College Readiness Miami Southridge Senior High School Class of 2014 Itinerary • • • • • Graduation Requirements G.P.A. Information SAT/ACT Tests College Visitations and Applications Financial Aid Information and Scholarships Graduation Requirements Need to Graduate: Requirements Unweighted GPA 2.0 Service Hours 10 Credits 24 credits* as outlined in Student Handbook GPA Information • Florida Bright Futures and Colleges calculate only... Academic G.P.A • Academic G.P.A.s are averaged only for the core courses: 4 years of English 4 years of Math 3 years of Science 3 years of Social Science 2 years of Foreign Language GPA Information • Colleges calculate advanced courses as follows: • AP/DE/IB = 1 point • Honors = 0.5 point ACT/SAT Tests SAT Test Dates: ◦ November 2 ◦ December 7 ◦ January 25 ◦ March 8 ◦ May 3 ◦ June 7 Register at: www.collegeboard.com ACT Test Dates: ◦ October 26 ◦ December 14 ◦ February 8 ◦ April 12 ◦ June 14 Register at: www.actstudent.org SCHOOL CODE: 164280 TEST CODE: 101087 ACT/SAT Tests • Important to put Miami Southridge’s School Code (164280), in order for us to receive your scores • Can choose up to 4 colleges where ACT/SAT scores can be sent for FREE • Must choose colleges before test is taken to be free of charge • Additional score reports will be charged a fee • Colleges require official score reports from the testing sites What Should I Look For In A College • LOCATION • Choose the best fit for YOU! • ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS • Know if you match their qualification. What is your chance of getting into this school? • COSTS • It’s NOT just tuition-even if you stay in Miami! Room & board, books, gas, activities, sporting events, spending money, etc. all need to be factored and budgeted. • MAJORS • Small colleges are often limiting in their major choices. Remember that 80% of college freshman do not have a major by the time they start college, and 50% change their mind- multiple times! What Should I Have Already Done?? • Finalizing Your College List • Narrow your list to 3-6 schools DREAM SCHOOLS REALISTIC SCHOOLS SAFETY SCHOOLS What Should I Have Already Done?? • Visited Colleges (In Person, Virtual Tours, Websites) • Research Applications and Fees • Created a Professional Email • [email protected] NO! • [email protected] YES! • Created a Resume • Sent and/or Registered for SAT/ACT Resume • Name and Contact Information • College and Career Choices (optional) • Academic Record with info on Class Rank, GPA, SAT scores, AP classes, etc. • School Activities • Community Activities • Work Experiences • Honors and Awards • Other Items of Interest (such as personal interests that are not covered in the above categories or a short personal statement indicating obstacles you have overcome, like a learning disability, personal or family setback, or unexpected change in circumstances) Admissions Criteria- What Do Colleges Look At? • Application Information • Grade Point Average (GPA) • Weighted vs. Unweighted • High School Transcript • Course Load and Strength of Subjects • ACT/SAT scores • Superscore • SAT Subject Tests • • • • • Class Rank or Percentile Recommendation Letters* Resume: Special Talents/Awards & Personal Qualities/Activities Essays Interviews What Will I Need to Apply, and How Do I Get It? Colleges Will Want: How Do I Obtain These: 1. Completed Applications University’s Website 2. Official Transcripts *GPA *Academic Coursework *Academic Percentile Complete ‘Transcript Request Form’ in the Main Office 3. SAT & ACT Scores Request from the Official Testing Sites www.sat.collegeboard.com www.actstudent.org 4. Student Essay* Your creation- Please, please, pretty please… HAVE IT PROOFREAD!! Different colleges might have different prompts! 5. Recommendation Letters Complete LRIS so teachers/counselors can find out more about you! How Do I Apply? • There’s no crying in the college application process!! • NO PROCRASTINATION!! • If the deadline is November 1st, DO NOT wait until after you come back from the candy hotspots on Halloween night to start applying • Some colleges have ONLY 1 deadline, and if you miss it, you’ve missed the boat for that college • Most applications became available August 1st • APPLY ONLINE at the specific university’s website • Find out if your specific college requires paper application with a waiver • Apply early for consideration for university-specific scholarships Florida College Applicants • When applying to any Florida Public institution a Florida Resident Form must be completed • Must submit Proof of Residency • Copy of one parent’s Driver’s License, Voter’s Registration, or Vehicle Registration (2 out of 3) • Information for Residency Classification Form http://admissions.fiu.edu/how/forms/residency.pdf Early Decision Vs. Early Action Early Decision • Binding • Higher chance of acceptance • Do this if you are POSITIVE of your choice • Only for one school • MUST withdraw all other applications if accepted • If you realize you don’t have any money after financial aid is complete, you’re in a sticky situation Early Action • Non-binding • Higher chance of acceptance • Multiple schools • Can give you more time to review financial aid packages in different schools Florida Bright Futures Scholarship • Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) • $100/credit @ 4-year institution • $61/credit @ 2-year institution Requirements: • 3.5 GPA • 1280 SAT or 28 ACT • 100 Service Hours • Completed FAFSA • Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) • $75/credit @ 4-year institution • $47/credit @ 2-year institution Requirements: • 3.0 GPA • 1020 SAT or 22 ACT • 75 Service Hours • Completed FAFSA Florida Bright Futures Scholarship • Student information, course load, and grades are entered into the Florida Bright Futures database by Counselors • The Florida Bright Futures (FBF) Office accesses test scores electronically from the State University System • When registering for the SAT/ACT, send scores to any Florida State School in order for scores to arrive at FBF Office • The FBF office automatically selects your best scores • In December 2012, students will set up their Florida Bright Future accounts during the school hours • Students may take SAT/ACT as often as they want to earn the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) • There are three main categories of federal student aid: ◦ Grants ◦ Work-study ◦ Loans • Forms become available to download online as of January 1st, 2013 at www.fafsa.ed.gov • Parents must file 2012 income tax before applying or they can estimate their taxes, but have to confirm after filing • If you wish to apply for other scholarships, F.A.F.S.A. must be filled out • Net Price Calculator: Provides estimate amount of attendance at each college Financial Aid • CSS Profile • Required by many private colleges/universities to determine eligibility for non-government financial aid, such as the institution's own grants, loans, and scholarships. • Begin applying early Fall • For more information and to apply, visit https://profileonline.collegeboard.com • Male students, who turn 18 years of age, must register with the selective services at www.sss.gov • Required for scholarships or federal student aid Scholarships • • • • • • • • • www.collegeboard.com www.collegeview.com www.fastweb.com www.hispanicscholarships.com www.wiredscholar.com www.embark.com www.hsf.net www.scholarships.com www.finaid.org What Will I Need to Apply, and How Do I Get It? Colleges Will Want: How Do I Obtain These: 1. Completed Applications University’s Website 2. Official Transcripts *GPA *Academic Coursework *Academic Percentile Complete ‘Transcript Request Form’ in the Main Office 3. SAT & ACT Scores Request from the Official Testing Sites www.sat.collegeboard.com www.actstudent.org 4. Student Essay* Your creation- Please, please, pretty please… HAVE IT PROOFREAD!! Different colleges might have different prompts! 5. Recommendation Letters Complete LRIS so teachers/counselors can find out more about you!