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Title: FSK COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT


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FSK COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT
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Today there are more students applying to more
schools, allowing colleges to raise their
requirements. Colleges are more difficult to get
admitted to and qualified students are being
turned away in record numbers.
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COLLEGES LOOK FOR A COMPLETE PACKAGE
  • Colleges look for students who will add skills
    and talents to the campus community, improving
    the quality and vitality of the college while
    demonstrating high levels of Academic Achievement

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WHAT DO COLLEGES LOOK FOR
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ACADEMIC RECORD
  • GPA- Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Difficulty of Classes
  • Honors Level
  • Advanced levels within a subject
  • Advanced Placement Classes
  • CLASS RANK
  • 35th out of 315
  • Top 20 of class, Top half, etc.

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GUIDANCE REPORT
  • Many Colleges ask us to rank a students 4 year
    course of studies as
  • _______Most Demanding
  • _______Very Demanding
  • _______Demanding
  • _______Average
  • _______Less than Demanding

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WEIGHTED VS. UNWEIGHTED GPA
  • Academic Honors AP
  • A 4 A 4.5 A 5
  • B 3 B 3.5 B 4
  • C 2 C 2.5 C3

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WEIGHTED VS. UNWEIGHTED GPA
  • STUDENT 1
  • U.W. GPA 3.68 Class rank 27 of 242
  • Weighted 4.10 Class rank 23 of 242
  • STUDENT 2
  • U.W. GPA 3.96 Class rank 10 of 242
  • Weighted 4.38 Class rank 8 of 242

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WEIGHTED VS. UNWEIGHTED GPA
  • STUDENT 3
  • U.W. GPA 2.8 Class rank 126 of 242
  • Weighted 3.2 Class Rank 107 of 242

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GPA FOR ADMISSION
COLLEGE GPA
TOWSON 3.5
SALISBURY 3.3
UMBC 3.5
COLLEGE PARK 3.86 and most demanding courses
JHU 3.7
AMERICAN 3.42

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COLLEGE GPA
U OF DELAWARE 3.5
GOUCHER 3.3
N.C. STATE 4.14 (wgt)
DREXEL 3.26
U OF PENNSYLVANIA 3.84
VIRGINIA TECH 3.61
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What academics should be taken
  • COLLEGES LOOK FOR RIGOROUS AND CHALLENGING
    COURSES
  • TRY TO TAKE THE MOST RIGOROUS COURSES THAT YOU
    CAN HANDLE SUCCESSFULLY

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What academics should be taken
  • THE JUNIOR YEAR IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
  • THE GPA AND CLASS RANK USED FOR COLLEGE
    APPLICATIONS BASED ON THE END OF THE JUNIOR YEAR.
  • COLLEGES LOOK FOR HEAVIEST ACADEMICS IN 11th AND
    12TH GRADE

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Grades 9- 12
  • RIGOR OF CLASSES
  • 3-4 years of same Foreign Language
  • Some advanced Math beyond Algebra 2
  • At least Chemistry 2
  • At least H English 11, AP Language
  • HONORS WHERE APPROPRIATE
  • ADD AP CLASSES

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EVERY STUDENT IS UNIQUE . ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT
ALL. BE CAREFUL OF STRESS
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WHAT ELSE ARE COLLEGES LOOKING FOR
  • SAT SCORES
  • 3 Scores Each from 200-800
  • Critical Reading
  • Math
  • Written Language
  • WHAT ARE GOOD SCORES????

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Towson University
  • SAT MATH
  • 200-299 0
  • 300-399 2
  • 400-499 17
  • 500-599 52
  • 600-699 24
  • 700-800 2
  • SAT CRITCAL READING
  • 200-299 0
  • 300-399 3
  • 400-499 23
  • 500-599 53
  • 600-699 18
  • 700-800 1

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McDaniel College
  • SAT MATH
  • 200-299 0
  • 300-399 2
  • 400-499 20
  • 500-599 45
  • 600-699 27
  • 700-800 6
  • SAT CRITCAL READING
  • 200-299 0
  • 300-399 2
  • 400-499 23
  • 500-599 44
  • 600-699 23
  • 700-800 8

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Loyola College
  • SAT MATH
  • 200-299 0
  • 300-399 0
  • 400-499 4
  • 500-599 33
  • 600-699 52
  • 700-800 11
  • SAT CRITCAL READING
  • 200-299 0
  • 300-399 0
  • 400-499 5
  • 500-599 42
  • 600-699 42
  • 700-800 11

