College Planning 2007 2008


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College Planning 2007 2008

  1. 1. College Planning Carolyn Karno Manager, Early Awareness and College Planning Connecticut Student Loan Foundation
  2. 2. <ul><li>Early Awareness and College Planning Department </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Aid Assistance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assistance with Aid Applications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One-on-One Advising </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops and Professional Development Programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hotline 1-866-752-6443 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>College Entrance Exams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The College Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Considerations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The College Application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College Decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Circumstances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice From Experts </li></ul></ul>AGENDA
  4. 4. <ul><li>Senior grades and courses count </li></ul><ul><li>Colleges will see them and use them </li></ul>Fundamentals No such thing as… “ I’ve worked hard for 3 years and I deserve an easy senior year!”
  5. 5. <ul><ul><li>Reasoning Test: Mathematics, Critical Reading, Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scoring: 200-800 per section/2400 cumulative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic cost = $43.00 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some colleges may also require subject area tests </li></ul></ul>College Entrance Exams SAT
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>English, Reading, Mathematics, Science and Writing (optional) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scoring: 1-36 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reported by the ACT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost: $30.00 </li></ul></ul>College Entrance Exams ACT
  7. 7. Upcoming Test Dates College Entrance Exams May 9, 2008 June 14, 2008 March 7, 2008 April 12, 2008 ACT May 6, 2008 June 7, 2008 April 1, 2008 May 3, 2008 January 29, 2008 March 1, 2008 SAT DEADLINE TEST DATE
  8. 8. <ul><li>Technical Schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized training for a particular occupation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Colleges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open-enrollment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certificate or Associate Degrees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most affordable option </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2-Year Colleges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many offer career oriented programs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Colleges and Universities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broad range of degrees and programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wide price range </li></ul></ul>The College Search College Options
  9. 9. <ul><ul><li>How far from home is too far? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What type of environment is important to you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How important is diversity to you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What degree of challenge is best for you? </li></ul></ul>The College Search Questions to ask yourself
  10. 10. <ul><ul><li>What major or career direction will you take? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you interested in internships or study abroad programs? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is cost a concern for your family? </li></ul></ul>The College Search Questions to ask yourself
  11. 11. Keep in Mind <ul><li>The best indicator of future success is not where you attend college but what you do at the college you attend </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Talk with your counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Go online </li></ul><ul><li>Look at some college guides </li></ul><ul><li>Attend college fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Visit schools </li></ul>The College Search Coordinate Your Search
  13. 13. <ul><li>Narrow your list </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Match/Target schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Likely Admit Schools </li></ul></ul>The College Search
  14. 14. <ul><li>Tuition and fees in Connecticut range from $2,800 to more than $36,000 per year </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add $8,000 - $12,000 for room and board </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add approximately $1,000 for books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create a budget for personal expenses </li></ul></ul></ul>Financial Considerations College Costs
  15. 15. <ul><li>Gift Aid </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants and Scholarships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self-Help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loans and Work Programs </li></ul></ul>Financial Considerations Types of Financial Aid
  16. 16. <ul><ul><li>Paper or electronic ( tell your counselor ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer all questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fill in neatly and completely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep a copy </li></ul></ul>The College Application Getting the Application
  17. 17. <ul><ul><li>Start early </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select a topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay between 250-500 words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask a teacher or counselor to review it </li></ul></ul>The College Application The Essay
  18. 18. <ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counselor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Club Advisor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher must teach an academic subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t send too many </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only from people who know you </li></ul></ul>The College Application Recommendations
  19. 19. <ul><li>Supplementary Materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Art students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(ex. portfolio) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(ex. CD of performance) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Athletes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(ex. video of game) </li></ul></ul></ul>The College Application
  20. 20. <ul><li>Your High School sends: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transcript </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Profile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mid-Year Grades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final Grades </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Test Scores sent by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Collegeboard for SAT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ACT for ACT </li></ul></ul>The College Application <ul><li>Submitting Your Application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out what procedure your school follows </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Early Plans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nov. 1, Nov. 15, or Dec. 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Round </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dec. 15 to Jan. 31 </li></ul></ul>The College Application Deadlines
  22. 22. College Decisions Admit Deny Wait List
  23. 23. <ul><li>Athletes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Division I and II: Required to complete NCAA eligibility form ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Artists/Musicians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare portfolios and/or auditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend college fairs for artists and musicians ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Section 504/IDEA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students may still qualify for some services while in college </li></ul></ul>Special Circumstances
  24. 24. <ul><ul><li>Work closely with your counselor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay focused! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank people who have helped you along the way </li></ul></ul>Advice From Experts
  25. 25. Good Luck!