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Transcript of CESDA CAP
The Colorado Educational Services and
CESDA SUCCESS IS UP TO YOU! About the Presenters Value of College Selecting a College Applying to College Financial Aid Student Services “Knowledge is the food of the soul.” - Plato Increased earning potential
Less likely to be unemployed
More career choices
Life changing experiences
Transition into adulthood The Value of a College Education Education Pays! High School
Diploma Lifetime Earnings Associate's Degree Bachelor's Degree Master's Degree + Source: U.S. Census Bureau $1.2 Million Dollars $1.6 Million Dollars $2.1 Million Dollars $2.7 Million Dollars
$4.0 Million Dollars (Ph.D.) Community/Junior
Proprietary or for-profit Types of Colleges Differences Between 2-Year and 4-Year Colleges 2-Year 4-year Craig Leadville Canon City Durango Cortez Longmont Fort Collins Ft. Lupton Sterling Ft. Morgan Greeley Trinidad La Junta Lamar Pueblo Colorado Springs Denver Glenwood Springs Rangeley 2-Year College Map
of Colorado Durango Alamosa Gunnison Pueblo Colorado Springs Grand Junction Boulder Ft. Collins Denver Greeley 4-Year College & University
Map of Colorado What to Look for in a College?? Academic Strengths (of you and the institution)
Environment / Culture
Cost / Financial Aid
Public / Private
Extracurricular Activities Two Year Colleges Four Year Colleges/Universities There are other Private institutions that specialize in other fields Small School? Public? Private? In-State/ Out-of-State Community College? Big School? Know the differences between your choices... Have all of your grades and materials ready remember these small steps... Admissions Selectivity Classifications Highly Selective Selective Moderately Selective Open Enrollment **Moderately to highly selective public institutions base admission
on ACT or SAT scores and GPA or Class Rank** 6 to 25% Acceptance rate
(Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Yale) About a 25-40 % Acceptance Rate
(University of Denver, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado College, etc...) 45-86 % Acceptance Rate
(Colorado State University, CU-Boulder, UNC etc...) Community Colleges, some technical/vocational schools Admissions Standards Policy
**Two units of ESL English may count for HEAR requirements when combined with two units of successfully completed college preparatory English.
***College-preparatory ESL mathematics/science courses that include content and academic rigor/level comparable to other acceptable courses may satisfy HEAR requirements.
****Acceptable Academic Electives include additional courses in English, mathematics, natural/physical sciences and social sciences, foreign languages, art, music, journalism, drama, computer science, honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate courses, and appropriate CTE courses. pg. 13 *Applies only to 4-year public institutions CCHE Requirements (HEAR) *Applies only to 4-year public institutions Colorado Commission on Higher Education 1. pg. 5 Start Early! Timeline for Admission
- Juniors - Review your transcript 2. Take ACT/SAT tests Visit College Campuses and Websites 3. Attend College Fairs and Info Sessions 4. Begin to Narrow Your Search 5. Research Pre-College and Dual Credit/AP Opportunities 6. Search and Apply for Scholarships 7. Apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) 8. Read and use the CESDA Directory! 9. 1. pg. 5 Start Early! Timeline for Admission
- Seniors - Determine Admission Deadlines 2. Re-take ACT/SAT tests (if Needed) Prepare Essays and Letters of Rec. 3. Submit Applications BY deadlines! 4. Apply for Financial Aid/Scholarships 5. Keep in good contact with College Representatives 6. Continue to utilize the CESDA Directory 7. Meet or Beat ALL Deadlines! 8. *This is the general cost for students attending 2-year public schools in CO, living with family (or student housing), according to costs listed in the Colorado Collegiate Handbook. Total $9,994* Room and Board (10 months) $6,100 Books and Supplies $1,163 Tuition and Fees $2,731 2-Year Community College/Junior College
One Academic Year College Costs (Full Time) Loans
Grants Self-Help Aid – MONEY BORROWED OR EARNED Gift Aid = FREE MONEY Types of Financial Aid
pg. 15 *This is the general cost for students attending 4-year public schools in CO, living with family (or student housing), according to costs listed in the Colorado Collegiate Handbook. 4-Year Public College/University
One Academic Year Total $21,643* Room and Board (10 months) $8,809 Books and Supplies $1,348 Tuition and Fees $11,486 College Costs (Full Time) www.fafsa.ed.gov First Step to Applying for Financial Aid Available every January 1st – apply early!