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University Md. - College Park
  • SAT MATH
  • 200-299 0
  • 300-399 0
  • 400-499 4
  • 500-599 16
  • 600-699 48
  • 700-800 29
  • SAT CRITICAL READING
  • 200-299 0
  • 300-399 0
  • 400-499 6
  • 500-599 25
  • 600-699 50
  • 700-800 16

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Johns Hopkins University
  • SAT MATH
  • 200-299 0
  • 300-399 0
  • 400-499 1
  • 500-599 5
  • 600-699 33
  • 700-800 61
  • SAT CRITICAL READING
  • 200-299 0
  • 300-399 0
  • 400-499 2
  • 500-599 10
  • 600-699 42
  • 700-800 46

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WHAT ELSE ARE COLLEGES LOOKING FOR
  • EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
  • HONORS AND AWARDS
  • ESSAYS
  • INTERVIEW
  • PERSONAL RESUME

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THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS10th-11th grade Year
Tasks
  • College discussion between parents and kids..
  • Review PSAT results and create a SAT action
    plan.
  • I am glad to meet individually with you.
  • Talk to people you know about colleges and
    careers.
  • Develop a rough list of colleges. 10-12 is fine
    at this point.

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10th-11th grade Year Tasks --continued--
  • Meet with ME to discuss your curriculum and
    options..
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Quality not Quantity
  • Try for leadership positions
  • Look at College Websites..
  • Use Bridges

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10th- 11th grade Year Tasks
  • Create a Resume File with
  • Awards, Honors, Community or Church Service, etc.
  • Begin a Scholarship File
  • Plan possible college visits

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JUNIOR TIME LINE ---
  • By May you should have 10 or more schools
    identified that are a good match and which you
    will explore..
  • Spring Plan college visits
  • September- Know where you will apply
  • November-December Applications are sent in

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2 YEAR VS. 4 YEAR COLLEGE
  • COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • Transfer Programs to 4 Year Colleges
  • Affordable
  • Open Admissions

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2 YEAR VS. 4 YEAR COLLEGE
  • HILL SCHOLAR PROGRAM. An Honors Program

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PUBLIC COLLEGE VS PRIVATE COLLEGE
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Instate Public andOut of State Public Colleges
Private College 40,000- 55,000
Towson 18,500
Virginia Tech 32,000
WVU 27,000
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ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET
  • A consortium of 16 Southern States that allows
    Maryland students to enroll at the in-state
    tuition rate in programs not offered in Maryland.

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ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET
Out of State Cost In State Cost
WVU 26,266 14,670
Virginia Tech 31,867 18,465
Radford 27,965 16,798
George Mason 35,468 19,066
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The Basics of Selecting a CollegeFactors to
consider
  • Cost
  • What will my cost limitations be, if any.
  • Public vs. Private Colleges
  • Size
  • Rural, Suburban or Urban
  • Location- Do I want to travel?
  • How far In State or out of State

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Factors to consider
  • Campus--- what do I want in a campus? How are the
    dorms? Food? Activities..
  • Social aspects
  • Do kids stay on campus on weekends or compute
  • Political orientation
  • Racial, religious composition

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Factors to consider
  • Academics- Do they have the majors I am
    interested in?
  • Reputation of their major
  • Sports
  • Church Affiliation
  • Honors Program

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Types of Admissions
  • Early Action Allows a student to learn of the
    decision on his/her application before the
    standard April notification date.
  • Early Decision A plan in which students apply
    by November or December and learn of the
    colleges decision in December or January.
    Students are usually required to withdraw their
    application to other colleges and to agree to
    matriculate at the college which accepts them.

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Types of Admissions
  • Rolling Admission A program in which admissions
    applications are evaluated upon receipt and
    applicants are immediately notified of the
    decision, usually within 4-6 weeks.
  • Regular - A program that is offered at most
    colleges. Deadlines for filing vary most,
    however, fall within Jan. 1 Feb. 15. Most
    colleges mail out their notifications letters on
    the same date (usually sometime between April
    1-April 15).

