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Title: College Information Night


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College Information Night
  • Columbia City High School
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Career Interest Exploration
  • Complete a career interest inventory. These
    range from very brief inventories to more in
    depth options.
  • Students are encouraged to take these inventories
    to begin exploring different career options and
    planning for college or other post secondary
    training.
  • These inventories are helpful in course selection
    and allows the students counselor to provide
    them with opportunities that will assist them in
    meeting their college and career goals.
  • Create a list of questions and start having
    conversations
  • Complete a job shadowing experience
  • Complete a professional internship

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Career Interest Exploration
  • Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs - The Hot 50 List
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Indiana Career Explorer

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Whats all out there?
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What college is right for you?
  • Size of the college
  • Small (fewer than 2,000 students)
  • Medium (2,000 15,000)
  • Large (more than 15,000)
  • Academic Programs
  • Clubs Organizations
  • Accreditation
  • Four or two year?
  • Public or Private?
  • In State or Out of State?
  • Setting
  • Rural
  • Suburban
  • Urban
  • Cost

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Wherever you end up, colleges look for
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Register for one of the tests
  • http//www.collegeboard.com/ (SAT)
  • http//www.actstudent.org/ (ACT)
  • Prepare before taking the test
  • Practice testing from books
  • Online prep work
  • College Prep coursework
  • Work with Guidance Counselor to make sure you are
    on pace for diploma track you want to follow
  • Your involvement
  • Write down everything youre involved with in and
    out of school
  • Join a club, play a sport, or volunteeranything
    you do outside of class could impress an
    Admissions office

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  • https//bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

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Volunteer Opportunities
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Daycare Centers
  • Churches
  • Nursing Homes
  • Farms
  • Animal Shelters
  • Zoo
  • Local Non Profit Organizations

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Leadership Opportunities
  • Become a Freshman Mentor
  • Join Student Council
  • Participate in Organized Sports
  • Get Involved in Clubs/Activities at School and in
    the Community

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I have found colleges I am interested inWhat Next
  • TAKE ACTION!
  • Talk to family and friends
  • Visit college websites
  • Schedule a time to meet with your Guidance
    Counselor
  • Set up college visits to your top college
    choicesyou do not have to wait until your senior
    year to visit
  • Rememberyour senior year will be busy.
    Starting your college search now will save you
    and your parents time and decrease stress!!!

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Exploring a college campus
  • Survey the college website
  • Virtual tours
  • Many college websites offer a virtual tour
  • www.collegeweeklive.com
  • On campus tour
  • Schedule an appointment to meet with a college
    admission representative
  • Call admissions department
  • Set up a time online through college website
  • We recommend that all students set foot on at
    least three college campuses

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ACT SAT
  • Take in the Spring of your Junior year, and again
    in the Fall of your Senior Year.

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Difference between SAT ACT
  • SAT
  • More of an aptitude test that examines reasoning
    and verbal skills.
  • Three components Critical Reading, Math and a
    required Writing Test.
  • Does take points off for wrong answers.
  • The College Board sends all SAT scores from all
    test dates.
  • ACT
  • Measures what a student has learned in school.
  • Four components (English, Math, Reading
    Science)and an optional Writing Test.
  • No penalty for guessing.
  • ACT sends score reports from one test date and
    lets students select the test date
  • that they want sent.

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Testing dates at CCHS
  • SAT
  • May 2, 2015(Juniors- sign up before April 6)
  • October 3, 2015
  • November 7, 2015
  • May 7, 2016
  • ACT
  • April 18, 2015 (sign up before March 13)
  • September 12, 2015
  • December 12, 2015
  • April 16, 2016

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How to sign up for tests
  • ACT www.actstudent.org
  • SAT www.collgeboard.org
  • Online practice tests and sample questions are
    also available
  • CCHS School Code- 150600
  • PSAT- Mary Thomas (Main Office)
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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What to bring on testing day
  • Admission Ticket with photo uploaded
  • Two No. 2 Pencils Soft Eraser
  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Acceptable Calculator
  • Graphing or scientific calculators preferred
  • Cell phones or other electronic devices may NOT
    be used as a calculator

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What not to bring
  • Notepads or scratch paper
  • Compass, protractor or ruler
  • Dictionary
  • Cell phones, iPod or any other electronic
  • equipment (will receive no scores if found in
    your possession during the test)
  • Separate timer or watch with an audible alarm

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Senior Year
  • Start applying in the Fall of your Senior Year
  • Applications are due by November 1st
  • Priory deadline for scholarships issued by the
    college/ university
  • Retake SAT/ ACT in September/ October
  • Check the scholarships requirements on the
    College/ University Financial Aid website
  • Start researching outside scholarships

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Scholarships
  • http//www.wccsonline.com/cchs/guidance/scholarshi
    ps.html
  • http//whitleycountycommunityfoundation.org/whitle
    y.html
  • Hint
  • Create spreadsheet or resume of activities

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21st Century Scholarship
  • Scholar Success Program
  • High School Cumulative GPA
  • Annual FAFSA Filing
  • Financial Means Testing
  • College Enrollment
  • Guaranteed Full Tuition
  • Scholarship Expiration

