Get Me To College Part V: Financial Aid, Misconceptions, And Final Advice

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Here is "Part 5: Misconceptions, Financial Aid, and Concluding Thoughts of a comprehensive guide to colleg"e readiness
Get Me To College: A College Readiness Primer
Written by Dr. Rebecca Joseph
Please use this but cite me. I provide free or low-cost consulting to those working with under-represented students and also lead workshops to schools and community groups around the country and Canada.

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Get Me To College Part V: Financial Aid, Misconceptions, And Final Advice

  1. 1. Part 5: Financial Aid, Misconceptions, Timelines, and Final Advice getmetocollege@gmail.com rjoseph@calstatela.edu
  2. 2. TO LEARN MORE  Email  rjoseph@calstatela.edu  getmetocollege@gmail.com  Phone  323-646-5759  Facebook  Getmetocollege Freeadvice  Twitter  @getmetocollege  Website  getmetocollege.org (focus on first generation and under-represented students)
  3. 3. SOME MISCONCEPTIONS/ QUESTIONS  I applied to only three colleges, so why should my child apply to so many more?  It’s a much more complex situation.  Most teenagers in history in US.  Most teenagers going to college in history in US.  With more kids applying to more schools, a vicious trickle down cycle is happening…  I didn’t visit or contact colleges, so why should my child visit colleges now?  With the competitive colleges, visits are a sign of interest.  In recent LA times article, director of admissions at Pitzer, calls students who never visit or contact colleges, “stealth” applicants and describes how Pitzer rejected a top applicant who had never contacted campus.  If you can’t visit because of cost, there are different ways to connect with colleges  Local fairs  Campus visits to high schools and LA  Emails  Virtual tours
  4. 4. SO WHAT GOOD IS THIS INFORMATION IF WE CAN’T AFFORD THE COST OF PRIVATE COLLEGES?  Apply to a range of colleges that meet all or most of your child’s needs.  Apply for merit scholarship available from colleges to which you apply.  Consider public universities in other states. WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange).  Consider financial packages from schools one level below your highest level  Research colleges that have income discounts…Harvard, Yale…  Contact financial aid offices and negotiate….
  5. 5. FINANCIAL AID….  For counselors and mentors: www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov  For students: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/  For everyone: 1-800-4-FED-AID  Get some more guidance http://www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov/F4CApp/index/index.jsf  http://www.fastweb.com is a great site to get started with scholarships.
  6. 6. OTHER CORE READINESS TIMELINES-COLLEGE RESEARCH  College research takes time.  Read key books and websites  Fiske Guide-great hardcopy book  http://www.collegeconfidential.com/--you can post questions and hear from students and parents  Talk to friends who are seniors and recent grads.  Download College Match application on I Phone.  Become fan of college on Facebook  Check how your students compares to peers on Naviance and other school comparative offerings.  Let your child make calls to college with questions.  You can schedule tours and visits.
  7. 7. COLLEGE RESEARCH: JUNIOR-SENIOR YEAR GRADE TIMELINE Junior Year-Develop core list of what match colleges must have-- location, size, cost, academics, social opportunities, service, merit scholarships, etc. Spring Junior Year-Visit core colleges. Interview when possible. Visit classes, meet students Spring Junior Year-Attend local college fairs. Collect names of college representatives. Begin courting process.
  8. 8. COLLEGE RESEARCH: JUNIOR-SENIOR YEAR GRADE TIMELINE • Search out NACAC College Fairs. • Search out Colleges That Change Lives College Fairs. • Summer Consider early decision or early action. • Fall Senior Year- Attend all relevant college visits at your school or in local area. • Fall Senior Year-Visit more colleges and narrow down list.
  9. 9. APPLICATION: JUNIOR-SENIOR YEAR GRADE TIMELINE  Summer Post Junior Year-Start a master list of college application deadlines and requirements and passwords. Consider rolling, early action, and early decision routes.  Summer Post Junior Year-Start writing core essays and develop a resume.  Fall Senior Year-Begin completing formal applications. Devote one hour per day to applications. Remember, write fewest essays possible.  Fall Senior Year-Make sure you follow  Test score submission requirements  School and teacher paperwork and transcripts requirements  Complete all technical forms on applications  Develop outstanding essays  Meet all deadlines.
  10. 10. FINAL WORDS  Each student is a work in progress.  Colleges want to know how student will enhance and enrich campus.  Yet they don’t read minds-use application to showcase your student  They worry about children of helicopter parents. Students must make majority of contacts with colleges except for planning visits.  Finances are a key component so make decisions now about what you can afford.  College is an amazing, life-lasting gift to your child.  It is never too late...to develop a strong college readiness plan in this perfect storm of college admissions.
  11. 11. SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? 1. UC admissions fact sheets http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/index.php 2. College Board-SAT http://www.collegeboard.com 3. ACT http://www.actstudent.org 4. My Website http://www.getmetocollege.org 5. My App: All College Application Essays http://www.allcollegeessays.org 6. National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) http://www.nacacnet.org/StudentResources/CollegePrep/Pa ges/default.aspx
  12. 12. COLLEGE READINESS IS NOT A GAME!
  13. 13. TO LEARN MORE  Email  rjoseph@calstatela.edu  getmetocollege@gmail.com  Phone  323-646-5759  Facebook  Getmetocollege Freeadvice  Twitter  @getmetocollege  Website  getmetocollege.org (focus on first generation and under-represented students)  Allcollegeessays.org

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