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  • 1. Foothill Technology High SchoolJunior Parent College Night February 9, 2012
  • 2. Foothill Technology High SchoolSession 1: College Timeline and Application Process Spirito Hall, Debbie Freeman and Juana VegaSession 2: Standardized Testing for College Admission Rm. D108, Steve BoydSession 3: Financial Aid and Scholarships Media Center, Cecilia Johnston
  • 3. Foothill Technology High SchoolCollege Timeline And Application Process
  • 4. Foothill Technology High School College Options Entrance Requirements Ventura College High School Diploma A – G Requirements University of California SAT Reasoning  9 campuses or ACT with Writing  Designed to accept top Minimum GPA: 3.0 12.5% of CA graduates Subject Tests?California State University A – G Requirements 23 campuses SAT Reasoning or ACT Designed to accept top 33% Minimum GPA: 2.0of CA graduates Varies depending on institution Private Colleges/Universities Letters of Recommendation from teachers and counselor
  • 5. Foothill Technology High School Grade 11 What should we be doing right now??1. Begin the college search process if not started already.  Use spring break/summer vacation to visit colleges/universities and take campus tours.  Attend the National College Fair at Seaside Park on May 1st.  Peruse college search websites to narrow focus.  Meet with your school counselor for further suggestions.2. Take SAT and/or ACT tests in spring of junior year. Take SAT Subject tests in June 2012 if applying to certain schools and/or programs.3. Keep grades up. College GPA’s are usually based on grades from sophomore/junior years only.
  • 6. Foothill Technology High School Grade 11 Continued…4. Talk to your counselor immediately if you have below a C in any of your A – G requirements and intend on applying to four year colleges/universities.5. Use your summer wisely: take a college class, volunteer, attend a summer program, travel, work.
  • 7. Foothill Technology High School Grade 12 Most important dates to keep in mind… Early – Mid September: Registration deadlines for October SAT and ACT tests. October 1st: UC and CSU application forms available online Mid October: Counselors visit seniors in English classes Senior Parent Night Late October: Fall Break – make last minute college visits November 1st: Application deadline for early admissions to private colleges/universities November 30th: Application deadline for UC’s and CSU’s November – April: Ongoing scholarship opportunities
  • 8. Foothill Technology High School Grade 12 Most important dates to keep in mind… Early December: Last opportunity to take SAT and/or ACT December 15th – January 15th: Application deadlines for most private colleges/universities January 1st: FAFSA available online Second week of January: Financial Aid Parent Night at FTHS Late January: FAFSA line-by-line workshops at VC March 2nd: FAFSA filing deadline March – April: Receive notifications of admission to colleges/universities May 1st: Submit intent to register to college/university of your choice
  • 9. Foothill Technology High School Factors to consider in choosing a college or university Location (in-state vs. out-of-state, rural vs. urban setting, weather considerations) Size (Colleges range in size from 40,000 students to under 1000) Cost (in-state vs. out-of-state tuition, private vs. public) Selectivity (do you meet the admissions criteria for college/university, how competitive is admission?) Type of College (private, public, community, parochial, etc) Major/Academic Dept. Housing
  • 10. Foothill Technology High School Components of the College ApplicationComponent Applicable to…Application Form ALL colleges/universities http://www.csumentor.edu/ http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu /admissions http://www.commonapp.org/Personal Statement UC‟s and private colleges/universitiesSAT/ACT scores ALL colleges/universitiesApplication Supplement Private colleges/universities*Letter of Recommendation/ Private colleges/universities”Secondary School Report”*Letters of recommendation must be requested from teachers and counselors at least two weeks before they are needed and must be accompanied by a “Brag Sheet”.
  • 11. Foothill Technology High School Useful Websites for College Searches www.californiacolleges.edu Provides college information and search engine for California private and public institutions www.princetonreview.com Great place to start the college search www.usnews.com Provides college rankings, college majors, and college planning tools www.campustours.com Offers virtual tours, campus maps, webcams, videos, general information, tuition costs, enrollment statistics, admission requirements and majors www.petersons.com Helps students with a timeline starting in 9th grade www.bridges.com VUSD college and career search program. Students have login and password. College Application Websites www.csumentor.edu Helps students plan for attending and apply to a Cal-State University www.commonapp.org Application website for over 300 colleges/universities www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions Provides information about all UC’s (requirements, deadlines, campus life, etc.)
  • 12. Foothill Technology High SchoolCounselors: Media Center Specialist: Mr. Boyd: Last Names A – F, ext. 1011  Mrs. Kapala, ext. 1008steve.boyd@venturausd.org linda.kapala@venturausd.org Ms. Freeman: Last Names G – N, ext. 1013 Mrs. Kapala is our college anddebbie.freeman@venturausd.org scholarship coordinator as well as the Mrs. Vega– Last Names O – Z, ext. 1014 community service coordinator. Mrs. Kapala works closely with students onjuana.vega@venturausd.org career and college planning. Your counselors are here to assist you with college planning and admission, fulfilling your A – G requirements, Registrar: graduating from high school, academic  Ms. Nordin, ext. 1005 issues AND any personal, social and/or emotional issues you may encounter. kris.nordin@venturausd.org Ms. Nordin is the point person for official transcripts, VC transcripts, Cal Grant Submissions, and multi-site enrollment forms. Ms. Nordin can also answer many counseling related questions in the event of the counselors’ absence.
