COVID Summer College Application Process
Hello rising seniors! We have put together a brief guide to getting started on the college application! Please review it and reach out to us if you have any questions!
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER
Welcome to College and Career Center !
Welcome to the Online office! If you are a student then you belong here. Please come by to room 230 and see Ms. DiGiorgio to start planning for your future! The college and career planning process begins in the 9th grade. See me for a fee waive today.
College and Career Center
Ms. DiGiorgio , School Counselor
Aviation High School-Room 230
Parents if you would like to set up an appointment to discuss you child's college plans please contact
me by calling 718-361- 2032 or by email at email@example.com to schedule a time and date.
Start your college search go to:
ATTN: Financial Information Nighth
All are welcome to attend, only during 6-8 PM
Your College Essay
Make the topic your own and write from your heart. The more your parents and friends tinker with your writing, the less authentic it will read, and admissions counselors will be able to sniff out a doctored essay with ease. Instead, ask for help proofreading your writing and take any of their feedback into consideration, but make sure the emotions of the piece comes from you!
In reference to letters of recommendations, students your deadline is more critical than the recommenders is. Do your part first, have you done that?
Projected 5th year students you need to register for another SAT/ACT see Ms. DiGiorgio next test for you is March 6th
If you need further assistance with registering for the SAT and/or ACT, please come to the College Office if you have not done so already.
Students who need a fee waiver for the SAT and/or ACT you need to bring your parents/guardian's 1040 Tax forms or documentation verifying their income to the College Office in order to get a fee waiver for your next exam and College Applications
Juniors, Seniors and Projected 5th year students
Test Dates for Academic year 2019/2020
Test Dates: Oct. 26th, Dec 14th, Feb 8th, Apr 4th, Jun13th Jul 18th
Test Dates Nov. 2nd, Dec 7th, Mar 14th, May 2nd, Jun 6th
See Resources at the bottom of this page for additional SAT links to Information such as Test prep, SAT vs. ACT information , schools, scholarships, etc.
Dates and Deadlines
- SUNY, and Common Application- Check out the college you are applying to for their deadline
- FAFSA and HESC- ASAP
- Scholarship, check out the book in the college and career office or CollegeBoard, CollegeGreenLight- vary depending on the scholarship you are applying for
- CSS Profile for Selective Private schools- Check out the college's website for their own deadline for this application.
SAT DATES AND DEADLINES https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines
Make sure you are aware if you need to take the SAT Subject Tests!!
SATThe SAT includes three sections: Verbal, Math and Writing. Each section is scored from 200–800 points. The Writing component has a student written essay that is scored from 1–6 points. The SAT is offered seven times per academic year.
SAT Subject TestSAT Subject Tests are hour-long exams and are offered in Literature, U.S. History, World History, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and a variety of languages. SAT Subject Tests are administered six times per academic year.
TOEFLThe Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is recommended for students with five years or less of English language usage.
-SUNY Application deadlines- Check the college you are applying to.
Taken from the SUNY web site : While there is no formal application deadline for freshman applicants, we recommend you apply by December 1 to maximize your chances for financial aid, campus housing and consideration for your major of choice. Please click here the following link for more information about SUNY applications http://www.suny.edu/Student/apply_online_faq.cfm#Deadline
Recommendation letters for College applications:
- All students must ask their teachers in advance for recommendation letters.
- All students must complete a Brag Sheet IN DETAIL and submit it to your teachers 3 weeks in advance BEFORE your applications are due. Please see me if you need a Brag Sheet.
- For students who are applying to colleges this Fall 2020, Please note that all brag sheets and recommendation requests will be due DECEMBER 11st,
- NO requests will be accepted after DECEMBER 1st.
- What can you do to get great recommendation letters?
o Do very well on all your classes.
o Start to make a list of teachers you plan to ask and begin asking your teachers as soon as you can.
o Get involved in different activities over the next few months for example, get an internship over the summer, or participate in summer programs to help improve your resume.
Students who are eligible for APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS , you need to bring proof of your parents/guardians income in order to obtain a fee waiver. Bring the information to Ms. DiGiorgio immediately in room 230.
- Start working on your resume: Need help making a resume?Click on this link for helpful information as well as guidelines on how to build your first resume!http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/resume-generator-30808.html
Fee Waivers will be available on a first come first serve, however we have a limited number and they will expire on February 1, 2020
Make sure you look at the Admission Profile to see where you stand. Do not assume you will get in!! Make sure you have the requirements.
College Selection and Admission
- Early Decision (ED): This is a binding admissions plan whereby students commit, unconditionally, to attending the school if admitted. ED deadlines are usually in November, although some schools offer secondary ED deadlines, called ED 2, as late as mid-January. Students receive an admissions decision within four to six weeks. The advantage of this plan is that, if admitted, students know where they are going early, usually by December 15th. While their friends are stressed applying to more schools through January and February and must compare different offers of admission and financial aid through May 1st, successful ED applicants already have everything figured out. Another advantage of this plan is that some schools have higher admission rates for ED applicants. The downsides include losing the chance to compare financial aid packages and having to commit to one school so early on in the process.
- Early Action (EA): This plan is similar to ED in terms of application deadlines, but it is non-binding. Students do not have to withdraw applications at other schools if accepted and, should they choose to enroll, they can wait until May 1 to mail in their deposit. Other than having to complete the application early, this plan has no downside and is absolutely encouraged as it buys students the great comfort that comes with being admitted to a school early on in the process, often by December 15th.
