5 steps to getting on the right college path Objective: assist students in beginning their college search using 5 important factors to consider. Goal for each student: Create a college folder incorporating the findings from the lesson. Give the students a foundation on which to begin and work through their college admissions process. Time: 1 lesson each week for one hour. 5 sites to introduce to students: TESTING www.petersons.com/testprepchannel/college_bound.asp -this site will be useful in locating and researching about the various college prep exams required for many colleges. Students are able to take a practice exam, locate test centers, find study guides, learn about the new scoring and get tips and strategies. FINDING A MAJOR www.princetonreview.com/college/research/majors/majorsearch.asp -this site has a wonderful tool for searching for majors. You can look up different majors, or even look up occupations you would like and then see the corresponding majors. This site provides a basic overview of the major as well as high school preparation, colleges that offer the major, sample curriculum, and some fun facts. FINDING A COLLEGE http://apps.collegeboard.com/search/adv_typeofschool.jsp -this site will take you through the different criteria needed to choose the right college. Location, size, major, activities and athletics, price, affiliations, etc. are some of the key criteria that will be used when locating a college that is a good fit for the student. The student is able to compile a list of preferred colleges, see a school profile, link to the website and even find schools with similar matches. FILLING OUT FINANCIAL AID FORMS www.fafsa.ed.gov -the main and official site for applying for federal financial aid. The student is able to fill out the form, save it and return to it later. A student is also able to check the status and make changes to their FAFSA. FINDING SCHOLARSHIPS www.fastweb.monster.com -this site provides a vast scholarship search for students based on their inputted criteria. The site matches scholarships to the students using their current information and provides an overview of requirements, deadlines and amounts. The site will also send reminders of impending scholarship deadlines and new ones that may have been added. Lesson 1: Go to: www.petersons.com/testprepchannel/college_bound.asp Locate the new changes being made to the SAT’s. Take a free practice exam -Students are able to surf the site once those tasks are completed so they can become familiar with the site and also locate information that may be of particular importance to them. Preparing and taking standardized exams is the first part in the college search process. Lesson 2: Go to: www.princetonreview.com/college/research/majors/majorsearch.asp Identify 2 possible majors Save and print descriptions to be placed in college folder -The next step for students is to begin to research areas of interest they wish to study in college. Finding and narrowing down their areas of study will assist in locating colleges with those majors. Students will also learn more about the majors and what they can do to prepare, and what possible jobs they might be interested in pursuing. Lesson 3: Go to: http://apps.collegeboard.com/search/adv_typeofschool.jsp Using the majors found in lesson two, identify 5-7 possible colleges using the search criteria. Review website Get application information for each college-print out and add to college folder -Finding colleges that meet the students need is critical in a college search process. Students will be able to use this resource to narrow down their college search selection and begin investigating possible colleges to apply to. Lesson 4: Go to: www.fafsa.ed.gov Print out FAFSA to put in college folder Surf site -In order to be considered for financial aid, the FAFSA is often a required piece. The students will be able to use the form to fill out on paper and then go back and fill out online with the help of their parents. Lesson 5: Go to: www.fastweb.monster.com Identify 7-10 possible scholarship matches Save scholarships to folder provided on site for future reference Print out information required for each to be placed in folder -Funding a college education can be manageable with the help of outside scholarships. Beginning a search of these scholarships will assist students in possibly locating scholarships available to them based on criteria. Follow up: Students will revisit the sites throughout the school year to update any change of information they may have as well as continued research about the colleges. The students will use their information in their folder to have an organizational tool when working with their counselor and discussing with their parents.
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