COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER
Welcome to College and Career Center !
Welcome to the College 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.
Please look at the emails from my office for updated information. I will be sending emails through your Google Classroom
Check out the School Calendar for Colleges Visit to meet YOU!
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.
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For the first time, SUNY, CUNY, and More Than 40 Private Colleges and Universities Are Banding Together to Waive Application Fees During College Application Month!
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Governor Kathy Hochul announced that over 130 colleges and universities throughout New York State will have free college application opportunities for high school seniors during the month of October. This is the first time that SUNY, CUNY, and New York’s private institutions have joined together to waive application fees for students applying during New York State https://www.hesc.ny.gov/cam
Click below for the full announcement, waiver dates, and a complete list of participating colleges.
Dates and Deadlines
- Accept your College Offer, Placement Test and schedule your advisement meeting.
- After you take your placement test, if you are going to defer contact Admission's Office.
- 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
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.
-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 2023, 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 28th, 2023
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.
Other Scholarship Resources
Many companies, foundations, community organizations and clubs sponsor grants or scholarships. Grants and scholarships from these private organizations are called outside, or private, scholarships. These can be big scholarships that cover a lot of costs, to small scholarships for books or expenses. Outside scholarships can be very helpful in funding your college education, but you are more likely to get financial support from the college or institution you attend. In most cases, you shouldn’t plan to rely entirely on outside scholarships to fund your education, but again, they can definitely help!
College Green Light- www.collegegreenlight.com for low income and first generation students
Fast Web - www.fastweb.com
Federal Trade Commission Scholarship Scams Info - https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0082-scholarship-and-fnancial-aid-scams
FinAid - www.finaid.org
Free Guide to Financial Aid: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/financial-aid/financial-aid-for-online-colleges/
Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards - http://www.hispanicheritageawards.org/
College Peas Scholarship - http://www.collegepeas.com/scholarshipgreen/
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators - http://www.studentaid.org
Higher Education Services Corporation - www.hesc.state.ny.us
Scholarship Database - http://www.free-4u.com/
United Negro College Fund - http://www.uncf.org/index.asp
Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships - http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_contests_%20atlas >
Black Alliance for Educational Options Scholarships - http://www.baeo.org/
Brand Essay Competition - http://www.instituteforbrandleadership.org/IBLEssayContest-2002Rules.html
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/
College Board Scholarship Search - http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp
Easley National Scholarship Program - http://www.naas.org/senior.php
Educator.com - Annual $2,400 Student Scholarship https://www.educator.com/scholarship/
Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateways 25 Scholarship Gateways from Black Excel -http://www.blackexcel.org/25scholarships.htm
FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid scholarships - http://www.finaid.org/
Good Call - https://www.goodcall.com/scholarships/
Guaranteed Scholarships - http://www.guaranteed-scholarships.com/
HBCU Packard Sit Abroad Scholarships (for study around the world) - http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/scholarships.htm
Hispanic Women’s Corporation - http://www.hispanicwomen.org/contentpage.php?id=10
Historically Black College & University Scholarships - http://www.iesabroad.org/study-abroad/scholarships/hbcu-scholarship
International Students Scholarships & Aid Help - http://www.iefa.org/
National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ) - http://www.nabj.org/?page=SEEDScholarships
New Visions - Tons of Scholarships for NYC Students - http://www.newvisions.org/scholarships-for-new-york-city-students/scholarships-for-new-york-city-students
New York Scholarships, Resources and Information - http://www.college-scholarships.com/new_york.htm
Presidential Freedom Scholarships - http://www.learnandserve.gov/home/site_map/index.asp
Scholarship & Financial Aid Help - http://www.blackexcel.org/fin-sch.htm
Scholly - www.scholly.com
ScienceNet Scholarship Listing - http://www.cse.emory.edu/sciencenet/undergrad/scholarships.html
Student Inventors Scholarships - http://www.invent.org/collegiate/
The Roothbert Scholarship Fund - http://www.roothbertfund.org/scholarships.php
Tuck Sleep Foundation- https://www.tuck.com/sleep-scholarships/
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students - http://www.apsanet.org/opps/
Xerox Scholarships for Students - http://www.xerox.com/jobs/minority-scholarships/enus.html
Financial Aid Resources for Hispanic Students - http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/financial-aid-hispanic-students/
New App for Undocumented Students To Find Scholarships - http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/04/03/new-app-helps-undocumented-immigrants-find-college-scholarships
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 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 Terminology
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
Types of Aid Applications
FAFSA: Primary financial aid form. Required by all colleges for the financial aid process. Determines eligibility for need-based financial aid from the federal government (Pell Grant, Federal Loans, Work Study). Even if you do not qualify for aid, many colleges require the FAFSA to be filed in order to consider students for merit scholarships.
