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1 Presented by Mrs. Lorry Royal, M.S., C.S.C./Dean of Students Mrs. Leanette Davies, M.Ed., C.S.C.

2 What: College Planning Night Who: Juniors/Seniors/Parents When: Thursday, October 8 6:00 p.m. Where: LOHS Cafeteria

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4 Recommended Distinguished English Mathematics Science Social Studies Speech (Comm. App.) Fine Arts Physical Ed./Ath Foreign Lang Additional Electives ** 4 Advanced Measures Total Credits 26 26

5 Where do you plan on going after you graduate? Southeastern Oklahoma State University of Houston UTI Tyler Junior College Midwestern State Univ. Austin College Collin College SMU Stephen F. Austin University of Texas Oklahoma State Univ. UT Dallas Baylor Texas A&M UNT TCU Texas Tech UT San Antonio Paris Junior College Grayson College Military Tarleton State Univ. Texas State Technical College

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7 Despite what schools say, all schools DO NOT meet every student s needs. I must determine what I need so that I can choose a school that will meet my needs.

8 Private or Public School Size Two-Year Schools and Four-Year Schools Technical School Living on campus or commuting to school Organizations everyone needs to join a group my choice how much I want to participate

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10 Public Institutions receive state funding Private Institutions receive no state funding Usually, a private school is more expensive than a public school due to not receiving any state funding.

11 Less 5,000 University of Texas of The Permian Basin Midwestern State University Southern Arkansas University Henderson State University 5,000 10, 000 Angelo State University Stephen F. Austin College Texas Women s University University of Texas at Dallas Louisiana Tech University University of Central Arkansas Arkansas State University Grayson Community College (junior college)

12 11,000 20,000 Sam Houston State University University of Texas at Arlington Oklahoma State University University of Oklahoma University of Arkansas University of Mississippi Mississippi State University Texas A&M Commerce 21,000-30,000 Texas State University University of North Texas Louisiana State University

13 31,000 plus University of Texas at Austin Texas A&M University

14 Two-Year Schools and Four-Year Schools have different goals and objectives. I will need to evaluate my situation to determine what is best for me. My teachers, my counselor, my principal, and my parents can help.

15 NO BACHELOR S DEGREE Community Colleges Junior Colleges All two-year schools ARE NOT community colleges and junior colleges. Technical schools I need to choose a community or junior college from which I can transfer to a four-year school.

16 Community Colleges and Junior Colleges are stepping stones to a four-year college. You will need to plan your classes for transfer to the four-year school. Do NOT take classes that will not transfer. It s important to check with the college you will be transferring to regarding the classes you plan on taking. The admissions office will be able to tell you if the courses will transfer or not.

17 The Bachelor s Degree generally a 4 to 5 year degree Research Institutes professor s main concern is to conduct research and to teach Teaching Institutes professor s main concern is to teach and to conduct research

18 Living on campus Residence (Dorm) Life Living at Home and Commuting to College

19 Most universities require freshmen to live on campus. Must complete housing application. It is a great way to meet people.

20 Some come with a roommate Others go potluck. Best friends may not make the best roommates.

21 Scheduling classes on too few days Cost of gasoline (classes, study groups, meetings with professors, tutoring, and other campus requirements) Little or no connection to campus life

22 What campus organizations are available? Does the college have sports teams or only intramural sports teams? Everyone needs to join at least two organizations. What am I interested in?

23 Preview Dates: Most colleges have preview weekends where every department is represented, tours are scheduled, freebies are given away, and student organizations are available to answer your questions. Campus Tours: These must be scheduled ahead of time through the college. Ask if you need assistance. Virtual Tours: Many colleges offer virtual tours tours online. Check their admissions page to see what s available.

24 Colleges have visit days in the fall and the spring. On these days, offices and departments will give talks about all aspects of campus life including academics, admissions, and financial aid. There also will be a tour of the campus including the residence halls (dorms), the athletic complexes, and the buildings.

25 I can schedule a campus visit at most anytime. (Must complete form two weeks ahead of time and return to Mrs. Scott. You must have proof of attendance from the college.) If possible, avoid the university s holidays such as Thanksgiving Break or Spring Break.

26 What if I cannot make it to the campus? Take a Virtual Tour at the college s website.

27 Completing My Application Writing My Essay My Test Scores My Transcripts The Dates

28 Many applications are on-line. Most colleges accept the Texas Common Application ( Essay Test Scores Grades Organizations Letters of Recommendation Community Service

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30 Most applications have an essay. Essay topics available on the university s website. Ask teachers to proof your essay. For many schools, this essay is one of the only ways, if not the only way, to get to know who you are. Take your time. Use spell check! Check for deadlines. Deadlines are not negotiable.