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APPLYING TO COLLEGE
  • Typically 3-5 applications
  • Application fees vary from 45 up..
  • Applications can be done
  • Traditional paper
  • Online
  • Common Application

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WHAT DOES COLLEGE COST
  • Education is not expensive.. Its Priceless.
  • Sorry--- Education is Expensive

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TOWSON 2011- 2012
  • TUITION 7,906
  • ROOM BOARD 9,942
  • TOTAL 17,848

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UMBC 2011 2012
  • TUITION 9,520
  • ROOM BOARD 10,021
  • TOTAL 19,541

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McDANIEL COLLEGE 2011- 2012
  • TUITION 34,780
  • ROOM BOARD 8,500
  • TOTAL 43,280

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STEVENSON 2011- 2012
  • TUITION 23,636
  • ROOM BOARD 11,500
  • TOTAL 35,136

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GETTYSBURG 2011-2012
  • TUITION 42,610
  • ROOM BOARD 10,180
  • TOTAL 52,790

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WASHINGTON COLLEGE 2011
  • TUITION 37,882
  • ROOM BOARD 8,200
  • TOTAL 46,082

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LOYOLA 2011- 2012
  • TUITION 40,870
  • ROOM BOARD 11,450
  • TOTAL 52,320

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WEST VIRGINA U 2011
  • TUITION 17,884
  • ROOM BOARD 9,050
  • TOTAL 26,894

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The College Cost Environment
  • Three Certainties
  • College costs will increase at a rate faster than
    inflation.
  • Grant and scholarship aid will not keep pace.
  • People will panic over the size of their tuition
    bills and make costly planning mistakes.

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WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM FINANCIAL AIDEHOW IS
FINANCIAL AID AWARDED
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  • Almost 2/3 of full time students receive grant
    aid that lowers the price they actually pay to
    attend college.

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  • YOU MAY BE AWARDED AN OUTRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP BASED
    ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE. THIS IS GIVEN AS AN
    OUTRIGHT GIFT WITHOUT CONSIDERATION OF FINANCIAL
    NEED

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APPLY DIRECTLTY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Apply for State of Maryland Programs
  • 28 different State Aid Programs
  • Apply for Private Scholarships
  • The larger ones are very competitive but there
    are many smaller local awards.
  • You cant win an award if you dont apply

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HOW IS FINANCIAL AID DETERMINED
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What does the FAFSA do?
  • Determines your EFC- Expected Family Contribution.

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Eligibility for Financial Aid
  • Total Cost of College
  • minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • Financial Need
  • FINANCIAL NEED creates your Financial Aid
    Package

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Example
  • Public University
  • Cost 18, 000
  • - 5,000 (EFC)
  • 13,000 (Financial Aid Package)
  • Private College
  • Cost 30, 000
  • - 5,000 (EFC)
  • 25,000 (Financial Aid Package)

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  • Types and Sources of Assistance
  • Types of Aid
  • Grants (typically need-based)
  • Scholarships
  • Loans
  • Work-study
  • Sources of Aid
  • Federal
  • State
  • Institution
  • Private

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Definitions
  • Grants and scholarships do not
  • have to be repaid.
  • Loans count as financial aid when they have
    favorable repayment terms and low interest rates.
  • Work-study is money the student works for in a
    school-sponsored job.
  • Dependent students are dependent on parents for
    support. Both parents and the students income
    and assets are evaluated to determine EFC.
  • Independent students are not dependent on parents
    for support (age 24).

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Sources of Financial Aid
  • Federal Government Largest source of student
    financial aid
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Funds awarded directly by the financial aid
    office
  • Maryland State Government
  • Private Sources

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COLLEGE HELP THROUGH THE ARMED SERVICES
  • College Savings Plans for Enlistees
  • ROTC Programs

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Information for Athletes
  • Recruited Athletes must have a Student Release
    form on file with the NCAA.
  • If you feel you are a candidate for an Athletic
    Scholarship visit the NCAA website for updated
    requirements www.ncaa.org

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Information for Athletes
  • The NCAA Student Release form should be completed
    AFTER your Junior Year.
  • Your counselor can give you the information you
    need.

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Fee Waiverss
  • Fee waivers are available for parents and
    students with serious financial need.
  • Can be used for SATs, College Application fees,
    and AP Exams.
  • Call me for information

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How to get started
  • Begin a Scholarship File for 12th grade now.
  • Guidance and FSK Newsletter
  • Guidance Web-Page
  • Websites such as fastweb.com
  • Borrow Guidance Scholarship handbooks
  • See handout and Newsletter

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GETTING STARTED
  • When to start exploring Colleges?
  • As Early as 9th or 10th grade

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FSK SCHOOL WEBSITESCHOOL COUNSELING
www.carrollk12.org/fsk
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QUESTIONS
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