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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

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Martin Grasmeyer
Department Chair
Nick DeKoster
Renée Hartman
Joelle Williams
Vicki Fischer
Admin. Assistant

GRCHS Counseling Department
JUNIOR PARENT NIGHT
January 5, 2017
HOW IMPORTANT ARE TEST SCORES?
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS
The ACT or the SAT?
The ACT and the SAT are both national tests for college admissions
All colleges recognize and accept BOTH tests
; students should take the test that gives them the best chance for admissions and scholarships
NOTE: The SAT is the ONLY test used for eligibility for Michigan Competitive Scholarships and State Grants
ACT
55% of students increase by 1 or 2 points

22% of students have no change

23% of students decrease
SAT
55% of students increase by 10 - 30 points

10% of students have no change

35% of students decrease
Most colleges require that your test scores be sent directly from the testing company (i.e. ACT or College Board)
Students can send their scores to 4 colleges every time they register
Students may send additional scores DIRECTLY from the testing agency (i.e. ACT or College Board)
www.collegeboard.org
www.actstudent.org
ACT & SAT:
RETESTING
Important Testing Info:
THE AGENDA
College Entrance Exams & Test Prep
Post Graduate Planning
Paying for College
Timelines
Parent's Role
Q & A
Breakout Sessions
2 Year College, Transfer, Career
Building the College List
Gap Year
Selective College Admissions
NCAA Eligibility
COLLEGE
ENTRANCE
EXAMS
PREPARATION
TEST
TEST PREP
Did you take a test prep course (or private tutoring) for the ACT or SAT?
DATA FROM CLASS OF 2012
If YES, do you feel it helped?
POST
GRADUATE
PLANNING
POST SECONDARY OPTIONS
Career Training Schools

Military

Military Academies

Apprenticeships

Gap Year

Work

College: 2 year & 4 year
COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGES
Lower Tuition

Small Setting

Improve Academic Record

Learn a Trade

Rolling Admissions

2 + 2 Option
COLLEGE MATCH
"Picking a college is like picking a spouse. You don't pick the '
top ranked
' one, because that has no meaning. You pick the one with the personality and character that complements your own."
MYTH:
THE PERFECT COLLEGE
There is no ONE perfect college. There are several perfect colleges that best meet your needs.

The general level of quality in colleges has risen significantly over the past decades.

For most employers, the name of the college is not as significant as a student's success in college.

The key question is NOT, "is X a good college?"

Rather, the questions is, "is X a good college for me?"
FAMILY
CONNECTION
FAMILY CONNECTION
Comprehensive website that you and your child can use to help in making plans for college and careers

Counselors also use this site (called Naviance) to track and analyze data about colleges and career plans

Family Connection also lets us share information with you and your child about upcoming meetings and events, scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information
FAMILY CONNECTION:

Complete Interest Inventories, Personality Assessments, etc.
Research Career Clusters, specific occupations, & college majors
Research Colleges and Build a College List
Sign up to Meet with visiting College Reps
Track College Applications
Request & Send Transcripts and Teacher Recommendations
STUDENTS WILL USE IT TO...
FAMILY CONNECTION:
VISIT THE COUNSELOR'S WEBSITE
: counselors.grcs.org
Click the
FAMILY CONNECTION
Button
Each student will use the same log-in information that they use for NetClassroom


PARENTS
: You may have received a
6-digit code
linking you to your student's account
On your first visit, enter the code in the "NEW USER" box ("I need to register")
Follow the onscreen instructions
On subsequent visits, sign in using the "RETURNING USER" box.
Use our EMAIL as your log on and the password you set-up on your first visit

If you have NOT received a 6-digit log-in code, email Vicki Fischer at vfischer@grcs.org, and she will email this information.
HOW IS IT ACCESSED?
FAMILY CONNECTION:
COLLEGE PLANING
FAMILY CONNECTION:
COLLEGE COMPARE
FAMILY CONNECTION:
SCATTERGRAM (MSU)
FAMILY CONNECTION:
TRACK COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
FAMILY CONNECTION:
EXPLORE CAREERS
FAMILY CONNECTION:
PERSONALITY & INTEREST INVENTORIES
WHAT ARE COLLEGES LOOKING FOR?
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
THE
APPLICATION
PROCESS
THE APPLICATION:
APPLICATION DEADLINES VARY
Be aware that deadlines vary depending on the school & program to which you are applying
THE APPLICATION:
TYPES OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
THE APPLICATION:
APPLICATION FEES
MANY COLLEGES CHARGE A FEE FOR YOUR APPLICATION
GRCC, Davenport & Calvin* - FREE!
Hope College - $35
Michigan State - $50
University of Michigan - $75
Fee Waivers available; see your Counselor
THE APPLICATION:
SENIOR YEAR TIMETABLE
SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 1


