Lets talk about your plans for after High School
Lets talk about life after High SchoolChoosing a CareerGoing to School after High SchoolGetting into CollegePaying for School
Take a look at:Your interestsYour skillsYour career goals
Focus on information thatPertains to your personalityRepresents the lifestyle you wantReflects the goals you have set for yourself
Assure yourselfVolunteer in a related fieldWork part timeJob Shadow for a day or twoDo an internship once youre in school
Choosing a CareerLearn More about Yourself
Choosing a CareerLearn More about YourselfCareer Interest AssessmentSkills Confidence AssessmentWork Values Assessment
Begin your career portfoliohttp://www.planningyourdreams.orgUser name and passwordAsk counselor for N CodeTennessee College and Career Planning System
Going to School after High SchoolThe best school is the one that fits you!
Type of school- Public vs. Private- 2-year vs. 4 year- Technical School
Location- urban, rural, big town- large vs. small
Size of school -how many students
Cost and financial aid
Going to CollegeWhat should you be looking for?Top Ten Reasons NOT to Choose a CollegeYour boyfriend/girlfriend is going thereYour best friend is going thereIts a party schoolYou decided in the 7th grade that you wanted to go thereYour mom and dad are alumniIt has a good football teamYour school counselor told you to pick itThe school is prestigiousThe tuition is lowIt looks good in the guidebook
Going to CollegeWhat can you do now?Attend college fairs or meet with college representatives during visits to your school
Research Scholarships- internet- employer- bank- churches/social organizations
Research Colleges- internet- campus visits
Going to College
Begin your college search by viewing virtual tours of over 1,300 college campuses!
Going to School after High SchoolThe Campus Visit Call ahead and schedule the visitWear comfortable shoesTake notes about the collegeTalk to students while you are on campusTry to meet with a faculty member in majorSit in on a freshman level classCheck out the residence hallsEat in the dining hallRead the campus newspaperCheck out campus bulletin boardsASK QUESTIONS!Make the most of your visit!
Going to School After High SchoolThe Campus Visit
Questions to AskAre there tutoring services available on campus?What are the library hours?How safe is the campus?Are there athletic programs offered?Are professors accessible outside of class?What percentage of students receive financial aid?
Are there academic scholarships available through the school?What is the cost of attendance?Do most students participate in a meal plan?What types of social groups are available?Are you required to live on campus your first year?How can I get involved on campus?
Getting into CollegeWhat do colleges look for in an applicant?GradesStandardized Test ScoresExtracurricular ActivitiesApplication EssayLetters of RecommendationChallenging Schedule
Getting into CollegeThe Admissions ProcessThe ACT and SAT (entrance exams)
Retake ACT or SAT during senior year- http://www.actstudent.org- http://www.collegeboard.org
Check with the School Counseling Office for registration packets and dates
Ask the Admissions Office about details (which test to take, what score you need, etc)
Getting into CollegeThe Admissions ProcessThe APPLICATIONDeadlines some as early as Nov. 1 (this varies depending on the school)
Available online (college website), school counseling office, admissions office- http://www.commonapp.org, if permitted
Find out from the college what to include:- recommendations- portfolio- essay- transcripts- resume- test scores (ACT/SAT)
Getting into CollegeThe Admissions ProcessWhat other applications do I need?- Housing- Scholarships- Special programs (honors, etc.)
Dont forget- Application fee or fee waiver- Additional transcripts- Earlier deadlines
Getting into School after High SchoolDONT WAIT!!!
MEET ALL DEADLINES!!!
Paying for CollegeFinancial AidMONEY that assists students and families in funding their college education
Financial Aid TermsCOAEFC FAFSA PIN SAR Grant/Scholarship Loan Verification
COA Cost Of AttendanceEFC Expected Family ContributionFAFSA Free Application for Federal Student AidPin# - a four digit number combined w/ (name, social security number. & Date of Birth) to identify you.SAR Student Aid Report a summary of information submitted on your FAFSA.Grant/Scholarship student funds that do not have to be repaid.Loan borrowed money that MUST be repaid with interest.Verification a process where schools confirm the data reported on your FAFSA. (30% of population must be verified)
16Paying for CollegeFinancial Aid: Gift AidGrantsFederal- Pell Grant $5,550 max(Valid EFC of $5273 or less)- SEOGState- Tennessee Student Assistance AwardInstitutionalPrivate
Money you do NOT have to pay back!
