1 For Life After High School I S NEVER OO EARLY O SAR PLANNING FOR LIFE AFER HIGH SCHOOL. here are many options available. If you have already decided to further your education at an applied technology center, college, or university, or even if you re not sure, YOU LL FIND HIS BROCHURE PACKED WIH IN- FORMAION that will help you succeed as you plan for your career. ake a look. hen work with your school counselor and your parents as you plan for your future. Remember the harder and smarter you work, the more questions you ask, and the more information you have NOW, the more opportunities you will have later. Good luck! Utah State Board of Education and Utah State Board of Regents
2 Plan Now for Your Post-High School Education he single most important ingredient in planning your future is YOU. Begin planning as early as possible for your post-high school education. If you wait until your last year of high school, it may be too late both academically and financially to apply and get admitted to the school you are really interested in attending. If you plan to attend one of Utah s public universities, colleges, or applied technology centers, carefully study what courses are required for entrance (see pages 4 and 5 ), and each year select classes that will fulfill these requirements. Meet with your counselor regularly he/she is there to help you! PAGE 1
3 PLAN NOW GRADE GRADES 6-8 EXPLORING AND EXPANDING ON YOUR WAY O SUCCESS In the fall, meet with your school counselor to develop your Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP). Let him/her know that you want to attend a university, college, or applied technology center. Ask the counselor to help you schedule classes that will prepare you. Work for good grades and get involved in extracurricular activities. Check out academic support and precollege enrichment programs. Save as much money for your post-high school education as you and your family can afford. Did you know your favorite classes may give you a hint as to what career you may want in the future? GRADE 9 FRESHMAN YEAR PLANNING O SUCCEED Meet with your parents and school counselor to update your SEOP. Study hard. Your grade point average (GPA) counts and can affect your college admissions. Refer to pages 4 and 5 as you plan your courses. Ask your counselor about preparing to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses and concurrent enrollment classes. Many jobs of the future will require advanced training in math, science, English, and computers. Develop skills now that will help you in the world of work. Have you talked to your counselor about the resources available at your school to help you learn more about your career choice? 10 SOPHOMORE YEAR SEING GOALS O SUCCEED Meet with your parents and school counselor to update your SEOP and your plans for high school courses and activities. Find out the requirements for admissions and scholarships at the institutions you are interested in attending. Participate in the assessments and tests offered at your school to help you more clearly identify your interests, aptitudes, abilities, and academic achievement. Consider all possible posthigh school education and training options, including attending one of Utah s applied technology centers, colleges, or universities. Start earning college credits now by enrolling in a wide variety of concurrent enrollment or AP classes offered at your high school. Are you taking time to plan your school schedule to include courses related to your career goals? Are you choosing courses that challenge and prepare you for life after high school? PAGE 2
4 Do you know the door of opportunity is always open? GRADE 11 JUNIOR YEAR DECIDING O SUCCEED SEPEMBER - DECEMBER Meet with your parents and school counselor to update your SEOP. Ask where you can get college and career information. Ask your counselor about taking tests that will qualify you for national scholarships. Attend parents night, college night, and college fairs. Check out concurrent enrollment classes offered at your high school. You may be able to start earning college credits now. JANUARY - MARCH Register to take the AC and/ or SA college admissions test(s). Your school may offer a test preparation program. Make plans to visit the campuses you are interested in attending. When you make the visits, pick up a catalog and application forms. Investigate financial aid and scholarship programs. It is your responsibility to learn about your options. APRIL - AUGUS ake the AC and/or SA college admissions test(s). Plan ahead for your post-high school education finances. Use your summer to earn money for college in a job related to your career interests. Have you made all the necessary preparations to reach your goals? If you don t know where you re going, you ll probably end up someplace else! GRADE 12 SENIOR YEAR APPLYING O SUCCEED AUGUS - DECEMBER Meet with your parents and school counselor to update your SEOP and get advice about graduation regarding your high school completion and post-high school plans. Attend the Post-High School our that will visit your high school. Get application forms from the colleges you are interested in attending and begin to fill them out. Apply for available scholarships. REMEMBER DEADLINES! ake the AC and/or SA or retake them if you feel you can improve your score. Meet with your counselor to review your application forms and get a copy of your high school transcripts. JANUARY - MARCH Send in your applications for admissions and scholarships. RE- MEMBER DEADLINES! Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). REMEMBER DEADLINES! APRIL - AUGUS Notify the colleges to which you have been accepted to let them know whether or not you plan to attend. Schedule your exit interview with your counselor to finalize your high school graduation and to review plans and goals for your future. Keep your options open! If you don t receive a scholarship, post-high school education is still an option. See page 6 for more information. PAGE 3
