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The Postsecondary Journey

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The Post-Secondary Journey
CHOOSING A COLLEGE

Programs/majors
Admissions criteria
Cost—(don’t rule out private colleges)
Scholarships available
Size
Student to teacher ratio
Location (distance & geographic setting)
Clubs/organizations/social life
Student population/diversity
Job placement rates in field of study/pass rates for board exams
Support services (tutoring, counseling, career resources)
Facilities
Reputation
Right “fit”/atmosphere

Other Post-Secondary Options
Conclusion
Steps to take each year (handout)
CHS website resources
Contact your school counselor anytime!
Welcome to the
College & Career Prep
Parent Meeting
Please contact Mrs. Longstreth in the main office
if you need to update your email address or
to get access to the parent portal.
(616) 997-3500
KLongstreth@capsk12.org
ENGLISH.........................................................................4.0
English 9, 10, 11
English 12 or AP Literature & Composition
MATHEMATICS..............................................................4.0
Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 (Algebra 2A, 2B, & 2C)
+ one additional credit of math
Must take one semester of math in 12th grade.
SCIENCE..........................................................................3.0
Biology, Chemistry 1, Physics 1 & 2
+ .5 science elective
SOCIAL STUDIES............................................................3.0
U.S. History, World History,
Government (.5), Economics (.5)‏
VISUAL/PERFORMING/APPLIED ARTS.......................1.0
COMPUTERS...................................................................0.5
PHYSICAL EDUCATION................................................0.5
HEALTH...........................................................................0.5
ON-LINE EXPERIENCE..............................(Annual EDP)‏

WORLD LANGUAGE......................................................2.0

COOPERSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
4 years of English
3 years of math
3 years of science
3 years of social studies
2 years of the same foreign language
RECOMMENDATIONS
FOR 4-YEAR COLLEGES
GPA
Class rank
ACT scores
Strength of high school course selections
Teacher and counselor recommendations
Personal accomplishments
Personality characteristics
Essay: What makes you unique?
Study to make every semester grade the best possible
Take core academic classes your senior year
Take AP classes (graded on a 5.0 scale)
Retake classes with permission from counselor
Dual Enrollment
Volunteer
Keep social media comments clean and appropriate!
(See "They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets."
The New York Times: Nov. 9, 2013)
What can I do to improve
my college application?
Advanced Placement (AP courses taken @ school)
Articulation (see course description book online)
Careerline Tech Center (oaisd.org/ctc)
Early College (meeting
January 25th
)
Dual Enrollment
Earning College Credit in High School
Get a jump start on college
Take college courses while still in high school
SAVE MONEY on college tuition
(CHS pays about $730.00 per college course)
College classes replace CHS classes
Apply the semester before
(April for fall semester and Sept/Oct for winter)
Must meet with your counselor for details
DUAL ENROLLMENT
Admissions office
Talk to professors in your field of interest
Financial aid office
Tour campus
Sit in on a class
Talk to students
Eat in the dining hall
Stay overnight?
2 school-approved absences junior & senior year
MAKING A COLLEGE VISIT
STAY ORGANIZED
Keep a file
List and meet all deadlines
Apply early (by the end of Oct.)‏
Apply on-line if possible
Send transcript through Parchment.com
NOT a commitment (final decision in spring)
Can choose “undecided” for your major
See a counselor for help as needed
HOW TO APPLY
Go to parchment.com
(link on high school web page)
TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS
Comes from the U.S. Department of Education
Must complete the FAFSA application (Oct 1 - March 1)
Financial Aid
Financial Aid Meeting
in October each year!
Complete the FAFSA
ASAP after October 1st
of SENIOR year and EVERY year you go to college.
EVERYONE!
APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID!!!
APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

GET ORGANIZED and SEARCH! Keep a list of all activities, volunteer work,
awards, projects, jobs, etc. Prepare a list of references
Have someone proof-read applications and essays
Watch DEADLINES
Scholarships available for students 9th-12th
VOLUNTEER!! VOLUNTEER!! VOLUNTEER!!

Only if planning to participate in D-I or D-II freshman year
Register during junior year
Go to
EligibilityCenter.org
Read The Guide for College-Bound Student-Athletes on the web

playnaia.org
NAIA - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Tech center
oaisd.org/ctc
Open House: Tue, Oct 29th, 6-8
Military TodaysMilitary.com
Trade & Technical Schools
alltradeschools.com
Post Secondary Handbook
M-tech
mtech.org
grcc.edu
Apprenticeships dol.gov
MEPP (Manufacturing Engineering Partnership Program)

NOT going to college?

