Mater Lakes Academy COLLEGE GUIDE FOR Seniors Patricia Di Carlo School Counselor Grade 9th -12th The Importance of GRADES Do you have what it takes? Institutional Matrix SUS Admissions Tour as of September, 2011 FAMU FAU FGCU FIU FSU NCF UCF UF UNF USF UWF Summer 2.5 To 2.99 3.03 To 3.50 3.0 To 3.58 3.20 To 3.80 3.4 To 4.0 No Summer 3.4 To 3.9 3.90 To 4.30 3.22 To 3.77 3.28 To 3.80 2.70 To 3.30 Fall 3.0 To 3.49 3.23 To 3.84 3.06 To 3.72 3.40 To 4.10 3.70 To 4.20 3.72 To 4.29 3.5 To 4.2 4.1 To 4.4 3.46 To 4.16 3.64 To 4.21 3.00 To 3.80 2010 GPA 2010 GPA How can you improve your chances of success? • State Universities will recalculate your grades based on the following 18 Academic credits: 4 English, 4 Math (Algebra & above), 3 Social Sciences, 3 Natural Sciences, 2 Foreign languages; plus additional courses in the above subject areas • Focus your study efforts on your core academic classes • Challenge yourself with Honors and AP classes • Seek grade forgiveness in those classes that you earn a “D” or “F” in. • Know your recalculated GPA by going to www.FACTS.org > “high school students” > “Check Bright Futures Scholarship Eligibility” The Importance of Test Scores Institutional Matrix SUS Admissions Tour as of September, 2011 FAMU FAU FGCU FIU FSU NCF UCF UF UNF USF UWF SAT Summer Midrange 1130 to 1340 1420 to 1570 1400 To 1610 1450 To 1530 1670 To 1870 No Summer 1560 To 1720 1670 To 1960 1530 To 1660 1520 To 1720 1340 To 1520 SAT Fall Midrange 1300 to 1540 1530 To 1730 1440 To 1660 1630 To 1810 1760 To 1980 1840 To 2090 1730 To 1910 1830 To 2090 1670 To 1860 1680 To 1900 1390 To 1640 ACT Summer Midrange 17 - 20 20 - 23 20 - 23 21 - 22 24 - 28 N/A 22 - 25 24 - 29 21 - 23 22 - 25 18 - 23 ACT Fall Midrange 17 - 20 22 - 26 20 - 24 24 - 27 26 - 30 27 - 31 25 - 29 28 - 32 23 - 27 25 - 29 20 - 25 How can you improve your chances of success? Test Early Test Often Consider taking the ACT IMPORTANCE OF STANDARDIZED TESTS SAT or ACT - For college admissions - For scholarship eligibility - Used for placement at community college State University Minimum Scores SAT: Math: 460 Critical Reading: 460 Writing 440 ACT: Reading: 19 Math: 19 Writing: 18 CPT - For college level placement SAT Writing (60 minutes) – one 35 minute section and one 25 minute section Critical Reading – (70 minutes) Formerly Verbal Math – (70 minutes) up to 9th grade basic geometry and algebra II Writing ******************************************* Scores: 200 –800 each section. Total:2400 Scores Adjusted: 1.25 off for wrong answers. DON’T GUESS! State University Minimum Scores Math: 460 Critical Reading: 460 Writing: 440 ACT English (45 minutes) – 75 questions Math (60 minutes) – 60 questions up to trigonometry Reading (35 minutes) – 40 questions Science (35 minutes) – 40 questions Writing (30 minutes) Scores: 1-36 NO PENALTY FOR GUESSING State University Minimum Scores Reading: 19 Math: 19 Writing: 18 CPT Miami-Dade College Placement Test At Miami-Dade College – and other 2-year schools - you are exempt from the CPT if you score: SAT - 440 verbal 500 math ACT- 17- English 18- reading 19- math IMPORTANT: Please visit www.mdc.edu periodically for updates and changes. If you don’t obtain the minimum scores on the SAT, ACT or CPT, then you will be placed in remedial classes. Honors College will use the Writing score on the SAT and or ACT for admission. Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) Florida’s new common placement exam Customized for Florida and aligned to Florida’s Postsecondary Readiness Competencies Florida faculty reviewed/approved every item on the test Readiness Scores Reading, 104 Writing, 99 Mathematics, 113 P.E.R.T. Most colleges have implemented P.E.R.T. This semester students have been placed in college courses based on P.E.R.T. scores Rule development has been initiated for P.E.R.T. readiness scores and Postsecondary Readiness Competencies P.E.R.T. will have a diagnostic component (separate test unit) for students who do not meet the college readiness score 2011 – 2012 SAT AND ACT PROGRAM TEST DATES REGISTRATION DATES NATIONAL TEST DATES TEST REGULAR POSTMARK DEADLINE LATE POSTMARK DEADLINE 2011 September 10 ACT August 6 August 20 October 1 SAT I & II September 9 September 21 October 22 ACT September 16 September 30 November 5 SAT I & II October 7 October 21 December 3 SAT I & II November 8 November 20 December 10 ACT November 4 November 18 December 30 January 13 2012 January 28 SAT I & II February 11 ACT January 13 January 20 March 10 SAT I February 10 February 24 April 14 ACT March 9 March 23 May 5 SAT I & II April 6 April 20 June 2 SAT I & II May 8 May 22 June 9 ACT May 4 May 18 SAT/ACT Fee Information SAT Question and Answer Service available for an additional $18.00 