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Next Steps. DeAnna Brown ELCS School Counselor. First Steps. Introductions Parent Involvement is Key Where to find more information Contact me at dbrown@elcsd.org or at 873-6371x4. Planning & Preparing. Every Year. Make your academic transcript strong - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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College Planning 101

Next StepsDeAnna BrownELCS School Counselor1Welcome! How many seniors? Juniors? Sophomores?First StepsIntroductions Parent Involvement is KeyWhere to find more informationContact me at dbrown@elcsd.org or at 873-6371x42What else do you want to cover? Planning & PreparingEvery YearMake your academic transcript strongGet Involved in Clubs, Sports, Community Programs or other ActivitiesVolunteer/Community ServiceResearch possible careers or majorsTake challenging coursework and do your best9th & 10th Grade Explore!Take the Plan Test (10th grade w/Mrs. Brown)

Consider CV-TEC program for 11th/12th Grade

Attend College Visits with Mrs. BrownCV-TEC ProgramsNew Visions Seniors OnlyMedical Careers / Law & Government

Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute (PAI) Junior & Senior Years + 1 year of College Courses at Clinton CC = Associates Degree

Vocational Programs Junior & Senior Years

11th Grade Prepare!Keep Your Grades Up this is the year that is spotlighted on transcripts.Take the PSATResearch CollegesTake the SAT or ACT (late spring)Visit College CampusesTake courses for college credit Earning College Credit at ELCSDual Credit Course = HS+College Credit at the same timeThrough North Country Community CollegeCost is $50 per courseNote: You will have a transcript on file with NCCC that shows your college course credits.

AP Course = Advanced PlacementStudents pay a fee to take the AP Exam

8Credits transfer to many collegesHelps students get into collegeEases the load for students entering collegeCourses Offered for NCCC College Credit at ELCSEnglish 12AP EnglishPre-CalculusCalculusTechnical MathStatisticsFitnessFrench 3

Advanced ArtArt PortfolioMusic TheoryMarketing PrinciplesComputer IComputer Graphics

Aim for Your Highest DiplomaRegents Diploma w/Advanced w/Honors**with Mastery in Math and/or Science (NEW)Regents Diploma w/Advanced DesignationRegents Diploma w/HonorsRegents DiplomaLocal Diploma (for eligible students with IEP or 504 Plan only)Note: Regents Exams can be retaken; Highest grade is posted on transcript.Regents DiplomaRegents Diploma w/Advanced DesignationEnglish4 Credits + Comprehensive English ExamSocial Studies4 Credits + Global Exam + US History ExamMath3 Credits + 1 Math Exam3 Math Regents ExamScience3 Credits + 1 Regents Exam2 Science Regents ExamsOther

Total of 22 Credits1 Credit Language Other Than English, .5 Credits Heath, 1 Credit Art/Music, 2 Credits P.E., 3.5 Credits Electives Spanish/French Regents Exam

SAT and ACT TestsTaken by students across the nation to give perspective colleges and universities a "snapshot" of the student's academic ability.

Most 4-year colleges and universities require either the SAT or the ACT.

Some selective colleges also require SAT Subject Tests. Check application requirements early.

Register online.

Some students choose to take both tests and submit their scores.

School Counselor has applications for fee waivers and testing accommodations12th Grade Review your GPA, rank, & diploma type with Mrs. BrownTake courses for college creditNarrow your list of colleges & know deadlinesApply to Colleges, Apply for Jobs, Meet with military recruitersApply for Financial Aid & ScholarshipsKeep your grades up & retake Regents Exams or SAT/ACT Exams or SAT Subject TestsResearching OptionsInternet Searches (from Ms. Browns site)Books from Counselors Office and LibraryCollege Fairs Meet with Admissions Reps and Military RecruitersAttend Open Houses at collegesTalk to friends, teachers, neighbors, relativesVolunteer or work part-timeWatch Schrauf Alley & listen to announcementsCommon Paths4 year college or university program2 year college 1 year certificate programVocational training programs (ex CV-TEC)Employment Military (Active Duty, Reserves, or ROTC)Exploring Military OptionsTake the ASVAB (see Mrs. Brown to set up)Talk with RecruitersResearch ROTC, Active Duty, ReservesTalk with people who have been in the militaryConsidering EmploymentTalk with people you know about their careersAsk about employment opportunities through people you knowVisit One WorkSourceVolunteer or work part-time to gain experiencePrepare a resume and ask for referencesResearching College ProgramsNote: Collegeboard.com or Careercruising.com are recommended search sites.

