Junior Parent Night 2014


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  • 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 scholarship
  • Junior Parent Night 2014

    1. 1. Foothill Technology High School Junior Parent College Night February 6, 2014
    2. 2. Foothill Technology High School Spanish Presentation by Juana Vega in D-104 Topic 1: College Timeline and Application Process Debbie Freeman Topic 2: Standardized Testing for College Admission Steve Boyd Topic 3: Financial Aid and Scholarships Linda Kapala Topic 4: College Choice Strategies Cecilia Johnston
    3. 3. Foothill Technology High School College Timeline And Application Process
    4. 4. Foothill Technology High School College Options Entrance Requirements Ventura College High School Diploma University of California  9 campuses  Designed to accept top 12.5% of CA graduates A – G Requirements SAT Reasoning or ACT with Writing Minimum GPA: 3.0 California State University  23 campuses  Designed to accept top 33% of CA graduates A – G Requirements SAT Reasoning or ACT Minimum GPA: 2.0 Private Colleges/Universities Varies depending on institution Letters of Recommendation from teachers and counselor
    5. 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. 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 2013 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. 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. 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 for Cal State Universities. Cal State deadline for taking test is November. 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. 8. Foothill Technology High School Grade 12 Most important dates to keep in mind…         Early December: Last opportunity to take SAT and/or ACT for UC’s. 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. 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. 10. Foothill Technology High School Components of the College Application Component 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/universities SAT/ACT scores ALL colleges/universities Application Supplement Private colleges/universities *Letter of Recommendation/ ”Secondary School Report” Private colleges/universities *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. 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. 12. Foothill Technology High School Counselors: Media Center Specialist: Mr. Boyd: Last Names A – Gh, ext. 1011 steve.boyd@venturausd.org  Ms. Freeman: Last Names Gi – O, ext. 1013 debbie.freeman@venturausd.org  Mrs. Vega– Last Names P – Z, ext. 1014 juana.vega@venturausd.org   Your counselors are here to assist you with college planning and admission, fulfilling your A – G requirements, graduating from high school, academic issues AND any personal, social and/or emotional issues you may encounter. Mrs. Kapala, ext. 1008 linda.kapala@venturausd.org Mrs. Kapala is our scholarship coordinator as well as the community service coordinator and help with college searches. Registrar: Ms. Nordin, ext. 1005 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. 13. Foothill Technology High School Standardized Testing Requirements for College Admission
    14. 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 things Recommended dates for Juniors: Test Date Registration Deadline March 8th February 7th May 3rd April 4th June 7th May 9th
    15. 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 Deadline April 12th March 7th June 14th May 9th
    16. 16. Foothill Technology High School College Testing Requirements UC System SAT or ACT with Writing only. Subject test (?) All testing completed by December of senior year CSU System SAT or ACT November or December of senior year depending on campus Private/Out-of-state schools Varying requirements Check individual websites Varying requirements Check individual websites *The class of 2009 was the last graduating class that must take the SAT Subject tests for UC admission.
    17. 17. Foothill Technology High School Financial Aid and Scholarships
    18. 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. 19. Foothill Technology High School Common Four-Year University Myths
    20. 20. Foothill Technology High School Advantages of a four-year college experience:
    21. 21. Foothill Technology High School How much does college cost?  COMMUNITY COLLEGES   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 $ 4,000 Approximately $ 20,000 to $ 32,000 PRIVATE COLLEGES  Range from $ 20,000 to $ 60,000
    22. 22. Foothill Technology High School Basic 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. (GAP)
    23. 23. Foothill Technology High School Financial Need UC CSU Private Community College Cost 25,000 22,000 35,000 10,000 EFC 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 Financial Need 15,000 12,000 25,000 0
    24. 24. Foothill Foothill Technology High School Financial Help  FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) https://fafsa.ed.gov  Profile - Approximately 535 colleges use this additional form to collect information to determine your eligibility for institutional aid You must pay to file this form. A list of schools using this additional application is available at http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile
    25. 25. Foothill Foothill Technology High School The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) New program beginning in the 2014-15 academic year that provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 a scholarship to attend UC‟s or CSU‟s Students must be a California resident attending a UC or CSU; be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have AB 540* student status; meet certain income and other financial aid standards; maintain satisfactory academic progress; not be in default on a student loan; and, must not be incarcerated. If your family earns up to $100,000 per year:  You may be eligible for a scholarship of up to 40 % of the mandatory system wide tuition and fees: The maximum award amount is a lesser percentage of mandatory system wide tuition and fees for each academic year beginning in 2014-15 at 14%, 2015-16 (20%), and 2016-17 (30%)
    26. 26. Foothill Technology High School Middle Class Scholarship continued Students whose families earn between $100,001 and $150,000 per year:  May be eligible for a reduced scholarship of no less than 10 percent of the mandatory system wide tuition and fees. MCS scholarships are not set amounts and may vary by student and institution:  The award is determined after you are awarded any federal Pell Grant, Cal Grant and institutional need-based grants for which you are eligible. The final award amount will be based on the number of students eligible for the MCS statewide and the funding allocated by the State Budget. The MCS is being phased in over four years: Each academic year, the maximum amount of the scholarship will increase until 2017-18, when the maximum scholarship award will be up to 40 percent of the mandatory system wide fees and tuition.
    27. 27. Foothill Foothill Technology High School SCHOLARSHIPS – WHERE TO START? 1. Check scholarship bulletin on line. New additions frequently appear. www.foothilltechnology.org 2. 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.org 4. Other sites to explore include: www.finaid.org/scholarships; www.FastWeb.com; www.scholarships.com; www.freschinfo.com; www.zinch.com
    28. 28. Foothill Foothill Technology High School Scholarship Tips: Tip 1 Apply only if you are eligible. Read requirements and directions carefully. Tip 2 Complete application in full. If a question does not apply, note that on the application. n/a Do not leave a blank. Tip 3 Follow directions. Provide everything that is required, but do not supply things that are not requested – you could be disqualified. Tip 4 Neatness counts. Always type the application if you can, or if you must print, do so neatly and legibly. Tip 5 Make sure your essay makes an impression. Be personal and specific. Include concrete details to make your experience come alive. Tip 6 Watch all deadlines. Don‟t send the materials in late – they will be refused. Tip 7 Take steps to make sure your entire application gets where it needs to go. Place name on all pages of the application in case it comes apart. Tip 8 Give it a final „once-over.‟ Proofread carefully. Ask another person to read it over before you submit it. Tip 9 Ask for help if you need it. Visit your counselor or Mrs. Kapala Tip 10 Remember: your application represents you! Your ability to submit a neat, timely, complete application reflects on you.
    29. 29. Foothill Foothill Technology High School OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Check scholarships posted on www.Bridges.com (select Choices Planner and type scholarships in search engine) 2. Create your own scholarship search by using key words e.g. Hispanic + single parent or Hungarian + college scholarship Diabetes + college scholarship 3. 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.gov Copies also available in the Media Center. 4. “Paying for College Without Going Broke” by Kalman Chaney. Answers many of your financial aid questions in a clear and accurate way. Copies available in our library and the public library.
    30. 30. Foothill Foothill Technology High School Now what?  Calendar, calendar, calendar or you will miss deadlines. (VCCF scholarship in mid December, due early January).  Complete a Student Profile (often called a Brag Sheet) See fillable form (www.foothilltechnology.org – select media center) and give to Mrs. K  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;”  Watch out for “College Financial Planners/Consultants” who are really trying to sell you expensive whole life insurance products or annuities