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WELCOME JUNIORS!. Post-Secondary Planning: The Time is NOW. WHS Graduation Requirements 4 credits (4 years) Language Arts 3 credits (3 years) Math 3 credits (3 years) Science 3 credits (3 years) Social Studies .5 credits (1 sem.) Health - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • WELCOME JUNIORS!Post-Secondary Planning:The Time is NOW

  • First things first. . .Graduation Requirements

    WHSGraduation Requirements

    4 credits (4 years) Language Arts3 credits (3 years) Math3 credits (3 years) Science3 credits (3 years) Social Studies.5 credits (1 sem.) Health 1 credits (2 classes) P. E. .5 credits (1 sem.) Computer Science 2 credits (4 classes) Practical/Fine Arts

    22 Total Credits

    On-line courses available now

    Unsure? See you counselor!!HEAR(Higher Education Admission Requirements)

    SubjectYearsEnglish 4Math 4 *Algebra I, II and Geometry or equivalentNatural Science 3 *2 units lab-basedSocial Science 3Foreign Language 1Academic Electives 2

  • Who Is My Counselor??!AcademyCounselorACEMs. BoltonGBAMs. Piper HBM Ms. Nakata VPA Mr. Evans LAA Ms. Diercks

  • What are my options for after high school??

  • Explore Your ChoicesMilitaryService AmericorpsApprenticeship/WorkTravelCollege/University 2 year or 4 year? Public or Private?

  • Start Talking. . .ParentsTeachersFamily MembersCounselorCollege RepresentativesMilitary RepresentativesFriends

  • Why is higher education a focus??College graduates will earn an average of about $2.5 million, or about $1 million dollars more, over their working lives than high school graduates.

    http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/press/cost04/EducationPays2004.pdf (page 10)

  • How do I begin this process?Determine your prioritiesuse check list Remember parents may have different priorities from studentsCost-LocationSize-SelectivityMajors-Public/PrivateVisit, visit, visit college campuses!!The perfect school doesnt exist, its about finding the right fit for you

  • Community CollegesMany Advantages:Smaller class sizesLess expensiveCan live at homeIf youre not quite ready to go to a 4 year collegeFlexible schedules, night, weekend classesBeware Proprietary Schools!!!(Everest, Heritage, Westwood, DeVry)If youre unsure, ask!

  • What are 4 year colleges looking for?

  • What are 4 year colleges looking for?Academic Record GPA, class rank, improvement, difficulty of classesTesting ACT or SAT with writing Extracurricular ActivitiesWorkCommunity serviceLetters of RecommendationHonors and AwardsEssays InterviewsCommitment/PassionLeadership

  • CCHE Admission Eligibility Indexhttp://highered.colorado.gov/Publications/Policies/Current/i-partf-index.pdf

  • TESTINGACT All Juniors in CO will take for FREE in April 2012 Can retake next summer/fall $49.50 with writing Register at www.actstudent.org SAT Next test January 28, 2012 $49 Register at www.collegeboard.com Community Colleges Do not require ACT/SAT Will use Accuplacer or similarFee Waivers available for ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and College Applications for students on Free and Reduced lunch Check with your counselor

  • Prepare for the ACT!!It IS ImportantMany FREE resources available onlineSample questionsWord of the dayTest tipsTest descriptionshttp://www.act.org/aap/pdf/preparing.pdf https://secure.collegeincolorado.org/College_Planning/Test_Prep/Test_Prep.aspx Take practice testsDoing something to prepare will greatly increase the likelihood of a better score!

  • Other Aspects to Consider:Letters of recommendationEssay/personal statementWhat you can be doing NOW to help yourself laterVolunteer- Get involved in school activitiesWork - Explore your interests (CIC)Play sports- Explore your options (CIC)Get to know your teachers/coaches/counselorRemember senior year DOES matter!

  • Metro State College RepresentativeEvery Wednesday in WHS LibraryFrom 8am-3pmHelp with college applications, scholarships, essays, financial aid, anything related to college!

