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Senior Student Presentation

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Danielle Zipay

on 17 September 2012

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Most admissions decisions and financial aid award letters arrive this month Read everything carefully, as some of it may require action on your part.
Make a final decision, and mail the enrollment form and deposit check to the school the student selects before May 1 (the enrollment deadline for most schools).
Notify each of the schools to which student was accepted that he or she will not be attending in writing so that the spot can be freed up for another student.
On the waiting list? Contact the admissions office and let them know of continued interest in the college and update them on spring semester grades and activities. April 2013 Student should contact colleges to confirm that all necessary application materials have been received.
Encourage students not to get senioritis! Colleges want to see strong second half grades.
Some admissions decisions arrive this month. Read everything carefully, as some of it may require action on the student and parent’s part.
Attend FAFSA workshop if you need help completing the FAFSA at SC4 on Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 (2-4 PM) February/March 2013 Early Decision and Early Application responses arrive this month.
Some colleges include first-semester grades as part of your application folder. This is called the mid-year grade report. Student should have the counselor send grades to colleges that require them.
Complete FAFSA – www.fafsa.ed.gov January 2013 Student should submit early decision and early action applications on time.
Student should work hard at completing college essays. Proofreading them rigorously for mistakes.
Mail applications as early as possible for colleges with "rolling" deadlines (admission decisions are made as applications are received).
Take /ACTSAT tests. Make sure your scores are sent to each one of your colleges.
Continue to look for and submit applications for scholarships. November 2011
Gather letters of recommendation. Student should ask counselor, teachers, and coaches, or employers for letters of recommendation. Give them plenty of time to meet the deadlines and be sure to give them a list of your activities & accomplishments.
Take ACT/SAT tests.
If you are applying under an Early Decision or Early Action program, be sure to get all forms in as soon as possible. Applying online might be the right option for you.
Look for scholarships – Student Services Website, with search engines like Fast Web, through community and parental involvement. October 2012 All seniors will attend a presentation in the counseling center. If your student has additional questions, he or she should meet with the counselor.
The student should get started on applications right away especially if they plan to apply through an Early Decision or Early Action programs. Deadlines for early applications tend to fall in October or November.
Students should start working on college essays. They should write essays that focus on experiences and make them stand out from the crowd.
Student should update their "resume" -- list accomplishments, involvements, and work experiences -- with the senior year activities. The resume will help the student complete the applications and essays.
Retake the ACT! Timelines for the senior year All seniors and their parents should plan to attend the annual senior awards assembly Friday, June 7, 2013.
Begins at 8:00 AM
Ends approximately 11:00 AM
Local Scholarships are presented as well as many other awards, including those from St. Clair TEC. Senior Awards Assembly Eligibility based on being on Medicaid.
Award letter came to your house. Look for it. From the state of Michigan. If you can’t find it call this number 1-888-447-2687
Pays for an associates degree. Go to SC4 or Macomb!
Worth about $6,000!
Find out if you are eligible for this! Tuition Incentive Program - TIP
AHS Local Scholarships
College Websites
Community Foundation of St. Clair County
Check out your parent’s affiliations – employers, unions, religious affiliations, etc for scholarships available Other Forms of Financial Aid The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step in the financial aid process. Use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as Pell grant, student loans, and college work-study.
Most states and schools use FAFSA information to award their financial aid.
Begin application January of the graduating year.
Priority deadline March 1st
College Goal Sunday @ SC4 –Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 (2-4)
Ms. Zimmerman will be helping students w/FAFSA in Core V What is the FAFSA? Scholarships(free money) – does not have to be paid back
There are two kinds:
Merit Based – based on grades, involvement in school and community, character
Need Based – based on parents financial situation (income, assets, debts)
Grants (free money) – does not have to be paid back (based on income) FAFSA
Loan – there are two types and they must be paid back
Subsidized-borrower does not pay interest
Unsubsidized- borrower does pay interest Financial Aid Basics Thursday, October 18, 2012
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Citizens First Michigan Technical Education Center
Corner of Erie Street & Glenwood Avenue
Over 40 institutions will be represented.
ALSO --- INFORMATION SESSIONS ON SC4 First session – 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. Second session – 7:30 to 8 p.m. St. Clair County Community College (SC4)
College Night Central Michigan University Sept 10
University of Detroit – Mercy Sept 13
Northern Michigan University Sept 18
Albion College Sept 24
Western Michigan University Sept 25
Saginaw Valley State University Oct 16 College Visits On Campus College Visitation (On-Campus) The counseling center hosts visits from many colleges.
Representatives from the respective college will set up a time during our school day to visit with any prospective applicant.
Seniors are allowed four (4) on-campus college visits. The absence will be marked as school business.
College visits are publicized in the daily announcements. Students can sign up in the Student Services. Nearly all colleges host a fall “Open House” on their campus
At these events students are able to take a tour, meet students, listen to presentations, go to a football game, even spend the night in the dorms!
Many have on-site admissions as well.
Visit the website of the college you are interested in or look at the showcase in the senior hall.
Student arranges the visit. Fall Open Houses (Off Campus) College Visits (Off Campus) Seniors are encouraged to visit college campuses.
They may use two (2) school business “off campus” days for that purpose.
Student must provide written documentation of visit to the attendance secretary.
Student arranges college visit through college/university website or by calling college/university. Out of State, Highly Selective and Private Colleges sometimes prefer the SAT over the ACT.
Visit the website of the school you are interested in to determine which admission test is preferred.

Register to take the SAT at www.collegeboard.org

2012/13 Dates
October 6, 2012
November 3, 2012
December 1, 2012
January 26, 2013
March 9, 2013
May 4, 2013
June 1, 2013 The SAT 16 – 21

17 – 22

18 – 24

21 – 26

25 – 30 OPEN – All high school graduates are accepted until the school’s enrollment capacity is reached.

