Agenda • Welcome: Denine Gudnitz • Senior Upcoming Events: Mr. Newman • College Application Process: Ravon Austin & Ruth Ragsdale • Questions The College Application Process What you need to know…… Counseling Department A – Claxton Clu-Ec Ei-Gro Gua-Ll Lo-Ox P-Sha She-Z Ms. Nancy Fiallo Ms. Denine Gudnitz Mrs. Melissa Finch Ms. Ruth Ragsdale Mrs. Katie Spicer Ms. Tara Vaglica Mr. Ravon Austin Mrs. Patricia Ridgeway – Registrar Mrs. Heidi Garland – College/Career Infor. Coordinator Mrs. Roxanne Plumber – Administrative Assistant College Application Process… Components of the four year college application packet • Application • Recommendation Letters • Application fee • Test Scores (From academic teachers and counselor) (SAT or ACT) • Essay(s) (If required by the college) • Transcripts • Secondary School Report (Form submitted by counselor) Adhere to deadlines! Student Responsibilities Complete and submit the application, essay, and application fee directly to the college. Request recommendation letters from your teachers. Request official transcript, school profile, secondary school report and counselor recommendation from Mrs. Ridgway. She will send all documents to the college. Request SAT/ACT scores be sent to colleges by directly contacting the testing organization on-line. Before Requesting Transcripts 1. Log into your Common App account. If you do not have an account, you'll need to create one. 2. Under the "Common App" tab, complete the entire “Education" section so that it has a green checkmark (This is necessary since the Common App must know the high school you attend). 3. Go to “My Colleges.” If no colleges are listed, go to "College Search" and add at least one college to which you'll be applying. 4. Click one of the colleges and then “Assign Recommenders." 5. Click the FERPA Release Authorization, giving Magruder permission to send your transcript. Follow the instructions and click these items: • I authorize every school that I have attended to release all requested records… • I waive my right to review all recommendations and supporting documents… • I understand that my waiver or no waiver selection above pertains to all colleges…. How to Request Transcripts • Fill out the paper Transcript Request form and return it to Mrs. Ridgway if your are submitting transcripts and recommendations by mail or online. • Pay your transcript fee to Mrs. Ridgeway. The first 3 transcripts are free; additional transcripts are $3 each. NOTE: You must determine how each one of your colleges accepts documents that need to be submitted. You can find this information by looking at your Family Connection/Naviance account under the “Colleges I am applying to” tab. How to Requests Transcripts If by mail: • Provide a 9X12 envelope; addressed to the college admissions office or scholarship program, with simply your name in the return address space, along with 3- first class stamps (or equivalent postage = $1.32) affixed to the envelope. Do not put your own return address on the envelope. If by eDoc or Common Application: • Submit the completed Transcript Request form to Mrs. Ridgway. How to Request Counselor Recommendation • Complete “Senior Thinking About Yourself” form in Naviance (found under the “About Me” tab on the left side of the screen). How to Request Teacher Recommendations • Speak to your teacher to confirm that they are willing to write your recommendation letter. • In Family Connection/Naviance, add your teacher to the Teacher Recommendation list under the “Colleges I am Applying to” tab. • For teachers not submitting recommendations by electronically, provide college-addressed business size envelope with appropriate postage. Write your name only in the upper left corner and the college deadline in the lower left corner. • Send your teacher(s) and counselor(s) a THANK YOU note or email! College Application Processing Timeline COUNSELORS HAVE 20 SCHOOL DAYS TO COMPLETE YOUR RECOMMENDATION LETTER FROM THE DAY THAT YOU SUBMIT ALL NECESSARY PAPERWORK TO THE REGISTRAR!... COL. ZADOK MAGRUDER HIGH SCHOOL Pat Ridgeway - Registrar Registrar office hours Monday - Friday (Before school, lunch & after school) 2014-2015 TIMELINE FOR REQUESTING TRANSCRIPTS College Deadline October 15, 2014 November 1, 2014 November 15, 2014 December 1, 2014 December 15, 2014 January 1, 2015 January 15, 2015 February 1, 2015 Magruder Deadline September 17, 2014 October 3, 2014 October 16, 2014 October 30, 2014 November 14, 2014 November 20, 2014 December 6, 2014 January 2, 2015 Transcript fee (cash or checks made payable to Magruder H.S.) First 3 transcripts are free; each additional transcript request is $3 each. Upcoming SAT and ACT tests SAT October 11 ACT October 25 November 8 December 6 December 13 How To Register: • Go to www.collegeboard.org to register for the SAT. The SAT test costs $51.00 • Go to www.actstudent.org to register for the ACT. Make sure you sign up for the test WITH WRITING. The total cost for the ACT is $54.50. Accuplacer Test (For all two year community college bound students) • The purpose of the Accuplacer is to determine placement in Math and English in college. • The Accuplacer is knowledge based and untimed. • It is highly recommended that students not take the Accuplacer until March or April, 2015. • See Mrs. Garland in the College & Career Center for more information. The College and Career Center A great resource for: • • • • • • Researching majors and colleges Career exploration Standardized Test Options College Process Scholarships Financial Aid/FAFSA College Visits Over 75 Colleges and Universities nationwide send Admissions Representatives to MHS annually Visits are scheduled September-November, 2014 The College visit schedule is on the Career Center Website under Family Connection All students are sent weekly visit updates through their Family Connection email account Visits take place in the Career Center Upcoming MHS Financial Aid & Scholarship Programs • Financial Aid Information Night: October 2 7:00-9:00pm in the MHS Cafeteria • Financial Aid & Scholarship Lunch Seminars: November 25, December 11, January 6 11:00 am - 11:40am in the MHS Career Center • Financial Aid Opportunities at Montgomery College: November 11 11:00-11:40am in the MHS Career Center FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) • All students applying for Financial Aid MUST Complete FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov • FAFSA is NEED Based Only • Filing Dates: January 1 - March 1, 2015 • Use 2013 Income Tax Returns • Tax information can be updated after filing your taxes • UMCP Priority deadline for filing FAFSA is February 15, 2015 Scholarships • Make sure to apply for all available scholarships offered directly through the colleges • Apply for FAFSA beginning January 1, 2015 through March 1, 2015 (MD State Deadline). • Visit the College & Career Center Website and Visit the Career Center for additional Merit/Need Based Scholarships • Negotiation for the best financial packages is Recommended and Encouraged after acceptance Thank you for coming! 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