Springbrook High School Senior Folder Table of Contents 2

Springbrook High School Senior Folder Table of Contents 2

Springbrook High School Senior Folder Table of Contents 2……………………………………….The Vocabulary of College Admissions 3……………………………………….Transcript Request P...

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Springbrook High School Senior Folder Table of Contents 2……………………………………….The

Vocabulary of College Admissions

3……………………………………….Transcript

Request Process

4……………………………………….Authorization 5……………………………………….Senior

Recommendations

10……………………………………….Common 11..……………………………………. Senior

Errors on College Applications

Timeline

vs. ACT

15……………………………………….Scores 16……………………………………….The

for Release of Records

Brag Sheet

9……………………………………….Teacher

13……………………………………….SAT

(click on chapter titles)

and GPAs for Maryland Colleges/Universities

College Essay

18……………………………………….Naviance

Family Connection

21……………………………………….FAFSA 23……………………………………….Scholarships 25……………………………………….NCAA

Eligibility Quick Reference Guide

27……………………………………….Sample 28……………………………………….FAQs

and Financial Aid

Athletic Resume

for College Visits

30……………………………………….College

Application Checklist

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The Vocabulary of College Admissions Early Admission Accepts students for college study before they receiver their high school diploma. Regular Admission The usual schedule where students apply to colleges in the fall or winter and receive an answer in the spring Early Decision Allows students to apply in the fall to the school of their first choice and receive an answer by early winter. Generally must agree to attend if the college admits you. Early Action Like Early Decision, except that students, if admitted, are not obligated to attend the college. Waiting List Application is neither accepted nor rejected but rather held in limbo in case an opening develops later. Common Application A form which may be used to apply to more than one college

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Transcript Request Process The following forms must be completed electronically in order to begin the transcript request process: (Visit http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/springbrookhs/ and/or http://connnection.naviance.com/springbrook) Senior Brag Sheet • Be thorough, honest, accurate, and add details • Answer every question even if the answer is only (N/A)Not Applicable Authorization for Release of Records • Complete ALL parts • Parental/guardian signature requires • Social Security Number (optional) Supplemental College Information Forms • Secondary School Report • Counselor Recommendation Form • Common Application School Report (www.commonapp.org) • SENDEdu (https://sendedu.org/) Please be sure to include all signatures where required Transcript Receipt • Purchase transcript from the School Bank • Each transcript is $5.00 per college This fee includes: original transcript, mid-year transcript, and final transcript. • Transcripts for NCAA Clearinghouse are $5.00 (NOTE: Mid –Year Transcripts go out in early February; Final Transcripts are Not Available until mid-July. Colleges are aware of this.) Prepare College Admission Applications • Students are responsible for completing and submitting their part of the application to the college • All college application fees are to be submitted by the student

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SENIOR SPRINGBROOK HIGH SCHOOL Authorization for Release of Records Counseling Services Dept. 301-989-5710 ID: ____________________ Counselor:_______________________

SS#:____________________

Name (please print):____________________________________________________________________

(Last)

(First)

_____ I authorize Counseling Services Department of Springbrook High School to release records to requested post-secondary institutions or prospective employers for the students named above. Signature: __________________________________________ (Parent/Guardian)

Date: __________________________________

_____ I authorize Counseling Services Department to release records to prospective coaches seeking information. Signature: __________________________________________ (Parent/Guardian)

Date: __________________________________

Waiver of Right to Review Counselor Recommendation I hereby waive my right to review the secondary school report and counselor recommendation. If you elect to not waive your right, counselors are not obligated to write letters of recommendation. Student Signature: ________________________________ Parent Signature: _______________________________ Please Note: This form needs to be completed only the first time you request a transcript. One release form will suffice for the release of pertinent school records to all post-secondary institutions and prospective employers. No records will be sent without completion of this form.

