HAVING A SUCCESSFUL SENIOR YEAR!

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HAVING A
SUCCESSFUL
SENIOR YEAR!
AUGUST 29, 2012
Education Acronyms
HOW MANY OF THESE DO YOU KNOW?
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FAFSA
SAR
SAT
ACT
PSAT
EFC
ECA
GQE
SSACI
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ASVAB
GPA
DOE
ENL
NCAA
NCLB
NWEA
RTI
IHSAA
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AYP
NHS
FFA
FCS
QAR
BPS
STUCO
DEADLINES
DON’T MISS THEM!
Welcome to Your Senior Year!
• Take an active role in your plans after high
school – it’s YOUR future!
• Your parents aren’t going to campus or work
with you – learn to advocate!
• Ask questions
• Respect experience
• Consider a variety of options
• Seek help
Senior Year Timeline
• September – November : Apply to colleges
• November – December : Scholarships
• January - February: Complete FAFSA and as
many scholarship applications as you can
• May: Respond to admission offers and MAKE
A DECISION!!!! 
MEMORIZE THIS:
150290
BHS School
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What You Should
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Senior meetings will begin after Labor Day
Finalize college selections – choose wisely!
Begin working on college applications
Update Academic Resume
Continue looking at possible majors
Go on college visits!
Register for the SAT / ACT
Meet with college reps when they visit
Senior Analysis
Graduation Requirements
• Three Diploma Types
– Core 40 (47)
– Core 40 w/Technical Honors (47)
– Core 40 w/Academic Honors (50)
Opt Out Process
• Student will receive a General Diploma – still 47
credits required
• Parent, student, counselor, and administrator must
meet to sign paperwork
• Student will not be able to attend a 4-year college
• Decision not usually considered until junior year – we
want everyone to shoot for Core 40
• Main difference is the number of math and science
credits needed
Admissibility
w/Academic Honors
50 Credits
For the Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma, students must:
– Complete all requirements for Core 40.
– Earn 2 additional Core 40 math credits
– Earn 6-8 Core 40 world language credits (6 credits in one
language or 4 credits each in two languages).
– Earn 2 Core 40 fine arts credits.
– Earn a grade of a “C” or better in courses that will count
toward the diploma.
– Have a grade point average of a “B” or better.
AND . . .
w/Academic Honors
50 Credits
Complete one of the following:
– Complete AP courses (4 credits) and corresponding AP exams
– Complete IB courses (4 credits) and corresponding IB exams (Not Available
at Bremen)
– Earn a combined score of 1200 or higher on the SAT critical reading and
mathematics
– Score a 26 or higher composite on the ACT
– Complete dual high school/college credit courses from an accredited
postsecondary institution (6 transferable college credits)
– Complete a combination of an AP course (2 credits and corresponding
exam) or an IB Standard Level course (2 credits and corresponding exam)
and dual high school/college credit course(s) from an accredited
postsecondary institution (3 transferable college credits)
Course Re-Take Policy
• Students can re-take a course to maintain
Honors Diploma status
• Only for grades C- and below
• Once per year / maximum of 2 in high school
• Students who retake a course are not eligible
for Valedictorian or Salutatorian
• Other stipulations apply; see Handbook
WorkKeys Test
• One of the ways to earn a Technical
Honors Diploma
• http://www.act.org/workkeys/assess/fou
ndational.html
• Testing on Foundational Skills:
–Reading for Information (Level 6)
–Applied Mathematics (Level 6)
–Locating information (Level 5)
Dual Credit
• Earn college credits while in High School
• One of the requirements to earn an Academic
Honors Diploma or Technical Honors Diploma
• ACP (Advance College Project)
• Ivy Tech
• Courses transfer better if they are on CTL (Core
Transfer Library)
• Visit www.TransferIN.net for more detailed info.
ACP Information
• ACP (Advance College Project)
– http://acp.indiana.edu/
• Dual Credit (High School and College)
• ACP vs. AP
• Benefits of ACP
UPDATE!!!!!!
• Cost of 3 credit hour course is now only $75!
