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College: Get There Get Paid. A brief guide to planning for college and applying for financial aid and scholarships. Senior Year (but you’re still clueless). ACT & SAT How to register, a comparison, the writing portion Higher Education Exploration Where to find info, who to contact - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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College: Get There Get Paid

College:Get ThereGet PaidA brief guide to planning for college and applying for financial aid and scholarshipsSenior Year (but youre still clueless)ACT & SATHow to register, a comparison, the writing portionHigher Education ExplorationWhere to find info, who to contact for more info, how to arrange visitsAPPLY, APPLY, APPLYCollege applications, scholarships, financial aid

College Entrance ExamsRegister NOWInstructions & Study Guides available online, on the scholarship racks, and in the counseling center Research your schools admissions requirementsUsually under the Admissions tabFreshman Fee waivers available for those who qualifyMust qualify for free or reduced lunches at GCHS

Other ExamsSome junior colleges and trade schools do NOT require the ACT or SATSome schools allow you to be exempt from these exams if you meet the TAKS criteria (2200 on ELA w/ 3 or higher on writing, 2200 on Math)AccuplacerCosts about $10 per sectionAvailable at WTTCCan be scheduled at GCHS

ACT or SAT: Which one should I take?ACTSectionsEnglishMathReading ScienceWriting (Optional)TimeAbout 3 hrs & 45 minutes w/o breaks (including the writing)Scoring (1-36 per & composite score)Answer ALL questions; there is no penalty for guessingYou should still make educated guessesSATSectionsReadingMathWriting Time3 hours & 45 minutes of testing w/ three 5 minute breaks (4hrs)Scoring (200-800 scale per)There is a penalty for wrong answersThere is NO penalty for answers left blankYou have to choose which ones to answer, BUT the less you answer, the less you can potentially scoreA Note About the Optional Writing Section of ACTFind out what your college wants from you If they Require or Recommend, DO IT!If youre not sure where you are going to go, DO IT!If you think your writing skills will impress scholarship committees, DO IT!Your score on the writing portion does NOT affect your composite score!

SCHOOL CODE446-111Be An Advocate for Yourself!Go online to research colleges & programs (most schools are on Facebook now) Request Info & Make ContactsGet on their mailing listDont be afraid to email strangers to ask questions

APPLY, APPLY, APPLYAPPLY for college You have to apply to get in!APPLY to multiple colleges APPLYTEXAS There are also ApplyTexas brochures on the scholarship racksWhen in doubt, apply!IF you used a fee waiver to take ACT or SAT, you qualify for a college application fee waiver (available in the counseling center)

College Fairs & Representatives Concho Valley College Night Tuesday, October 4th 6:30 to 8:30Howard College College Fair October 5thMini College Fair Counseling Center shares resources from college repsCampus Visits Reps from colleges & organizations visit GCHS

College DaysEvery senior gets 2There is a form you MUST fill out BEFORE you go in order to take advantage of these daysThe form says 1 week in advance---get them in ASAPMust be principal approvedMust be signed by college personnel Can be booked through Admissions or Visit tabs

Field Trips Sponsored by the Counseling Center & Events Available to EveryoneASUs First GenerationFocused on first generation college students but is open to anyone interested in ASULots of info & lots of freebiesTSTC Discovery DaysACUs Wildcat PreviewTTUs Football Fridays (tickets not included)Individual Campus Visits Focused on YOU

APPLY, APPLY, APPLY, cont.APPLY for scholarshipsGeneral scholarships are available on the scholarship racksHelp Yourself! Information is FREE! Check with your school to find college- or department-specific scholarships

APPLY, APPLY, APPLY, cont.APPLY for financial aid FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)Opens in JanuaryUse the FAFSA Website to become familiar EVERYone should apply, even if you think you wont qualify. Some schools require it!GCHS hosts a financial aid night in JanuaryYour college will help you (BUT you have to ask)

One-on-One AssistanceCounseling CenterSchedule a meeting with me (between classes is NOT enough time!)College Recruiters & Admissions TeamsCall or email themAsk me for helpFinancial Aid OfficesCall or email themAsk me for help

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