Mid-Year Reports are FREE

Transcripts requested for Scholarships are FREE

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SENIOR BRAG SHEET  Name:  ____________________________________  

 

Student ID#: ____________________ 

Email: ______________________________________      Cell Phone#: ____________________________  SSN: __ __ __‐__ __‐__ __ __ __     U.S. Citizen: ___Yes    ___No     Country of Origin: _______________  YOUR GOALS AND VALUES  1. What aspects of your high school years have been most meaningful to you?  If you could live this period over again would  you do anything differently?          2. What do you want to accomplish in the years ahead?            3. What experiences have shaped your growth and way of thinking?          4. What major do you plan to pursue, and why did you choose that major?   

   

  YOUR EDUCATION  1. What are your academic interests?  Which courses have you enjoyed the most?  Which courses have been the most       difficult?  (explain)        2. Have you worked to your potential?  Is your academic record and ACT/SAT scores an accurate measure of your ability?          3. Are there any outside circumstances in your recent experience or background that has interfered with your academic       performance?        4. Where were you born?  Are you fluent in any foreign languages?  If so, please list them.      5. Excluding brothers and sisters will you be the first one in your family to attend college?    4 

 

 

YOUR ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS    1. What concerns you most about the world around you?  Assuming you could change the world, where would you start?          2. Do you have any current or historical heroes or heroines?        3. Which in school or out of school extracurricular activity, including employment, has given you the most enjoyment or       satisfaction?          4. Describe one unique service learning experience you have had.          5. Where have you traveled and did the experience have any effect on you and if so, how?       

    YOUR PERSONALITY AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS    1. How have you grown or changed during your high school years?          2. Tell us about one weakness you have and how you are working to improve upon it.        3. What three words would you use to describe yourself?  Explain each of your choices.               

 

 

Awards & Accomplishments Activities Log for College‐Bound Students    (Extra rows may be inserted in any category) 

Awards  Name of Award 

  Date of Award 

  Comments 

(Example: National Honor Society) 

(Spring of 2008)

(Induction Ceremony) 

                   

                   

                   

    Special Interest Clubs  Name of Club 

  Dates of Participation 

  Comments 

(Example: Robotics Club) 

(Junior & senior years)

(Layout Editor in senior year) 

                 

                 

                 

    Sports Activities  Sports Inside or Outside of SHS 

  Dates of Participation 

  Comments 

(Example: Soccer Team) 

(9th through 12th grade)

(Co‐captain in senior year.  Won state championship  in junior year) 

                     

                     

                     

 

 

  Out of School Activities  Name of Activity 

  Dates of Participation 

  Comments 

(Example: Boy Scouts of America) 

(2007 to present)

(Troop leader for 2 years; Attained Eagle Scout  Badge) 

             

             

             

  Colunteer/Community Activities  Name/Type of Activity 

  Dates of Participation 

  Comments 

(Example: SHS Senior Center) 

(2006 to Present)

(Provided care for age old educators)

         

         

         

  Student Government Officer  Position Held 

  Dates of Participation 

  Comments 

(Example: Classroom representative) 

(9th Grade)

(I learned about how he SGA operates)

         

         

         

 

Musical Affiliations  Type of Affiliation 

    Dates of Participation  Comments 

(Example: Piano lessons) 

(2006 to Present)

(I love playing the piano) 

         

         

         

  Hobbies  Type of Hobby 

  Dates of Participation 

  Comments 

(Example: Collecting bumper stickers) 

(3011 to present)

(I have 500 stickers.  My favorite is “COEXIST)

     

     

     

 

 

Teacher Recommendations

Please use the following steps when asking a teacher for a letter of recommendation: _____ Ask teacher (in person) if they will consider Writing a recommendation for you Request your recommendation early. _____ Politely arrange a time (at least 10 minutes) that You can meet with the teacher to discuss the Recommendation. _____ Provide the teacher with the following: 1. Your brag sheet 2. List of selected colleges/universities and the application deadlines. Include stamped envelopes (including the university’s address) for each Recommendation requested. 3. Recommendation forms provided with the college Application; your portion MUST be completed _____ Allow a minimum of 30 days for the teacher to complete the letter. _____ Check back with the teacher before due date to Make sure they have everything. _____ Write a thank you note too each teacher that takes Time to recommend you!