– Used to be $259.95
• Cost of 5 credit hour course is now only $125
– Used to be $433.25
• Billing will come directly from IUSB Bursar (574-520-4489)
– Semester 1 – ACP Speech, ACP Calculus (Being billed now)
(*WAIVERS*) BILLS ARE DUE by OCTOBER 2, 2012
– Unpaid students will be automatically withdraw
– Semester 2 – ACP Comp, ACP Lit, ACP Business
(be prepared – billed in January!)
ACP Tidbits
• ACP and Academic Honors
– There are several options for Acad. Honors
– ONE of them is 2 Dual Credit classes
– To meet this requirement, the DC classes must RESULT
in SIX TRANSFERABLE college credits
– This means you have to pay IUSB for the credits
• Students CAN take an ACP class without paying for the
credits, but not to qualify for Acad. Honors
• Check out colleges before you pay – some colleges
exempt students out of Comp. based on SAT score
AP Information
• Another way to earn college credit
• Rigorous coursework developed by College Board
• Each course concludes with a standardized exam
written and scored by college professors
• Students usually need to score at least a 3,4, or 5 on
test to receive college credit
• Students pay for exam ($89), except for Calculus
• School may pay for exam through grant money if
students are identified as High Ability
• BHS has AP Spanish and AP Calculus – exams in MAY
The Guidance Office
• Our Role
• We are here to help you!
• We are also very busy – please allow us a 24
hour time frame to respond to you
• Please communicate with classroom teachers
• Don’t wait until the last minute
• New Computers this year – keep track of your
kids online too
What are my choices?
What is “College”?
Some people think of college as a fouryear bachelor’s degree, but college also
includes two-year associates degrees and
apprenticeship programs – in-demand
skills that lead to great jobs that pay well!
Post-Secondary Options
• College
• Community College
– 2 year
– 4 year
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Navy
Marines
Coast Guard
Air Force
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Job training
Less Expensive
Smaller classes
Can transfer
Work
Apprenticeships
Vocational / Tech
Specialized Colleges
Why Do I Need a Diploma?
• 82% of today’s jobs require more than a high
school diploma
• 20% require professional degrees (Bachelor’s
or more)
• 62% require skilled labor (more than high
school, less than four years)
Which Paycheck Do You Want?
Doctoral Degree $1497 / week
Professional Degree $1427 / week
Master’s Degree $1165 / week
Bachelor’s Degree $987 / week
Associate’s Degree $740 / week
Some College $683 /
week
Source: US Bureau of
Labor and Statistics
HS Grad $604 /
week
HS Dropout
$428 / week
Things to think about when selecting a
college or post-secondary school:
• Majors and programs
offered
• Type of school
• Size – large or small
• Cost
• Location
• Atmosphere – Academic
and Social
• Social activities
• Faculty reputation
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Religious preference
Job Placement /
Graduate Study
The WRONG reasons to select a
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My girlfriend / boyfriend goes there
My best friend goes there
It’s a party school
My parents went there (or brother, sister, etc)
It’s a pretty campus
It was the only school I visited
I liked the pictures I saw online or on the
brochure
Declaring a Major:
To do or Not to Do?
• Know yourself
– Strengths and weaknesses
– Values and Beliefs
– Interests
• Take a personality profile
• Match strengths with career options
• Do the research!
• Don’t fret if you don’t know yet 
• Average student will have 7-10 jobs in their career (4 of which
are not yet created!)
What if I have no
idea what to do
when I graduate?
Career Cruising Website
• Go to www.careercruising.com
– Enter username: bremen511
– Enter password: Indiana
• You can access the 4 main sections
– Career Matchmaker
– Explore Careers
– Explore Colleges and Universities
– Career Portfolio Tool
• Thousands of careers available to research!
