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  • 1. College Admissions
    Stop the Cycle
  • 2. Overview
    College Admissions
    Student Inventory Form
    Majors and Careers
    Choosing the Right School
    Admissions Criteria
    The College Application
    Understanding Financial Aid
    Different Types of Aid
    Final Decisions
    Moving Forward
  • 3. College Admissions
    The ultimate purpose of the Stop the Cycle program is for all of our students to matriculate to 2 or 4 year colleges.
    The admissions process is stressful, frustrating and sometimes disappointing for students.
    Students must always be aware of the end result of the admissions process.
  • 4. How We help
    Students contactusvia text, facebook, email or phone with questions.
    Wecontact students bi-weekly to check up.
    Once students complete their application, We approve it and send it in.
  • 5. Senior Calendar
    August-December: Apply to Colleges
    January 1: Earliest date to complete FAFSA
    February: Upward Bound Financial Aid Workshop
    March 15: Maryland deadline for FAFSA
    March-April: Acceptance/ Rejection letters sent out
    May 1: National College Decision Day/ Deposit due
    June: Submit final transcripts to schools
    June- August: Orientations/ Class Schedules/ Move out
  • 6. Student Inventory Form
    All Seniors filled out a student inventory form
    These forms contain:
    Contact information
    College choices
    Desired major
    Desired career choice
    Awards/ honors/ clubs
  • 7. Majors and Careers
    A major is a course of study taken in college in which a student gets a degree
    Majors usually consist of 30-45 credits (10-15 classes)
    Majors do not always turn into careers
    Most students know what career they want
    Encourage them to research internships and special programs
    They have until the end of sophomore year to declare a major
  • 8. Choosing the Right School
    Do they have my major?
    Do I like the location?
    Will I like student life?
    Do they have career placement?
    Will they offer the support I need?
    Do they have decent housing/ meal plans?
    Do they have a good financial aid package?
  • 9. Things to consider
    School size
    Campus setting
    student: teacher ratio
    SSS/ LRC/ Tutoring centers
    Internship/ co-op placement
    Student organizations/ greek life
    Housing options/ meal plan options
    Tuition increase
    Room and board
    Financial aid
    Admissions requirements
  • 10. Admissions Criteria
    GPA (cumulative)
    SAT/ ACT scores
    Difficulty of classes
    Extracurricular activities
    Progressive improvement
    Interview (optional)
  • 11. The College Application
    Application Form
    SAT Score Report
    Application Fee/ Fee Waiver
  • 12. Financial Aid
    ALL students must complete the FAFSA form.
    This is separate from the college application process.
    The FAFSA is used to determine how much aid a student is eligible for.
    Students must verify this information with the school they decide to attend.
    All students are dependent unless they have a child or are in foster care.
    Parents income must be reported on FAFSA.
  • 13. Different Types of Aid
    Need based
    Non need based (Merit and Athletic)
    Work study
    School Aid
  • 14. Final Decisions
    Visit the school with your student
    Review the financial aid award BEFORE making a decision
    Housing and admissions deposits are due at this time
    Return all paperwork by deadlines
  • 15. Moving Forward
    Senior year is expensive!!!!
    Start saving now for cost of moving and dorm needs
    Have a back up plan in case student does not get into choice school
    Don’t forget the care package!