5 Admission Requirements PAGE 4 For Utah s Public Colleges and Universities here are three levels of admission requirements among Utah s nine public colleges and universities: LEVEL ONE: he University of Utah and Utah State University* require you to take the courses listed below and meet a certain admissions index number (see page 10). Number Subject of Years 4 ENGLISH Selected from courses emphasizing composition and literature. 3 MAHEMAICS Selected from elementary algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra, trigonometry, college or advanced algebra, or calculus. Students are strongly encouraged to take courses through at least trigonometry. 3 BIOLOGICAL/PHYSICAL SCIENCE Selected from at least a one-year course with a laboratory experience. 1 AMERICAN HISORY LEVEL WO: Southern Utah University and Weber State University* strongly recommend these courses, and they also have an admissions index requirement. 4 ADDIIONAL COURSES Selected from at least two of the following areas: English, history, math (beyond intermediate algebra), foreign language, lab science, social science, and fine arts. 2 FOREIGN LANGUAGE Selected from two years of the same language taken during grades 7-12 (required only at the University of Utah). *Refer to your school counselor, the USHE web page ( or the newest version of the Utah Council on Secondary and Post-Secondary Relations Student Guide Book for the latest admissions index guidelines.
6 LEVEL HREE: he College of Eastern Utah, Snow College, Dixie College, Utah Valley State College, Salt Lake Community College, and Weber State University* strongly recommend these courses. hey will accept students consistent with the availability of funding and classes. In addition, students must take the AC, SA, or a placement exam. he results are used for placement and are not for denial of admission. For Utah s Applied echnology Centers and Applied echnology Centers Service Regions Anyone age 16 or over who demonstrates an ability to benefit from AC training may enroll. A simple assessment process designed to ensure your success and enhance your choice of training programs is required prior to enrollment. Credit toward a high school diploma can be given to high school students by the student s school district for work completed at Utah s ACs and ACSRs. See your counselor for details. PAGE 5
7 PAYING for Your Post-High School Education You and your family are expected to share in the cost of your college education. Help is available, and cost should not stand in your way. he earlier you begin to plan and save for college costs, the easier it will be. PAGE 6 ONE WAY OF SAVING FOR COLLEGE Saving money ahead of time could mean you end up borrowing less and graduate with less student loan debt. he Utah Educational Savings Plan rust (UESP) provides state and federal tax incentives for parents, grandparents, and others to establish trust accounts now for your future college costs. For information, call UESP at or in Salt Lake City at IN ORDER O QUALIFY FOR SCHOL- ARSHIPS, GRANS, WORK SUDY, AND/ OR LOANS, YOU MUS FILE A FREE AP- PLICAION FOR FEDERAL SUDEN AID (FAFSA). SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships are available but limited. Some scholarships are based on special skills and merit and some are based on particular fields of study which vary by institution. For an excellent free resource on scholarships available nationally, visit www. fastweb.com. NEED-BASED GRANS AND WORK- SUDY OPPORUNIIES hese are funds from grants and work-study jobs that do not need to be repaid. Apply as soon as possible in January or February of your senior year for needbased grants and loans. See your counselor for more details. GUARANEED SUDEN LOANS Costs beyond those covered by grants and work study can be covered by guaranteed student loans. hree types are available to you or your parents depending upon your need: Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans Federal PLUS Loans FEDERAL PERKINS LOANS hese loans have an even lower interest rate than Stafford Loans but are limited in number and are usually offered only to students who apply early. UAH SUDEN LOAN PROGRAMS (USLP) SAVINGS FOR BORROWERS If you or your parent gets a Stafford or PLUS loan from a Utah lender that participates in the State Loan Purchase Program, you can save on origination costs and also qualify for significant savings during repayment. Visit or ask your financial aid office to find out which lenders participate.
