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College Information Session
Transcript of College Information Session
Options at two-year schools
Cost of an education and how to pay for it
How to get started
Tips "College Speak" Qualification earned by completing a set number of credits; could be two, four, or more years Qualification earned by completing a set number of credits; usually less than two years The unit of measurement for the amount of work and/or time required for a course. A five-credit class will usually meet five hours a week. Also known as quarter hour. Apply for entrance to a college Signing up for classes Options at Two-Year Schools Professional/Technical:
degree or certificate Examples: Aviation, Automotive, Nursing, Graphic Design, Business Management, Natural Resources, Culinary Arts, Dental Hygiene, Vet Tech, Ultrasound, RN Transferring Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) 2+2 Complete your AA and transfer to any public university in Washington Cost of College How to Pay for College Resources for Students in College How to Get Started Tips Get training in a specific field to go into the workforce Things to consider: Tuition: Registration: Admission: Credit: Degree: Certificate: Public University Community College $8,000-$8,600/year $3,600/year Financial Aid Scholarships Grants = free $
Loans = money you pay back How to apply: FAFSA (online: fafsa.gov)
When: 2+ months before you start school
Everything about applying for financial aid should be free Free money!
LOTS of $ out there
Your college will have scholarships
Sign up with search engines: thewashboard.org, fastweb.com, scholarships.com Advisors: Counselors: Financial Aid Experts: Tutoring Centers: Disability Support Services: Your Instructors: Plan your degree; a road map for your education! Help you with coping strategies for life Answer specific financial aid questions Other Sources Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET)
Personal/family funding Get help with study skills, homework assignments & class work during the school year Coordinate accommodations for students with physical, learning, and psychological disabilities Don't underestimate your instructors! They can become your mentors, advisors, & counselors. 1. Apply for financial aid www.fafsa.gov - FREE application!
Taxes- ok to apply for FAFSA before completing taxes
Get a head start! Application often takes several months to process after submission FAFSA Scholarships 2. Complete college application 3. Assessment 4. Advising Just fill out an application!
Application fees vary, $10 at GRCC COMPASS is used at Green River
Scores are good for 2 years
If you have previous college credits, check with the school you plan to attend
Fees vary; $20 at GRCC Some helpful hints... Get started early!
Know when registration starts for the school you want to attend and register early for best class selection
Know Financial Aid and scholarship deadlines
Know which school offers your program of study or the classes you want to take
Understand the prerequisite requirements for your program of study
Be prepared...know what to expect & what questions to ask!! 4. Entry Advising... Process is different at each school
Class placement depends on COMPASS scores and varies by school
At GRCC, meet with an advisor after taking COMPASS and learn your next steps for registration 3. Assessments: 1. Financial Aid Options: Grants
Loans 2. Applications: Be aware of the deadlines for scholarships
Prime time deadlines are usually November-April for Fall quarter Navigating college can seem like a maze... but there are people and resources to help you reach your goal! Questions? Comments? School fees: up to $500/year
Class fees: up to $50/class
Books: up to $1,000/year
Don't forget living expenses, transportation, and spending money! Other Costs: College Catalog: Class Schedules: Provides a description of classes offered at the school Lists the time, location, and instructor for classes being offered at the school during a particular quarter NO high school transcript
NO ACT or SAT test