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The A B C’S Of College

  1. 1. The A-B-C’s of College and Financial Aid
  2. 2. A = <ul><li>APPLICATIONS & </li></ul><ul><li>ADMISSIONS </li></ul>
  3. 3. HIGH SCHOOL <ul><li>Take rigorous courses </li></ul><ul><li>Take electives in an area of interest </li></ul><ul><li>VOLUNTEER </li></ul><ul><li>Job shadow </li></ul><ul><li>Be active in clubs and organizations </li></ul>
  4. 4. TESTING <ul><li>SAT </li></ul><ul><li>ACT </li></ul><ul><li>THEA / Accuplacer </li></ul><ul><li>Take the practice tests PLAN/PSAT the 10 th and 11 th grade year </li></ul>
  5. 5. APPLY <ul><li>4 yr Universities – no later than November 1 st </li></ul><ul><li>Exception – Texas Tech, Texas A&M, UT – Sept. 1 st </li></ul><ul><li>Community Colleges & Technical Schools – January </li></ul><ul><li>Ask about application fees! </li></ul>
  6. 6. B= <ul><li>BUDGETING </li></ul>
  7. 7. How much does college cost? <ul><li>College Costs from College for All Texans </li></ul>Check out this website from www.collegeforalltexans.com for updated information about college costs in Texas
  8. 8. Types of Aid <ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Loans </li></ul><ul><li>Work/Study </li></ul>
  9. 9. SCHOLARSHIPS <ul><li>Merit based or need based </li></ul><ul><li>Announced – Posted – Applications in the Counselor’s office </li></ul><ul><li>Search the web </li></ul><ul><li>Ask in the Financial Aid office </li></ul>
  10. 10. GRANTS <ul><li>FAFSA – based on ’09 income taxes </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL COST $25,000 </li></ul><ul><li>EFC -10,000 </li></ul><ul><li>eligibility for aid $15,000 </li></ul>
  11. 11. C= <ul><li>Choosing a </li></ul><ul><li>College </li></ul>
  12. 12. Is your child ready for college? <ul><li>Test Scores and High School Grades </li></ul><ul><li>Study habits – time management </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Course selection </li></ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Prepare a college comparison checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Weigh advantages & disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the office of admission </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule appointments for your campus visits </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Meet with an admission counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Verify admission requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Determine actual college costs </li></ul><ul><li>Ask about financial aid opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Take a campus tour </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate your academic program(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Attend a class </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with students and faculty </li></ul>
  15. 16. Things to Compare <ul><li>Majors & educational programs </li></ul><ul><li>Type of school & degrees offered </li></ul><ul><li>Admission policy </li></ul><ul><li>Location & size </li></ul><ul><li>Costs & financial aid </li></ul><ul><li>College affiliation & accreditation </li></ul><ul><li>Campus activities </li></ul><ul><li>Support services </li></ul>
  16. 17. The Internet information is great… but NOTHING beats a campus visit!
  17. 18. D= <ul><li>Deciding on </li></ul><ul><li>a Major </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want to be when you grow up? </li></ul>
  18. 19. How to help your child consider career possibilities <ul><li>STEP 1 – Analyze your child </li></ul><ul><li> - personality style </li></ul><ul><li> - interests </li></ul><ul><li> - abilities </li></ul>
  19. 20. STEP 2 <ul><li>Explain salaries and cost of living </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cdr.state.tx.us/RealityCheck </li></ul>
  20. 21. STEP 3 <ul><li>Investigate Careers </li></ul><ul><li> - education needed </li></ul><ul><li> - typical day </li></ul><ul><li> - salary </li></ul><ul><li> - pros/cons </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.virtualjobshadow.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.careercruising.com/ </li></ul>
  21. 22. STEP 4 <ul><li>Investigate educational programs </li></ul><ul><li>- colleges and universities </li></ul><ul><li>- training programs </li></ul><ul><li>- technical schools </li></ul><ul><li>- apprenticeships </li></ul>
  22. 23. CHANGES <ul><li>Keep in mind that this generation will probably change CAREERS at least 4 times before retirement! </li></ul>
  23. 24. GET MOVING… It’s never too early to start talking and looking.
  24. 25. Need any help? <ul><li>Feel free to contact us: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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