Indiana Career Explorer
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http://indianacareerexplorer.org/
Build a portfolio
Three assessments to learn about yourself
Research a wide variety of Careers
Research Colleges and many other options
“Plan For Work Session” to prepare a resume
and prepare for an interview
• Job Bank – search for jobs in Indiana
Big Future
• https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
• Step by step planning
• Videos from students and parents about their
experiences
• Financial Aid information and plannin
• Career Exploration
Indiana Career Information System
• Offers detailed information about 900+
occupations, wage, data, employment
outlook, training requirements, etc
• www.incis.intocareers.org
• Username: bremen
• Password: golions
• In 1st session, set up account (MY CIS), which
enables the portfolio system
TripToCollege.org
• T = Timeline: steps to prepare for college K-12
• R = Real Answers: help with the most important
questions and concerns about planning and
paying for college
• I = Indiana Colleges: research & compare
information about Indiana colleges to
help find a best fit
• P = Paying for College: financial resources and
strategies to consider, based on your family’s
situation
Learn More Indiana
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http://www.in.gov/learnmoreindiana/
Indiana specific website
Variety of resources available
Many printed publications as well
Hoosier Hot Jobs
• A listing of jobs most “in demand” for the
State of Indiana
• All require ability to work with people, work
with things, work with systems, and work with
information
• Comes from the Indiana Department of
Workforce Development
• Can filter jobs by industry, education or salary
• Visit http://www.in.gov/dwd/
College Application
Process
Before Applying
• Update Academic Resume
– What happened over summer to add
– Can you add from senior year already
• Collect Letters of Recommendation (2-4)
– Variety of people (i.e. teacher, coach, minister,
counselor, sponsor, principal, etc)
– Ask early and give enough time / specify directions
– Write a Thank You note! 
• Send both to Mrs. Manges: mmanges@bps.k12.in.us
College Application Process
Where do I apply?
• Most applications are online
• Some are free if done online
• Some WILL be free during
College Go! Week
• Apply to a variety of schools
• 1 in-state and 1 out of state
• 1 Public and 1 private, etc
• Apply to those you are
serious about attending
• 1 “safety” school
Then what?
• Use Docufide to let the
Guidance Office know to
send a transcript
• If you don’t use Docufide,
bring the Guidance Office a
counselor form
• Send Mrs. Manges an email
with your academic resume
and any recommendation
letters
College Application
Do’s and Don’ts
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DO Start Early!
DO Apply to 1 public, 1 private, 1 out of state
DO Apply to 1 “safety” school
Don’t let $$$ scare you
Don’t be afraid to talk to the Admissions Office
at the school
• Don’t be afraid to talk to the Financial Aid Office
Admissions Options
Non-Restrictive Application
Restrictive Application
• Regular Decision
• Early Decision
– Submit by regular deadline
– Decision given in reasonable time
– No commitment
• Rolling Admission
– Response in 2-6 weeks
– Admission review is continuous
– No commitment
• Early Action
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Can apply to multiple institutions
Apply early, hear back early
Can affect scholarship eligibility
No commitment
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Only ONE institution
Apply and hear back early
If admitted, withdraw other apps
Commitment to enroll at college
Other Common Admission Terms
• Waitlisted
– Acceptance based on # of committed students
– Can improve chances by providing additional info.
• Deferred
– Usually for Early Action / Early Decision
– Can improve chances by providing additional info.
Types of Applications
• Can use Common Application
– www.commonapp.org
– One application for multiple colleges
– Make sure college participates
• On-line Applications
– Read all instructions
– Keep copies!
– Use spell and grammar check
• Use Docufide / Parchment!
• Not all colleges are participating
• Goal: Every senior complete a college
application (using Docufide if possible)
• Goals for other grade levels as well
• Goals for middle school students too!
September 24 – 28, 2012
Docufide
• Access 24 / 7!
• It’s safe and secure
• Transcript delivery to all colleges nationwide
is free!
• Create an account (should have already done)
• If you DON’T have an account, you can set one
up at www.parchment.com
• I can also send resume and rec letters this way!
• Ask about 21st Century Scholar Programs
– Indiana Covenant
– Purdue Promise
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Ask about SAT / ACT Waivers
Ask about help if you have an IEP
Ask anything else you can think of! 
IUSB On-Site Admissions
• WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17th, 2012 from 9-11:45am
• Short meeting / transcript review at BHS with admissions
counselor from IUSB
• Students will know admission status on the spot: admitted,
pending, or deferred to Ivy Tech
• Application Fee of $45 waived !!!
• Admitted students with Core 40 or above, “B” average, SAT or
ACT scores above state average, and ranking in top ½ of class,
will get $500 Titan Scholarship!