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COMMON ERRORS MADE ON COLLEGE APPLICATIONS Misspellings and Grammatical Errors • The first impression a college has of you is from the application. Double and triple check your application and writing. Do not trust that spell check will pick up all errors. • If you are using the same essay for more than one school, make sure you change the name of the school in ALL parts of the essay. University of Virginia may not be pleased to know how much you have always dreamed of going to Brown. • Start early!!! The more time you have to edit, the more time you have to catch mistakes. • Let someone else look it over. They may catch errors that you miss. Not Following Directions • Adhere to ALL deadlines. Applications must be postmarked by the required date. Applying Online, but didn’t click the button to Submit • You have NOT applied if you did not Submit your application and/or received a confirmation E mail, please contact the college directly. Inappropriate Email Address and Nickname • You should have a formal email for you college applications. (e.g. [email protected]) for formal communication with the school. • On the application when it says “Nickname,” it does not mean what your friends call you because of an inside joke. This would be a place to indicate your middle name for example, so that when your teachers refer to you as “Anna” in your recommendation letter and your name is “Elizabeth” there is no confusion. Not Checking Your Email Regularly • With online applications and systems, many colleges and universities keep application status in information updated online. Track your application. If something has not been received, call the university and follow up about what is missing. You do not want an incomplete application. • Make it a point to check your emails regularly for updates!

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Senior Timeline SEPTEMBER • •



• • •

Narrow your list of colleges to 5 or 10. Plan to visit as many of these as possible Create a master list to include: o SAT/ACT tests you'll take and their fees, dates, and registration deadlines o College application due dates o Financial aid application forms required and their deadlines (Note: Aid applications may be due before college applications) o Other materials you'll need (recommendations, transcripts, essays, portfolios, audition tapes, etc.) o Springbrook's transcript request process and deadlines Notify a teacher of choice to complete recommendations; ask politely and do NOT give short notice. Provide teachers with an outline of your academic record and extracurricular activities and a stamped, addressed envelope Meet with college representatives that visit Springbrook. Watch or the bulletin that comes from the College & Career Center with dates Attend Springbrook Counseling Center's College Process Overview meeting (date TBA) Register for additional SAT or ACT tests administered in October, November, December

OCTOBER • • • • • • • •

Try to finalize college choices Plan for any additional SAT or ACT testing dates Prepare Early Decision, Early Action , or rolling admissions applications ASAP If essays are required, write first drafts and ask teachers/counselors to proofread Send SAT/ACT scores to the colleges where you are applying (if you did not include them on the original score report when registering) Meet with college representatives that visit Springbrook Begin completing applications online and be sure to print and proofread before sending Request official high school transcript from the Counseling Center after you have officially applied (either online or via mail)

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NOVEMBER • •

• • •

Apply Early Action or Early Decision to colleges that offer these programs (if interested) Investigate scholarship opportunities at each particular college and review Scholarship bulletin for outside awards o www.fastweb.com o www.finaid.org o Scholarship Search database on [[@http:// www.hcpss.org| www.hcpss.org]] Attend local college fairs (dates TBA) and continue to visit potential colleges Begin applying for university-sponsored and outside scholarships Continue to complete and submit college applications

DECEMBER • • • • •

Complete admissions applications and begin scholarship applications Apply for a PIN number to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov Complete financial aid forms if required Notify Counseling Center of acceptance or denial letters Arrange auditions, portfolio reviews, or scholarship interviews if needed

JANUARY • • • •

Complete the FAFSA form after January 1 Continue admission and scholarship applications Receive updates on the Counseling Center's Scholarship bulletin Ask Counseling Center to send Mid-Year Grade reports to schools that request them.

