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  1. 1. So Much College Info So Little Time Libby Siebens, SAF ~ Clay Hanson, SAF Annette Walstad, Montana GEAR UP Amy Leary, MPSEOC Montana School Counselor Association Spring Institute Bozeman, MT ~ April 19, 2007
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Know How 2 Go </li></ul><ul><li>The Montana Career Information System </li></ul><ul><li>College Visits </li></ul><ul><li>Montana Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities Council </li></ul>
  3. 3. Know How 2 Go… To College!
  4. 4. KnowHow2Go Campaign <ul><li>KnowHow2GO is a national public service campaign designed to inform young people about the actual steps they need to take to make their college dreams a reality. </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsored by the Ad Council, American Council on Education and Lumina Foundation for Education </li></ul>
  5. 5. How Most Kids Feel
  6. 6. Audience <ul><li>Target audience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle school students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High school students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First generation (no college going tradition) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low income </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Secondary audience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adults – encouraged to share their college knowledge with youth </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Action Steps <ul><li>Big dreams and good grades aren’t enough to get into college </li></ul><ul><li>There are 4 action steps you need to take: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be A Pain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Push Yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find the Right Fit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get Your Hands on Some Cash </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Step 1 <ul><li>Step 1: Be a Pain (in a good way) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let everyone know you’re going to college and need their help </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Step 2 <ul><li>Step 2: Push Yourself </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working a little harder today will create a smoother road to college </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Step 3 <ul><li>Step 3: Find the Right Fit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out what type of school is the best match for you and your career goals </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Step 4 <ul><li>Step 4: Put Your Hands on Some Cash </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you think you can’t afford college – think again. There’s lots of financial aid out there. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basics of financial aid and scholarships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent calculators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>College cost projector and tuition estimator </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Savings plan calculator </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) calculator </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student budget calculator </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Loan repayment calculators </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 15. Montana Launch <ul><li>Launch Montana Web site and toll-free hotline in Fall 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  14. 16. Partners <ul><li>Montana campaign partners/task force: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Governor’s Office/Education Policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Montana GEAR UP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Montana Guaranteed Student Loan Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Montana Post Secondary Educational Opportunities Council </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Assistance Foundation ( coordinator for campaign ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TRiO/Talent Search </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. Montana Contact Info <ul><li>For Montana KnowHow2Go info and materials contact: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libby Siebens, College Access Marketing Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Assistance Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>406.495.7392 </li></ul></ul>
  16. 18. Montana Career Information System
  17. 19. Montana Career Information System <ul><li>Setting up a new account on MCIS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on: “Start planning your future with MCIS” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on “New User?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enter in your information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click “Submit” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click “Enter MCIS” </li></ul></ul>
  18. 20. Finding Scholarships
  19. 21. Finding Scholarships
  20. 22. Finding Scholarships
  21. 23. Interest Profilers
  22. 24. Interest Profilers
  23. 25. Interest Profilers
  24. 26. School Compare
  25. 27. School Compare
  26. 28. School Compare
  27. 29. School Compare
  28. 31. College Visits For Large Groups
  29. 32. College Comments <ul><ul><ul><li>Process for arranging visits, the contact person, and the ‘ideal’ time for tours varies between campuses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4 weeks prior notice + confirmation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Large groups are welcome but mixed grade levels are a problem </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most colleges are not able to buy groups lunch or provide ‘freebies’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compromised reputation of the Admissions staff by late or disinterested groups, cancellations or delays, and perceived disorganization </li></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 33. Key To Successful College Visits <ul><li>Communicate: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wishes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Realistic Options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schedules & Details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes & Delays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback/Evaluation </li></ul></ul>
  31. 34. Tools to Improve College Visits <ul><li>Pre-Visit Logistics Form </li></ul><ul><li>Montana College Visit Information for GEAR UP Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Rotating Visit Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Pre- & Post-Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Tools are available at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For GEAR UP Schools” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ College Awareness” </li></ul></ul>
  32. 37. Montana College Visit Information for GU Groups
  33. 38. College Visit Logistics <ul><li>Date pre-planning began:______________________________ (please allow at least 4 weeks for group tours) </li></ul><ul><li>Information about the Group: </li></ul><ul><li>GEAR UP School:_________________________________ GU Contact:_________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Mailing Address: </li></ul><ul><li>Number of students in each grade planning to attend the college visit***: </li></ul><ul><li>7th grade = _____; 8th grade = _____; 9th = _____; 10th = _____; 11th = ______; 12th = ______ </li></ul><ul><li>Total number of students:_____________ ***If possible, bring groups of similar grades. </li></ul><ul><li># of Adult Chaperones ____________ Chaperones will be with the group at all times Yes No </li></ul><ul><li>Is this an overnight trip? Yes No If yes, where will you be staying?________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Visit Preparation:_________________________________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Has this group visited this campus before? Yes No If yes, date of visit:___________________ </li></ul><ul><li>What other colleges has this group visited?:_______________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations of the visit (what do you hope your students will learn/experience by visiting this campus?)_______________________________________________________________________ </li></ul>
  34. 39. Favorite Resources <ul><li>College 101 – Oklahoma State University website </li></ul><ul><li>Credit When Credit is Due – Curriculum for personal finance </li></ul><ul><li>The Kids’ College Almanac </li></ul><ul><li>College Success Guide </li></ul>
  35. 42. Books
  36. 44. MPSEOC
  37. 45. MPSEOC
  38. 46. MPSEOC
  39. 48. MPSEOC