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					  COLLEGE AND CAREER
PLANNING AND FINANCIAL
   AID INFORMATION
      Welcome from
      Mr. Fujishige,
           the College Counselor
   Web Site:http://bfujishige.blogspot.com
       Email: fujishige@damien.edu
         Phone: 841-0195 Ext 519


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            REMINDERS

• COLLEGE FAIR, APRIL 22
 (THURSDAY(@HAWAII CONVENTION
 CENTER, 5-8PM
  – PRE-REGISTER HTTP://GOTOMYNCF.COM
• COLLEGE SURVEY & QUESTIONNAIRE



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           College Search
• Take it seriously.
   – http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator
   – http://www.collegeboard.com
   – http://www.fairtest.org/university/optio
     nal
• Realize that there is no perfect college,
  but you can find a great fit for you!
 Remember that a great fit for someone else
 does not necessarily mean a great fit for you.

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      Admission Requirements
          2-year                     4-year

• Open-door admission       • ACT or SAT scores
            policy                 are required
•   H.S. diploma &          •   G.P.A & class rank
    ACT/SAT scores are         on transcript,
    used for placement        volunteer work,
•   Accept H.S. grads,            personal
    G.E.D. recipients, or    statement, extra
    individuals at least    curricular activities,
    16 years of age that     recommendations
    have withdrawn from
    high school

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THE APPLICATION PROCESS

            • The Student’s
              Responsibility
            • Obtaining
              Applications
            • Completing
              Applications



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         The Student’s Responsibility

• Decide where to apply (talk w/College
    Counselor)
•   Obtain the applications
•   Complete the actual applications
•   Develop a RESUME
•   Early admission applications due as early as
    November 1st
•   Gather other important information
•   Request transcripts to be sent out-see College
    Counselor

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         How Many Apps?
Applications may cost between $20-$80+
  each
• 2 “reach” schools
   – Academic & Financial
• 2 or 3 “appropriate” schools
   – You will probably get in
   – You can probably afford
• 1 to 2 safety schools
   – Definitely get accepted and affordable

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How to get applications
            • Phone or visit the Office
                of Admissions
            •   Colleges Prefer On-Line
                Applications
            •   The Internet:
                     • Complete and send
                       electronically…
                       Check to see if
                       there is a section to
                       print out and give
                       to your College
                       Counselor/Teacher
                     • Download the
                       application
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          What (Nearly!) Every
           Application Asks
• Student’s full LEGAL         • Standardized Test
    name                           Scores
•   List of all high schools   •   Signature from
    attended                       student, parent, and
•   State of residence of          counselor
    both student and           •   Letters of Rec from a
    parents                        Academic Teacher &
•   Six Digit Damien high          College Counselor
    school code : 120029
                               •   Official Transcript
•   Courses in progress
    Sr Year
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To Obtain Letters of Recommendation

• Provide A Resume
• Allow Minimum 2 weeks in advance
• Provide Deadline--when/date?
• Prefer ALL recommendations come back to
 College Counselor




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What College Admissions’ Officers
 look for in Prospective Students?
•   G.P.A.                  • Academic
•   Rank                        Accomplishments
•   ACT/SAT Test Score      •   School Involvement
•   Personal statement      •   Personality
•   Recommendations             Characteristics
•   HS curriculum (rigor)   •   Level of Commitment
•   Courses in progress     •   Personal
    Senior year                 Accomplishments
                            •   ?
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        Personal Statement

• Why are you            • Why would you be a
 interested in that          good addition to the
 particular College or       academic community?
 University?             •   Topics include: life
                             lessons, personal
                             challenges, areas of
                             interests



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     COLLEGE ENTRANCE
RECOMMENDATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
     (Depends on what tier the school is in)
 • ENGLISH: 4 years
 • MATH: 3-4 years
 • SCIENCE w/2 LAB: 3-4 years
 • SOCIAL STUDIES: 3 years
 • FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 2-3 years
 • VISUAL OR PERFORMING ARTS
 • ELECTIVES
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         NCAA Clearinghouse

• Do you hope to play Division I or Division II
    college athletics?
•   Your eligibility MUST be cleared by the NCAA.
    – Core GPA & Test Scores
    – Core Courses - ONLY english, math, science, social
      science, foreign language
    – Test Code 9999
• Eligibility applications are available online at
    www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

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            Financial Aid
It’s all about the money!




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               Financial Aid
• Free Money
    ~Scholarships
    ~Grants
•   Self-Help
    ~Loans (types: need
       & non-need based)
    ~Work Study
•   FAFSA and the CSS Profile

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            The FAFSA Form
• Provides a means for the government to use
    a standardized formula for applicants
•   Need PIN (both parent and student)
    www.pin.ed.gov
•   FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov
•   Filed soon after January 1st of student’s
    senior year
•   Requires prior year tax information
•   Sends results to schools on student’s behalf

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           FAFSA Continued

• EFC (expected family contribution)
• Cost of Attendance – EFC = $ eligible for
 aid from:
 -merit scholarships
 -grants
 -loans (student and/or parent)
 -work study

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     FinAid Comparison Tools

• Go to finaid.org click Students then Step 3
  then click link “Award Ltr Comparison
  Tool”
• Go to collegeboard.com click on Parents
  click on Pay for College click link “Compare
  Aid Awards”



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BREAK

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Roles & Responsibilities

             Student




    Parent             Counselor



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                 Student
• Keep an open mind
• Take an active role in the process
• Meet with the College Counselor
• Create & refine list of schools (do
  research, advice from Counselors &
  college visits
• Know deadlines & manage your time
• Ask questions
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                  Parents

• Discuss parameters (loc and finance) with
  your student
• Remind your student of deadlines
• Assist with developing college list
• Attend junior appointment with student
• Encourage & empower your student thru
  – The College Application Process
• Ask questions
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                   Counselor
• Advocate & student helper
• Provide counsel & support in the process
• Assist in ID of appropriate range of
    schools/refine college list
•   Provide counsel to student & parent
•   Provide timeline to help limit stress
•   Provide appropriate documentation to colleges


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                   Timeline

• Spring and Summer 2010
  – Develop initial college list with College
    Counselor
  – If possible, Go visit colleges
  – Athletes register NCAA Clearinghouse
  – Contact colleges phone, email etc.
  – Conduct college search
                 Timeline
• Fall 2010
  – Meet with College Counselor & work on list
  – Common Application use
  – Ask for Recommendations well in advance
  – Maintain/Improve grades in courses
  – Talk to visiting college Reps on DMS campus
  – Retake SAT/ACT tests Sept-Dec (Jan is late)
  – Work on applications & essays
  – Avoid Senior SLUMP
                 Timeline

• Spring 2011
  – FAFSA January 1st
  – CSS Profile @CollegeBoard.com
  – Keep deadlines in mind
  – May 1st National Decision Date
  – Avoid Senior slump
      College Search Websites
• http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator
• http://www.collegeboard.com
  – Click link College Finder
• Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
  – http://www.wiche.edu
• National Survey of Student Engagement
  – www.usatoday.com/news/education/nsse.htm
• College Ranking Tool-Screener
  – Forbes.com/2009/08/02/best-colleges-ratings-
    opinions-ranking-2009_land.html

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