DECEMBER - APRIL


MAY 1
Send out applications


Complete Financial Aid Forms
Ponder a decision based on letters of acceptance

Colleges require a final decision and/or deposit
THE APPLICATION:
APPLICATIONS ARE SOARING
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
18,122 applications
14,969 freshman admitted
Acceptance: 82%
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
31,479 applications
21,620 freshman admitted
Acceptance: 68%
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
46,813 applications
15,570 freshman admitted
Acceptance: 33%
THE APPLICATION:
COLLEGES ARE MORE SELECTIVE
Applications up 60% since 2002; however, average number of enrolled students has not changed significantly.
THE APPLICATION:
NCAA ELIGIBILITY
DI & DII SPORTS
Register Online:
eligibilitycenter.org

Notify Guidance Department

Print RELEASE FORM

More Information in the BREAKOUT SESSION
PAYING FOR COLLEGE
FINANCIAL AID:
WHAT IS FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID?

GRANTS
Grants are called
gift aid
. Come from federal and state governments and from colleges. Most are need based - usually given based on your or your family’s financial circumstances.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Also gift aid. Come from governments, colleges and private organizations. May be awarded for academics, athletics, interest in a certain subject, volunteer work, etc.

WORK STUDY PROGRAMS
The Federal Work-Study Program offers paid part-time jobs to help students pay for part of their college cost.

LOAN PROGRAMS
A loan must be paid back with an extra charge called interest. The federal government offers low-interest loans to students with financial need. Other lenders charge more interest.
PAYING FOR COLLEGE NIGHTS
(FREE APPLICATION for FEDERAL STUDENT AID)
fafsa.ed.gov
Core document to apply for financial aid
CSS Profile (required for certain colleges)

fafsa4caster.ed.gov
A tool to use to give high school juniors & their families an early jump on how much federal aid they can expect from college
FINANCIAL AID:
STUDENT AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
Most student aid comes in the form of
FEDERAL EDUCATION LOANS (Need based & determined by FAFSA)
GRANTS (Need based & determined by FAFSA)
Automatic SCHOLARSHIPS (Merit based & determined by colleges)
Other Scholarships (Merit or Need based & students apply)
Federal Work Study (Need based & eligibility determined by FAFSA)
FINANCIAL AID:
NET-PRICE CALCULATORS
College specific
Online tools provide students with early, individualized estimates of college costs & financial aid

NET PRICE:
= FULL COST OF ATTENDANCE - GRANT AID
=AMOUNT STUDENTS / FAMILIES HAVE TO EARN, SAVE or BORROW

The timing is key!
Students and their families can use NPCs
before deciding where to apply
.
FINANCIAL AID:
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE THROUGH GRCHS
RAINBOW FOUNDATION
Calvin College
GPA: 3.7+
ACT: 25+
Servant Leadership
$2,500
4-year renewable

MARY ANN GUNDY FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Major or minor in foreign language
$1,000
FINANCIAL AID:
BEWARE OF SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS
Be wary of any financial aid search company that charges a FEE to match students with sources of financial aid.

For additional information on scams:
ftc.gov/scholarshipscams
PARENT'S
ROLE
JUNIOR PARENT / STUDENT CONFERENCE
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Counselors will be available from 8AM to 2PM for a 45-50 minute personal college planning conference

APPOINTMENT TIMES
WEEKLY: Monday - Friday
MONTHLY: November - April
TIMES: 8AM - 2PM

Call Vickie Fischer at 574-5651 or email at vfischer@grcs.org to schedule an appointment
CONFERENCE DETAILS
Graduation audit
College planning
Standardized testing
Financial aid information
College selection process
Helpful hints & advice
College handbook resource
PLAN COLLEGE VISITS
Take a campus tour
Visit classes and talk to professors
Interview admissions officers
Talk with current college students
Visit the dorms / library / cafeteria
Take pictures!
Class of 2016 averaged 3 visits per student
All schools have visit options on their website
JUNIOR YEAR Timeline
Register for the Feb or June ACT
Evaluate which test (ACT or SAT) is best for you and schedule a second test
Schedule a Junior Parent/Student Conference with your Counselor
Research and begin the college search
Attend a "Build a College List" workshop during lunch break
Attend the National College Fair at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids
March 28, 2017
Begin college visits
Register for College Essay Writing Workshop (Summer Session)
Register for ACT Prep Workshop (Summer Session)
Register and retake the
ACT
or
SAT

TIPS FOR PARENTS
Do not buy the college bumper sticker until your child has been accepted
Parents should GUIDE not STEER
Talk openly and honestly about finances
Reassure them throughout the process that you are proud of them regardless of the outcome
Discuss the impact that social media could have on getting in to college
in a recent NACAC report, 26% of colleges reported that they used search engines and social media to research prospective students
In Summary
IMPORTANT NOTES
Please complete an evaluation of our presentation
Available on FAMILY CONNECTION
"About Me" tab

