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Senior Parent College Presentation

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meet them where they are at
how we help your students
Career Training Schools
Gap Year
College: 2 year, 2 year transfer, 4 year
We can help you plan for many OPTIONS
Much lower tuition costs (e.g. $100/credit hour vs. $700 per credit hour)
Focus on a trade
Opportunity to improve academic record and transfer
May help you further explore your educational future
Easy to apply and take classes
Flexible schedule
now offering residence life
Community and Technical Colleges
our Philosophy
there is a path out there for everyone; we are here to help you find yours
College Application
Students track all of their applications on our Application Plan
All college applications are ONLINE
: Visit college websites to locate application information before you start
The Common Application
: Only if you are applying to multiple Common App schools (
not Coalition App
Work on one application at a time & allow someone to review it before sending!
Application: BEFORE You Begin
Most colleges charge a fee for your application.
GRCC – Free
Calvin College – Free until Dec. 1 - then $35
Hope College - $35 online
Grand Valley - $30
Mich. State – $65
University of Mich. – $75
$ Application Fees $
1. The application itself sent
-Be sure to enter application in Naviance Student
2. Transcript request
in Naviance Student
3. Teacher LOR's request
in Naviance
4. ACT/SAT scores sent
5. Counselor Recommendation and Secondary School Report:
must request from Counselor

Critical App. Steps
Many, but not all, colleges require a counselor or secondary school report
Many can be done electronically
If not, download or separate this part of your application and place in our blue folder and deliver it to Ms. Shannon
Fill out all lines completely
Counselor/Secondary School Report: Return to Ms. Hoglund,
Colleges will receive your ACT/SAT Scores if the student/parent selected them at the time of registration
It is wise to send scores at time of ACT/SAT registration because sending these scores are FREE (to the first 4 schools)
Students/parents are responsible for updating or sending your scores to additional colleges
Scholarships have been missed because students did not send their most recent test scores
Sending Test Scores to Colleges
Make all requests in Naviance Student
The number is dictated by the college; usually no more than 1
Select teachers from academic areas: English, Math, Sci, History, & Language
Ask teachers who know you well
A thank you note or some expression of gratitude once finished
Allow a minimum of 2 weeks for a letter to be written
Track LOR in Naviance Student
Letters of Recommendation (LOR)
It’s time to brag.
The purpose of the resume (also called activity list) is for an admissions officer to understand how you have spent your time outside of class. Essays should include how a student’s activities will contribute to a successful college experience.
Be prepared to include the number of hours spent on each of your activities.
Your essay will also showcase your ability to write.
Be YOUnique! Let the essay embody everything you are & put some personality into it. Tell your story and make an impression!
(If required)

EVERY college will
a high school transcript to process applications

Transcripts will include a record of academic accomplishments and all the senior year courses

Students are responsible for requesting transcripts in Naviance Student

IMPORTANT! If a student has not attended GR Christian all 4 years for HS, they are responsible for requesting & sending any additional records, online classes, summer school or transcripts from any & all previously attended high school(s) grades 9 -12 to each college/scholarship application
Be AWARE that deadlines vary depending on the school and program to which you are applying
(e.g. ED deadlines are almost all Nov. 1).
Application Types/Deadlines Vary Widely

Sept. – Nov. 1: Send out applications to colleges. APPLY EARLY!!!
Dec. – April: Late applications if necessary
May 1: Colleges require a final decision and a deposit! $$$
Grand Valley State University
18,122 applicants
14,969 freshman admitted

Michigan State University
32,211 applicants
21,610 freshman admitted

University of Michigan
51,715 applicants
6,229 freshman admitted

*numbers change from year to year
Applications are Soaring
Register online http://eligibilitycenter.org
ONLY NEEDED FOR D1 or D2 sports
Notify Counseling Office to send your transcript
NCAA Eligibility Reminders
Def: A chronic illness characterized by extreme reluctance of students to perform even the most routine requirements of day-to-day living
Cause: Impending Adulthood
Senioritis is not only a waste of time & good education. It can be costly when applying for post -secondary education
Many colleges request a mid-year grade report & a final grade report. They reserve the right to deny you admission should your grades drop

You will need it for :
-Registration ACT & SAT
-College Applications
-Financial Aid Forms
Many merit scholarship deadlines are in December
We will meet with you again about this in November
All scholarships on Family Connection if you want an early start on "other" scholarships
Paying for College Night
will be on October 4, 2017 at GRCHS
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Two types:
Some are automatic, but most require an application
We will post many local scholarships in Family Connection
Research local scholarships first
Check with employers and professional, civic, or religious
organizations with which you or your parents are affiliated
Check Family Connection
Use a free scholarship search services
Always check with your counselor
Scholarship Search
GRCHS Scholarships
(Available : Counseling Office & Website Link)
Rainbow Foundation
Calvin College
GPA 3.7+ ACT 25+
Servant Leadership
Due: late Feb

Mary Ann Gundy Foreign Language
Major or minor in foreign language $1,000 Due: Feb. 2015
John Zoerhoff Memorial Scholarship
affected by cancer or pursuing a career in medicine
$1,000 Due: Feb. 2015
The most important step now is to get started. It is your life – take charge of it and plan for your future.
Should they take another test?