FEBRUARY-MAY • • •

Receive acceptance/denial letters Submit FAFSA and await Financial Aid Award letters from colleges Weigh options and submit deposit no later than May 1st

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SAT vs. ACT

The road to college can be a confusing and hectic one. Choosing the right admissions tests to take –SAT or ACT-doesn’t have to be one. While most colleges across the country accept scores from either test, the SAT and ACT are significantly different and in many ways, measure different skills. Check with your school counselor and preferred colleges, then use the information below to decide which test is right for you. Differences at a Glance: • • • • • • • • •

SAT no science section no trigonometry section vocabulary emphasized non multiple-choice questions included guessing penalty no English grammar math accounts for 50% of your score questions go from easy to hard in most sections all your SAT scores reported to colleges

• • • • • • • • •

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ACT science reasoning section math sections include trigonometry Vocabulary less important entirely multiple choice no guessing penalty English grammar tested math accounts for 25% of your score easy and hard questions mixed within sections report scores only from the test dates you choose.

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SAT and ACT Score Comparison This chart shows comparative scores for the ACT and the SAT ACT

SAT

If you scored a ……….. 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11

It’s about the same as a …………. 2400 2340 2260 2190 2130 2040 1980 1920 1860 1820 1760 1700 1650 1590 1530 1500 1410 1350 1290 1210 1140 1060 1000 900 780 750

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Average Grade Point Averages and SAT/ACT Scores for Maryland Colleges and Universities (2013) School Bowie State University (HBCU) Capitol College Notre Dame of MD. Coppin State University Frostburg State University Goucher College Hood College Johns Hopkins University Loyola University Maryland McDaniel College Morgan State University (HBCU) Mount Saint Mary’s University Salisbury University St. John’s College St. Mary’s College Stevenson University Towson University University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) (HBCU) Washington College Washington Adventist University • •

Average GPA 2.7

Average SAT/ACT 1325/19

2.7 3.5 2.9 3.0

1535/24 1542/20 1272/17 1460/19

3.2 3.5 3.7 3.5

1715/26 1587/22 2090/31 1786/26

3.4 2.8

1632/23 1340/17

3.1

1602/21

3.5 NA 3.5 3.4 3.5 3.6

1707/24 1970/28 1842/26 1460/19 1602/23 1797/26

3.9

1925/NA

2.7

1287/17

3.4

1730/25

3.2

NA

HBCU = Historically Black College or University These numbers are the estimates given as of 2013 and are subject to change by the college or university. Please check with the school to confirm.

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The College Essay

• • •

The College Essay should be thought of as an interview. This is a school’s chance to get to know The Student. Be yourself, this is not the opportunity to impress by using big words and complicated literary devices. Choosing a Topic • •

Choose a topic about which you are an expert. Don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be. Admissions officers will read plenty of essays about Egypt, the war in Iraq and global warming. Tell them about YOU. • Tell the Reader why an issue is important to you, why have you made choices in life, why you care. Previous Common Application Essay Questions • • • •

Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you. Discuss some issues of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you and explain that influence.

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A range of academic interest, personal perspectives and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you. Topic of your choice

College Essay Tips • • • • • • • • • • • •

Give yourself time to do a good job Invest in the drafting process (even if it means starting over and trying again) Focus on one specific event. Be careful about pet stories, accounts of a dear, departed relative, or your efforts in delivering the big play in the big game. Do not be redundant. Don’t repeat information about yourself that can be found elsewhere on your application. Eliminate distractions such as spelling and punctuation errors. When you think you are finished with your essay, read it again. Be careful about becoming involved with essay editing services Be original Do NOT let your parent write your college essay. Think of your audience. Admissions committees will not read your entire essay unless it catches their attention from the beginning. Stick to the word count limit!

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Naviance Family Connection Naviance is an online tool that offers a number of features that will help you make career and college plans. MCPS automatically updates some of your personal information, such as your GPA and test scores so that you can easily access it while working on applications. Information you save on Naviance can be helpful to school personnel to identify you for scholarships and other programs of interest to you.

Setting up your Family Connection Account You will need an internet e-mail account to use Family Connection. E-mail accounts are available on sites like yahoo and gmail for FREE. Be sure to choose a business-appropriate Email—e.g. [email protected] Without an Internet e-mail account, you may sign on to Family Connection as a guest. The guest password is springbrook0798. Chances are, you have already set up your Family Connection account through a class or Counseling Services presentation, but if you do not have an account, see your counselor to set it up.