- Rolling Admission: Under this plan, students’ applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rather than waiting to receive all the applications by a specific deadline, and then selecting the strongest applications from the pool, admissions decisions are made on an ongoing basis. Therefore, the earlier an application is received, the higher the chance of acceptance, and the sooner the student finds out if s/he is admitted. Students are notified throughout the year, rather on a single date, as with regular decision. Many state schools have rolling admissions plans, such as University of Massachusetts, University of Arizona, etc.
- Regular Decision: Under this plan, students must submit applications by a specific deadline; typically between January 1 and February 15, although many transfer applications are accepted through May. Admissions decisions are not made until after all applications are received, to ensure that the strongest applications are selected from the pool. Decisions are mailed to all applicants on April 1.
REMINDERS AND RECENT NEWS
Recent Scholarship opportunities
Excelsior scholarship is LIVE
HESC.org - the STEM scholarship, Excelsior and the more
BigFuture.org is a great resource please use it, it is extremely helps, see you in September
Gates scholarship is back.
A list of scholarships are in the college office.
You will be getting emails from the college office with new scholarships regularly, so read the emails from Ms. DiGiorgio
Register to Collegeweeklive.com for live chats with admission counselor's and virtual tours of colleges.
How will you pay for College?
You can begin to apply for financial aid. Go to www.FAFSA.ed.gov (This is a free application). The sooner you complete your FAFSA the sooner schools can provide you with a Financial Aid Package. Please note if you have not completed the tax forms for 2017 , when completing your tax information in FAFSA you can put your information for 2017 and select will file as an option. Schools will then give you an estimated Financial Aid packet, but you MUST go back and make a correction once your 2017 taxes have been filed to have the most accurate information.
Do Not forget to also apply for TAP!
Do not go to www.FAFSA.com -they will charge you.
Do you want extra money for College that you won't have to pay back??
Check out the thousands of scholarships and grants available to you located in our office!
Click on the links below under Resources for more links to scholarships, and come by the College Office and ask to see our Scholarship book! Please keep in mind that there are numerous deadlines you must pay attention to!
Examples of Scholarships!!!!!
CSO Opportunity Scholarship, Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Dell Scholars Program, United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship, KFC Colonel's Twitter Scholarship, NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award, Scholastic Art & Writing Award, SAE Engineering Scholarships, and many more......
Graduating Seniors please review the scholarship resource section.
Sources of Financial Aid Terminolgy
Work Study is a federal program that gives students financial assistance through campus employment.
Loans are a form of financial aid that must be paid back after graduation. Below is a list of loan providers:
- Stafford Loans can be subsidized or unsubsidized. In the case of subsidized loans, the government pays the interest while a student is in school. For unsubsidized loans, the student pays the interest on the loan and can defer payment until after graduation. Stafford Loans are awarded based financial need.
- Perkins Loans are awarded to students with exceptional financial need.
- PLUS Parent Loan are awarded to parents, and have an interest rate higher than that of the unsubsidized stafford loans.
- Private Loans
Applying for Financial Aid
- FAFSA - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be filed by all Year 2 students applying for financial aid. The FAFSA can be filed as early as January 1 of Year 2 and we encourage families to file by January 15th or February 1st at the latest. Students can enter up to six schools on the FAFSA. Additional schools can be added by using the FAFSA correction form.
- CSS Profile- The CSS is an additional financial aid form that is required by many private colleges. The form must be filed in addition to the FAFSA. It can be filed as early as October. To find out if a particular school requires the CSS, please check with the individual college. You will find this application in College Board.
- Scholarships - Scholarships are awarded by schools and organizations. Students must search for and apply for different scholarships on their own.
Athletics make sure you register at NCAA Eligibility Center
Summer Paid Internship applications are available stop by the office today, ASAP,
- Don't know what to major in when you get to College?
- Wondering which career choices are best for you?
If you are wondering about which career path to take or you are wondering which colleges may have the programs you might be looking for, below are a few helpful resources that may assist you in the process of figuring out what to do.
Feel free to provide the College Office with some feedback on these links, and feel free to share any additional helpful links you've found that could help your classmates with their search on careers!
Helpful Career related links
*Career One Stop: Provides information about the different career opportunities and career paths one can take. Have an idea of what you want to do but don't know where to start looking for colleges? Career One Stop has a link for students under the 'Education & Training' tab. Follow the instructions below in order to view the schools that may have the programs or occupations you may be interested in. It provides you with the list of schools in each state that has the program(s) you are looking for. It also provides a link to the schools admissions process.
Follow these steps:
- Click on Education + training
- Select Programs at colleges
- Select Education and Training finder
- Under Occupations browse or include key words with the occupations you are looking for
- Select the state you are interested in attending
- Browse the list of schools that appear with your intended major and/or occupation.
Explore career- Careerzone.org this site assists students with exploring different careers and provides additional resources that could help you figure out the best career path for you.
Mapping Your Future- Provides resources for students, families, and educators about career selection, career awareness, college planning, and other supportive tools. 'Explore Careers' tab has free tools that help students make the right choices with a link to assess skills and interests, develop career plans, resources about finding work, and additional guidance and job search resources.
NY Career Zone- NYCareerZone is an online resource that aides with career exploration and planning. It includes current job market information based on the information from the NYS Department of Labor. Link also includes self- assessments and specific information about the careers that exist today.
O*Net- Provides information on a myriad of occupations that exist in the workforce today. Provides skills and interests self assessments, as well as additional resources that may help with your career search.
Careers in the Military- This link provides information for students inquiring about specific careers with the Army, Navy, Air force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard. This is an opportunity to explore careers as well as information on job requirements and training needed for selected career paths.
Additional Links and Resources:
Great website on more scholarship
The Online Financial Aid Application Event for New York Students
You can graduate Debt Free!