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Welcome to the Emotional Rollercoaster A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Application Process How Do I Know Where to Apply? • Eligibility • Comfort Zone Requirements for Admission to Community College • Open enrollment • Placement tests for deciding level of English and math courses Requirements for Admission to Vocational Schools • These vary: some programs have academic requirements, some have open enrollment • Ability to pay • Check out apprenticeships (www.calapprenticeship.org/) Requirements for Admission to CSU • a - g classes • GPA min. 2.0 • SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT (writing supplement not necessary) • Graduation from high school Requirements for Admission to UC • a - g classes • GPA min. 3.0 • SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT with Writing • 2 SAT Subject Tests (until class of 2012) • Graduation from high school Comfort Zone • Academic Opportunities • Size • Extra-curricular activities • Location • Other variables • Selectivity • Early Decision, Single Choice Early Action, Early Action. Applying to Community College • March/April: DVC presentation at CPHS • Complete online or paper application + concurrent enrollment form • April: English and Math placement tests • Sign up for Counseling 095 • Register for classes Applying to CSU • Applications can be submitted online between Oct. 1st and Nov. 30th • No application essays • No letters of recommendation • Notification varies • Student decision by May 1st Applying to UC • Online application only • Nov. 1st - Nov. 30th • Personal Statements • No letters of recommendation • Notification mid to end of March • Decision by May 1st Applying to Private Schools • Timelines vary - check application deadlines • Online or paper applications, including Common Application and Universal Application • Personal statements • Letters of Recommendation Exemptions from Placement Testing CSU ELM (Entry Level Math) • SAT Reasoning Math 550 • SAT Subject Math(I or II) 550 • ACT Math 23 • AP Calc. or Stat. 3,4,5 • EAP (administered with STAR test) Exemptions from Placement Testing CSU EPT (English Placement Test) • SAT Verbal 550 • ACT English 24 • AP English (Lang or Lit) 3,4,5 • EAP (Administered with STAR test) Exemption from Placement Testing UC Subject A (Analytical Writing Placement Exam) • AP English (Lang. Or Lit.) 3, 4, 5 • SAT Writing Section 680 • ACT Eng/Writing Combined 30 What Will It Cost? • Assuming your student lives on campus, approximately: • DVC $1,750 approx – living at home • Chico State $21, 642 • Cal Poly $21,864 • UCLA $29,771 • UC Davis $29,259 • Harvard $53,950 -$56,750 (Income between $80k – 180k pay avg.10%) How Will I Pay? • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) • Financial Aid What is Financial Aid? • Grants: Federal, State, Institutional • Scholarships: merit-based, need-based • Loans: student, parent • Work Study How Do We Get Financial Aid? • FAFSA: Jan. 2nd - March 2nd Fafsa on the Web worksheet: www.FAFSA.ED.GOV Financial Aid Night in December • CalGrant: Deadline March 2nd • CSS Profile: Available Oct. 1st. Deadlines vary. $5 + $18 per college or scholarship.(Price for this year not posted yet) • Online Scholarship Searches e.g. Fastweb.com • Scholarship Binder in the Career Center How Can Parents Help? • Try to stay calm • Focus on the education not the name brand • Talk honestly about finances • Help but don’t take over • Enjoy them while they are still here!
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