Additional Tips
• Follow up with college if you get a rejection
letter – sometimes they reconsider
• If test scores or grades are low, send in
application with a letter of explanation
• Apply to at least one private and one public
school
Admission Tests
Needed
2012-2013 SAT Dates
Test Dates
Registration Deadline
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November 3
December 1
January 26
March 9
May 4
$50.00
June 1
September 7
October 4
November 1
December 28
February 8
April 5
$77.00
May 2
Late
2012-13 ACT Dates
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Registration Deadlines
September 6
October 27
December 8
February 9
April 13
$35.00
June 8
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plus writing
August 17
September 21
November 2
January 11
March 8
$57.00
May 3
$72.50
plus writing
Registering for SAT / ACT
• We don’t have any paper/pencil registration forms in the
Guidance Office anymore – it’s all online!
• Register for SAT at www.sat.collegeboard.org/register
• Register for ACT online at www.actstudent.org
• WRITE DOWN YOUR USERNAMES AND
PASSWORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
• Be sure to send scores to Bremen – school code is 150290
• SEND SCORES TO COLLEGES – you get
• four for FREE (or you pay )
• Complete College Apps even if you plan to
take one of the tests again!!!!!!!
FEE WAIVERS
• Ask if you qualify for a fee waiver – based on
family income and household size
• 2 SAT / 2 ACT waivers per year
• 4 College Application Waivers – need to get
from Mrs. Manges in Guidance Office
• Cannot register late with a fee waiver
NEW!!!!
SAT Test Security
• Effective with October 2012 Test
– Must provide acceptable photo during registration
• Clear, focused, and correctly exposed
• Full face view, directly facing the camera
• Must match how you look on test day and in photo ID
– Photo will appear on Admission Ticket
– Must present Admission Ticket WITH an
acceptable Photo ID
– No TICKET, No ID, NO ADMISSION!
– Standby test takers no longer admitted
FREE SAT Practice Tools
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The Offficial SAT Question of the Day
The Official SAT Practice Test
My SAT Online Score Report
SAT Practice Questions
SAT Skills Insight
MyCollegeQuickStart
SAT Study Plan
Answers Imagined
Affordable SAT Resources
• The Complete SAT
Study Guide ($31.99)
• SAT Online Course
– www.satonlinecourse.com
– $69.95 / year Individually
– Includes practice tests, auto essay scoring, guided
self study, and more!
SAT is more than a TEST
• Online profiles of every college
in nation
• Information about scholarships and merit aid
• Free Financial Literacy resources
• The Student Search Service
• College Board provides MANY valuable
resources, you just need to take the time to
explore them! 
If you took the PSAT…
• Go to www.collegeboard.com/psatextra
• Access your account (or create one)
• Enter the access code on PSAT score report
(we have them in the office too)
• View the comprehensive college planning
package called MyCollegeQuickStart
MyCollegeQuickStart
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View all the PSAT answers and explanations
Get a personalized SAT study plan
Research colleges
Research careers and majors using MyRoad
Take a personality profile
Much More!!!!
My College QuickStartTM
A Guided Tour
Should I take an SAT Subject Test?
• SAT subject Tests are college admission tests that
allow you to differentiate yourself on your college
application and showcase your achievements in
specific subject areas like math, science, literature,
foreign languages or history.
• 1 hour long / approx $22
• Not required / check w/individual schools
• Can be useful for placement purposes
• More information available in Guidance Office
SAT Class w/ Mrs. Heiter
• Who: Juniors & Seniors who want to take SAT
• When: Wednesdays from 7 – 7:45 AM
Sept 12 – Nov 14 (Fridays optional)
• Where: Room 314
• Cost: $60 to Mrs. Heiter by Sept. 12, 2012
• Space is limited!
Starts Sept.
