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Junior planning night2011


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Junior planning night2011

  2. 2. Guidance Counselors Mark Tanguay (A-F) ______________________________________ Jo-Anne Gretemeyer (G-M) ______________________________________ Andrea Norton (N-Z) ______________________________________
  3. 3. Topics of Discussion <ul><li>Graduation Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>College Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance Packet for College </li></ul><ul><li>Class Rank </li></ul><ul><li>Time Line </li></ul><ul><li>The Application Process </li></ul><ul><li>Career Cruising </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid </li></ul>
  4. 4. Graduation Requirements <ul><li>CREDIT REQUIREMENTS </li></ul><ul><li>110 Credits Minimum </li></ul><ul><li>20 Credits in English </li></ul><ul><li>15 Credits in History </li></ul><ul><li>15-20 Credits in Math </li></ul><ul><li>15 Credits in Science </li></ul><ul><li>10 Credits in Phys. Ed. </li></ul><ul><li>Must earn 27.5 credits </li></ul><ul><li>each year including senior </li></ul><ul><li>year </li></ul><ul><li>COURSE REQUIREMENTS </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. History I </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. History II </li></ul><ul><li>MCAS REQUIREMENTS </li></ul><ul><li>Must Pass MCAS in ELA, </li></ul><ul><li>Math, and Science </li></ul>
  5. 5. College Requirements <ul><li>Plymouth North requirements PLUS: </li></ul><ul><li>Math – Completion of Algebra II </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Language – 2 Year Minimum, 3 Years Recommended </li></ul><ul><li>Specific Requirements of the College or the Major </li></ul><ul><li>SAT’s </li></ul><ul><li>a. SAT I (Reasoning Test) </li></ul><ul><li>b. SAT II (Subject Tests) </li></ul><ul><li>c. Students must send all scores to colleges through </li></ul><ul><li>d. Score Choice </li></ul>
  6. 6. Guidance Packet for College <ul><li>High School Transcript with Rank and GPA </li></ul><ul><li>Resume through Career Cruising (activities, volunteer work, awards/honors, work experience) </li></ul><ul><li>Counselor Recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>School Profile </li></ul>
  7. 7. Class Rank <ul><li>Plymouth Public Schools utilizes a weighted 4.0 scale where only core courses are included and only courses taken during the school day are considered. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Class Rank Grade Point Conversions
  9. 10. The Application Process <ul><li>Responsibility of the Student </li></ul><ul><li>Request recommendations from two teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain applications </li></ul><ul><li>Complete resume on Career Cruising </li></ul><ul><li>Complete application with essay & application Fee and send to colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Have parent complete Records Release Form </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Transcript Request Card for each College and Submit to Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Send SAT Scores to Colleges </li></ul>
  10. 11. The Application Process <ul><li>Responsibility of the Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Review Transcript and Options with Student </li></ul><ul><li>Write Letter of Recommendation if requested or required </li></ul><ul><li>Compile and Mail Packages to all Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Mail Mid-Year Reports to Schools Requested by Student </li></ul><ul><li>Send Final Transcript to School of Choice </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Login Information </li></ul><ul><li>username: plymouth </li></ul><ul><li>password: north </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio Login </li></ul><ul><li>Special Tools – Resume Builder </li></ul><ul><li>Careers </li></ul><ul><li>Schools - School Selector, Planning Timeline, & Financial Aid </li></ul>
  12. 13. An Overview of College Financing
  13. 14. What is Financial Aid? <ul><li>Grants, scholarships </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free gifts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Need based aid vs. merit aid </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do not have to be repaid </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> Loans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Money that must be repaid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Borrowed by student, parent, or both </li></ul></ul><ul><li> Work Study </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Money student is given the opportunity </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to earn </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 15. The Forms You Need to Know <ul><li>Free Application for Federal Student Aid </li></ul><ul><li>(FAFSA) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Required by all colleges for Federal and State aid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get PIN early (both parents and students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free form </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PROFILE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some colleges need this for institutional aid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paid form ($25 to register, $16 per school) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Institutional Application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One per school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually part of admissions packet </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Vocabulary <ul><li>COA = Cost of Attendance - Includes tuition, room, board, fees, books, supplies, transportation, personal expenses </li></ul><ul><li>EFC = Expected family contribution - Measure of what a family is expected to contribute over a year </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Need (Eligibility) = Difference between COA and EFC </li></ul>
  16. 17. Cost of Attendance (COA) - Expected Family Contribution (EFC) __________________________ = Financial Aid Eligibility/Family Need Financial Aid Formula
  17. 18. Federal Methodology <ul><li>Must file FAFSA </li></ul><ul><li>Uses both parent and student information </li></ul><ul><li>Used to award all financial aid </li></ul>T axes # in college As sets # in family Income The Financial Aid Funnel EFC
  18. 19. <ul><li>Past Income </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Savings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College Savings Plans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Present Income </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Salary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Payment Plans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Future Income </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loan Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See the Guide to Borrowing </li></ul></ul>How Do I Pay My Balance?
  19. 20. Financial Aid Resources <ul><li>MEFA – Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>FAFSA4CASTER – calculators/estimators </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 21. Senior Year Evenings <ul><li>Senior Planning Night - Fall </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid Night - Fall </li></ul><ul><li>Local Scholarship & Parent Awareness Night - Spring </li></ul>
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