It’s time to make some decisions. Technical College? 2-Year College? 4-Year College? Safety School? Stretch School? What’s the difference? What if I’m not going to college? Do I need to be here today listening to you? Finalize your application list Visit College Campuses Register for the ACT or SAT, if necessary Register for SAT II Subject Area tests for Selective Colleges Register for SAT Prep Course, if necessary Determine your method of application: Regular Deadline Early Action Early Decision Organize Application Materials Begin Scholarship Search Work on your applications Check the college websites for what each college requires Send Test Scores Ask teachers for letters of recommendation, if required Write Essays, if required NCAA—first application for athletes Send your applications by Winter Break, unless. . . You’re applying Early Action—then apply by Oct. 1 2. Your college has a deadline in late winter or spring and you want to work on your grades 1st semester before sending your transcript Have your parents attend Financial Aid Night—Dec.4 1. Apply for Financial Aid: FAFSA—Free Application for Federal Student Aid All males must register with the Selective Service when they turn 18 Continue to search for colleges and scholarships Receive acceptance letters from colleges Receive financial aid package from colleges Decide which school you plan to attend Going into the Military? Make final arrangements with your recruiter Working after High School? Start looking for a job— or a BETTER job. Taking a year off before starting college? Check with your college about deferring your enrollment. Many will let you apply now and will notify you of your acceptance, but allow you to begin the following academic year. By May 1 you must let your college know that you plan to accept their offer of admission After May 1, colleges assume you plan to attend a different school and start offering admission to their “wait list” students If you change your mind after May 1, there may not be room for you at the college Notify Student Services where you want your final transcript sent Online Application is preferred Paper Application can be downloaded www.gacollege411.org Allows Creekview to send your transcript & immunization record to colleges and scholarship agencies Forms available in the Student Services Office Parent Signature required until student turns 18 Complete 1 form for each college app. In-State applications: request electronic transcript from GACollege411 Out-of-State applications: Include $3 Fee, Envelope with 3 Stamps for transcripts We keep record of date transcript sent OUT OF STATE SCHOOLS We must send your transcript, school profile and immunization through the mail so we need you to provide the following: Request transcripts for Georgia colleges Check your HOPE GPA from this site. Fill out completely and legibly Be specific Give information that sets you apart from other applicants Include specific dates Describe any activities that are not selfexplanatory Be specific You can attach a Word Document instead Student Essay: Tell about something not listed elsewhere Parent Essay: We get the best information from your parents. Let them brag on you! RESUME (Page 4) Use this page ONLY if you need a counselor letter of recommendation Fill out the top part before giving it to a teacher Choose a teacher you know well, ask them to fill it out and return it to your counselor www.collegeboard.com for SAT scores www.actstudent.org for ACT scores You can find these links on the Student Services website Give teachers form and stamped/addressed envelope and they will send OR Give teachers form and ask them to give the recommendation to counselor ALWAYS give your teachers 2 weeks notice Teachers ARE NOT required to write you a recommendation, so always ASK them if they will write you a recommendation The purpose of the teacher rec is to explain your skills in that teacher’s class Complete the Student Resume form and give it to your counselor 2 weeks in advance The purpose of the Counselor recommendation is more global—includes extracurricular, as well as academics—and validates what you have included in your application www.fastweb.com www.gacollege411.org Student Services Website: http://portal.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/creekvi ew-hs/studentservices/default.aspx Dec. 4: Financial Aid Night for parents of seniors See your Counselor when you have questions about the College Application process.