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How to make the best of your Senior Year (Scholarship Talk). DCHS Counselors 2013-2014. What will I learn from this presentation?. Is college for me? Where can I find scholarships How to avoid scams ACT/SAT Cost comparison of colleges How to apply to college. Why go to college?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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How to make the best of your Senior Year(Scholarship Talk)DCHS Counselors2013-2014What will I learn from this presentation?Is college for me?Where can I find scholarshipsHow to avoid scamsACT/SATCost comparison of collegesHow to apply to college

Why go to college? education=more money and more freedom!

Cost of Undecided?Not sure what you want to do yet? Is going straight to college the best decision?

What are my options besides college?

Cost of UndecidedKansas Career PipelineGives you an opportunity to take assessments to learn more about yourself and suggest possible careers that fit your personality and skills. If you are not sure what you want to do after high school, this is a great website to search your options.

Colleges-Cost ComparisonKansas Career PipelineYou can compare up to three colleges at a time:SizeTuitionRoom and boardAPPROXIMATE Cost Comparison DCCCFort Hays

Kansas State

Univ. of KS


Baker Univ.

Texas A&M (CS)Type of College2 Year4 years or more4 years or more

4 years or more

4 years or more

4 years or more

4 years or more

In-State Tuition$1,120$3,034$6,672$7,167$20,506$22,200$5,297Room & BoardHome$6,625$6,954$7,070$6,056$7,030$8,008*Books & Supplies$2,000$2,000






1 year total$3120$11,659$15,626$16,237$28,562$31,230$15,3054 year total$6,2402 year$46,636$62,504$64,948$114,248$124,920$61,220Out of State$19,727 $10,0084 year total$118,940The Price of CollegeWhat other costs are there besides tuition?

How Do I Pay for College?Talk to your family. Discuss realistically how much they will be able to help with paying for college and how much will be on your own.Apply for ScholarshipsFASFA-parent expected contribution, grants, loansGrantsWork-StudyLoansMilitaryFAFSAFree application for Federal Student Aid

EFC-Expected Family contribution-used to formulated the amount of money your family is expected to contribute to pay for college expenses each year.

What is a Scholarship?Scholarship is an award of money to help someone attend college.

What Types of Scholarships?Awarded for various reasons:College specific (KSU, WSU, Newman) Academic ( GPA)Athletic or Activity (Soccer/Band/Club)Major specific (nurse, agriculture, engineer)MinorityVarious reasons (parent workplace, left-handed, Chamber of Commerce)Belly Flops? Where do I find Scholarships?College Websites DCHS Website SSC-black file on west wall. Check every other week!

BEWARE OF SCAMS!You should not have to pay to have someone research scholarships nor should you have to pay a fee to get a legit scholarship-beware of scams!

If it is too good to be trueIt is!

Resume-Leadership/ResponibilityColleges and scholarships want to see that you were an involved student during high school. Grades are important, but so is staying active and contributing to your community.Make an extensive list of any activity that shows leadership or responsibility: academic accomplishments, awards, clubs, sports, after school responsibilities, church youth group/mission trips, community service, etc.

Need help? Resume Workshop October 21. OP The List BAD ExampleFreshmanSophomoreJuniorSeniorThe List Good ExampleFreshmanSophomoreJuniorSeniorOctober Student of the Month for the Science DepartmentHERO DayFCAHERO CLUBBANDChurch Youth group mission trip

HERO CLUB Student LeaderFCABANDTennis

HERO CLUB Student LeaderFCABANDTennisJcPennys Sales Associate November 2011-currentProm CommitteeHERO CLUB Student LeaderFCABANDTennisJcPennys Sales Associate November 2011-current

The List Good ExampleFreshmanSophomoreJuniorSeniorFCCLAResponsible for younger siblings after school from 3-5:30FCCLAFBLAResponsible for younger siblings after school from 3-5:30

FCCLAFBLAResponsible for younger siblings after school from 3-5:30HERO DAYHERO Club

FCCLAFBLA Club PresidentHERO ClubResponsible for younger siblings after school from 3-5:30

How Do I Apply to Colleges?Apply online. You can apply to as many colleges as you want.Apply by their scholarship deadline. BEWARE of DEADLINES!Application fees (free-$50)

DCCC-Deadline April 30!12 Grade ChecklistAll YearWork hard all yearsecond-semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility.Stay involved: school activities, sports, clubs, church, jobs, and community service. Seek leadership roles if possible.

FALLSenior evaluations-meet with your school counselor in September to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements.Take/retake the ACT/SAT. Check with the colleges you are interested in to see what tests they require.College Planning Conference-September 30ASVAB-October 24Apply to several colleges (on official websites). Prepare your applications carefully. Follow the instructions, and PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DEADLINES! Keep DCCC in mind. Apply in spring BY APRIL 30.

EARLY GradsKeep grades up and passing so that you can continue your plan to graduate in December. Going to DCCC in January? Must attend Early Grad Planning Meeting on November 12, 2013. DCHS Student Service Center. DCCC staff will help you fill out application and scholarship information. Did you fill out DCCC Application, Scholarship form, and FAFSA last April?WINTERAttend Financial Aid meeting on December 5(OP-DCHS Auditorium)Attend College Goal Sunday February 2014.Encourage your parent(s) to complete income tax forms early. If your parent(s) has (have) not completed tax forms, you can provide estimated information on your federal student aid application, but remember to make any necessary changes later.As soon as possible after Jan. 1, complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), along with any other financial aid applications your school(s) of choice may require. You can complete the FAFSA online or on paper, but completing the application online is faster and easier. You should submit your FAFSA by the earliest financial aid deadline of the schools to which you are applying, usually by early February.After you submit the FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within three days to three weeks. Quickly make any necessary corrections and submit them to the FAFSA processor.Complete any last scholarship applications.

ACT/ Check with your college/technical school to see what they require. Two ACT fee waivers (total) are available to high school students who are on free or reduced lunches (save $36). SAT fee waivers-depends on availability

Need help with ACT registration?

There is help available each Monday in SSC during OP.

Please see a counselor ahead of time to get your planner stamped. Space is limited!

ACTACT deadlines for the 2013-2014 school year:Registration DeadlineTest DateAugust 23, 2013September 21, 2013September 27, 2013October 26, 2013November 8, 2013December 14, 2013January 10, 2014February 8, 2014March 7, 2014April 12, 2014May 9, 2014June 14, 2014

Student Registering for the ACT:

Congrats! You are taking an important step in preparing for college. Most colleges use your ACT scores to determine what college classes you need to take in English, math, reading, and science. Many scholarships are based on the ACT score as well.PLEASE take this test seriously!Read through and practice each problem in the study guide. Dont wait until the last minute. If you need more test prep, we have additional free material and books in the Student Service Center. Mr. Hutchcraft in room H231 can also provide you with a free login for online test prep.Know where to go ahead of time and be on time (7:30am)! Over sleeping or forgetting to go take the ACT is unacceptable.If you received a fee waiver- you have been given a great opportunity. This test normally costs $36 ($50.50 with the ACT Plus Writing). Please use it wisely by studying for the test and doing your best on the test. If you qualify, you may receive a total of two fee waivers that can be used during your junior and senior year of high school. You will then be responsible for paying for any additional tests. SAT deadlines for the 2013-2014 school year:Registration DeadlineTest DateSeptember 6, 2013October 5, 2013October 3, 2013November 2, 2013November 8, 2012December 7, 2013

Transcript RequestAll colleges will want an official transcript with the school seal sent by Mrs. Rebein, our registrar.

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Next Senior MeetingDecember 5, during OP:Financial Aid Meeting

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