  • You are responsible for exploring your options, meeting deadlines, and submitting complete applications!Its YOUR life, make it what you want

  • College Searches on the WebCollegeincolorado.org Colleges That Change Lives Ctcl.comLocal College Fairs collegefairsdenver.orgCollege View collegeview.comPeterson Education Petersons.com(Quick test-prep searches are available on this site including ACT, ASVAB, SAT,MCAT, TOEFL, firefighter and many, many more!)College Search Collegesurfing.comCollege Search Collegeincolorado.orgCollege/Major Search/Test Prep Princetonreview.comCollege/Major Search Connection.naviance.com

    Access.bridges.com (Site ID 0099411, Password: Canyon)College Answer Collegeanswer.comCollege Board On-line Collegeboard.comCollege Campus Tours Campustours.comCollege Planning C3apply.orgCollege Search Embark.comGo College Search Gocollege.comHow to Choose a College Usnews.com (click on education)Links to all Universities Universities.comNACAC Nacac.comStudy Skills & Careers Kaplan.com

    WHS Counselor pagehttp://www.adams50.org/196520104152831240/site/default.asp?1965Nav=|&NodeID=853

  • How Do I Pay for College??!

  • How Do I Pay for College??!Parents/own moneyScholarshipsFinancial AidGrantsWork StudyLoansCollege Opportunity Fund (COF)Collegeincolorado.org

  • Things to Know.Two-thirds of college students graduate with some debt, the average being $20,000Your chances of getting a full-ride scholarship are slim: 1 in 50,000Scholarships are not just for Athletes and BrainsScholarships are not just for financially needy families

  • Scholarships

    Time = Money!

    If you are awarded a $1000 scholarship and it took you 6 hours to complete the application you just earned $166 an hour

  • Where do I look for Scholarships?College currently attending/will be attending

    Within the college: Financial Aid office, Academic Depts.



    Employer (Tuition Re-imbursement, Loan Re-payment)

    Local Businesses: Target, Walmart, Burger King, McDonalds


    High School Counselor

    WHS Counselor pagehttp://www.adams50.org/196520104152831240/site/default.asp?1965Nav=|&NodeID=853

  • Free Scholarship Searcheswww.MeritAid.com www.CollegeinColorado.org www.Fastweb.com www.brokescholar.com www.collegeanswer.com www.princetonreview.com www.nationalmerit.org www.Apps.collegeboard.com www.collegenet.com www.scholarships.com www.collegescholarships.com www.scholarship-page.com www.finaid.org www.free-4u.com www.supercollege.com www.college-scholarships.com

    www.scholarships-4u.com www.freschinfo.com www.collegeplan.org www.gocollege.com www.nmfonline.org (National Medical Fellows) www.careersandcolleges.com www.edvisors.com www.collegenet.com www.colorado.edu/finaid/scholarships.html (for CU Boulder) www.hispanicfund.org www.chci.org www.hsf.net www.laef.org/scholarships.html http://wue.wiche.edu (Student Exchange Program in the western US)

    WHS Counselor pagehttp://www.adams50.org/196520104152831240/site/default.asp?1965Nav=|&NodeID=853

  • FAFSAFREE Application for Federal Student Aidwww.fafsa.gov

    The earliest you can access for beginning college during the 2013-2014 school year isJanuary 1st, 2013

  • GrantsGrants are awarded based on a students financial needAs long as you follow the guidelines of the Grants you will not be required to repay this money Need is determined by the Department of Education by using information off the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • LoansTo apply for a student loan, student MUST file FAFSA

    Loans must be repaid

    Repayment begins after student either graduates or is no longer enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

  • Work StudyTo qualify, student MUST apply for FAFSA and indicate their interest on the application. Award is based on results from processed FAFSAPurposeFlexible schedule with employerEmployment on-campusRegular paychecksWork between 10 and 20 hours a weekMust be enrolled in 6 credits and attend work-study orientation when awarded

  • Financial Aid CalculatorComplete the FAFSA4caster to help understand your options for paying for collegehttps://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/f4cForm?execution=e3s1

  • Questions?Attend Counselor Chat sessionsThursday, January 5th at 2:45 in the Lecture Hall Topic: Getting Ready for Life After High School

  • Please take a moment to complete:Survey Monkey