Home Page Look for messages about college visits to Springbrook, job and internship opportunities, and scholarship information.

About Me Tab Contains your Profile information, including your cumulative weighted and unweighted GPA and test scores. Consider adding your parents to your Naviance account by clicking on “Manage My Account” and “add new parent”, so that your parent can also have access to the information to assist you in your college admissions process.

Careers Tab Complete surveys to help you identify careers that match your personality and interests. Learn what kind of training you will need to pursue different careers.

Colleges Tab Complete surveys to help you identify colleges that are a good match for you. Find out where Springbrook students with similar grades and test scores to yours have gotten accepted. Keep track of colleges you are applying to. Identify scholarships. Submit application supporting documents online See reverse side of this document.

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Using Naviance to Support Online Applications Many colleges are able to accept online documents in support of your application, such as official transcripts, school profiles, secondary school reports and letters of recommendation. It is recommended that every college applicant take advantage of this option to expedite their college application process.

Step 1: Create a “Common Application” account. Go to: https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp//default.aspx Common Application User ID = MCPS 6 digit student ID number Common Application Password = First letter of Last Name Capitalized and MCPS 6 digit student ID number

Step 2: Log into your Family Connection account through Naviance Click on the link from the Springbrook home page or go to: http://connection.naviance.com/springbrook Naviance Family Connection User ID = Email address Naviance Family Connection Password = MCPS Six-digit student ID number Select the “College” tab and click on “Colleges I am applying to.” You will see a blue shaded box titled “IMPORTANT PRIVACY NOTICE FOR COMMON APPLICATION.” Answer the questions about viewing your recommendations, releasing your transcripts and matching your Common Application Account. It is highly recommended that you check “yes” to waive your right to see/access recommendations, and it is essential if you want a counselor and/or teacher recommendation submitted online. Next, check the box to authorize the release of your records. At the bottom of the blue box, enter your COMMON APPLICATION student ID and password and click “submit.” Now your Common Application account should be matched to Naviance and you should see a blue box stating “Your Common Application username and password hace been stored to help locate your account when teachers submit their recommendations.”

Step 3: Request teacher recommendations for your Common Applications Go to the “Colleges” tab and then select “Colleges I am applying to.” Scroll down the page for Teacher Recommendation. Use the Add/Cancel link to request a recommendation from a teacher who has agreed to write your recommendation. Be sure to speak to the teacher personally about writing your recommendation before requesting it through Naviance.

Step 4: For each college you are applying to, request transcripts, counselor recommendations, and other supporting documents from the Counseling Services secretaries.

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It is your responsibility to let the secretary know which supporting documents are needed for each college, as well as the application deadline. Remember that all requests for supporting documents should be made at least 30 days before the application deadline.

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FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid What is the FAFSA? It is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and may be found at www.fafsa.gov. There are many resources to help you complete the FAFSA—in your community, at your school, at the website www.fafsa.gov, etc. Never pay someone to help you complete the FAFSA—all resources are free. Who can file the FAFSA? A Parent or guardian can file. However, they must be a U.S. citizen, or be a permanent resident of the United States. What is the FAFSA priority filing date? Do my parents have to file their taxes before I complete the FAFSA? No. You may use last year’s taxes or estimated tax amounts in your initial FAFSA filing. Once your parents have completed their taxes, you will need to log-in to the FAFSA site and update the income portion. If I missed the FAFSA priority filing date, have I missed out on the scholarship? No, but you should still file the FAFSA as soon as possible. Should I file the FAFSA if I’m not sure if I’m going to go to college or I’m not sure where? Yes. The FAFSA is free and takes less than an hour to complete. If there’s any chance you may attend college in the 2013 – 2014 academic year, just file it. Do I have to file a FAFSA every year I am in college? Yes. File before March 1, just as you did your senior year of high school. If I make a mistake on my FAFSA or need to update my information, how do I do that? If you wrote an incorrect email or mailing address, forgot to sign the FAFSA, or need to update your income, you may log in to make those changes. However, if you incorrectly reported your SSN, contact the Financial Aid office at the college. Is the FAFSA the only financial aid form I have to complete? No. The FAFSA is only the first step of the financial aid process. Your college will likely have other financial aid forms for you to complete. We were selected for “income verification” by the college, what does that mean and why were we selected? This process is a way for your college to confirm the data you reported is accurate, such as tax returns, on your FAFSA. It is a random process and it is important that you contact the financial aid office immediately. Don’t delay—doing so could affect your financial aid award and whether or not you can attend college. How does federal aid (the Pell, SEOG, etc.) affect my financial aid award? Think of your financial aid as a complete package—it does not matter which grant pays which expense. Grant aid will combine to cover campus charges and anything remaining will pay for other expenses, such as housing or transportation. The college financial aid office will determine which funds pay tuition.