LIBERAL – Some freshmen who are accepted are in the lower half of their high school graduating class.

TRADITIONAL – The majority of freshmen accepted are in the top 50 percent of their high school graduating class.

SELECTIVE – The majority of freshmen accepted are in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class.

HIGHLY SELECTIVE – The majority of freshmen accepted are in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. ACT Admissions Standards Improve Your ACT Score Workshop
Offered at SC4
Four (4) Saturdays
September 29
October 6
October 13
October 20
Cost -- $25 per session
Call Jennifer Evans (810) 455-4261 or email her evans.jennifer@sccresa.org – Flyer in office.

There are FREE apps available on your iphone & ipod touch for ACT Prep. www.act.org/mobileapps/actstudent ACT Prep Workshops Basic Fee (No Writing) $35.00
ACT (Plus Writing) $50.50
Late Fee $21.00
Additional colleges $11.00 each
Test date change $21.00
Test center change $21.00
Standby testing $43.00
Viewing Scores Online Free ACT Fees Test Date Registration Deadline w/Late Fee

September 8, 2012 August 17, 2012 Aug 18 – 31, 2012

October 27, 2012 Sept 21, 2012 Sept 22–Oct 5, 2012

December 8, 2012 Nov 2, 2012 Nov 3-16, 2012

February 9, 2013 Jan 11, 2013 Jan 12-18, 2013

April 13, 2013 March 8, 2013 March 9-22, 2013

June 8, 2013 May 3, 2013 May 4-17, 2013

Register online at www.actstudent.org ACT Dates 2012/13 Every student should take the ACT more than once.
Studies show each time a student retakes the ACT, his or her score increases by at least one point.
A one point difference can mean better chance of admittance to college and scholarship money.
Do some test prep! Sign up for the ACT Workshops being held at SC4 in the up coming weeks.
The national test dates will be on the next slide. National test dates are on Saturdays (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
We are NOT a national test center. Most students test at Cardinal Mooney or St. Clair County Community College (SC4). But they don’t give it every time. Check the ACT site.
Register to take the ACT at www.actstudent.org Retake the ACT! Average application fees - $35 - $50
Community College applications are FREE!
Early Decision/Action – a guaranteed answer by a set deadline when you meet the early decision/action deadline.
Check university websites.
U of M – Submit by Nov 1 (Decision by 12/24/12)
U of M uses the Common Application
MSU – Submit by Oct 6
Make it your deadline to get college applications in by October 31, 2013.
There is a FREE iphone & ipod touch app available for searching colleges. www.act.org/mobileapps/collegesearch Read and follow the directions for making that account.
No skimming and scanning!
Keep a folder with all your college/ACT stuff
Get your parents involved! You might need their money to pay for school or them to be cosigners on your student loans.
Put the time in now so that you aren’t stressed out all year!
Get your application in now and be ahead of the other applicants. Get your decision sooner! Go to www.docufide.com
Click on High School Student, register for an account.
It’s going to ask for you email address.
This might be a good time to create an email address for school/college related “stuff”.
Try for an email address that is just your name or something like that. Not superhottie69@yahoo.com or ticklemyelmo@aol.com colleges don’t want to see those types of email addresses! They really don’t!! Apply Online! Apply NOW!!
Complete all required steps for applying.
Even if you are retaking the ACT, apply now.
Go to the AHS Website and click on DOCUFIDE
Request that your transcript be sent electronically through that secure website.
It’s FREE! College Applications If you’re on track to graduate, right now your transcript should be showing that you need the following credits still:
1 English
1 Math
Maybe 1 SS (if you are a TEC student)
Maybe 1 Science (again if TEC)
Some elective credits

That’s it! If you need anything else, you are supposed to be doing it in CR.
Get your work in CR DONE!! Graduation audits will go home only to those students that are in danger of not graduating.

If you have questions about your graduation status see me or Mrs. Brutyn. If you are planning on graduating on June 7, 2013, you have to know if you are going to have all the graduation requirements met!

Look at your transcript! Find “Total Credits Earned” upper fight hand area of the transcript.

Right now you have to have at least 17.5 total credits.

Next you have to have the “graduation requirements met”.

English – 4 1 VPAA
Math – 4 7.5 Electives
Science – 3
Social Studies – 3 =23.5
PE/Health - 1 Graduating! School Counselor:
Mrs. Karen Blair
(810) 794-4911 ext 1282
Follow me on Twitter:

School Counseling Intern:
Mrs. Danielle Zipay

Senior Stuff! May 2013 -- Finalize housing plans.
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday – May 29, 30 & 31, 2013 Senior Exams
Thursday, June 6, 2013 Graduation Practice (1:00 PM)
Friday, June 7, 2013 – Senior Awards Assembly – beginning at 8:00 a.m. AHS Gymnasium
Friday, June 7, 2013- Graduation 6:00 p.m. Truman Pippel Stadium (weather permitting) Students should try to wrap up college applications before Christmas break. Make copies of each application before they are sent.
Take ACT/SAT tests. Make sure your scores are sent to each one of your colleges.
Early Decision and Early Application responses arrive this month.
Continue to look for and submit applications for scholarships. December 2012 Local Scholarship Applications for the 2012/13 school year will be available via the web beginning in January 2013.
Deadline will be March 1, 2013.
Local scholarships are available to AHS seniors only.
Merit and need based scholarships
Many award students for community service
Need two letters of recommendation
Over $43,000 in scholarship money given away
All are listed at the Student Services portion of the AHS Website. Local Scholarships                                                                                                         Use the ACS Website

It’s a great resource!!

Use your Student Connect! Financial Aid and FAFSA Information September 2012 ACT/SAT Info May and June 2013 College Open Houses and Info
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