31 ACT or SAT??? or Which one does your college accept? Are scores averaged or pieced together? Many scholarships have a minimum test score. Study for the tests. Take practice tests. Check application deadlines. Test EARLY! Do not miss deadlines for registration. Test dates are posted in every classroom, on the counselor website, and in the college guidebook! Fees may be waived. See Mrs. Davies or Mrs. Royal with questions. High School Code

32 Yes, your grades matter! Your grades count all the way through the end of your senior year. Don t let them fall! They are not the be all end all. Many scholarships have minimum GPA. Request a transcript at least one week in advance. (Forms are in the front office, online, or in magazine racks and must be turned in to Mrs. Davies.)

33 Application dates are set in STONE. Missing a date can translate into your application being denied. Check for early application deadlines. Many are November 1 st. Do all components need to be there by the application or just the application and the essay? Give your school a couple of weeks to mail your transcripts. Transcript request forms are in the front office, magazine racks, or on the LOHS website. You will need to request a final transcript to be sent to your college. Dual Credit students need to request a college transcript from PJC as well.

34 School organizations Church activities Volunteering/community svc. Work experience

35 Keep track of your credits so you re sure to meet all state and local requirements by the end of your senior year. Complete your interests, skills, and values assessments. Develop your resume. Build a personalized career plan. Research colleges and universities. Build college and scholarship lists. Understand college costs and start saving Share your progress with parents, mentors, and counselors

36 Clubs Sports Academic Organizations Leadership Roles

37 Mission trips Teaching or assisting with Sunday School Classes Teaching or assisting with Vacation Bible School Youth group leadership roles Church leadership roles Choir member Youth group member

38 Ask if teacher is willing to write letter Give the letter writer at least TWO weeks notice in advance. ( Just because you need it tomorrow does not mean that person will have time to write you a great letter the night before!) Provide the letter writer a copy of the Letter of Recommendation Fact Sheet Follow up with a thank you note. **Not required for all schools

39 Volunteering/Community Service is very important. No limit to where you can volunteer or for whom you can volunteer. It is your choice. Most scholarship applications ask for your community service activities.

40 Work experience is great. Include all types of work experience. babysitter waiter or waitress office assistant plumber s assistant student aide

41 Preparing for College Application information Scholarships for Texans Financial Aid Information Check out the LOHS College Planning Guidebook located on the LOHS Counselor website!

42 Determine college costs Investigate ALL possible resources Parents Savings Summer earnings Financial aid: scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study Other sources Secure necessary forms and note deadlines Apply for financial aid as early as possible

43 Attend Financial Aid Night in January/February May begin applying for financial aid January 1 st. Official website- Video Resources: #videos-and-images

44 Submit a FAFSA Earlier: Students will be able to file a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the schedule, when the FAFSA will become available January 1 ST as in previous years.) Use Earlier Income Information: Beginning with the FAFSA, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

45 The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information. When a Student Is Attending College (School Year) When a Student Can Submit a FAFSA Which Year s Income Information Is Required July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016 January 1, 2015 June 30, July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017 January 1, 2016 June 30, July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018 October 1, 2016 June 30, July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019 October 1, 2017 June 30,

46 All Texas Colleges/Universities are required to post, on their website, the cost of tuition, fees, and other services. This is normally found on their admissions page. If you can t find what you are looking for, please Mrs. Royal or Mrs. Davies and we will help you.

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48 Free money for college. YOU must complete the applications first! Posted on LOHS Counselor website. Search the Internet for additional scholarships. Hard copies available in magazine rack. sent when new scholarships arrive. Check your often.

49 Required for college athletic participation Complete at beginning of 1 st semester of senior year, or summer before Apply online Pay application fee More info. available on

50 Individual senior interviews will begin taking place from September on to discuss after high school plans. Class rank and GPA will be completed again in January. Senior newsletters will go out every two months. These will be ed and posted on the website and will include important updates and information. Work hard and have a great senior year!

51 Look at your college options. Look at your options for the various colleges and universities. Compile a notebook with the various information you receive. Complete your Letter of Recommendation Fact Form so that your activities are recorded and you have information to give your recommendation letter writer.

52 Take a tour of the college campus to aide in your decisions. Begin completing college applications. Check deadlines for early action deadlines. Go through the scholarship list. Note deadlines for applications. Complete scholarship applications. Make a list of when spring deadlines are due.

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54 Contact Information: Mrs. Leanette Davies, M.Ed., C.S.C. Mrs. Lorry Royal, M.S., C.S.C./Dean of Students

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