School GPA ACT
Central Michigan (avg) 3.30 22
Cornerstone (avg) 3.40 23
Calvin (avg) 3.5 26
Ferris State (min) 2.5 17
GRCC (min) 2.0 18
Grand Valley State (avg) 3.5 24
Hope (avg) 3.75 26
Michigan State (avg) 3.7 25
University of Mich. (avg) 3.8 27-31
Western Michigan (min) 2.0 22
Average GPA/ACT in Michigan
Consider the following when making a decision:

Majors and educational program
Type of school and degrees offered
Location and size
Cost and financial aid
Housing options
College affiliation and accreditation
Campus activities/organizations
Support services
Make sure the college is a good fit!
Sign up ASAP for a "Build a College List" workshop

Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 15
- during Focus
Create a "Prospective School" list in Family Connection

Attend College Night(s)/College Fairs
Visit College Campuses “Fridays at …”, “AQ days”, etc.
Sign up for GRCHS college representative visits (Focus Time)
*See Family Connection for list and dates of visiting colleges

Narrow down to 3-5 schools, select & apply
For those that haven't started...
West Michigan Christian College Fair
Where: Cornerstone University Athletic Center
When: Monday, Sept. 18
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

West Michigan College Fair
Where: Aquinas College
When: October 24th, 12:00 -2 pm & 6:00-7:30 pm

Interlochen Fine Arts College Fair
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Sunday, October 8, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free College Fairs
Walk around campus
Attend a class or two
Pick up a copy of the latest campus newspaper
Interview admissions & financial aid officers
Talk with several current college students
Visit the dorms/spend the night if possible
Talk with coaches and professors
Record your thoughts & take a camera for a visual record
College Visits
what are they looking for?
Michigan Common App Schools

Lawrence Tech*
Spring Arbor
Univ. of Detroit Mercy
Univ of Michigan
Western Michigan
Before we start...
LOR Continued...
No LOR if Brag sheet is not completed
All about fit
Liberal Arts, Pre-Professional, Co-Op, etc.
Access to advanced degrees
More opportunities in...
Study Abroad
"Away" experience
Diversity in...
Majors and educational programs
Location and size
Housing options
Campus activities/organizations
Support services
4 Year College/University
ACT Dates:
SAT Dates:
Don't forget the test optional schools...

More info at www.fairtest.org
How we help your students
College Applications
Paying for College
College Panel!
Sept 8
Oct 27
Dec 8
Feb 9
Oct 6
Nov 3
Dec 1
Mar 9
RULE #1:
Apply when the student's application looks the
RULE #2: If rule #1 already met, APPLY EARLY
Rolling Early Action Early Decision I &II*

Regular Restrictive Early Action
Reporting GPA
if you have taken AP classes, you have a weighted and unweighted GPA
always report highest GPA
counselors will also report your highest GPA
If applying Common App, please check:
how many teacher recs are allowed?
do you need a counselor rec?
can you use "optional" recs?
Really Helpful Documents
Common App
Family Connection
GRCC Workshops
Mark your calendar:
Wed, Aug 19 @ lunch
in the Writing Center

Mark your calendar for a COMMON APP HELP SESSION during FOCUS!
Aug 24
Aug 31
Sept 7
Students planning to attend GRCC need to attend our workshops during FOCUS!
Complete GRCC application
Complete the FAFSA
Take the Accuplacer test
Orientation and class scheduling at GRCC
First workshop Dec. 5
Sign-up with your counselor!
*Fee Waivers in Counseling Office
We will meet individually with every senior
to review this Application Plan
for parents of seniors
Tracey James-Heer
Associate Director
Angela Salinas
Adult Enrollment and Outreach
Nate Haveman
Assistant Director
Luke Tindall
Admission Counselor
College List Building Workshops
Career Exploration Workshops
Application Help Sessions
including Common App Help Sessions
College Essay help during FOCUS time
2 Year College Workshops (GRCC)
plan ahead and stay organized
how we help your students
meet individually with every senior
Senior College Application Plan
communicate reminders about deadlines
excellent resources
how we help your students
counseling website (counselors.grcs.org)
60-70 colleges
coming to GRCS
college fair information
*all information is also posted in MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS
all colleges accept both tests
Admissions Scenario
Scholarship Scenario
Student is under-matched academically.
Student is trying to reach a higher
merit-based scholarship.
Other scenarios
Highly Selective Colleges
Honors Colleges
Community College reqs
Senior Year Timeline
Paying for College
August-Dec 1-
Apply early!
- Visit colleges
October 1-
FAFSA & CSS Profile
Sept.-Dec. -
Retake ACT/SAT
Oct. - Apr.
Scholarship searches & apply

- Apply if waiting on 1st sem. grades and higher test scores
May 1
- College Decision Day

Other Important Info
The majority of merit based aid will come when the student applies to the college and is based on their application. These are automatic scholarships.

Each college will list their specific donor funded scholarships on their website. Check them out and be aware of deadlines.

Use Naviance as a resource to look up GRCHS/local/national scholarships.

You will receive many emails about local and GRCHS specific scholarships in January.

Feel free to contact specific college Financial Aid offices to help answer your questions.
Paying for College
Sample Student
3.5 GPA
24 ACT
There are 4 types of Financial Aid:

Federal, State, Institutional

Athletic, academic, talent based, some are competitive, institutional, local, national

Based on need, federal or parent loans
Work Study
Based on demonstrated need
Paying for College
Senior Financial Aid Night

Please attend our Senior Financial Aid event on Wed. October 3 at 7 pm when we will review the details of the FAFSA and CSS profile.
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