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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

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

GRCHS counseling Department
PREPARING FOR COLLEGE
GRCHS: JUNIOR PARENT NIGHT
January 5, 2016

HOW IMPORTANT ARE TEST SCORES?
Percentage of colleges attributing different levels of importance to factors in the admission decision (2011)
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

The SAT is the ONLY test used for eligibility for Michigan Competitive Scholarships and 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
ACT & SAT:
SENDING SCORES TO COLLEGES
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
ACT/SAT Registration for National Test Dates
Juniors must register for one of the following test dates:
Feb. 6 - Deadline Jan. 8
April 9 - Deadline March 4
June 11 - Deadline May 6
Register at www.actstudent.org

REGISTRATION ASSISTANCE OFFERED to STUDENTS

You will need:
Student picture ID
4 colleges
Choose ACT or ACT plus writing
THE AGENDA
College Entrance Exams
Test Preparation
Post Graduate Planning
Family Connection
The Application Process
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Q & A
Breakout Sessions
Selective Colleges
Gap Year Experiences
NCAA Eligibility
COLLEGE
ENTRANCE
EXAMS
PREPARATION
TEST
TYPES OF TEST PREP
1. SELF-HELP MATERIALS
manuals, practice tests, books, etc. (available in the counseling office)
2. ONLINE RESOURCES
ACT Online (actstudent.org)
SAT Online (collegboard.org)
Khan Academy (khanacademy.org)
number2.com
3. PRACTICE TESTS

ACT
PSAT
Princeton Review practice tests
4. COMMERCIAL TEST PREP
davenport.edu/actprep - select Saturdays, $50+
calvin.edu/go/precollege - ACT tutoring @ Calvin
Grand Rapids Sylvan Learning Center (sylvanlearning.com)
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
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
FINANCIAL
AID +
SCHOLARSHIPS
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.
FINANCIAL AID:
FINANCIAL PLANNING NIGHT
FINANCIAL AID:
FAFSA
(FREE APPLICATION for FEDERAL STUDENT AID)
fafsa.ed.gov
Core document to apply for financial aid

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
Online tools provide students with early, individualized estimates of college costs & financial aid
Required on all college websites as of October 29, 2011

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
WHERE DO
WE GO
FROM HERE
?
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 2015 averaged 3 visits per student
All schools have visit options on their website
JUNIOR YEAR CHECKLIST
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 the National College Fair at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids
March 23, 2016
Begin college visits
Register for College Essay Writing Workshop (June Term)
Register for ACT Prep Workshop (June Term)
Register and retake the
ACT
or
SAT
(if necessary)
TIPS FOR PARENTS
Do not buy the college bumper sticker until your child has been accepted
Parents should GUIDE not STEER
Discuss college choices with your child
Participate when appropriate
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
JUST REMEMBER....
There is a college out there for everyone!
As difficult as it may be, parents are now supporting actors in a play where the student is the STAR!
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
Selective College Admissions
- stay here
Gap Year
- writing lab
NCAA Eligibility - Rm. 224
all test prep can be found @: http://counselors.grcs.org
all test dates available @ http://counselors.grcs.org
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
goodness of fit:
academic
ACADEMIC FIT
AUGUST
Senior Orientation
college research
Use your scores
: a quick look
goodness of fit:
campus culture
goodness of fit:
campus culture
goodness of fit:
campus culture
lists
goodness of fit:
culture & academic
School Day Testing:
March 2 - Official new redesigned SAT test
Accommodations offered to qualifying students
Registration will take place at school
Free
SAT test dates:
March 2 - GRCHS
May 2 - Deadline April 6
June 6 - Deadline May 8
Register at sat.org/register
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:
Financial Aid: Online Resources
FEDERAL AID:
Studentaid.ed.gov
or 1-800-4Fedaid
This is the 1st stop for students and parents.

Michigan Student Aid:
Michigan.gov/ssg

Information about Michigan student scholarships and grants, Michigan Competitive Scholarship, planning for college, Michigan public and private institutions, and much more.

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?
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