Topics
 Graduation Requirements
 Timelines
 Types of Deadlines
 College Search Process
 Types of schools
 Naviance
...
HHS Graduation Requirements
Area Credit
English 4.0
Social Studies (Including US History) 3.0
Math 3.0
Science 3.0
Compute...
 Meet with your Counselor to review your plan
 Finalize list of colleges and continue to visit campuses
*2 + 2 + 2 (Safe...
Types of Deadlines
 Early Action (Non-Binding)
 Typically Oct 15, Nov 1, Nov 15
 Early Decision (Binding)
 Typically O...
 Submit applications
 Deadlines are typically around January 1, but check with each
school.
 Complete the necessary fin...
 You are almost done! You will typically receive notification letters
at the beginning of April.
 Discuss with your pare...
2-Year Technical & Community
Colleges
 Affordable
 Community College costs between $5,000 and $6,000 per year
 Stepping...
2-Year Admissions
Requirements
 High School Diploma
Completion of the Accu-placer
 Exam administered by the college tha...
Local 2-year Community Colleges
Massachusetts Community Colleges share a commitment to provide students with
opportunities...
4-Year Colleges and
Universities
There are over 2,000 4-year colleges
and universities in the country. Decide
the factors ...
Factors to Consider
Location, Location, Location!
How far are you willing to go?
Size and Enrollment
Have you dreamed of a...
Selectivity/Admission
Requirements
 GPA & quality of courses
 Standardized Test Scores
 Extracurricular Activities
 Le...
Naviance
 Manage and track all aspects of the admissions process.
 Delivers all of the supporting documents for college ...
Perform a College Search
Choose the criteria you are looking for in your dream school
Research Schools
Keep Track of Schools You Are
Considering
Track Submitted
Applications
Standardized Tests
 SAT I – Reasoning Test
 Three-hours 45 minutes
 Primarily multiple-choice test that measures critic...
Financial Aid
 The financial aid process may seem complicated, but in
its simplest form it comes down to understanding fi...
FAFSA
You must complete the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon
after January 1 of the year you intend t...
E.F. What?
 After completing the FAFSA, your information is
submitted to the U.S. Department of Education.
The DOE calcul...
C.O. Who?
 The Department of Education sends the
FAFSA information, including the EFC, to
every school you listed on the ...
Gap…like at the mall?
 The financial aid officer calculates, based on the
campus’ available resources, the amount of
fina...
If it’s an Award Letter why
don’t I feel like a winner?
 The financial aid officer sends the student an
AWARD LETTER that...
Financial Aid Resources
 Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)
 www.mefa.org
 FinAid
 www.finaid.org
 ...
Make an Appointment With Your
Counselor!
The sooner you start talking to your guidance
counselor, the less daunting this p...
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  1. 1. Topics  Graduation Requirements  Timelines  Types of Deadlines  College Search Process  Types of schools  Naviance  Standardized Testing  Financial Aid Overview
  2. 2. HHS Graduation Requirements Area Credit English 4.0 Social Studies (Including US History) 3.0 Math 3.0 Science 3.0 Computer Lit and Career Exploration .5 School to Careers 1.0 Fine Arts or Foreign Language 1.0 Wellness 1.0 Electives 3.5 Total 20.0
  3. 3.  Meet with your Counselor to review your plan  Finalize list of colleges and continue to visit campuses *2 + 2 + 2 (Safety – Probable – Reach)  Attend Local College Fairs (HHS Mini Fairs October 2013, SNHU, UNH, NECC)  Request letters of Recommendation and complete Senior Resume – Available in the Senior Booklet!  Complete college essays and review them.  Take college entrance exams (SAT/ACT) again  Create a Common Application Account for appropriate schools and complete FERPA form on Naviance.  If you are applying Early Action, submit your application. Deadlines are typically around November 1st, but check with individual schools as some may be earlier.  Remember all application materials must be submitted to Guidance 2 weeks prior to the deadline! What should I be doing now? Fall Timeline
  4. 4. Types of Deadlines  Early Action (Non-Binding)  Typically Oct 15, Nov 1, Nov 15  Early Decision (Binding)  Typically Oct 15, Nov 1, Nov 15  Regular Decision  Varies…as early as December 1 and as late as April 1  Rolling Admission  Applications are processed upon arrival. Acceptance/denial letters received in about 6-8 weeks  Open Enrollment  Admittance is dependent upon graduation from high school
  5. 5.  Submit applications  Deadlines are typically around January 1, but check with each school.  Complete the necessary financial aid forms, including the FAFSA (after January 1st).  Attend the Financial Aid Workshop by MEFA  Tentatively scheduled for January 7th  Continue to apply to outside scholarships.  Ask your counselor to complete any necessary Mid-Year School Reports. They are typically due in February. Winter Timeline
  6. 6.  You are almost done! You will typically receive notification letters at the beginning of April.  Discuss with your parents the financial aid offers and contact the schools if they are seriously insufficient.  Notify the schools of your admission decision and send your deposit to your new college (May 1st).  Take part in “Pre-Frosh” events and visitations. Spring Timeline
  7. 7. 2-Year Technical & Community Colleges  Affordable  Community College costs between $5,000 and $6,000 per year  Stepping Stone  One or two successful years at a community college can help you get in as a transfer student to your dream school and help you develop the characteristics (such as independence, ambition and maturity) necessary to become a successful college student.  Licensure/Certification  These schools offer hundreds of Associate Degree and Certificate Programs that lead to licensure in the career field of your choice.