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I know what the FAFSA is, but what about the other terms? Where can I find more about SAR, EFC, Work Study, grants, institutional aid, private scholarship, loans? This glossary provided by the U.S. Department of Education, is an excellent resource. What is a federal student loan? Federal loans are borrowed funds that you must repay with interest. A federal student loan allows students and their parents to borrow money to help pay for college through loan programs supported by the federal government. They have low interest rates and offer flexible repayment terms, benefits, and options. What is a private student loan? A private student loan is a nonfederal loan issued by a lender such as a bank or credit union. If you’re not sure whether you’re being offered a private loan or a federal loan, check with the financial aid office at your school. Why are federal student loans a better option for paying for college? Federal student loans offer borrowers many benefits not typically found in private loans. These include low fixed interest rates, income-based repayment plans, and cancellations for certain employment, and deferment (postponement) options, including deferment of loan payments when a student returns to school. Also, private loans usually require a credit check. For these reasons, students and parents should always exhaust federal student loan options before considering a private loan.

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Scholarships/Financial Aid

FAFSA help http://federalstudentaid.ed.gov Awards and Scholarships http://www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=5618 Cancer Scholarship http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp?level=0 Cancer Survivors http://www.cancersurvivorsfund.org/ Clep a Course http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html College Funding www.edu.com Disability Scholarships http://www.collegescholarships.org/disabilities.htm U.S. Dept. of Education www.ed.gov Fastweb www.fastweb.com Federal Employee Money www.feea.org Federal Grants http://www.fedmoney.org/ Federal Loans www.ed.gov/DirectLoan Financial Aid and more www.studentaid.ed.gov Financial Aid Organization www.finaid.org Funding College https://financialaid.arizona.edu/money/estimate.aspx Guide to Gov. Programs http://www.ed.gov/students/landing.jhtml Komen Scholarship http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/Content_Binaries/KOMEN_Instructi ons.pdf Military Dependent http://www.dodea.edu/students/college_financialaid.cfm#dependentsoy Wired Scholar www.wiredscholar.com

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American Indian Affairs http://www.collegefund.org/scholarships/schol_mainstream.html Scholarship Hunter www.ScholarshipHunter.com Scholarship Search http://www.StudentScholarshipSearch.com Scholarship Search www.schoolsoup.com United Negro Fund http://www.uncf.org International Scholarships http://www.internationalscholarships.com International Scholarships http://www.internationalstudent.com/schools_awarding_aid/ Merit Aid www.meritaid.com

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Divisions I and II Initial-Eligibility Requirements Core Courses  

NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses. NCAA Division II currently requires 14 core courses. Division II will require 16 core courses for students enrolling on or after August 1, 2013. See the charts below. NCAA Division I will require 10 core courses to be completed prior to the seventh semester (seven of the 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that meet the distribution requirements below). These 10 courses become "locked in" at the seventh semester and cannot be retaken for grade improvement. o Beginning August 1, 2016, it will be possible for a Division I college-bound student-athlete to still receive athletics aid and the ability to practice with the team if he or she fails to meet the 10 course requirement, but would not be able to compete.