Financial Aid Night
Juniors & Junior Parents
Wednesday, January 20
Lower Town Square 6:30 pm
GOD'S BLESSINGS AS YOU
NAVIGATE THE COLLEGE PATH!
-GRCHS Counselors
"For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose."
Philippians 2:13
JOHN ZOERHOFF MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
2 or 4 year college
Community service
Personally affected by cancer
OR intend to pursue a career in the medical field
$1,000
Recommended for highly selective schools
Different than SAT, but same test dates
Hour-long (you can take up to three each test period)
Offered in most subject areas, including world languages (20 total)
Used to compliment your application and showcase your achievements

http://connection.naviance.com/grchs
Data from class of 2014
A good match...
Academic Fit
How do you match academically?
Campus Culture Fit
What type of school is good is a good fit for you?
Financial Fit
What do you know about the cost?
Do you know the NET price vs. sticker price?
Breakout Sessions
2 Year College, Transfer, Career (2nd session)
Building a College List (1st & 2nd session)
Gap Year (1st session)
Selective College Admissions (1st & 2nd session)
College Athletics & NCAA Eligibility (1st session)
all test dates available @ http://counselors.grcs.org
ACT & SAT fee waivers available in counseling office
www.fairtest.org
TEST OPTIONAL COLLEGES
SAT Subject Tests
NEw!
Senior Orientation
Mandatory meeting for all seniors before school resumes
Review College Application Process
Run through the Common Application (if applicable)

tasks for students to complete
interactive maps
ACADEMIC FIT
AUGUST
Senior Orientation
college research
Use your scores
: a quick look
SCHOOL DAY Testing:
March 1- Official SAT test
Accommodations offered to qualifying students
Registration will take place at school
Free for your student
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
grfoundation.org/scholarshiplist
Roger B. Chaffee - Engineering & Science
rogerbchaffeescholarship.org
Mary Jane Dockeray - Math & Science
gvsu.edu/rmsc/mary-jane-dockeray-scholarship-10.htm
Lake Michigan Credit Union Hutt Scholarship
LMCU.org/Hutt
Focus on LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS
MORE & MORE STUDENTS ARE USING:
ROLLING ADMISSIONS:
the earlier you apply, the earlier you find out
large window of time in which to apply
EARLY DECISION:
earlier application deadline (Nov 1 or earlier)
binding!
not a good idea if you want to compare financial aid packages
EARLY ACTION:
earlier application deadline (Nov 1 or earlier)
receive early notification
non-binding
slightly higher acceptance rates
REGULAR DECISION (usually Jan/Feb deadlines)
How many applications
should students submit?
YOU send scores to colleges
Paying for College
Please refer to your handout:
National testing dates
FAQ's
ACT & SAT Comparison
Retesting
Accommodations
Test Preparation Resources
PSAT SCORES ARE IN...NOW WHAT?
Test Prep options can be found:
Tonight's Handout
counselors.grcs.org - Testing - Test Prep
*Counselors recommend:
taking the preferred test at least twice
using test prep resources prior to testing
Summer Session Test Prep - June or August

check your email for great resources
all students should create a College Board account for individualized score info and preparation
Individualized testing plans
will be made with students during Scheduling in February
WE WILL RESEND YOUR PERSONAL LOG-IN TOMORROW ALONG WITH EACH PRESENTATION FROM TONIGHT
March
: event for all students and parents

September
: event for 12th grade students and parents (
will include how to complete FAFSA
)
complete in October of you student's senior year
use now to estimate financial aid
TIMELINES
Students are the drivers in this process
This a partnership: student, parent & counselor
We help market and advocate for our students
The end result is all about the FIT!
Sticker Price vs. Net Price

Senior Year Timeline
Attend summer session test prep workshop (August)
Re-take ACT or SAT (August-October for early deadlines and October-December for regular deadlines or scholarships)
Attend mandatory senior parent/student workshop (PM event in late August)
Individual counselor/student meetings
Begin/submit college applications (August-December)
Send ACT or SAT scores to colleges
Attend college representative meetings during lunch
Visit colleges
Complete the FAFSA (October) and CSS profile if needed
Search for scholarships and send in applications
May 1 - College Decision Day (enroll deadline and deposit due)
1st Session (7:30-7:55 pm)
1. Building a College List (Garage)
2. Selective College Admissions (Room 224)
3. Gap Year (Room 223)
4. College Athletics (room 232)
2nd Session (8 - 8:25 pm)
1. Building a College List (Garage)
2. Selective College Admissions (Room 224)
3. 2-year College, Transfer, Career (room 232)
Counselors at GRCHS provide a comprehensive program to prepare all students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society.
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