  • 13. Foothill Technology High SchoolStandardized Testing Requirements for College Admission
  • 14. Foothill Technology High School The SAT Register at: http://www.collegeboard.com/ What does the SAT test cover? SAT Subject Tests? Where do I take the SAT? How do I improve my SAT scores?  Let me suggest some thingsRecommended dates for Juniors:Test Date Registration DeadlineMarch 10th February 11thMay 5th April 14thJune 2nd May 9th
  • 15. Foothill Technology High School The ACT Register at: http://www.actstudent.org/ What does the ACT test cover? ACT with Writing? Where do I take the ACT? How do I improve my ACT scores?Recommended dates for Juniors:Test Date Registration DeadlineApril 14th March 9thJune 9th May 4th
  • 16. Foothill Technology High School College Testing Requirements UC System SAT or ACT with All testing completed Writing only. by December of Subject test (?) senior year CSU System SAT or ACT November or December of senior year depending on campus Private/Out-of-state Varying requirements Varying requirements schools Check individual Check individual websites websites*The class of 2011 was the last graduating class that must take the SAT Subject tests for UC admission.
  • 17. Foothill Technology High SchoolFinancial Aid and Scholarships
  • 18. Foothill Technology High School “Education is one of the best financial investments you can make. A bachelor‟s degree yields an increase in lifetime earnings potential of nearly a million dollars, according to Census Bureau data. This is equivalent to a 20% annual return on the investment.”--from the Financial Aid Information Page--
  • 19. Foothill Technology High SchoolCommon Four-Year University Myths
  • 20. Foothill Technology High SchoolAdvantages of a four-year college experience:
  • 21. Foothill Technology High SchoolHow much does college cost?  COMMUNITY COLLEGES  Approximately $ 4,000  CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY  Approximately $ 18,000 to $ 25,000  California Resident overall full-time fees/tuition for CSUCI are $6,316 (Academic Year).  UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA  Approximately $ 20,000 to $ 32,000  PRIVATE COLLEGES  Range from $ 20,000 to $ 60,000
  • 22. Foothill Technology High SchoolBasic Equation of Need COST OF ATTENDANCE – (COA)- EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION (EFC) = FINANCIAL NEED (eligibility)• The college will attempt to offer FINANCIAL AID to meet your calculated FINANCIAL NEED.• Not every college meets 100% of your financial need.
  • 23. Foothill Technology High School Financial Need Community UC CSU Private College Cost 25,000 22,000 35,000 10,000 EFC 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000Financial 15,000 12,000 25,000 0 Need
  • 24. Foothill Foothill Technology High SchoolSCHOLARSHIPS – WHERE TO START?1. Check scholarship bulletin on line. New additions frequently appear. www.fthsmediacenter.wetpaint.com2. Ask if your parent‟s employer offers scholarships.3. Check web pages of professional organizations to see if they have posted scholarships e.g. American Geologic Institute – www.agiweb.org/mpp American Institute of Architects – www.archfoundation.org American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – www.aicpa.org Institute of Food Technologists – www.ift.org4. Other sites to explore include: www.finaid.org/scholarships; www.FastWeb.com; www.scholarships.com; www.freschinfo.com; www.zinch.com
  • 25. Foothill Foothill Technology High SchoolOTHER RECOMMENDATIONS1. Check scholarships posted on www.Bridges.com2. Create your own scholarship search by using key words e.g. Hispanic + single parent or Hungarian + college scholarship Diabetes + college scholarship3. Good Resource to check out: FUND YOUR FUTURE WORKBOOK and other booklets are available in English and Spanish on the California Student Aid Commission website. www.csac.ca.gov4. “Paying for College Without Going Broke” by Kalman Chaney. Available at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. Answers many of your financial aid questions in a clear and accurate way.
  • 26. Foothill Foothill Technology High SchoolNow what?1. Calendar, calendar, calendar or you will miss deadlines. Put them on your calendar in two places – one several weeks before the due date and the second date the drop dead date for mailing or delivery of the scholarship2. As you search different sites about paying for college, be careful of scholarship scams, If you read the following lines, be careful: “The scholarship is guaranteed, or your money back;” Or, “You can‟t get this information anywhere else;” Or, “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship/” Or, “We‟‟ do all the work;” Or, “The scholarship will cost money to hold.”3. Watch out for “College Financial Planners/Consultants” who are really trying to sell you expensive whole life insurance products.
  • 27. Foothill Foothill Technology High SchoolTip 1 Apply only if you are eligible. Tip 6 Watch all deadlines. Don‟t send Read requirements and directions carefully. the materials in late – they will be refused.Tip 2 Complete application in full. Tip 7 Take steps to make sure If a question does not apply, note that on the your entire application gets application. n/a Do not leave a blank. where it needs to go. Place nameTip 3 Follow directions. Provide on all pages of the application in case it everything that is required, but do not supply comes apart. things that are not requested – you could be disqualified. Tip 8 Give it a final „once-over.‟ Proofread carefully. Ask another person toTip 4 Neatness counts. Always type read it over before you submit it. the application if you can, or if you must print, do so neatly and legibly. Tip 9 Ask for help if you need it. Visit your counselor or Mrs. KapalaTip 5 Make sure your essay makes an impression. Be personal Tip 10 Remember: your and specific. Include concrete details to application represents you! Your make your experience come alive. ability to submit a neat, timely, complete application reflects on you.