Test Scores     

Division I uses a sliding scale to match test scores and core grade-point averages (GPA). The sliding scale for those requirements is shown on Page No. 2 of this sheet. Division II requires a minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68. The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used. The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science. When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and ACT scores are reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used.

Grade-Point Average      

Be sure to look at your high school’s List of NCAA Courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center's website (www.eligibilitycenter.org). Only courses that appear on your school's List of NCAA Courses will be used in the calculation of the core GPA. Use the list as a guide. Division I students enrolling full time before August 1, 2016, should use Sliding Scale A to determine eligibility to receive athletics aid, practice and competition during the first year. Division I GPA required to receive athletics aid and practice on or after August 1, 2016, is 2.000 (corresponding test-score requirements are listed on Sliding Scale B on Page No. 2 of this sheet). Division I GPA required to be eligible for competition on or after August 1, 2016, is 2.300 (corresponding test-score requirements are listed on Sliding Scale B on Page No. 2 of this sheet). The Division II core GPA requirement is a minimum of 2.000. Remember, the NCAA GPA is calculated using NCAA core courses only.

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years of English. years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. years of social science. years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).

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years of English. years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. years of social science. years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy). Updated: 06/13

Sliding Scale A Use for Division I prior to August 1, 2016

Sliding Scale B Use for Division I beginning August 1, 2016

NCAA DIVISION I SLIDING SCALE

NCAA DIVISION I SLIDING SCALE

Core GPA 3.550 & above 3.525 3.500 3.475 3.450 3.425 3.400 3.375 3.350 3.325 3.300 3.275 3.250 3.225 3.200 3.175 3.150 3.125 3.100 3.075 3.050 3.025 3.000 2.975 2.950 2.925 2.900 2.875 2.850 2.825 2.800 2.775 2.750 2.725 2.700 2.675 2.650 2.625 2.600 2.575 2.550 2.525 2.500 2.475 2.450 2.425 2.400 2.375 2.350 2.325 2.300 2.275 2.250 2.225 2.200 2.175 2.150 2.125 2.100 2.075 2.050 2.025 2.000

SAT

Verbal and Math ONLY

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ACT

GPA

for Aid and Practice

3.550 3.525 3.500 3.475 3.450 3.425 3.400 3.375 3.350 3.325 3.300 3.275 3.250 3.225 3.200 3.175 3.150 3.125 3.100 3.075 3.050 3.025 3.000 2.975 2.950 2.925 2.900 2.875 2.850 2.825 2.800 2.775 2.750 2.725 2.700 2.675 2.650 2.625 2.600 2.575 2.550 2.525 2.500 2.475 2.450 2.425 2.400 2.375 2.350 2.325 2.300 2.275 2.250 2.225 2.200 2.175 2.150 2.125 2.100 2.075 2.050 2.025 2.000

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GPA

for Competition

4.000 3.975 3.950 3.925 3.900 3.875 3.850 3.825 3.800 3.775 3.750 3.725 3.700 3.675 3.650 3.625 3.600 3.575 3.550 3.525 3.500 3.475 3.450 3.425 3.400 3.375 3.350 3.325 3.300 3.275 3.250 3.225 3.200 3.175 3.150 3.125 3.100 3.075 3.050 3.025 3.000 2.975 2.950 2.925 2.900 2.875 2.850 2.825 2.800 2.775 2.750 2.725 2.700 2.675 2.650 2.625 2.600 2.575 2.550 2.525 2.500 2.475 2.450 2.425 2.400 2.375 2.350 2.325 2.300

SAT

ACT Sum

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Sample Athletic Resume Name Individual picture

Address Ph Number E-mail

Action Picture

Born: XXXXXX Class of 20XX High School Name High School Address High School ph number High School website Height, Weight Primary Hitting Hand:

Standing Reach: Block Touch: Attack Touch:

High School Volleyball 20XX High School Highlights (Jersey #) • Second Team All-Conference • Second Team All-District • First Team XXX Tournament • Team Co-Captain • Sectional Champs, Class X (Record) • Games Played: 70 of 70 • Serves: 349, 94% • Assists: 203, 2.90 apg • Kills: 54, .77 apg • Blocks: 25, .36 apg • Serve Receive: 79, 88% • Digs: 178, 1.99 apg