Sunday test dates are available for students who cannot test on Saturday because of religious convictions. You may register online: SAT: www.collegeboard.com ACT: www.act.org TEST FEES TEST REGULAR REGISTRATION LATE REGISTRATION ACT $34.00 + w/o writing $34.00 + $21.00 = $55.00 ACT $49.00 + with writing $49.50 + $21.00 = $70.50 SAT I $49.00 $49.00 + $26.00 = $75.00 SATII $22.00 + Test Cost $9-$20 (lang.) Add $15.00 To Test Fee Other fees may be required for other services such as: Standby testing – SAT: $43.00 ACT: $42.00 Change test, test date, or test center fee – SAT: $25.00 ACT: $21.00 Extra score reports – $10.00 for SAT & $8.50 for ACT To contact either the College Board or the ACT test agencies for lost or delayed admission tickets, date or center changes, etc. call the Customer Service Department: SAT: (609) 771-7600 ACT: (319) 337-1270 Seniors, (Juniors after 12/1) SAT and ACT test Fee Waivers are now available. If you are on free or reduced lunch, you qualify for the following. Remember that you must reapply each year to remain eligible. 2 ACT test waiver 2 SAT test fee waivers 4 College Board - College Application Fee Waivers Waivers used during your junior year count You will loose the fee waiver if you do not use it To receive a waiver, please come by my office, room 186A anytime before school, during lunch or after school. Your Name Types of Degrees Associate Degree (AA/AS): Approximately 60 credits, typically 2 years, offered at State Community Colleges. Associate of Arts (AA) degrees are designed to lead to a Bachelor’s degree. ( requires 30 credits gen. ed.) Associate of Science (AS) degrees are designed to lead directly to career placement. ( requires 15 credits gen. ed.) Bachelor’s Degree (BA/BS): Approximately 120 credits, typically 4 years Master’s Degree (MA/MS): Typically 2 more years after the Bachelor’s Doctorate Degree (PHD): Typically 2 more years after the Master’s Professional Degree: Medical (MD/DO), Dental (DDS), Veterinary (DVM), Law School (JD) Types of Postsecondary Options Type Description Tuition Vocational Earn a certificate in a certain Typically / Technical trade or profession. Students around must be at least 16 years or $1,500/year Schools older and has graduated or withdrawn from high school. Programs Available Transportation Technology Building Trades Apprenticeship Business Technology Information Technology PLUS: • • • • • Housing Food Books Transportation Personal exp. Admission Requirements Open-door admission policy Grades: • 2.0 HS GPA Testing: The TABE is given to all students within the first six weeks of their enrollment period Health Sciences Education Public Service Culinary Arts/Commercial Foods Spa Services Communications Arts Types of Postsecondary Options Type Description Tuition Admission Requirements Two year Degrees offered: Associates Open-door admission policy 28 State/ Community colleges in Florida Typically around $3,000/year Provides: A way to ease into college / take general college classes for credit. Typically have agreements with four year colleges to transfer credits. Degrees / Programs Offered: AA (Associates of Art) AS (Associates of Science) BA (Bachelors of Arts) BS (Bachelors of Science) PLUS: • • • • • Housing Food Books Transportation Personal exp. Grades: • 2.0 HS GPA Testing: • CPT • SAT/ACT (optional) Career Technical Certification College Credit Certificates Dual Enrollment Transfer to Four-Year State Universities (2+2) The state of Florida has created an agreement that creates a "2+2" system. Students can earn a bachelor's degree by taking the first two years of lower division work at a community college and the last two years at a state university. Any student that graduates with an A.A. is guaranteed to transfer all courses to a state university. Types of Postsecondary Options Type Description Tuition Admission Requirements Four year + Degrees offered: Bachelors and beyond State: Provides: A well-rounded college experience that includes an academic area of study. Private: • • • • • Colleges And Universities Typically under $15,000/year Typically more than $20,000/year PLUS: • • • • • Degrees and Programs Offered AA (Associates of Art) AS (Associates of Science) BA (Bachelors of Arts) BS (Bachelors of Science) MA (Masters) Dual Enrollment Housing Food Books Transportation Personal exp. SAT or ACT GPA Class rank Essay Extracurricular activities • Letters of recommendation • Transcripts PHD Professional Degrees Career and Professional Certification College Credit Certificates What Colleges Look for When Making Decisions Top 3 Most Important Factors 1. Strength of curriculum (Honors, Advanced Placement) 2. Grade Point Average (GPA) and class rank 3. College Entrance Examination