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1 POLYTECH Post High School & College Planning

2 Why College? Increase your job opportunities and choices 68% of jobs in Delaware require some post-secondary education. Earn more money with a post-secondary degree college graduates earn at an average of 66% more than noncollege graduates. Enjoy greater job security throughout your life most jobs requiring a college degree offer better benefits. Take advantage of the course variety offered at colleges and universities pursue a career that matches your interests and skills.

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4 Student Profile Students need to maintain a strong student profile by: Maintaining good grades GPA is critical Maintaining regular attendance Avoiding discipline issues Participating in school and community activities

5 Organization is Key Keep a file & calendar to manage your college search, testing and application data Colleges look for the strength of the high school program challenging classes and strong testing scores Colleges prefer a strong junior &senior year do your best! Do not drop challenging courses.

6 Resources Visit the POLYTECH Guidance Web Page for important information/notices view both the College Information and Links sites Visit the Delaware Department of Education s website

7 Four or More! Plan to apply to at least four colleges your list should include at least one of each of the following: Reach School not out of reach but this might be a more selective school - one of your dream schools Match School schools that are a good match for your GPA, class rank and abilities/interests Safety School a school with open enrollment you are sure to be admitted Do not rule out schools that might be out-of-state or expensive. Sometimes small, private schools have larger endowments with scholarships available to deserving students

8 College Fit Consider the following and how important these factors are to you: Location in-state or out-of-state Setting Rural, Suburban or Urban Size large, medium, small Co-ed, women or men only, diversity? Do most students live on campus or commute? Availability of support Services tutoring, employment services, disability services, etc.

9 College Admissions College Admissions Application categories Early Decision earlier deadlines November Binding - If accepted, you are committed to attend. This option limits financial aid comparisons between universities. Early Action not binding - earlier deadlines - can apply to more than one college early action Regular the college has a specific deadline for applications which are then reviewed and decisions are mailed to all applicants at the same time (usually April) Rolling no deadlines colleges make decisions soon after application is submitted decisions are released on a rolling basis

10 Additional Resources Check out some of these websites Colleges that Change Lives - The National Association for College Admission Counseling - US Department of Education Resource - NCAA Website - https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr2/ncaa_ems/ncaa.jsp Delaware SEED Scholarship - https://www.dtcc.edu/admissions-financial-aid/financial-aidscholarships/types-aid/seed

11 Paperwork Complete your Senior Data Sheet/Resume Found on the PHS College Information Site Draft your college essay and resume Get tips and sample essays at or

12 Common Application Essay Prompts Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there; and why is it meaningful to you? Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family. Note: The essay length is capped at 650 words.

13 October Seniors - Meet with your counselor individually to review your college plans. Check graduation requirements, GPA and class rank. Complete the Common over 500 colleges accept this application Request letters of recommendation from your counselor and teachers who know you well. Be sure to give them enough notice (at least two weeks). Complete your college essay.

14 November All Students - Attend College Fairs Central DE College POLYTECH Nov. 9, 7-9 p.m. Main Gym Center, Univ. of DE Nov 10, 7-9 p.m. Sussex Tech HS, Nov. 12, 7-9 p.m. Seniors - Prepare information you will need for POLYTECH s College Application Week November 9-13

15 College Application Week College Application Week November 9-13 You will have the opportunity to apply to colleges during the school day (scheduled by shop). If you apply earlier, please note the following: All Delaware colleges will waive their application fees during College Application Month October 19 November 20 counselors will provide codes If you apply to DTCC during this week, you MUST remember to apply for the SEED scholarship in the spring

16 October Prepare for College Application Week (CAW) When completing applications, you will need the following: List of colleges to submit applications Your social security number & address Parent information including address, driver s license number and date issued -to confirm residency, education level, work place location and type Access to your completed college essays Your Senior Information sheet/resume You will need to self-report GPA, class rank, SAT scores/dates

17 October Register for the SAT and ACT find links to websites on Guidance Page SAT - November 7 th test deadline to register Oct 9 SAT - December 5 th test deadline to register Nov. 5 th ACT December 12 th deadline to register Nov. 6 ACT February 6 th deadline to register Jan. 8 (Discuss fee waivers with your counselor eligibility for free and reduced lunch provides up to two fee waivers for testing and four fee waivers for college applications.)

18 October Review the Delaware Scholarship Compendium, available on-line at Request transcripts from the Guidance Office we will be using an on-line system Parchment to submit resumes Students must use their POLYTECH e- mail for Parchment.

19 November November 1 15: For early decision admissions, colleges may require test scores and applications between these dates November 5, 8:00 a.m. ASVAB testing at PHS for students interested in the military College Application Week November 9-13 Check college application Deadline Dates University of Delaware s preferred date is December 1 st

20 December Seniors - set a goal to complete all applications by Winter Break Parents and Students - Apply for your FSA ID # for FAFSA Seniors now; juniors by end of year This allows you to sign the form electronically

21 January Complete FAFSA in January/February but no later than second week of March. Submit the on-line application at Continue to visit prospective colleges, complete scholarship applications and schedule interviews as necessary Follow up with your counselor and teachers about status of letters of recommendations and transcripts

22 Financial Aid Never rule out a college because of cost alone. Compare costs before applying. Be sure to look at direct and indirect costs Direct costs include tuition/fees, room and board Indirect costs include personal expenses, books and transportation Estimate your net price by completing the cost estimators (most colleges/universities have these on their websites)

23 Financial Aid Be sure to check deadlines and submit before the earliest deadline this increases your chance of receiving institutional aid through the individual colleges and universities Keep all tax records up-to-date student and parent Be sure to use the Data Retrieval tool to have your information transferred from the IRS Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Compare awards when received in late spring. Juniors note you will be able to complete the FAFSA earlier next year

24 Delaware SEED Scholarship SEED Scholarship Student Excellence equals Degree University of Delaware s Associates of Arts Program two years located on the DTCC campus in Dover. Studens can then transition to the main campus in Newark two years free tuition deadline to apply January 15 Delaware Technical and Community College DTCC deadline to apply April 15 two years free tuition transition to four year college or university

25 Delaware SEED Scholarship Requirements Delaware residents only graduate from DE high school Maintain 2.5 cumulative GPA in both high school and when enrolled at DTCC Apply by deadline submit FAFSA April 15 Enroll full-time no later than the fall semester immediately following high school graduation Not have been convicted of a felony

26 Delaware Inspire Scholarship Delaware State University Delaware residents only graduate from DE high school and meet residency requirements Maintain 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA Enroll full-time no later than the fall semester immediately following high school graduation Not have been convicted of a felony

27 Delaware Inspire Scholarship Delaware State University Complete DSU application Complete FAFSA by March 15 Maintain 2.75 GPA in college Complete 10 hours of community service each semester at DSU

28 February/March Attend Financial Aid Night February 4 FAFSA Workshop hands on help with FAFSA February 29 Senors - Avoid Senoritis Please! Colleges look at both mid-year and final transcripts and might rescind acceptances if grades drop significantly. Continue to complete scholarship applications

29 April April 15 th Delaware Tech SEED application priority deadline Acceptance letters and financial aid offers will begin to arrive by mid-april. Visit your final college before accepting. Notify your counselor of your final decision Finish the year strong you re almost there!

30 May/June April 29th PHS College Acceptance Celebration May 1 st Send in acceptance and required tuition deposit to the college you choose Notify other schools that you will not be attending Notify your counselor of your college acceptances and scholarships Senior Awards June 7 Class of 2016 Graduation June 9 YOU MADE IT! Summer Attend college orientation; complete required paperwork.

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