  8. 8. 2-Year Admissions Requirements  High School Diploma Completion of the Accu-placer  Exam administered by the college that evaluates English and Math proficiency. These scores determine which math and English classes are appropriate for your 1st semester of college
  9. 9. Local 2-year Community Colleges Massachusetts Community Colleges share a commitment to provide students with opportunities not only for an excellent education but also a well-rounded college experience. Student clubs and activities, events, performances, and community service opportunities are among the many options. Many colleges have intercollegiate or club athletic teams, and each has a student government that facilitates student involvement in the life of the campus and provides opportunities for leadership.
  10. 10. 4-Year Colleges and Universities There are over 2,000 4-year colleges and universities in the country. Decide the factors that are important to you to help narrow down a list of schools that are a good match for you.
  11. 11. Factors to Consider Location, Location, Location! How far are you willing to go? Size and Enrollment Have you dreamed of attending a huge university or do you prefer a medium or small college? Money, Money, Money! The investment of college is expensive. When finalizing your list of colleges; be sure to include schools which are “financially safe” such as state schools and community college Programs of Study Not all schools have all academic majors. If you have not yet chosen a major, be sure to look at schools that have all of your academic areas of interest.
  12. 12. Selectivity/Admission Requirements  GPA & quality of courses  Standardized Test Scores  Extracurricular Activities  Letters of Recommendation  Essay  Interview These are all factors admissions counselors will use to decide if you are a good match for their school. The more competitive the school, the harder they will scrutinize the quality of your admissions file.
  13. 13. Naviance  Manage and track all aspects of the admissions process.  Delivers all of the supporting documents for college applications to approximately 1,000 colleges.  Provides valuable insight into the college admissions process with college search, scatter grams, scholarship information and college application statistics  So much more!
  14. 14. Perform a College Search Choose the criteria you are looking for in your dream school
  15. 15. Research Schools
  16. 16. Keep Track of Schools You Are Considering
  17. 17. Track Submitted Applications
  18. 18. Standardized Tests  SAT I – Reasoning Test  Three-hours 45 minutes  Primarily multiple-choice test that measures critical reading, math, and writing abilities that develop over time.  Many colleges require SAT scores for admission.  www.collegeboard.org  SAT II – Subject Tests  One-hour  Primarily multiple-choice tests that measure your knowledge of particular subjects and your ability to apply that knowledge.  More selective colleges may require or recommend one or more Subject Tests for admission or placement.  ACT – Assessment Test  Three-hours 25 minutes  Measures educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning.  It is recommended students choose to take the optional writing section of the test.  www.actstudent.org
  19. 19. Financial Aid  The financial aid process may seem complicated, but in its simplest form it comes down to understanding five easy steps:
  20. 20. FAFSA You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon after January 1 of the year you intend to enroll in school. Check with each of the colleges to which you apply for specific deadlines. Be certain to ask if any other supplemental forms (such as the CSS Profile Form or institutional financial aid form) are required.
  21. 21. E.F. What?  After completing the FAFSA, your information is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. The DOE calculates, your ability to pay for the cost of attendance for one academic year. Your ability to pay is called the EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION (EFC).  EFC= amt. of the money student and parent are expected to contribute to the student's education for one academic year.  Financial Aid Night at HHS presented in 01/2014 by MEFA.
  22. 22. C.O. Who?  The Department of Education sends the FAFSA information, including the EFC, to every school you listed on the FAFSA. The financial aid officers subtract your EFC from the COST OF ATTENDANCE (COA) to determine your eligibility for financial aid.
  23. 23. Gap…like at the mall?  The financial aid officer calculates, based on the campus’ available resources, the amount of financial aid the institution is able to offer the student.  BE AWARE: Because a student is eligible for a certain amount of financial aid does not mean the student is guaranteed to receive that amount. The unmet need is called the GAP.
  24. 24. If it’s an Award Letter why don’t I feel like a winner?  The financial aid officer sends the student an AWARD LETTER that details the amount of financial aid the college is able to offer the student. The aid is broken into categories of loans, grants, scholarships and work-study.
  25. 25. Financial Aid Resources  Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)  www.mefa.org  FinAid  www.finaid.org  FAFSA  www.fafsa.ed.gov  Fast Web  www.fastweb.com
  26. 26. Make an Appointment With Your Counselor! The sooner you start talking to your guidance counselor, the less daunting this process will seem…don’t wait until the last minute!

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