8 EDUCAION I PAYS FOR HE RES OF YOUR LIFE! FOR MORE INFORMAION Contact your high school counselor, the student financial aid office at the institution to which you are applying, or USLP directly at (in Salt Lake City, call ). Ask USLP for loan brochures and a copy of the free booklet: FINANCIAL SURVIVAL 101. here are also several excellent sources of financial aid information on the Internet. Start with for tips on saving money and links to a host of other useful sites. REMEMBER: YOU CAN RECEIVE AID FROM MORE HAN ONE SOURCE. Be aware of the deadlines for financial aid and then meet them. Apply early to get more aid! Eligibility for financial aid is determined by information you provide on the FAFSA form. Average Annual Income Professional $83,089 Doctorate $65,744 Bachelor s $36,686 $3,357,660 $2,564,907 Master s $48,886 $1,960,623 Associate s* $27,339 he best rewards of getting more education after high school are not measured in dollars and cents. Life is simply more exciting and fulfilling when you know more about it. But money is also important. Here is the average annual income and average income over a work life based on academic achievement. Average Lifetime Income $1,597,683 $1,190,016 Some college or technical training, certificates, or endorsements* $22,352 $1,128,625 High school only $20,104 $880,898 Not a high school graduate $12,962 $616,274 * Includes ACs and community colleges. Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, PAGE 7
9 INSIUIONAL LISINGS COLLEGE OF EASERN UAH Contact: High School Relations 451 East 440 North Price, U Phone: (435) or Web address: PUBLIC INSIUIONS DIXIE COLLEGE Contact: School Relations 225 South 700 East St. George, U Phone: (435) Web address: SAL LAKE COMMUNIY COLLEGE Contact: SLCC Admissions P.O. Box Salt Lake City, U Phone: (801) Web address: Box Elder intic ooele Davis Cache Weber Salt Lake Juab Morgan Utah Rich College/University Applied echnology Center/ Service Region (ACSR) Summit Daggett Wasatch Duchesne Carbon Uintah SOUHERN UAH UNIVERSIY Contact: School Relations 351 West Center Street Cedar City, U Phone: (435) Web address: Millard Beaver Piute Sanpete Sevier Emery Wayne Grand SNOW COLLEGE Contact: Office of School Relations 150 College Avenue Ephraim, U Phone: (435) or Web address: Iron Garfield Washington Kane San Juan UNIVERSIY OF UAH Contact: Office of Student Recruitment 200 South Central Campus Drive, Room 80 Salt Lake City, U Phone: (801) or Web address: PAGE 8
10 UAH SAE UNIVERSIY Contact: High School/College Relations University Inn 101 Logan, U Phone: (435) Web address: UAH VALLEY SAE COLLEGE Contact: High School Relations West 1200 South Orem, U Phone: (801) Web address: WEBER SAE UNIVERSIY Contact: Student Recruitment Services 1103 University Circle Ogden, U Phone: (80l) or Web address: APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENERS/APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENER SERVICE REGIONS BRIDGERLAND APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENER 1301 North 600 West Logan, U Phone: (435) Web address: DAVIS APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENER 550 East 300 South Kaysville, U Phone: (801) Web address: OGDEN-WEBER APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENER 559 East AVC Lane Ogden, U Phone: (801) Web address: SEVIER VALLEY APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENER 800 West 200 South Richfield, U Phone: (435) Web address: UINAH BASIN APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENER 1100 East Lagoon Street, (124-5) Roosevelt, U Phone (435) Web address: MOUNAINLAND APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENER SERVICE REGION Utah Valley State College 800 West 1200 South Orem, U Phone: (801) Web address: SOUHEAS APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENER SERVICE REGION College of Eastern Utah 451 East 400 North Price, U Phone: (435) Web address: SOUHWES APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENER SERVICE REGION SW Educational Developmental Center 520 West 800 South Cedar City, U Phone: (435) Web address: WASACH FRON SOUH APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENER SERVICE REGION Wasatch Front South Consortium 3031 South 200 East Salt Lake City, U Phone: (801) Web address: PAGE 9
