B Prepared for College

B Prepared
for College
Counseling Department
Sponsored by Ed Fund
December 18, 2012
 Senior timeline
 Finishing strong - avoid getting a college
admission revoked!
 Avoiding Senioritis
 Community College- a viable option
 Financial Aid
Dwight Schmidt
Joanne Ehret
Harvey Guzik
Luz Arellano
Academic Support
 Naviance
 Parchment.com
 Beckman Website
Timeline: December
Finalize Regular Decision applications (be sure to update your common
application with the schools you are applying to).
If you have not emailed your counselor your updated BCAP and student and
parent questionnaire do it ASAP.
Financial aid forms, which will be due in January and/or February.
It is the student’s responsibility to mail official test scores to colleges. Students
can order official test scores on www.collegboard.com and
The BHS Counseling office is closed during winter break. If you need to send a
transcript; go on the BHS website under Counseling, College Planning and
click on parchment and you can send an official transcript.
Be sure to check your email, junk mail and mail box for any updates from the
colleges you applied to. It is the students responsibility to follow up on their
requests. If you have a question ask your counselor.
Timeline: January
Many popular and selective colleges will have application
deadlines as early as January 1. Others have deadlines later in
January and February. Update your naviance account with all
of the correct deadlines. Observe deadlines for sending in all
required fees and paperwork.
If necessary, register for the February ACT (some colleges will
be able consider it).
At the end of the semester, your counselor will send your
midyear report to the colleges that require one. If there are any
new updates that you would like your counselor to include
email it to your counselor by Jan 15.
It is time to file the FAFSA. The sooner you complete it, the
sooner you will have an idea of your financial aid options.
Common Application
Mid-Year Report
Your Counselor will fill
out and send this form
for you.
Timeline: Feb/March/April
While most of your applications will be complete, and you are
waiting to receive admission decisions, maintain your
academic standing and behavior.
When you are admitted to a college it is a provisional
acceptance. The college that you do attend will want to see
your second semester transcript. No Senioritis!
Acceptance letters and financial aid offers will start to arrive.
Review your acceptances, compare financial aid packages,
and visit your final choices, especially if you haven’t already.
If you have questions about your financial aid package call the
Financial Aid Office of the college.
Timeline: May
May 1 is the date when the college you plan to attend requires a
commitment and may require a deposit. When you’ve made your
college decision, notify your counselor and the colleges. You may
only commit to ONE college. Send in your deposit by the postmark
date of May 1. If you’ve been offered financial aid, accept the
offer and follow the instructions given. Also notify schools you will
not attend of your decision.
Make sure that you have requested that your final transcript be
sent through Parchment.com to the school you will be attending.
If you are “wait listed” by a college you really want to attend,
speak with your counselor. Ask how you can strengthen your
Finishing Strong: Colleges can
revoke their offer
Final Grades
Remember that your
college career begins the
first day of classes in the
college. The remaining
highs school grades can
affect their admission/
acceptance into the
You work so hard to
receive a congratulatory
letter in the mail, don’t let
senioritis change your
admission offer.
False App Info
Disciplinary Issues
Source: NACACNET.ORG 2012
Avoiding Senioritis
Is defined as a “sickness” that strikes high school
seniors. Symptoms include: laziness,
lack of
studying, repeated absences, dismissive attitude.
To help you fight temptation:
Plan ahead
Don’t obsess
Talk about it
Have fun
Community College: A Viable Option
More and more students are enrolling in
community colleges across the nation.
Why are students choosing community
colleges, and should you consider the
community college as a part of your college
Community College: A Viable Option
The economic option:
Overall, the average
cost of public
community college is
less than half the cost
of public 4 year
colleges, and a about
one-tenth the cost of
private 4 year colleges.
Community College: A Viable Option
The Associate Degree
The community
colleges offer a wide
variety of programs
that train students to
work in specialized
Community College: A Viable Option
The Transfer option:
UC/CSU campuses give priority to transfer students
 Senate Bill 1440 also known as AA-T or AS-T is another
alternative to transfer in to a CSU
UC continues to maintain or increase the volume of transfers
UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program
 Guaranteed admission available to 6 of 9 campuses
 GPA requirements 3.0-3.5
UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (TAP)
 Honors program completion earns TAP eligibility
 18 units GE Honors classes prior to transfer w/GPA 3.0 or
 Priority admission & early notification, alternate major, TAP
Community College: A Viable Option
The Transfer option: Resources
CCC to CSU and UC course articulation and major prep guides
“Explore Majors” section to find details and links for majors at all CSU
or UC campuses
CSUMentor.edu Transfer Planner
Interactive CSU and IGETC General Education planning
Fills out CSU application
UC Transfer Planner
Plans IGETC and admission requirements
TAG application completed through planner
Fall 2014 UC applications will be populated by the Planner
Financial Aid
Financial Aid Night will be January 31st at 6:30pm in
the PAC featuring Jessica Medina from USC
Learn about different options to help pay for
college: FAFSA priority application is due March 2nd
 US Government programs can provide more than
$146.5 billion a year in grants, loans, and work
study assistance
 State grant and loan programs
 College and university grant and scholarship
 Scholarships given by foundations, corporations
and community organizations.
Remember to update your Naviance list
Counseling will be closed during winter break
Pay attention to deadlines
Letters of recommendation
Order transcript through Parchment.com if
Maintain your GPA
Keep your counselor informed of any
Thank you for joining us

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