Online application is fastest
Processed in 72 hours
Student and one parent need to get Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) to sign application electronically at www.pin.ed.gov.
Parent and student information required:
Social security numbers, drivers license numbers
Records of money earned last year, tax returns, bank statements, etc.
Complete FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
Can list up to 10 colleges or universities
Apply annually by priority deadline for each college!
BEWARE of any service that requires you to pay a fee to submit . your FREE application How to Submit the FAFSA FAFSA
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) * 23 years old or older (defined by date on FAFSA)
*Married / or has legal dependents
*An orphan / or ward of the court / or homeless
*A veteran of the U.S. Armed Services
*A graduate / or professional student *Parental information is required on the FAFSA each year,
unless a student is: *APPLY EACH YEAR BY PRIORITY DEALINE! Pays a portion of total in-state tuition per credit hour
Colorado public institutions (2-year and 4-year)
Participating private institutions (Regis, DU and Colorado Christian University)
$62 per credit hour in 2011-2012 school year ($1,488/year for a full time student)
145 credit hour maximum
Only need to apply once for stipend
Must be admitted to participating institution
Available for undergraduate courses only
Paid directly to the school
Apply online at www.collegeincolorado.org (or via the school application if available) College Opportunity Fund Apply for the CESDA scholarship
Find out about scholarships at each college
Apply for private scholarships
Meet or beat EVERY deadline
Apply for as many scholarships as possible!
Include a well-written personal statement, essay, resume, and letters of recommendation (if required) Applying for Scholarships The Scholarship Search Inquire about scholarships through:
High school counselors and teachers
College(s) you’re interested in attending
Places of employment
Friends and family
www.fastweb.com Getting involved on campus is a great way to stay active, gain experiential learning in a field inside or outside of your major, meet new people and create professional connections!
This can be in the form of intramurals, campus professional organizations, or “just for fun” clubs.
In a survey from Job Outlook 2011, National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top qualities in a candidate for a job or internship were:
Strong Work Ethic
Interpersonal Skills (relating well to others) Source: *Career Data used from University of Kansas School of Engineering Career Services Center Get Involved on Campus! It’s all about consequences! Partying??? Useful Websites: pg. 21 Thank you for participating and don’t forget to turn in your contact card! Questions??? Pg. 14 Photo: Courtesy of Iowa State University - University Marketing Colleges Look for: Important notes about HEAR... Keep in mind that even though you may meet the minimum HEAR requirements, some schools will require additional coursework in other areas to be applicable for "Priority" or "Guaranteed" admission. For Example: Typically a 3.25 GPA or higher - *(this is not required, just for priority admission only)
CU Boulder requires new freshman to meet Minimum Academic Preparedness Standards (MAPS) requirements as well as a personal essay.
CSU requires an additional foreign language requirement (2 years) for Priority Admission.
DU Requires a total of 3-4 years of a foreign language as well as an essay and interview. Letters of recommendation are strongly encouraged.
Other programs within the universities will also require additional admissions criteria. These programs typically include: Engineering, Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Business, Journalism, etc... CCHE Index Scores By Schools Adams State College ............................... 80
Colorado School of Mines ..................... 110
Colorado State University ..................... 101
CSU – Pueblo .......................................... 86
Fort Lewis College .................................. 92
Colorado Mesa University.......................85
Metropolitan State Univ. of Denver ......76
University of Colorado Boulder ............ 103
University of Colorado Colo Springs .....92
University of Northern Colorado .......... 94
Western State Colorado University .......80 ** Meeting the Index Minimum does NOT automatically mean you will be accepted. Other factors, determined by each individual school will be considered and admissions "windows" can be applied. Schools like: Adams State University, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Colorado State-Pueblo, fall in-between moderately selective and open enrollment. *Admission Windows: CO School of Mines, 10%; CU-Boulder, 14%; all other CO state schools, 19%-20% (CCHE, 2012) **Windows only apply for students within 10pts of the min. index.**