11 he following terms are important to know when planning for your post-high school education. Survival Words AC ES he American College est measures your preparedness for college in academic areas such as math, English, and science. It is recommended you take the test in your junior year so that you may retake it, if needed, during your senior year. You must take the AC to be accepted into any of Utah s public and private universities. ADMISSIONS INDEX An index used to combine your GPA and AC or SA test scores. o be accepted into any of Utah s four public universities, you must have a minimum index score from the Admissions Index. alk to your counselor to find out your exact index number. Web address: AP COURSES Advanced placement courses you may take in high school. Passing AP tests will give you college credit. APPLIED ECHNOLOGY EDUCAION Formerly called vocational education, AE provides specific training for particular occupations. ASSESSMEN Various tests that can measure your interests, abilities, and achievements. ASSOCIAE S DEGREE A two-year degree offered by colleges and universities. BACHELOR S DEGREE A four-year degree offered by colleges and universities. CONCURREN ENROLLMEN An opportunity for high school students to earn college credit while they are still in high school. CUMULAIVE GPA he combined average of all the grades you earn from the beginning of ninth grade. FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You must complete this form to apply for federal financial aid. GPA Grade Point Average. An average of the grades you earn in any grading period. PRECOLLEGE PROGRAMS Programs that help high school students prepare for college, such as MESA, Upward Bound, and alent Search. SA ES he Scholastic Aptitude est, sometimes referred to as the College Board. A test that measures your verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities. It is recommended you take the test in your junior year so that you may retake it, if needed, during your senior year. While Utah s universities only require your test scores from the AC, universities and colleges in other states require your SA scores. If you are interested in attending an out-of-state institution, check their admissions policies. SEOP Student Education Occupation Plan. A planning process that helps you develop your education and occupa- PAGE 10
12 tion plans beginning in the seventh grade. Check out the SEOP home page at link/seop. SCHOLARSHIPS Cash awards, tuition waivers, and other financial assistance to be used to pay some or all of your tuition, books, and other college-related costs. YPES OF POS-HIGH SCHOOL INSIUIONS APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENERS ACs provide open-entry, open-exit applied technology programs designed to meet business and industry needs. here are five ACs throughout Utah. APPLIED ECHNOLOGY CENER SERVICE REGIONS ACSRs provide open-entry, open-exit applied technology programs designed to meet business and industry needs. ACSRs are partnerships between public and higher education that provide applied technology education in regions where there are no stand-alone ACs. here are four ACSRs in Utah. COLLEGE An institution of higher learning that offers applied technology (vocational) education and two- and fouryear programs. Specific admissions requirements must be met to be admitted to a college. COMMUNIY COLLEGE An institution of higher learning that provides applied technology (vocational) education as well as general and liberal education leading to associate of arts, science, or applied science degrees. Certificates are awarded for short-term and applied technology programs. Admission to a community college is open to all applicants. UNIVERSIY An institution of higher learning where you can earn a twoyear certificate or diploma and bachelor s, graduate, and professional degrees. Universities also conduct research projects. Specific admissions requirements must be met to be admitted to a university. Each post-high school institution provides valuable education and training. It is possible for you to experience each type as you train and retrain to prepare for a career. PAGE 11
13 SEOP PLAN Student Education Occupation Plan for reaching your education and career goals. GRADE 9 English Math Science Social Studies Physical Education GRADE 10 English Math Science Social Studies Physical Education GRADE 11 English Math Science Social Studies Physical Education GRADE 12 English Math Science As you complete your four-year plan, choose classes from a variety of programs offered by your school that help you meet your graduation requirements as well as the entrance requirements for Utah s post-high school institutions. (See pages 4 and 5.) In addition, include those classes in other fields that interest you personally, such as agriculture, business, family and consumer sciences, economics, health occupations, marketing, technology, trade and industry, fine arts, foreign language, driver education, and other electives. * hese should relate to your current career goals. PAGE 12
14 POS-HIGH SCHOOL PLANS What are your next steps after graduating from high school? Important Phone Numbers and Addresses For more information, visit our SEOP home page at seop Applied echnology Education Utah State Office of Education 250 East 500 South Salt Lake City, U State Board of Regents Utah System of Higher Education 355 West North emple 3 riad Center, Suite 550 Salt Lake City, U his brochure was brought to you by the State Board of Regents and the Utah State Board of Education in cooperation with the Utah Council for Secondary and Post-secondary Relations and the Utah School Counselor Association.
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