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  1. College Planning 101 CHS Senior College Night

  2. Options after High School 1. College 2. Military Service 3. Apprenticeships 4. Work

  3. Tonight’s focus is on college. College planning takes time. It’s not something that is easily decided overnight.

  4. Why College? • Expected lifetime earnings: • Non-high school graduate $1 million • High school graduate $1.2 million • Some college $1.5 million • Bachelor's degree $2.1 million • Master's degree $2.5 million • Doctoral degree $3.4 million • Professional degree $4.4 million • Source: U.S. Census Bureau

  5. College Options • Technical/Vocational college • 2-year college • 4-year university

  6. Deciding on a College Characteristics to consider: • Location • Size of campus & student body • Degree programs offered • Extracurricular activities • Cost & Financial Aid • Admission Policy • Accreditation • Support Services • Personality of the campus

  7. Narrowing Down Colleges • Research and investigate schools. • Narrow your list down to 3 schools (if possible).

  8. Road Trip Plan time to visit the colleges you are considering! *meet with an admissions counselor -chances of admission -review cost/financial aid -graduation -job placement *take a campus tour *visit a class *talk with staff and students

  9. Apply Early! • All colleges have different deadlines for applying. • Know your deadlines! • Advantages to applying early: • More scholarship opportunities • Better chance of being admitted • Potentially knowing admission status earlier

  10. Application Process A typical application packet requires: • Application • Transcript • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) • Letter of Recommendation (s) • Personal Statement

  11. Decisions, Decisions • Compare offers. • Talk with parents, teachers, and a counselor. • Choose the college that’s right for you. • Contact colleges you choose not to attend.

  12. Financial Planning • Parents • Personal Savings • Financial Aid • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) • Loans • Work Study • Scholarships • Other means

  13. How much does college cost? • 2 yr degree (live at home) $3000-$5000 • BA (public university) $48,000-$60,000 • BA (private university) $80,000-$140,000 • Law School? Add $30,000-$50,000 • Medical School? Add $100,000-$140,000 Source: ACT organization

  14. The Truth is . . . College is expensive but when there’s a will, there’s a way!

  15. Apply for Financial Aid early! FAFSA forms can be submitted after January 1st. www.fafsa.ed.gov *Before the FAFSA can be submitted, students and parents need to apply for a PIN. www.pin.ed.gov

  16. Seniors can also check out: • financial aid pages on college websites • scholarship search engine services such as: www.fastweb.com • the senior page on the CHS website for scholarship announcements http://www.chelanschools.org/hs/Student%20Links/Senior_Class/Index.htm • Senior Scholarship Packet (available after winter break)

  17. Beware of . . . Financial aid scams *You should never have to pay a fee to submit the FAFSA or any scholarship application.

  18. CHS Scholarship Role • Collect scholarship information. • Publish scholarship opportunities. • Liaison between providers and students. • Review packets before submission. • We do not fill out applications. • We do not insure your child can afford college.

  19. Upcoming dates • Manson College & Career Fair -Friday, October 26th, 12:30-3:00 p.m. • National/International College Fair (Seattle) -Monday, November 5th, all day • FAFSA Nightwith Kevin Berg, WVC Financial Aid Director -Monday, November 19th, @ 7:00 a.m. (HS Library)

  20. Questions? Comments? Mary Parsley, CHS Counselor kingm@chelanschools.org TimmieLinehan, CHS College & Career Coordinator linehant@chelanschools.org (509) 682-4061