20XX High School Highlights (Jersey #) • Academic All-State Team • First Team All-Conference • First Team All-District • First Team XXX Tournament • Team Captain • Fourth in State, Class X (Record) • Games Played: 90 of 90 • Serves: 392, 93% • Assists: 435, 4.83 apg • Kills: 105, 1.17 apg • Blocks: 41, .46 apg • Serve Receive: 60, 88% • Digs: 287, 2.11 apg • High School Coach Name, ph number, e-mail address • Athletics Director Name, ph number, e-mail address

Club Volleyball 20XX Club Name (Jersey #X) • Coach Name, ph number and e-mail address 20XX-20XX Club Name (Jersey #) • Coach Name, ph number and e-mail address

Academics

Leadership & Community Service

• Honor Roll GPA: X.XX ACT: XX • Class Ranking X of X • National Honor Society • Spanish Honor Society • Majors: Dietetics and Kinesiology

• Small Group Bible Study Leader • Faith In Action Council Member • Hurricane Katrina Mission Trip • Volleyball Camp, Volunteer Coach • Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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College Visits: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers How do I schedule a college visit? Contact the college/ university admission office. Or register for a pre-scheduled Open House or college visit.

When should I schedule a college visit? Visit before you apply and after you are admitted to a college. The junior year spring vacation, summer after your junior year, fall of senior year.

Are college visits counted as excused absences? Students have up to 3 days of excused absences to schedule a college visit during the school year. Please notify your administrator and provide a letter with the date & times of your college visit to the attendance office. You are still responsible for getting missed assignments /work from teachers prior to the college visit.

What are some things I should look for in an effective/productive college visit? Tour the campus (be sure to check out the dorms, dining hall, library, etc.) Identify career planning services for undergraduate students, health services, find out about student activities, campus life , social activities and transportation options around college campus & community. Verify admissions requirements (i.e. required standardized tests and high school courses) Determine college costs Attend a class to get an idea of the typical size, teaching style and academic atmosphere. Schedule an overnight stay during school year. Talk to college students about general academic environment, study commitment necessary for success.

Questions for you to consider:

Can I see myself attending this school? Is it the right fit for

me-programs of study, personality, learning style and activities?

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Sample College Interview Questions How did you come to choose this school? How did you get interested and find out about the college? How will the school benefit from your enrollment? What experiences have helped you choose your major/ plan of study? What are your short-term & long-term goals? How do you spend most of your extra-curricular time? What are your strengths & weaknesses? How do you work on dealing with your weaknesses? What would you do if you were failing a course, involved in a club preparing for a big event, and having a major exam at the same time? How do you think college is different from HS?

Social Media Do’s & Don’ts FACEBOOK Use your page to talk yourself up-what books you like, interests, academic interests. Your page should be consistent with your college applications. Look at your page: Is this something you want your grandmother to see? If not, do not put it on your page. Review comments & photos. Schools are competitive. For example, University of Virginia admissions staff is free to check anonymous tips about social networking sites or verify information about you when evaluating and making an application decision. Content could be what gets you in or keeps you out of a college or university. Schools do internet searches if a red flag appears on applications like a suspension from school. When in doubt, leave it out.

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Checklist Get the application Make a note of the regular application deadline Make a note of the early application deadline Request high school transcript sent (allow 30 days) Take an admission test, if required Take other required or recommended tests (e.g., SAT Subject Tests, AP/IB exams, ACCUPLACER) Send admission/other-test scores Request recommendation letters Draft initial essay Visit a college campus (see FAQ for attendance policy)

College:_________ College:_________ College:_________ College:_________

Complete College Application (while counselor completes transcript request) Pay application fee Sign and send application Confirm receipt of application materials (call if necessary) Make a note of the priority/regular financial aid deadline Submit FAFSA by (March 1st deadline) Meet deadline to accept admission and send deposit Accept financial aid offer Notify the college you will attend

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