Scores (ACT or SAT) If the college requires them: Essay Interview Recommendation Letters Resume (leadership, community service, extracurricular, talents, etc) Find the Right Fit Academic Reputation (quality education) Availability of scholarship and financial aid How and when are scholarship awards made and when is notification received College Size Location Majors Faculty to Student ratio Job Placement success The College Visit (no drive-bys please!) Before you visit, call for an appointment Have your questions ready Ask to speak to faculty in your area of interest Visit the placement office for future employment information Ask to see residence halls Talk to currently enrolled students Eat on campus Determine if you are admissible The Application Process Determine the number of schools to which you want to apply Be mindful of deadlines Treat this as a homework project – care should be given to the appearance of your application Determine if you want to complete the on-line application form If essay required, give it proper attention Decide on no more than 3 – 5 institutions Time line for decisions- DEADLINES Application Strategies APPLY EARLY: At the beginning of the admission cycle (August, September, and October) GPA and test score mid-ranges are typically low due to the low volume of application usually received at institutions with ROLLING admissions. Later on in the process (November, December, January and February) the volume of applications increase. As a result, GPA and Test Score mid-ranges increase. CONTINUE IMPROVING YOUR GRADES AND CONTINUE TESTING: Depending on where you stand with institutional mid-ranges, it is recommended that you continue to improve your GPA and continue testing until you receive an acceptance letter from your college. Never Give UP !!! SUBMIT NEW TRANSCRIPTS AT THE END OF THE FIRST SEMESTER Transcripts are updated at the end of the first semester around mid-January. As soon as your transcripts are updated, it is important that you send them to all colleges that you are waiting for decisions. Types of College Admission Early Decision. Students make a commitment to a first-choice institution where, if admitted they definitely will enroll. The application deadline and decision deadlines occur early. Early Action. Students apply to an institution of preference and receive a decision well in advance of the institution's regular response date. Students who are admitted under Early Action are not obligated to accept the institution's offer of admission or to submit a deposit until the regular reply date (not prior to May 1). Regular Decision. Students submit an application to an institution by a specified date and receive a decision within a reasonable and clearly stated period of time, but not later than April 15. Types of College Admission (cont.) Rolling Admission. Institutions review applications as they are completed and render admission decisions to students throughout the admission cycle. Wait List. An admission decision option utilized by institutions to protect against shortfalls in enrollment. Wait lists are sometimes made necessary because of the uncertainty of the admission process, as students submit applications for admission to multiple institutions and may receive several offers of admission. By placing a student on the wait list, an institution does not initially offer or deny admission, but extends to a candidate the possibility of admission in the future, before the institution's admission cycle is concluded. www.ncaaclearinghouse.net undergraduate athletics http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net/ncaa/NCAA/common/inde x.html http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net/ncaa/NCAA/general/index _general.html Cost of Attendance (COA) Type Tuition and Fees Two-Year Public Resident $2,272 Commuter $2,272 Four-Year Public Resident $5,836 Commuter $5,836 Out-of$15,783 State Four-Year Private Resident $22,218 Commuter $22,218 Books and Supplies Room and Board Transportation Other $850 $850 * $6,299 * $1,197 * $1,676 * $12,294 $942 $942 $942 $6,960 $6,917 $6,960 $880 $1,224 $880 $1,739 $2,048 $1,739 $16,357 $16,967 $26,304 $935 $935 $8,149 $7,211 $722 $1,091 $1,277 $1,630 $33,301 $33,085 Expenses Total Estimated Expenses Scholarships Scholarships are awards you are given to help you pay for college, usually based on something you do well: Academics Athletics Arts Community service, activities, or writing an excellent essay. Sources beyond FAFSA (Federal) and Florida (Bright Futures, etc.) Colleges: Private Colleges offer a huge amount of money to enrolling students. Be sure to apply for any scholarships colleges you are applying to may offer, AND APPLY ON TIME! – Some private