Welcome Parents!!! Class of 2010 Senior Parent Night Counselor Connection A-Cam Mr. Sam Hernandez Can-Fe Ms. Katrina Johangiry Ff-Ho Mr. Anthony Cummings Hp-Mc Mrs. LaShonn Finney Md-Pl Ms. Cathi Creeden Pm-Sh Mrs. Amber Thompson Si-Z Mr. John Richardson Mr. Ryan Sanchez-Interim Counselor Counseling Direct Number: (951) 739-5680 4 Systems of Higher Education University of California (UC) California State University (CSU) Community College (CCC) Private Colleges & Universities Community College Route “High School” High School to 4-Year High School How Do I Become Eligible for UC Admissions ? Paths to the University of California 1. Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) 2. Statewide Context 3. Examination Eligibility in the Local Context ELC Office selects top 4% -Complete 11 units that include 1 unit of history/social science 3 units of English 3 units of mathematics 1 unit of laboratory science 1 unit of language other than English 2 units chosen from among the remaining “a-g” Students who do not complete at least 11 of the 15 “a-g” requirements will not be considered for ELC Statewide Context UC Eligibility Requirements PATH TO UC A-G Subject Scholarship (GPA) Examinations A-G SUBJECTS: Years Required for College Admissions Social 2 Language other 2 Science Than English English 4 Visual/Performing 1 Arts Mathematics 3 College Prep. 1 Laboratory 2 Sciences GPA/COURSES that prepare You for COLLEGE! GPA is determined by grades earned in the “a-g” subjects taken in the last three years of high school Honors (H)/Advanced Placement (AP) Courses: UC assigns extra points to UC certified (H) and AP courses taken in the last three years of high school that are passed with a grade of C or better Courses that prepare YOU for College Advanced Placement (AP) Exam: a score of 3 or higher grants credit towards subject credit, graduation credit,or college credit. Concurrent Enrollment refers to college courses that are transferable to the University that students can take while in high school. Grades of “C” or better earned at the community college earn an extra grade point like H/AP courses. (www.rcc.edu) Exams 2009/10 PSAT SAT Reasoning Test (Preliminary Exam- Shorter Version of SAT) - Critical Reasoning - Critical Reasoning - Math - Math - Writing - Writing ACT - Reading SAT Subject Tests Comprehension 2 Subjects of students choice - Math (Math II, Literature, History, - Social Science Science, Language Other than - Science Reasoning English, etc.) PLUS - Writing Exams must be completed by December, 2009!!! Registration Deadline: October 31, 2009 Minimum vs. Competitive GPA Exams Total # of Semesters (UC approved courses) – www.ucop.edu/doorways Total # of H/AP Strength of Senior Year Personal Elements Personal Statement Extracurricular Activities Personal Statement •An opportunity for applicants to provide information that supports and enhances the application review process •Adds clarity, richness and meaning to their application •Enables applicant to make the best possible case for admission •An admission decision is never based on the content of the personal statement alone. Personal Statement Prompts Describe the world you come from—for example, your family, Community or school— and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are? Page #3 from the UC Application Cost of Colleges/Universities Tuition & Books Total Cost UC $10,000 $26,000 CSU $7,000 $20,000 CC $1,200 $ 4,000 Indep. $17,000- $30,000- $49,000 $60,000 IMPORTANT DATES: November 1st-30th : Students apply January 1st- March 2nd : Financial Aid (FAFSA) March: Acceptance Letter March-April Offer Letter May 1st: Student Intent to Register (SIR) NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)www.ncaastudent.org Division I- 16 Core Courses Division II- 14 Core Courses 4 years of English 3 years of English 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or 2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher) higher) 2 years of natural/physical science 2 years of natural/physical science (one (one must be a lab science) must be a lab 1 year of additional English, math or 2 year of additional English, math or science science 2 years of social studies 2 years of social studies 4 years of additional core courses 3 years of additional core courses (from any area listed above, or (from any area listed above, or from from foreign