Senior Parent Information Night



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Senior Parent Information Night

  • September 20, 2018
  • 6:00 PM

Senior Check Process

Graduation Needs

  • 22 Credits
    • Counselors have reviewed transcripts and student will have needed courses in their schedule or planned for Credit Recovery
  • Debts/Fees
  • Have a plan for after June 8

Graduation Needs

  • Individual Senior meetings began on 9-17-2018
    • Counselors and students work on the plan for the school year as well as develop/refine the student’s plan for after graduation

Graduation Needs

  • Check your name! Investigate the spelling of your name on your schedule or PowerSchool – this is the spelling we have on file and will be on your diploma
    • If something appears off or needs correction, get your paperwork in to Mr. Proctor right away!

Military

  • Recruiters from each branch of the military are at North Forsyth at least quarterly
  • ASVAB will be given on Oct. 11 at 9:15am
    • Sign-up sheet is by Ms. McManus’ office
    • Will be given again in April
  • ASVAB scores help determine eligibility for branches and jobs availability

Career

  • WorkKeys certification
  • Mock interviews available
  • Training programs at Goodwill

Deadlines deadlines deadlines!!

  • Senior year is full of stress….. Most of it’s good stress!
  • Have a reliable calendar app on your phone (that you actually use and check)
  • Coursework, senior dates, job interviews, SAT/ACT, ASVAB, scholarships, college application deadlines
  • Let people around you know what you need – and don’t wait to do so!

How To:

  • Apply to College

College Selection

  • Research colleges and decide
  • where you want to apply.
  • Things to consider:
    • The college’s location
    • The college’s cost (tuition, fees, etc.)
    • The majors that are offered
    • Admission requirements (GPA, ACT/SAT scores, etc.)
    • The athletic teams and extra-curricular activities available.
    • NC Public Universities now require a minimum 2.5 GPA and SAT combined score of 880 (Reading and Math) or ACT score of 17

Where to find information:

    • College websites
    • www.cfnc.org
    • www.collegeboard.com (Big Future)
    • www.princetonreview.com
    • Books and resources in Student Services
    • Visit the college and tour the campus
    • Speak with your counselor

Finalize your list of colleges

  • After you have completed your research, make a final list of colleges to which you will apply.
  • Your final list should include a variety of different colleges, including your preferred school(s) and at least one “safe” school.

Complete and Submit Applications

  • Online Applications
    • Most colleges prefer that you apply online.
    • Apply to NC schools online by going to
    • www.cfnc.org
    • Most colleges also have an online application available on their website.

The Application Essay

  • Many colleges require that you submit an essay with your application.
  • Read the essay question on the application carefully to make sure that your essay completely answers the question.
  • English teachers are willing to assist students with college application essays.
  • Crosby Scholars offers essay writing assistance

High School Transcripts

  • You will need to have an official copy of your high school transcript sent to each college to which you are applying.
  • Complete a Transcript Request Card in Student Services each time you need to send a transcript only if the school is out of state
  • The first two transcripts are free and each additional one is $2.
  • If you apply online using the CFNC website, transcripts will be sent electronically.

The College Application

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Some colleges will ask that you submit at least one letter of recommendation
  • Letters of recommendation can be from a teacher, a counselor, or a work supervisor.
  • Be sure to ask for a recommendation at least 2 weeks before the deadline!

The Application Fee

  • Most colleges require that you pay a non-refundable application fee when you submit your application.
  • This fee is usually between $25 and $75.
  • The college’s website or application will tell you how to pay the fee.
  • College Board Application Fee Waivers are available IF you use a fee waiver when you register for the SAT. Most institutions, but not all, will accept the application fee waiver.

www.cfnc.org

  • One Place “To Plan, Apply, and Pay for College”
  • Create account-user name and password
  • Benefits to Students-Career Planning, Academic Planning, SAT/ACT Test Prep, College Applications, Scholarships and Financial Aid

College Application Week

  • October 15-19 (Monday/Friday)
  • October 18 is North Forsyth High School Day
  • Opportunity for seniors to apply to college online using www.CFNC.org
  • Local college admissions officers will volunteer to work with students
  • Seniors will sign up to participate and must have a CFNC account

Helpful Websites

  • College Board (SAT) www.collegeboard.com
  • ACT www.act.org
  • NC private colleges www.ncicu.org
  • Community Colleges www.nccommunitycolleges.edu
  • NC public colleges www.northcarolina.edu
  • College Foundation of NC www.cfnc.org
  • College View www.collegeview.com
  • Fastweb www.fastweb.com
  • FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Financial Aid studentaid.gov
  • Winston-Salem Foundation www.wsfoundation.org

SAT/ACT Testing

The College Application

  • SAT/ACT Scores
  • If you apply to a 4-year college you will need to submit your SAT or ACT scores.
  • If you have not yet taken either of these tests register now to take one as soon as possible.
  • On your SAT/ACT registration, be sure to specify which colleges you want to receive your scores.

