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COLLEGE PREP INFORMATION

(from The Mendocino Co. Office of Ed.,Career Planner News)

9th Grade
•Establish & commit to a 4-year college prep. plan: A-G courses, graduation reqs., Honors/AP courses, extracurricular activities.  Record your progress, which will be automatically transferred to your future college application, at:www.californiacolleges.edu.
•Get involved in extracurricular activities: fun and enriching!
•Start your career exploration!

10th Grade
•Make sure you have discussed your college plans with your counselor.
•If you took the PSAT in October, you will receive your results with your counselor.
•Make and appointment with your parents to see the counselor and go over your plans.
•Review A-G Course progress.
•Pursue educational opportunities outside the classroom.  Colleges look at students’ activities, community service, enrichment programs, etc. when considering them for admission.
•Learn about Advanced Placement (AP) Courses at your school.
•Plan a college campus tour.
•Check out the ‘Links’ page to see our site to study for tests and extra help.

11th Grade
•If you took PSAT in October, review results with your counselor.
•Plan to prepare and take the SAT and the ACT test.  Check registration deadlines at:www.collegeboard.com and www.act.org.
•Learn about different sources of financial aid & go scholarship hunting :www.fastweb.com and www.collegeboard.

12th Grade
•Prepare for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aide (FAFSA) online in January.  Create an email account if you don’t have one already – you’ll need it.
• Obtain a ‘FAFSA on the Web worksheet’ at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Use it to collect the information you will need when filling out the FAFSA in January.
• Check mail and email daily to receive communication from the colleges to which you have applied, and financial aid.

 

FINANCIAL AID

“Financial aid is one of the most important and least understood aspects of continuing education after high school.  There are several ways in which students can find money to help pay for their post-secondary education.  In fact, the entire educational system in the U.S. is set up to make higher education accessible to all sectors of our population.” Ross Nelson, UCSF

For more information about Grants, Scholarships, Work Study & Student Loans:www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Grants – Free money available through site or federal government, to assist students with college related costs.  Grant eligibility is based on financial need and is determined by filling out the FAFSA.Click on www.fafsa.ed.gov (FAFSA), to access the website after January 1, 2008.

Scholarships – Free money offered by schools, businesses, organizations, government, and other sources to help students pay for college related expenses. These links are a great place to start your scholarship search: www.fastweb.com andwww.collegeboard.com.

Federal Work Study – Money is earned for tuition and fees usually by working a flexible job on campus.  The job duties may be related to your college major.

Federal Student Loans – Easily accessible, low-interest student loans to help pay for college.  many people fear student loans because they must be paid back.  While it is good to be responsible about debt, remember:  You will significantly increase your earning potential by continuing your education!