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Another SAT / ACT Prep Course
• Janet Farias, BS Ed MS Counseling
• www.Jemaacademics.com – check out website
• Local – 13700 Layton Rd, Mishawaka (2 miles south
of Grissom Middle School)
• Four week courses
• Saturdays 10am – 12pm or individual as needed
• Group $150 book included; individual sessions are
$30 / hour
• Contact at 574-229-4851 or EandJFarias@aol.com
SAT / ACT Average Scores
• SAT (3 components – 800 each - 2400 possible)
– CR (496)
-MATH (514)
-WR (488)
*Average score is 1050 (not including Writing)
• ACT (36 possible)
*Average score is 22 composite
CHECK WITH INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS FOR
SPECIFIC ADMISSION CRITERIA
SAT vs. ACT
SAT (2400)
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Critical Reading (800)
Writing (800)
Essay included in Writing
¼ pt taken off for wrong
answer
• All scores reported
• Some math questions and
essays are not MC
ACT (36)
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Math
Reading
English
Science
Writing (Optional)
No penalty for guessing
Student selects which
scores to report
• Only MC questions
If you took the ASVAB…
• You got your scores last year, along with a Career
Assessment (FYI: Find Your Interests)
• You also received an “Exploring Careers” booklet
• Your score sheet gave you a code, which gives
you access for a year to their website
• www.asvabprogram.com
• Click on “Career Planning Tools”under “Plan for
Your Future”
• Lots and lots of career research tools available!
Admission Info from Indiana
Colleges and Universities
Information from Bloomington
• Must send SAT / ACT scores directly to Indiana from College Board
or ACT
• Look at Senior classes very closely
• Need to be in the top 40% of class
• For General admission:
– You need 2 years (4 credits) of foreign language
– You need Precalc / Trig or Calculus
• Will admit undocumented students
– Not eligible for financial assistance
– Can help students get documentation
• Kelley School of Business
– 1270 SAT or 29 ACT Composite
– 3.6 GPA
Scholarships Available at IU
(These are automatic! )
• Excellence
– $9,000 / year ($36,000 for four years)
– SAT 1340 or ACT 30 Composite
– GPA 3.8
• Prestige
– $4,000 / year ($16,000 for four years)
– SAT 1220 or ACT 27 Composite
– GPA 3.7
• Valedictorian
– $1,000 / year ($4,000 for four years)
– Class Rank as #1 at time of admission
• VISIT www.scholarships.indiana.edu
• APPLY BY NOVEMBER 1st!!!! (Can submit updated scores by Jan 15)
INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Admission Statistics
• Fall 2010
– 36,719 applicants (15% increase from 2008)
– Enrolled 7,020 residents
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Average ACT Composite: 26
Vast majority are Academic Honors Students
November 1st - DEADLINE
Information from West Lafayette
• Must send SAT / ACT scores directly to Purdue from College
Board
• Personal Statement – Give a reason why you are interested in
a given field
• Additional Information (optional) – provide any special
circumstances necessary
• GPA for Financial Scholarships – only based on Science, Math,
English, Foreign Language, and Social Studies Grades
• They do look at ALL four years – grade trends, etc
• Specifically look at your preparation for the
program you wish to enterto enter
• Need 2 years (4 credits)Foreign Language
• “No” at Purdue initially does not mean “No” forever
Scholarships Available at Purdue
• Trustees Scholarship (Renewable)
– $10,000 Indiana Residents ($40,000 for four years)
– 2000 SAT (all 3 sections) or 30 ACT (Composite and Writing)
– And 3.8 GPA
• Presidential Scholarship (Renewable)
– $4,000 - $8,000 / yr for Indiana Residents
– 1850 – 1990 SAT (all 3 sections) or 27-29 (English/Writing)
• Marquis Scholarship – NEW (Renewable)
– $2,000 / yr if family income is b/w $40,000 - $100,00 + other criteria
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GPA calculates core GPA with final Junior year transcript
New test scores until Januray 1 (from testing agency)
Additional Need-Based awards available in spring
• Cost of Attendance (COA) at Purdue/year = $23,468 Resident
• November 15th Deadline!!!!!
