College Planning Congrats! Class of 2012
Degree vs. No Degree • Average lifetime earnings for a college graduate is over $1 million higher than for someone with a high school diploma.
Type of Degrees • Associates – 2yrs. (community college) • Bachelors – 4yrs. (university) • Masters – 2 yrs. (university) • Doctorates – varies (university)
College Entrance and Applications • Apply Early • If you need counselor recommendation, give us TWO weeks • Know the scholarship application deadlines for each school • Make sure your application is complete with transcripts, application and test scores • Know the minimum requirements • check the web sites and college handbooks • look for minimum course requirements • look for average SAT/ACT scores
In State College Admission Requirements • Core Competencies: • 4yrs. English • 4yrs. Math – algebra, geometry, algebra • 3-4, + 1 yr. beyond alg. 3-4 • 3yrs. Lab Science • 2yrs. Social Science • 2yrs. Foreign Language – same lang. • 1yr. Fine Art One of the following: • Top 25% in class rank • 3.0 un-weighted GPA in core competencies • SAT 1040 • ACT 22 Admissions decisions for students that don’t meet the stated requirements are made on a case by case basis at each university.
In-State University $658 per credit hour Tuition $9,720 -Books $800-$1,300 Dorms- $5,000 to $7,000 Community College $76 per credit hour Tuition $1,820 Books $800-$1,300 Tuition, Fees and Other Costs
Out of State Tuition Per Year • Pepperdine $36,650 • Stanford $36,360 • UCLA $29,682 • Harvard $35,568 • University of Colorado $14,000 • Notre Dame $53,240
Alaska Arizona California Colorado Hawaii Idaho Montana Nevada New Mexico North Dakota Oregon South Dakota Utah Washington Wyoming Western Undergraduate Exchange Program
WUE • Hawai’I State Resident $6,768 • WUE $10,152 • Non-Hawai’i Resident $18,816
AZ University Admission and Registration Process - 2 Steps • Complete Admission Application • Starting in August/September (www.asu.edu, www.nau.edu or www.arizona.edu) • Send SAT or ACT Scores and Official Transcripts for high school and community college • Application fee $50.00 • Attend Freshman Orientation to register for College Classes -ASU mid-march -U of A June -NAU mid-march
Community College Admission Process – 3 easy steps • Complete Admission Form • www.maricopa.edu • Take the ASSET test at your institution (no SAT or ACT required) • Make an appointment with an academic advisor at your institution.
SAT/ ACT • Send scores to all the schools you are interested. • Check with out-of-state schools that may require SAT II • on-line registration • check registration deadlines • www.act.org • www.collgeboard.com
What is a Credit? • 1 credit = 1 hour in class per week • 12 credits = full-time student • 6 credits = part-time • Most college classes are 3 credits
In-State College Night • September 26, 2011 • 6:30 - 8:30 PM • Mountain Pointe Auditorium
Out-of-State College Information • Greater Phoenix National College Fair • Phoenix Civic Plaza • Sunday, Oct. 2 • 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
COLLEGE VISITS • Many colleges visit the MdN campus. • In-state schools visit quarterly • Out-of-state schools visit throughout the year. • Students must sign-up in the counseling office or LRTC • Visits listed on calendar found on MdN Guidance website
Transcripts • Helen Pina –Records in the front office sends all official transcripts. • All official transcripts must be requested by the student from Helen Pina in the front office. • Please provide an addressed, stamped envelope.
Student/Athletes – NCAA Clearinghouse • Make an appointment with Mr. Miller to start the NCAA Clearing House process. • www.ncaaclearinghouse.net To participate in college athletics, students must meet NCAA eligibility requirements.
Is it worth the effort? For a $1,000 Scholarship… If you spent, 10 hours of research & completing applications = $100 per hour
Still not convinced? If you made $8 an hour, you would have to work 125 hours to = $1000
Where to Research Scholarships • MdN website (Scholarship link on right side of page) • Academic Department’s website at any college or university • Fastweb.com • Google Search
GPA Ethnicity Gender Volunteer history First to attend college Field of interest Political party Religion Parent’s profession Willingness to work in economically depressed areas What is the eligibility criteria?
Application Core Components • Scholarship Application • Personal Statement • Letters of recommendation (2 minimum) • Academic Transcript • Resume • Activity List, SAT/ACT scores, FAFSA
Personal Statement • Personal and family background • Education and career goals • Personal interests, achievements, extracurricular activities, work experience, community service involvement • Your financial need
Letters of Recommendation Best Practices • Be proactive, ask Early! • Inform them of your deadline • Send them an email at least two days before you pick up • Give them a resume, personal statement, and transcript
Do’s & Don’ts of Scholarships • Do Apply, Apply, Apply often and early! • Do use multiple sources for finding scholarships • Do search locally • Do follow instructions carefully
Don’t • Never pay to apply for a scholarship! • Don’t waste your money on scholarship search services that promise to help you tap into vast amount of unclaimed financial aid funds. There are many web sites that provide the same information for FREE.
President Barack Obama Scholars Program – $60,000 or less U of A Assurance Program - $42,400 University Scholarship Programs
MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS • When applying to Arizona universities, you are automatically considered for a merit scholarship IF you have taken the SAT/ACT • APPLY early to find out results and have first priority with dorm rooms!
ABOR High Honors Waiver “A’s” or “B’s” in the 16 required core classes (“C’s” can be ignored with extra classes or good AP scores in the same subject.) AND 3.5 cumulative GPA in courses used above AND Exceed AIMS in all subjects OR Exceed in 2 areas of AIMS and get “3’s” on 2 AP tests
Financial Aid 101 What you need to know
Financial Aid Crash Course:The Types of Federal Aid • Grants – do not have to be paid back! • Loans – borrowed money that you must repay • Work-study – work on campus
Timeline for (FAFSA)Free Application for Federal Student Aid • Priority filing date February 15th • FAFSA application on the web www.fafsa.ed.gov
Scholarships to look for • Tempe Diablos Scholarship -Top 50% of class, be a resident of Tempe, plan to attend ASU or any Maricopa Community College • Tempe IDA Scholarship -Top 50% of class, must be a resident of Tempe, any institution, Amount $1,000
More Scholarships • Jenny Norton-Bob Ramsey Scholarship -Minimum 2.0 GPA, plan to attend any institution, Amount $1,000 • Arizona Private Schools Assoc. Scholarship -Attend any vocational school, Amount $1,000
MdN Scholarships • MdN Chris Massey Memorial Scholarship -Minimum 2.5 GPA, any institution, preference to education majors, Amount $1,000 • Tempe Dollars for Scholars Scholarship -GPA varies, Amount $1,000 and up