Academic Programs/Degrees Location & Size of SchoolAdmissions CriteriaCost & Financial AssistanceHousingClubs & Sports (if interested in playing sports at college, contact college coaches ASAP)Support ServicesVisit the campus via Open House or Tour

Some Terms to KnowAssociates DegreeBachelors DegreeCertificate ProgramsUndergraduate vs. GraduatePublic vs PrivateMatriculated vs. Non-matriculatedMatriculation Agreement or Transfer AgreementAdmissions InformationCampusEnrollmentCombinedSATACTCompositeH.S. GPASUNY Albany

13,2501110-126024-2888-94SUNY Potsdam3,6701000-116021-2484-91Applying to CollegesThe Application ProcessYour application will not be reviewed until all materials are received (including your high school transcript)Rolling admissions vs. deadlinesEarly acceptance vs. early decisionInterviews can be very helpful to youKnow your deadlines and requirements!!Applying to Community College ProgramsCommunity Colleges have Open Enrollment anyone with HS Diploma can enroll. Some programs are selective (ex. Nursing, Rad Tech) and have an additional application process. Apply for free via colleges application to NCCC and CCC. Attend NCCC with full tuition waiver if in top 20% of graduating class. Typical Application to 4-year programsApplication, Common Application or SUNY Application & Supplemental Application

Official High School Transcript (Transcript Request Form)

Fee or Fee Waiver (see Mrs. Brown)

SAT or ACT Scores (some colleges want them sent directly from SAT/ACT; some colleges are test-optional

Counselor & Teacher RecommendationsNote: It is to your advantage to submit everything digitallyEducational Opportunity Programs (EOP / HEOP)Provides academic support, and financial aid to students.

EligibilityIneligible for admission under traditional standards, but demonstrate potential for completing a college program; and In need of financial assistance within established income guidelines. To ApplyMark on admissions application that you wish to be considered for EOP/HEOP or submit letter of interest.

After the AcceptancesCommit to a college via deposit (typically by May 1st)Apply for housing if interestedTake Placement Tests if requiredAttend an OrientationRegister for coursesCommunicate directly with college for other requirementsPaying for CollegeFinancial Aid Workshopat ELCS on January 7th at 5PM with Keri Lubold from PSU Applying for Financial Aid1)Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you have filed your taxes (after January 1st). You can get an estimate of aid prior to this by visiting

2) Complete the HESC Application for financial aid through NY State.

3) Wait to receive an Award Letter from each school, which tells you what financial assistance they can offer you.Note: Some private colleges also require the completion of the CSS Profile through College Board29FAFSA processed within 3-5 days if filing on the web, and 2-4 weeks if filing by paper.A Word About Price Tags $$Cost of Attendance- Financial Aid = Actual Cost to You

School A School B$40,000$20,000-20,000- 00000=$20,000=$20,000

It is possible to attend private college for the same price or less than a public college.

Each college has a Net Price Calculator to estimate your actual cost of attendance. Paying for CollegeFinancial Aid ScholarshipsGrantsStudent LoansParent LoansWork-StudySavingsFamily FinancingEmploymentAward LetterEstimated Cost of Attendance Amount of free money you will receive: Federal AidState AidGrants/ScholarshipsLoans you are eligible forWork studyEstimated Family Contribution

3 Main Sources of Scholarships Scholarships offered through colleges & universities.

Mrs. Browns Scholarship List

Internet SearchesQuestions?Fill out evaluation form please