PURDUE UNIVERSITY
Admission Statistics
• Fall 2011
– 29,513 applicants
– Enrolled 6,659 residents
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• 31 is average class size
• 90.2% 1st yr Retention Rate
Average SAT Range: 1540-1910
• If not admitted, no letters
Average ACT Composite: 26
mailed: check email 
Average GPA: 3.6
Vast majority are Academic
Honors Students
• November 15th - DEADLINE
Average high school rank is • Starting December 7 admissions
in top 17%
decisions will be released
Information from Notre Dame
Class of 2015
Notre Dame
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16,548 applications
1440 average SAT (Math and CR)
33 average ACT
Average frosh was in top 2% of high
school class
30 frosh had perfect SAT or ACT scores
More than half were valedictorans or
salutatorians
About half of students were granted
financial aid, w/avg package about
$26,900 ($52,000 yr)
St. Mary’s
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1453 applications
12 high school valedictorians
43.1% ranked in top 10% of
high school class
• More than 63% earned ACT
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• 62% scored 1650 or higher
on SAT
Misc. College Info
Algebra II
• Greatest predictor of college success
• Any math past Algebra II increases a student’s
chances of college graduation by 73%
• Only 36% of current college students finish college in
four years
• Vast majority of students
who only complete
Algebra II are not ready
for college level math
Some MYTHS
About College
• Big colleges are best if you
• Good grades are better
haven’t decided on a
than challenging courses
major field of study
• SAT/ACT scores are more
• Only the best students get
important than grades
financial aid
• I need to decide on a
• If I did bad in 9th and 10th
career before college
grade I won’t be admitted
• A lot of extracurriculars
anywhere
will compensate for poor
• Colleges need students so
grades
it’s easier to get admitted
Some FACTS About “College”
• A degree opens doors!
• It pays to have an education
• A good job means MORE than good pay
Studying in College
• Use the 1:2/3 Ratio
– 1 hr class = 2-3 hours of studying, reading,
research, etc.
• Take Breaks
• Find a comfortable and quiet place
• Set goals / reward yourself
• Eliminate Distractions
• Use review sessions!
• Don’t procrastinate
College Visits
• Call Admissions Office in advance to set up appt.
• Research the school and think about questions
ahead of time
• Talk to the students on campus
• Visit some classes if you can
• Visit a dorm / cafeteria if you can
• Schedule an interview
• Tour the campus on your own
• Keep notes / observations while there
• Write thank-you notes to appropriate people
Other Info
• Wabash College – males only
– “Top Ten” scholarship = $70,000
– November 2, 2012 visit required
• NO may not always mean “No”
– Some schools offer transition programs
• Placement Tests are often needed
– Accuplacer
– Compass
How Do I Pay?
Average Costs
• Average debt of a college graduate is $20,000
(*data from September 2008)
• Tuition and Fees = 36%
• Room and Board = 43%
• Other = 21%
– Books
– Personal Expenses, etc.
– Transportation
Financial Aid Options
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Scholarships (Local, colleges, etc)
Loans
Work Study
Others
BORROW SMART!
USE CREDIT WISELY!
Terms to Know
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FAFSA
COA (Cost of Attendance)
EFC (Expected Family Contribution)
SAR (Student Aid Report)
Need-based
Merit-based
Financial Need
Aid Package
Financial Aid Tidbits
• Start Early!
– Get PIN now at www.pin.ed.gov
– Both student and parent need a PIN
• DON’T MISS DEADLINES
– March 10 for Indiana to file FAFSA
– Must file FAFSA online www.FAFSA.ed.gov
• Be proactive – file FAFSA all four years
• Work with Colleges!
• Avoid Scams – don’t pay to have someone find you $$
Financial Aid Myths
• College is too expensive
for our family
• There’s less aid
available than there
used to be
• My family’s income is
too high to qualify
• I have money saved so I
won’t qualify
• If I apply for a loan, I
have to take it
• Working will hurt my
academic success
• Private schools are out
of reach for my family
• I don’t get straight A’s
so I won’t qualify
Fin. Aid Facts
• Many families qualify for financial aid even
though they think they make too much money
• Colleges are in competition for students
• Colleges have empty seats to fill
• Colleges will pay for good students
• 80% of students attending private colleges
receive financial aid
Timeline - Fall
• Gather Financial Aid info from colleges and
know what forms to complete (PROFILE)
• If you are applying for Early Admission, ask is
they offer an early estimate of financial aid
• Attend Financial Aid Night at school (Nov. 7)
• Use financial aid calculators to estimate costs
• http://netpricecalculator.collegeboard.org/
• www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov
Timeline - Winter
• WORK ON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
• Attend Financial Aid Night at school (Jan 9)
• Attend FAFSA Friday or College Goal Sunday in
February for help completing FAFSA
• Save final pay stubs for the year
• Get taxes files early
• FAFSA filed by March 10th!