TESTING
Junior Testing
fall PSAT: Oct. 19th
SAT: April 11th
WorkKeys/M-STEP: April 12th
Freshmen/Sophomore Testing
spring PSAT: April 11th
Resources to help you prepare
SAT Prep classes
KhanAcademy.org
Should you take the ACT in addition to the SAT?
Fee waivers
College Planning
COLLEGE ATHLETES MAY NEED TO REGISTER WITH NCAA
www.studentaid.ed.gov
MUST be repaid.
Lower, fixed interest rates
Generous repayment plans
No prepayment penalties

Grants:
Work Study:
Federal Student Loans:

Do NOT need to be repaid
Part-time employment while in college
(Perkins, Stafford, Parent Plus, etc.)
- Coopersville Area Community Foundation Scholarships
- Burger King ($1000)
- Chase Industrial Technology ($1000)
- Stone Plastics ($1000)
- Circle of Friends—75 hrs. community service (min. $300)
- Coopersville PTA Scholarship—100 volunteer hrs. ($500)
- The Coopersville Scholarship (for GVSU) ($1000 each)
- The Jim and Katherine Brown Scholarship (for MSU) ($3000)
- Michigan Blood Scholarship
- Privacky Memorial Scholarship ($1000)
LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarship Searches
CoopersvilleBroncos.org
Collegeboard.com
Fastweb.com
Cappex.com
Scholarships.com
SchoolSoup.com
StudentAid.ed.gov
Michigan.gov/mistudentaid
Collegenet.com
APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
Same night as P/T Conferences in Nov.
*Info presented to all seniors during senior EDP unit in September.
Awarded for a variety of reasons
Check with colleges
Watch the bulletin
Check our website
(local scholarships and online searches)
Check with local businesses
Check with employers
Resources at the library
Scholarships:
How and Where?
Must be repaid
Provided by banks and loan companies
Rates and fees usually depend on your credit
What to look for:
in-school payment deferment
high credit approval rates
flexible repayment options
Financial literacy unit (as it pertains to college ) in 11th grade Economics
ticas.org/posd/home (the institute for college access and success)
Private Loans
fafsa.gov
fafsa4caster.ed.gov
GET ORGANIZED and SEARCH!
Keep a list of all activities, volunteer work, awards, projects, jobs, etc.
Prepare a list of references
Have someone proof-read applications and essays
Watch DEADLINES
Scholarships available for students 9th-12th
VOLUNTEER!!!
Avg GPA: 3.87
SAT: 1440-1570
ACT: 30-34

Ave GPA: 3.54
ACT: 23.8
GPA: 3.24
ACT : 22
GPA: 2.0 ACT: 18
Michigan Postsecondary Handbook (michigan.gov)
Occupational Outlook Handbook (bls.gov/ooh/)
careercruising.com
todaysmilitary.com
alltradeschools.com
mtech.org
grcc.edu
dol.gov (apprenticeships)
jobcorp.gov
MEPP (Manufacturing Engineering Partnership Program)
Other Resources
Jean Arteaga (A-L) Angie Wurm (M-Z)
jarteaga@capsk12.org awurm@capsk12.org
997-3518 997-3508
• What is the average class size?
• Who teaches the classes? Faculty? Teaching Assistants?
• Where are the majority of your students coming from?
In-State? Out of State?
• What housing options are available to freshman?
• Can I have a car on campus?
• What types of activities can I get involved in on campus?
• Do students stay around on the weekends?
• Can I play a college sport? Club sports or intramural?
• Can I study overseas?
• Do you have tutoring if I have trouble in a class?
• How is the food on campus?
*Do a google search for more ideas of questions to ask
Two year (community colleges):
Associates and Certificates
Credits transfer well (but always check!)
May be more affordable
May be an easier transition
Open enrollment
Four year:
Bachelors and beyond
Trade schools
Certificate Programs
College websites (find colleges that offer your major)
College visits
Meet with college reps
College fairs
College search websites
SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH MEETING:


TYPES OF COLLEGES
WHERE TO BEGIN
Questions to ask on a college visit
SHOPPING FOR COLLEGES
What to do in high school
careercruising.com
bigfuture.collegeboard.org
chegg.com
cappex.com
meritaid.com
collegemajors101.com
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