make an appointment with Mr. Prater and/or academic counselor if you have questions about your core classes or the worksheet.

  11. What Can College Do For Your Child

  12. Where to Find Information • http://spainparkhigh.al.hch.schoolinsites.com/ • “Tracy Prater” Faculty Page • Scholarships • College Visits • ACT Prep • Summer Opportunities • Senior Info • Articles • Announcements

  13. Where to Find More Information Financial Aid Profile: www.collegeboard.com Matching Students to Scholarships: www.fastweb.com Contact the Individual Colleges/University Scholarship Offices as soon as possible for additional scholarship information. Remember that official school websites end in .edu

  14. FAFSAFree Application for Federal Student Aidfor Grants and Student Loans • www.fafsa.ed.gov • Get Organized • Determine Dependency Status • Gather Required Documents • Complete FAFSA Worksheet on Website • Search for School Codes on the FAFSA Website • Apply for a PIN • Check Application Deadline Dates • Not eligible until January 1st of senior year • Financial Aid Parent’s Night in January every year

  15. College Admissions Process • Varies with College • Early Decision (Binding) • Early Action (Non-Binding) • Regular Decision (Non-Binding) • Contact College Admissions Office or visit the College Website

  16. Common Applications • Check website: www.commonapp.org • Lists which Colleges Accept Common App? • Application is available online.

  17. Recommendations • Provide Resume and Senior Packet Info. • Provide College Form if available • Give at least 2 Weeks Notice • For December 15 – January 10 deadlines, give all information to Mr. Prater by December 1

  18. College Visits • ALWAYS Contact College Admissions office to schedule visit • Give written notification to SPHS attendance office at least 2 weeks in advance • Seniors - 5 School Days Allowed for College Visits • Juniors - 3 School Days Allowed for College Visits

  19. THE NACAC National College Fair • September, 2012 • BJCC • Colleges and Universities from across the nation