SAT Dates and Deadlines 2018-2019

  • Test Dates
  • November 3
  • December 1
  • March 9
  • May 4
  • June 1
  • Registration Deadline
  • October 5
  • November 2
  • February 8
  • April 5
  • May 3

ACT Dates and Deadlines 2018-2019

  • Test Dates
  • October 27
  • December 8
  • February 9
  • April 13
  • June 8
  • July 13
  • Registration Deadline
  • September 28
  • November 2
  • January 11
  • March 8
  • May 3
  • June 14

SAT/ACT Fee Waivers

  • Students who meet the family income guidelines from College Board (SAT) and/or ACT may receive fee waivers. Students are limited to 2 waivers during their Junior and Senior years. An income eligibility form verifying eligibility for free/reduced meals is required for receipt of a SAT and/or ACT fee
  • waivers.
  • Students receiving an SAT fee waiver also qualify to receive 4 College Application Fee Waivers and 4 additional score reports.

NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Registration required for all student athletes who plan to participate in varsity sports at the collegiate level
  • Register online at www.eligibilitycenter.org
  • Registration fee is $80; Fee Waiver available if one was used for the SAT or ACT (See your counselor in Student Services)

Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • Scholarship Night
  • Oct. 18, 2018 at 6:00pm
  • Education Building

TYPES OF AID

  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Loans
  • Work Study

Resources

  • North Forsyth High Scholarship Newsletters
  • College/University Financial Aid Office
  • CFNC
  • Winston-Salem Foundation
  • (begin application January 1)
  • Online Sources

FAFSA

  • FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID
  • Information is used first by institution to determine eligibility for aid
  • Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Apply beginning Oct. 1
  • What do you need?
    • FSA ID for online application – GET NOW! One for student and one for parent.
    • Tax information for year 2016
    • Parent Social Security Number & Student Social Security #
    • Driver’s License Number if you have one
    • Alien Registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

Residency Determination Service

  • Eligibility for in-state tuition & state grants
  • Complete application at ncresidency.org or as part of a CFNC.org application
  • Will receive a residency certification number (RCN) that you may need to reapply if you transfer to a different institution
  • FAFSA
  • DAY!
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Locations to be announced at a later date

CSS PROFILE

  • Another form required by some colleges and scholarship programs
  • Used to determine eligibility status
  • MUST be completed online at www.collegeboard.com
  • Apply beginning October 1st
  • In NC, applies only to Davidson, Duke, Elon, UNC Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest

North Forsyth High Scholarship Process

  • Advertisement – Scholarship Newsletters
    • Email service to students and parents
    • Paper copies kept in Student Services
    • Posted on school website
  • Applications
    • Paper or Online
    • Paper applications can be picked up in Student Services
    • For select competitive scholarships, see Ms. Mickey to apply. These are decided by the Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship Process

  • Responsibility
    • KNOW the requirements for each scholarship
      • Application form; letters of recommendation; essay; resume
    • Complete by the application deadline
      • Received date vs. Postmark date
    • Sign the application, have parent sign if required
    • It’s YOUR (the student’s!) responsibility to complete
  • Transcripts
    • Applications sent by North – Ms. Mickey will request
    • Students request all others
    • No cost for transcripts used for scholarships

Helpful CFNC Resources

  • CFNC.org website-Paying for College tab and then Tools and then Net Calculator
  • NC Financial Aid Estimator-explore state and federal options to help with college cost; estimate grants and scholarships awards; calculate federal loan eligibility; print report for future reference

Important Dates

  • North Forsyth College Fair: Sept. 28
  • WS/FCS College Fair: Oct. 1
  • FAFSA/RDS Assistance: Oct. 17
  • College Application Day: Oct. 18
  • Senior Day: Nov. 9
  • Class Day: May 17
  • GRADUATION: JUNE 8

Questions?

  • John Andrews (A-D) jhandrews@wsfcs.k12.nc.us
  • Marissa Mickey (E-J) mdmickey@wsfcs.k12.nc.us
  • Tierra McManus (K-P) tmcmanus@wsfcs.k12.nc.us
  • Sonya Withers (Q-S) smwithers@wsfcs.k12.nc.us
  • Keisha Horton (T-Z) kshorton@wsfcs.k12.nc.us
  • Office Phone Number (336) 661-4890
  • Office Fax Number (336) 661-4914
  • *PowerPoint will be e-mailed to all senior students and parents.


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