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College is Possible The 4 Steps to College Who we are “Making college accessible and affordable for all Illinois students.” - Mission Statement KnowHow2GOIllinois.org Pop Quiz Only rich kids and smart kids can go to college. True False I am not a straight “A” student so I won’t get aid. True False High school dropouts are four times as likely than college graduates to be unemployed. True False Some of the best colleges out there are ones I’ve never heard of. True False KnowHow2GOIllinois.org Why College? Learn new things Feel accomplished Meet new people Improve your skills Get a job or career that you want Earn $,$$$,$$$ KnowHow2GOIllinois.org It’s never too early to start preparing for college. KnowHow2GOIllinois.org The 4 Steps to College Step 1. Be a Pain (in a good way) Step 2. Push Yourself Step 3. Find the Right Fit Step 4. Put Your Hands on Some Cash Step 1. Be a Pain (in a good way) Let everyone know that you are going to college. Speak up. Ask for help. Find a caring adult to help you along the way. KnowHow2GOIllinois.org Talk to a Caring Adult School Parents Teachers Coaches Clergy Friends Counselors A few questions to Do you know someone who went to college? help you get started: If so, where did they go; what did they study; and how did they get there? What activities can I do at home and over the summer to get ready for college? What kind of grades do I need to get into colleges? Are there any colleges that I can visit near my home? Step 2. Push Yourself Working a little harder Working a little harder today will make getting today will make getting into college even into college even easier. easier. Make a plan Make a plan Take the right Take the right classes classes Take the tests Take the tests Make a Plan for High School Make an appointment to talk to your counselor about what you can do when you get to high school. Take the Tough Courses in High School Get tough. Take the challenge! English Math, Algebra & Geometry Science,Biology, Chemistry & Physics Social Studies Foreign Languages Electives Honors/AP (Click on subject to view video.) Get Ready for the Test • English It’s time to get ACT • Math (Plan) • Reading serious about • Science tests. SAT • Reading • Math (PSAT) • Writing • Reading • Math PSAE • Science • Writing Free Test Preparation is available at WhatsNextIllinois.org Step 3. Find the Right Fit The challenge for you is to find the institution that best matches your talents, interests and personality. Is it a big or small school? Is it near home or far away? Does it offer the program of study your that you’re thinking about pursuing? Take a career interest survey. What do you like to do? What are your talents? How do you see your future? Know Your Options Illinois has more than 200 colleges and universities. Consider the following: Type Size Location Majors, Type of Degree Student Life Financial Aid Options Where students live, work, and hang out… Visit a College. Tour a Campus. Virtual Tour www.WhatsNextIllinois.org KnowHow2GO University— Take the Tour www.KnowHow2GO.org Step 4. Put Your Hands on Some Cash If you think you can’t afford college – think again. What is financial aid? Where does it come from? How and when can a student apply? Financial Aid Sources Financial aid comes from a variety of sources. Federal State Government Government (ED) (ISAC) Private College Sources Types of Financial Aid There are many types of financial aid. • Grants gift aid • Scholarships self-help • Work-Study aid • Loans Money, Money, Money, Money, Money Start Searching: High School Counselor Colleges Your Community FAFSA4Caster.ed.gov Complete the FAFSA soon after January 1 in your senior year Are you ready to take the next step? Step 1. Be a Pain (in a good way) Step 2. Push Yourself Step 3. Find the Right Fit Step 4. Put Your Hands on Some Cash KnowHow2GOIllinois.org Find answers to your questions Illinois Student Assistance Commission 800.899.ISAC (4722) email@example.com ISAC RTUP_Mb_10072010
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