Junior Parent Presentation Fall 2016 Preparing for the College Search
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Choosing Your College Priorities
Collecting College Information – Where to go
What are colleges looking for
What information do college admission officers review
GRASP Janet Andrews- DSF GRASP advisor http://www.grasp4virginia.com/ Next Steps . . .
Preparing for the College Search
Types of Colleges:
Bachelors, Masters, & Dr.
A well-rounded college experience that includes an academic area of study.
Usually around $20,000/year
Typically more than $40,000/year
Strength of Schedule
Letters of Rec
Types of Colleges:
A way to ease into college ~ take general college classes for credit.
Typically have agreements with four-year colleges to transfer credits.
Typically around $4,000/year
Open-door admission policy
Graduation from high school
Choosing Your College Priorities:
What is important to you?
Total Cost – Including aid
Not sure where to start???
Interested in staying in VA?
Schools on Demand
Want to take a virtual tour?
Collecting College Information – Where to go??
- College search made simple. Your first stop to kick-start your college and scholarship search
- National Association for College Admission Counseling. Offers national college fair information and articles
about the college process
- Information about the SAT
- Information about the ACT test
What are colleges looking for???
College Admission Tests
Consists of four tests: English, Math, Reading, Science, & Writing
Writing component is optional (encouraged) first time
Top composite score is 36
Consists of three tests: Verbal, Math, Writing (optional)
Each test is scored on a scale of 200-800
Back to the old 1600
What information do college admission officers review?
Grades / Overall GPA
Strength of high school course selections
Admission Test Score (take higher of SAT/ACT)
and counselor recommendations
Student’s demonstrated interest
Courses in progress Junior and Senior year
Merit Scholarship Tips
Merit scholarships are where the money is:
There is more than $18 billion in merit scholarships available to students from colleges
Not just for “A”
Many awards emphasize leadership or school involvement
Nearly all colleges offer merit aid scholarships
The average merit scholarship is $5,000
Many awards can be renewed yearly
- Private scholarships
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- The federal government’s website
about paying for college
- $14 billion in merit scholarships
- Scholarship matching
Free student resource for learning about all types of financial aid
Janet Andrews- DSF GRASP advisor
Next Steps . . .
10 Tips Parents
Help your student understand the college search process
realistic and non-judgmental
Be in the "back seat" - and not the driver - of the college search process
Be open to dialogue and responsive to questions
Be aware of
and fees due
Know that things have changed since your college days
Don’t overemphasize your own alma maters (
your student with others
Pace yourself; it’s a marathon, not a sprint
Next Steps for Juniors
Stay focused on academics
Do not lighten your academic load for senior year (increase it)
Meet with your school counselor
involved in school activities
Prepare for and register for ACT / SAT tests
Register for AP tests as appropriate
Explore colleges on the Web
Visit colleges if you can
Meet with college representatives
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