schools will ensure that all unmet need for admitted students is met. Private – • Corporations and organizations award college scholarships. • Many are listed on the CAP Scholarship Bulletin (Room 68). • You can research them on your own (I.e., www.fastweb.com, www.facts.org). • Many scholarship organizations who now promote their scholarships on their own website. • Apply, Apply, Apply! • Make sure I have your email address so you receive my scholarship updates. Bright Futures Scholarships Register Beginning December 1. The state evaluates your meeting of the criteria upon your date of graduation GPA in specific courses Specific course work Community service ACT and/or SAT scores (CPT can also be used on Gold Seal) First Evaluation February – Notification by April Second/Final Evaluation June – Notification by August The submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) IS NOW an annual requirement for Bright Futures eligibility. www.facts.org Go into your Electronic Personal Education Planner (ePEP) Select ‘High School Academic Evaluation’ Select ‘Bright Futures’ View where you stand on each scholarship Florida Bright Futures NEW Mandatory FAFSA completion Award Flat Rate Payout GPA Requirement SAT/ACT Requirements Community Service FLORIDA ACADEMIC SCHOLARS NEW $101 per credit hr. 30 credit payout: $3,030.00 3.5 weighted BF GPA 15 core academic classes 1270 SAT 28 ACT NEW 100 hours of community service FLORIDA MEDALLION SCHOLARS NEW $76 per credit hr. 30 credit payout: $2,280.00 3.0 weighted BF GPA 15 core academic classes NEW 980 SAT or 21 ACT. NEW 75 hours of community service FLORIDA GOLD SEAL VOC. SCHOLARS NEW $76 per credit hr. 30 credit payout: $2,280.00 3.0 weighted BF GPA 3.5 weighted GPA in 3 vocational credits SAME program SAT 880 M 440 / CR 440 ACT E 17 / R 18 M 19 CPT R 83 / S 83 Algebra 72 NEW 30 hours of community service BF PROGRAM Bright Futures Payout vs. Actual University Tuition Cost 2010-2011 Tuition and Fees for 30 credit hours FAMU FAU FGCU FIU FSU NCF UCF UF UNF USF UWF Univ. Tuition Cost $5,176 $5,483 $5,532 $5,675 $5,825 $5,049 $5,583 $5,656 $5,626 $5,805 $5,425 BF 100% $3,030 $3,030 $3,030 $3,030 $3,030 $3,030 $3,030 $3,030 $3,030 $3,030 $3,030 Diff =/- $2,146 $2,453 $2,502 $2,645 $2,795 $2,019 $2,553 $2,626 $2,596 $2,775 $2,395 BF 75% $2,280 $2,280 $2,280 $2,280 $2,280 $2,280 $2,280 $2,280 $2,280 $2,280 $2,280 Diff =/- $2,896 $3203 $3,252 $3,395 $3,545 $2,769 $3,303 $3,376 $3,346 $3,525 $3,145 Types of Funding for College GRANTS – Based on financial need - Private (CAP Grant) - Public: Federal (Pell Grant) - State (Fla. Student Assistance Grant) WORK-STUDY – Based on financial need- Employment on campus – usually jobs are not too demanding, with the idea you can study some at work, thus the name, Work-Study STUDENT LOANS – Based on financial need - Perkins (administered by the college - 5% int.) - Stafford (subsidized or unsubsidized, capped at 8.25% currently) PARENT LOANS– NOT based on financial need - Not need-based, can borrow up to cost of education, payment begins 60 days after date of loan. What Are The Primary Sources Of Financial Aid? Federal government State governments Colleges and universities Private agencies FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid Available after January 1 of senior year Family Income Tax information needed to complete form. Application available online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov Financial Aid Forms to Complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) – Apply in January– because aid will be based on your previous year’s income. You must apply on-line at: www.fafsa.ed.gov Florida Financial Aid: Register for Florida Bright Futures and other state scholarships, grants, loans and work study. You must apply on-line beginning in December at www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org PROFILE – Some colleges require, this is completed beginning in September of the student’s senior year. Investigate colleges thoroughly to see if you must complete this. Information and on-line registration is at www.collegeboard.com. (Look for CSS Profile) If accepted, the college sends you a financial aid award letter that may include a mix of types of financial aid. You will use this information in making your final decision. Meet deadlines!!! You will miss out on money if forms are sent in late!!! And keep copies of everything!! Things to Remember •Keep your grades up •Keep a calendar with deadlines •Sign up to take SAT/ACT and other required tests •Send college applications and required documentation on time •Apply for as many scholarships as possible •Apply for Financial Aid after January 1st •Keep photocopies •READ, READ, READ!!!!! QUESTIONS?