Tennessee Student Assistance AwardAward Amounts for 2013-20144 yr / 2 yr private - $4,0004 yr public - $2,0002 yr public - $1,300TN College of Applied Technology- $1,000
Application Deadline: ASAP after Jan. 1Valid EFC of $2,100 or less TN residentAmounts can be adjusted by financial aid officeReturning college award recipients will be awarded money first, then students with $0 EFC
Paying for CollegeFinancial Aid: Gift AidScholarshipsState- Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program- Ned McWherter Scholars Program: $6,000 award. Minimum 3.5 GPA & Minimum 29 ACTInstitutionalEach school has an individual list of scholarshipsPrivateBusiness (Wal-Mart, Target, or Office Depot etc)Professional OrganizationsSororities/Fraternities/Church/Work
Apply for all you are eligible!
Paying for CollegeFinancial Aid: Gift AidTennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Programhttp://www.tn.gov/CollegePaysApply for the lottery scholarship by filling out the FAFSATennessee HOPE Scholarship- $4,000/year - 4 year OR- $2,000/year 2 year
Score 21 ACT (980 SAT)OREarn 3.0 weighted overall grade point average (GPA).
Paying for CollegeFinancial Aid: Gift AidGeneral Assembly Merit ScholarshipAdditional $1,000/year to HOPE Scholars who meet ALL of the following higher academic requirements:
Qualify for the Tennessee HOPE scholarshipEarn 3.75 weighted overall GPA (Your extra points for Honors and AP can count here.)Score 29 ACT (1280 SAT)
Aspire AwardAdditional $1,500/year to HOPE Scholars who meet ALL of the following income requirements:
You must qualify for the HOPE ScholarshipYou (if youre independent) or your parents must have an adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less.
Paying for CollegeFinancial Aid: Gift AidTennessee HOPE Access GrantIf you dont qualify for the HOPE Scholarship but you meet other academic and income requirements, you may be eligible for this one-time only award.Earn 2.75 weighted overall GPAANDScore 18-20 ACT (860-970 SAT)ANDHave parents or independent students yearly income $36,000 or less- $2,750/year 4 year OR- $1,750/year 2 year
The grant is not renewable but you can apply for a Tennessee Hope Scholarship after youve attempted 24 college credit hours and earned a cumulative 2.75 college GPA.
Paying for CollegeFinancial Aid: Gift AidWilder-Naifeh Technical Skills GrantOffers up to $2,000/year (no more than the cost of attendance) to any full-time student pursuing a certificate or diploma at a Tennessee Technology Center. (Students can enroll part-time but their award will be pro-rated.) There is no ACT or GPA requirement.
Paying for CollegeFinancial Aid: Self-Help AidEmploymentFederal Work StudyCampus Employment
LoansFederal PerkinsDirect LoansParent (PLUS) LoanInstitutional LoansAlternative LoansGraduate PLUS
Paying for CollegeFinancial Aid: How do I apply?College or UniversityInstitutional Aid
Other sources of aidOutside scholarships and loans
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student AidPell GrantSEOGWork StudyPerkins LoanStafford LoanState Aid Programs (Lottery)
Paying for CollegeFAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student AidWhenApply after January 1 of senior year of high school and each subsequent year
Howhttp://www.fafsa.govRegister for PIN early http://www.pin.ed.gov
RememberMust reapplyPriority deadlinesKeep copies of everythingParents/students should estimate if they file their taxes late!!!
AssistanceCollege Goal Sunday
Paying for CollegeHow does the FAFSA work?Students will get the Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail with their Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
Helps to package:Pell grantSEOGState grants Work StudyPerkins loanCost of Attendance (COA)Stafford loan- Expected Family Contribution (EFC)= Financial NEED
Paying for CollegeFinancial Aid: The Award LetterBased on FAFSA and results of college aid applicationsYou will receive an award letter from the college detailing all the aid you have receivedMust individually accept and/or deny all parts of the award packageReturn to the college by deadlineMay include other formsWork Study ApplicationLoan Application (Master Promissory Note)
Paying for CollegeFollow up with your financial aid officer!
Lets ReviewFall of your Senior Year
Start EarlyRequest information from schoolsVisit campuses and attend Open House programsBegin requesting application informationRetake ACT or SAT Search for scholarshipsMeet all deadlinesAsk questionsComplete your applications
Lets ReviewSpring of your Senior YearFill out the FAFSA in JanuaryComplete any remaining paperwork with your college(s) (including your award letter)Return your intent to enroll to your school of choice (usually May 1)
Lets ReviewSummer before you enroll
Attend New Student OrientationFinish any last minute details with your schoolGet Ready!!!
Top 5 things to learn before you go off to college:1. Laundry
2. Balance a checkbook
4. Keep track of assignments
5. Take notes
Lets ReviewAfter you enroll
Talk to career services for guidanceTake advantage of internships in your field of interestGet practical experiences in your major (do I really want to do this?)Get involved on campus to help ease the transition from high school to collegeALWAYS ASK FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT!
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