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									JUNIOR COLLEGE
NIGHT

     COLLEGE NOW
     DAVID MINICH
• DEVELOP A SPREAD SHEET
  DOCUMENT THAT HAS FIVE
  COLUMNS
• COLUMN 1 – BEGIN TO
  DEVELOP A LIST OF COLLEGES
  AND UNIVERSITIES YOU’RE
  INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO
• COLUMN 2 – ENTER THE
  WEBSITES OF EACH OF THE
  SCHOOLS
• COLUMN 3 – LIST THE DATE BY
  WHICH THE SCHOOL YOU ARE
  CONSIDERING EXPECTS YOU
  TO FILE THE FAFSA
• COLUMN 4 – NOTE IF THE
  SCHOOL OFFERS MERIT
  SCHOLARSHIPS. IF YES, LIST
  THE SCHOLARSHIPS THAT
  MIGHT APPLY TO YOU AND
  THEIR DUE DATES
• COLUMN 5 – DOES THE SCHOOL
  REQUIIRE A SUPPLEMENTAL
  FINANCIAL AID FORM? THE
  TYPICAL SUPPLEMENTAL FORM
  WOULD BE THE CSS PROFILE
  AND/OR THE SCHOOL MAY
  HAVE THEIR OWN
  INSTITUTIONAL FORM.
• DEVELOP A SAFE SENDER LIST
  ON YOUR COMPUTER WHERE
  YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED THE
  COLLEGE WEB URL’S. THIS
  WILL ELIMINATE THE
  POSSIBILITY OF INFORMATION
  LOOKING LIKE BULK EMAILING
  FROM GOING INTO YOUR SPAM
  FILE.
• VISIT THE FAFSA (FREE
  APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL
  STUDENT AID) fafsa.gov.
• Emphasis is on the free. Never
  pay anyone to do this for you.
• Use the fafsa4caster.ed.gov to
  calculate an estimated
  Expected Family Contribution
  (EFC)
• FAFSA INDICATED THE INDEX
  OF YOUR FAMILY ABILITY TO
  PAY – EFC
• THE FAMILY HAS THE FIRST
  OBLIGATION TO PAY
• ALL SCHOOLS CALCULATE THE
  COST OF ATTENDANCE THE
  SAME WAY
• Tuition and fees
• Room and board
• Books
• Personal expense
• Travel expense
• THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
  THE COST OF ATTENDANCE
  AND THE EFC IS THE
  DEMONSTRATED FINANCIAL
  NEED AT THAT SCHOOL
• A FAMILY CAN DEMONSTRATE
  NO NEED AT A LOW COST
  SCHOOL, BUT WILL HAVE NEED
  AT A SCHOOL THAT COSTS
  MORE
• NEED BASED AND MERIT
  BASED AID IS OFFERED ON AN
  ANNUAL BASIS
• FAFSA IS FILLED OUT
  ANNUALLY
FINANCIAL AID
PACKAGE
• CONSISTS OF SCHOLARSHIPS,
  GRANTS, LOANS AND WORK
  STUDY
VERIFICATION
• IF YOU ESTIMATE YOUR FAFSA
  YOU WILL BE SELECTED FOR
  VERIFICATION.
• COLLEGES AND THE FEDERAL
  GOVERNMENT WILL VERIFY 3
  OUT OF EVERY 10 FAFSAS
• YOU WILL BE VERIFIED AT
  LEAST ONCE IN FOUR YEARS
NUMBER IN COLLEGE
• USUALLY YOU WILL PUT ONE
• IF MORE, PUT THE
  APPROPRIATE NUMBER
• EFC WILL BE DIVIDED BY THAT
  NUMBER
• PRIVATE SCHOOLS MAY ASK
  FOR VERIFICATION OF WHERE
  THE OTHER CHILD IS
  ATTENDING
FINANCIAL STUFF
• ASSETS – STOCKS, BONDS,
  SAVINGS, CHECKING -
  INCLUDED
• EXCLUDES THE PRIMARY
  RESIDENCE
• RENTAL AND VACATION
  PROPERTY INCLUDED IN VALUE
• EXCLUDE THE VALUE OF YOUR
  RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS
• 529 PRE- PAIDS ARE COUNTED
  UNDER THE PARENT’S ASSETS
• ANNUITIES AND TRUSTS ARE
  SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
SPECIAL
CIRCUMSTANCES
• DEBT IS NOT A SPECIAL
  CIRCUMSTANCE
• ALIMONY, CHILD SUPPORT
  RECEIVED, CHILD SUPPORT
  PAID, SOCIAL SECURITY,
  MEDICAL EXPENSES, YOUNGER
  CHILDREN IN PRIVATE OR
  PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS ARE
PEARLS OF WISDOM
•   Keep an open mind
•   Do not stereotype people or colleges
•   Be realistic, but aim high
•   Seek advice, but make up your own mind
•   Do not rely on myths, rumors or anecdotes
•   Visit the schools where you are applying
•   Complete your applications thoroughly and
    on time
DO THE MATH

• THE SIMPLE MATH OF THE
  STORY IS THAT APPLICATIONS
  ARE UP AND SPACES AT
  COLLEGES ARE FIXED
Perfect test scores?

• In each of the past few years
  Harvard has received more than
  500 applications with double
  800 scores and has accepted
  just under half of them
THE ESSAY – YOUR
VOICE
• The essay is the most difficult part
  of the application for most students
• Ambiguous writing prompts are
  designed to elicit how you think and
  to reveal your personality to the
  admissions staff
• Be sure to answer the question
• Use your own “voice” in the process
NOT GUARANTEE FOR
THE MOST SELECTIVE
COLLEGES
• No one is entitled to admission to an
  Ivy League or Highly Selective
  School
• The process is an art, not a science.
  There is not perfect equation that
  will equal admission
• Many top students across the
  country are denied admission to the
  most selective colleges each year
“LAST MINUTE
THOUGHTS….’
• Remember, this college
  application process is unlike
  anything the student has
  experienced
• The stress level for applying to
  college is high, but it is also an
  exciting time in students’ lives
FINAL THOUGHT

• College is a match to be found,
  not a prize to be won.

								
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