Timeline – Spring
• As you receive letters of acceptance, see if additional
documentation is needed
• Compare financial aid offers between schools
• https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-forcollege/tools-calculators
• Accept offers as instructed once you make a decision
• If you receive aid from other schools, notify them
that you won’t be attending
• You must reapply for financial aid every year
SCHOLARSHIPS
• Usually begin around November
• We list all that come through BHS in the
Counselor Corner (posted on Web and various
other places)
• Most applications are on-line now
• Fill them out completely! Keep track of
usernames and passwords 
• Check out websites!
• MEET DEADLINES / WATCH MAILING DATES!
Avoid Scholarship Scams!
• “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money
back” – No one can guarantee a scholarship!
• “You can’t get this information anywhere else”
– Do your research, don’t pay anyone!
• “I just need your credit card…” – NO!
• “We’ll do all the work” – Wrong again. You
have to fill out the paperwork!
• “You’ve been selected by a ‘national
foundation’ …” – Chances are they want $
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21
Century Scholars
• Helps with transition from high school to postsecondary education
• Signed up in middle school
• You should be receiving something in mail
• Must attend a senior exit interview
• Must sign an Affirmation Form that you still
qualify based on the covenant (not $)
• Contact: (317)233-2100 or 21stscholars@sfa.che.in.gov
NEW!
• www.HighFiveScholarships.com
• Click on “Start Your Search”
• Site will soon have free ACT and SAT practice
tests and Study Guides
• Site also provides Financial Aid tips and
information
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www.indianacollegecosts.org
Customized EFC estimates
Side by Side Comparisons
“What if” scenarios provided
“Ask the Expert” sessions available
Information Sheets and Web resources
MUCH MORE!!!
COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE,
BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE!
• Average Public University
$20,000+
• Average Private University
$39,000
• Elite Private College
$50,000 +
COLLEGE FAIRS
• Goshen High School
– Monday, October 3, 2011
– 7:00 – 8:30 pm
• Plymouth High School
– Thursday, October 6, 2011
– 6:30 – 8:00 pm
• Virtual College fair
– October 18 12:00pm – 6:00 pm
– Special Healthcare Focus
– www.advanceweb.com/events
College Planning Seminar
• Thursday, Sept. 20th at 6:00 p.m.
• Ameriprise Financial at 401 E. Jefferson St. in
Plymouth, IN.
• Any high school junior or senior student and
their parents are welcome to attend.
• FOOD will be provided 
Dates to Remember
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September 24 – 28th – College Go! Week
October 8th - Jostens packets passed out
October 16th – Jostens orders taken at lunch
November 5th – Financial Aid Meeting
January 8th – Financial Aid Meeting
March 10th – FAFSA due!
March 25th – Tri Kappa Awards night
May 9th – Senior Awards Night
Resources for Help
• FREE Math and Science Help!
– Rose-Hulman Homework Hotline
– www.AskRose.org or 1.877.ASK.ROSE
• Math tutorial website
– http://www.khanacademy.org/
• Purdue OWL site (Online Writing Lab)
– http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
• Ask your teacher!
Additional Resources
Final Tid-Bits
• Senior Bonus Period Teachers have a binder
with an updated “Counselor Corner” – students
should check frequently!
• Fall Guidance Newsletter will be posted on our
school website soon
• Winter / Spring Newsletters to come
• I will send frequent Harmony emails to you and
students – make sure we have your email!
• Senior Resource Packet and many other
resources will also be on website soon
Melissa Manges
Grades 11-12
mmanges@bps.k12.in.us
574-546-3511 ext. 3355
“GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE
DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS.
LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE
IMAGINED”
~ Henry David Thoreau
HAVE A GREAT SENIOR YEAR!

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