language, foreign language, nondoctrinal religion nondoctrinal religion or philosophy) or philosophy) Must also take SAT or ACT Transcripts Official Transcripts are embossed with the school seal and signed by the Registrar. Official Transcripts can be obtained by submitting a request to the registrars office. Unofficial Transcripts will not be accepted in place of official transcripts. College Systems - UC specifics UC – SAT Reasoning/ACT and SAT Subject tests must be taken by Dec 2009 Apply on-line from Nov. 1- 30, 2009 UC website: www.ucop.edu/pathways Write your Personal Statement – write and rewrite! – Write for an admissions reader’s attention – Have someone read it who doesn’t know you well – Begin with Prompt #2 first; might be easier to get started Begin working on your UC application October 1, but DO NOT send until November 1-30th California State University LOS ANGELES EAST BAY NORTHRIDGE CHICO DOMINGUEZ HILLS SONOMA LONG BEACH MARITIME BAKERSFIELD SAN JOSE CAL POLY POMONA FRESNO SAN BERNARDINO SAN MARCOS MONTEREY BAY STANISLAUS CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO HUMBOLT SAN FRANCISCO SAN DIEGO SACRAMENTO FULLERTON CHANNEL ISLANDS CSU Entrance Requirements CSU Bound A-G Subject Minimum 2.0gpa Examinations College Systems- CSU Specifics 23 Campuses Must complete A-G Course Requirements 2.0 minimum GPA DO NOT have to take the writing portion of the SAT Reasoning or the ACT Exams must be completed by December 2009 Apply online at www.csumentor.com October 1-November 30 EOP-Equal Opportunity Program Designed to improve access and retention of historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged students. The program provides admission and academic assistance to EOP-eligible undergraduate students. In many cases, the program offers financial assistance to eligible students. Private/Out of State Schools Private: www.aiccu.edu Out of State: www.petersons.com Check out the school’s particular website to apply They will have their own deadlines for admission, so you must check Research cost (some have their own financial aid process) College Systems – Private Schools Check out the school’s particular website to apply. They will have their own deadlines for admission, so you must check. Research cost (some have their own financial aid process). Most will require a letter of recommendation from your student’s counselor so have your son/daughter see their counselor ASAP if they have not already done so. College Systems- Community College Specifics Over 100 in the State of California Must be 18 years of age or a High School Graduate Transfer to a 4-Year University upon completion of General Education Reqs. Community College IS your first 2 years of college. Sources of Financial Aid Federal government State government Colleges and universities Private agencies, companies, foundations, and your parents’ employers Types of Aid Gift Aid - Grants or scholarships that do not need to be repaid Work - Money earned by the student as payment for a job on or off campus Loans - Borrowed money to be paid back, usually with interest FAFSA Filing Tips Gather necessary documents ahead of time Complete a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet available www.fafsa.ed.gov Allow ample time to complete form for submission by deadline Check the FAFSA for accuracy prior to submission Save all work periodically Sign the application using student and at least one parent’s PIN Print out a copy of the FAFSA before submitting data Keep a copy of the Submission Confirmation Page FAFSA Information and Tips File early, but no later than March 2, 2010 Use estimated 2009 income information if taxes are not complete at time of FAFSA submission Student and at least one parent whose information is reported must complete and sign the FAFSA Estimated Financial Aid Eligibility You can use FAFSA4caster to learn about the financial aid process and get an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. www.fafsa.ed.gov and link to fafsa4caster. Scholarship/Financial Aid Websites www.fafsa.ed.gov www.fastweb.com www.finaid.org www.scholarshipexperts.com BEWARE of SCAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Useful Websites www.statfinder.ucop.edu www.universityofcalifornia.edu www.ucop.edu/doorways www.collegeboard.com www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/centennial-hs Questions THANK YOU!!!