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21st Century Scholars Requirements by Grade Level

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Value and Cost of Postsecondary Education
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Knowing the Options Scholarships, Types of
Aid, and the Financial Aid Process March 12th,
2014
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The Value of Higher Education
Source Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current
Population Survey
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Financial Aid Types and Sources
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Financial Aid Options
  • Scholarships
  • Local and National
  • Grants
  • Federal and State
  • Institutional
  • Work and Internships
  • Savings
  • Experience
  • Savings
  • Its Never Too Late to Start
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • State of Indiana Financial Aid

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Scholarships
  • Money you DONT have to repay!
  • www.fastweb.com www.collegenet.com
  • www.scholarships.com www.studentaid.ed.gov/schol
    arships
  • Under "How do I find
    scholarships?
  • - Click "Free scholarship
    search tool
  • Ask around
  • Students Place of Employment, Parents Place of
    Employment, Guidance Counselor, Church Groups,
    Local Businesses, and Organizations
  • Balance
  • Spend a fair amount of time on small and large
    scholarship applications

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For Juniors and Younger
  • Apply to all that you are eligible for
  • Create Scholarship Resume
  • Think Baby Book for your High School Student
  • Target List (list of scholarships you will be
    eligible for when you are a Senior)
  • Start Writing Essay (Proofread)
  • Find Other Scholarships asking Same Question
  • Apply to 10, 20, 30 or more using one base essay.
  • Add experiences to your resume
  • Build Houses
  • Feed the Poor

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Grants
  • More you DONT have to repay!
  • Federal or State Government
  • Pell and TEACH
  • Your College or University
  • Institutional Aid

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Work and Internships
  • Work
  • Generate Savings
  • References
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Internships
  • References
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Find the right career field

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Savings
  • It is less expensive to save for college than to
    borrow.
  • When you save, the money earns interest
  • When you borrow, you're paying the interest
  • Myth Savings will prevent families from getting
    financial aid.
  • Truth The federal formula that calculates a
    families EFC does not look at around 50,000 of
    parental assets for the average family.
  • Savings tips
  • Investigate Savings Plan Options
  • Including 529 College Savings Plans,
  • Money Market Accounts, Regular
  • Savings Accounts
  • Start a savings plan
  • Parents and Students
  • Make savings deposits regular
  • Automatic Deposits

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Federal Title IV Programs
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • TEACH Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity
    Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work Study (FWS)
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Stafford Direct Loan
  • Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students
    (PLUS)

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State of Indiana Programs
  • Division of Student Financial Aid
  • www.in.gov/ssaci
  • Frank OBannon Grant Program
  • Higher Education Award
  • Freedom of Choice Award
  • 21st Century Scholars Program
  • Indiana Nursing Scholarship
  • The Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship
  • Child of Certain Veterans and Public Safety
    Officer Supplemental Grant

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid
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www.FAFSA.gov
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Other Resources
  • Fafsa4caster
  • www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov
  • Using FAFSA4caster, you and your family will
    receive an early estimate of eligibility for
    federal student aid and helps you better
    understand the financial aid process.
  • ISM College Planning Team
  • Outreach_at_ISMCollegePlanning.org

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How College Cost is Presented
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Net Price Calculators
  • Provide estimates of Financial Aid Packages to
    help families make informed decisions
  • Cost of Attendance
  • Gift Aid (Grants Scholarships)
  • Net Price
  • Colleges are required to include a net price
    calculator on their website

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Net Price Calculators
  • http//bit.ly/ISM_NetPrice

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Social Media
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Evaluation of Scholarship Applicants
  • Survey of 300 National Scholarship
  • Providers Association (NSPA) members
  • (Members award more than 1 billion annually)
  • About a quarter of scholarship providers use web
    searches and social media to search for online
    information about scholarship applicants
  • Most scholarship providers only screen finalists
  • When reviewing a scholarship applicants online
    presence, the scholarship providers look for the
    following information
  • To determine whether the applicant demonstrates
    good judgment (58)
  • Provocative or inappropriate photographs or
    remarks (58)
  • Illegal activities, such as underage drinking and
    use of narcotics (50)
  • To get to know the applicant better (42)

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Evaluation of Scholarship Applicants
  • A third of scholarship providers who screen the
    online presence of scholarship applicants have
    denied an applicant a scholarship because of
    information they found out about them Online
  • A quarter of scholarship providers who screen the
    online presence of scholarship applicants have
    selected an applicant because of information they
    found out about them online.

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Next Steps
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What do I do now?
  • Talk w/ Counselors
  • SAT or ACT
  • FAFSA4Caster
  • Scholarships
  • Applications (and Deadlines)
  • Campus Visits
  • College Fairs

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ISM on Facebook
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_at_ISM_CollegePlan
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www.ISMCollegePlanning.org
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Student Loan Game Plan
  • Unique online resource that helps
  • students understand how over-
  • borrowing to pay for college can
  • affect their financial future
  • Provides personalized real-time results showing
    how borrowing decisions today might affect life
    after college
  • Suggestions are immediately given on ways to
    reduce expenses and education loan indebtedness
  • Tool available at www.ISMCollegePlanning.org

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