TAP: New York State Residents for NYS colleges only. Determines eligibility for need-based financial aid from the New York State Gov't (TAP Grant, Excelsior, Enhanced Tuition Award).
>> The easiest way to complete the TAP is immediately after the FAFSA!
CSS Profile: Required by many private colleges (list here). The CSS Profile is a longer, more in-depth financial aid form that colleges use to gather additional information about your family’s financial situation.
NYS Dream App: NYS DREAM Act is a new state program that makes undocumented students and others (including students whose custodial parents live out of state) eligible for grants and scholarships within New York State, such as the TAP and Excelsior Scholarship.
Information for Filing FAFSA (Students & Families, Class of 2023)
Step 1: Create an FSA ID for the student applying for aid and 1 parent. The FSA ID is the log-in information the student will need to begin their FAFSA, as well as the “digital signature” the student and parent will use to confirm their FAFSA at the end.
Go to THIS website to create a an FSA ID: https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch
Follow this video for how to create your FSA ID: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkLnKwSeOF0
Step 2: Gather financial documents from the year 2021. Your 1040 (federal tax form) from 2021 is the most important document you will need! The 1040 looks like this.
Step 3: Got to fafsa.gov (or https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa). Remember, it is the student’s FAFSA and the student should log in with their FSA ID to begin the process. NOTE: families must complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA not the 2022-2023 version (The FAFSA year matches the student's expected first year of college).
Resources & Events for Completing the FAFSA!!!
Video Walkthrough: https://youtu.be/0wtrxGJ8o-o
Step-by-step walkthrough (for 22-23, but generally helpful)!
SUNY FAFSA Completion Events - Throughout Oct & Nov English & En Español! - https://engage.suny.edu/portal/fafsa_workshops
SYEP Applications are open!! Apply today
- 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!
REMINDERS AND RECENT NEWS
Recent Scholarship opportunities
Excelsior scholarship opens on May 23rd.
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.
CLASS of 2023- College Acceptance Results
NYU, Hamilton College, Cornell University, Columbia University, Boston University, Vanderbilt University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, United States Air Force Academy, Lehigh University, John Hopkins University, University of Notre Dame, Becknell University, Case Western University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Union College, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, University at Albany, Fordham University, Salve Regina University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, University at Delaware, University of Connecticut, Valparaiso University, Hunter College, Baruch College - City College of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Manhattan College, St. John's University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, St. Joseph University, SUNY Farmingdale, SUNY College at Plattsburg, SUNY College of Brockport, Vaughn College of Technology, Adelphi University
Please stop by my office to let me know where you were accepted to and will be attending.
Class of 2024 WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
Hi Seniors - As we move into the end of the year, I am sending a few key reminders please check your Google Classroom Please stop by or email me if you have any questions.
📄 Check for any missing documents - admissions or financial!
Again, at this point, colleges are in the final decisions about admissions. PLEASE check your email & admissions portals to see if any necessary items are missing and follow up to complete these. Colleges may also add items - such as scholarship applications - through email or portals. Make sure you are frequently checking for any updates or changes.
💗💗 Get Ready to Make Your Choice.
As you get admissions results, you’ll want to begin reviewing your options for after high school. Make a list of pros and cons, and begin getting more information. Many colleges have Admitted Student’s Days or other events to help you get to know the school, either on campus, virtual, or sometimes receptions in New York City. But remember, don't rush your decision. YOU DON'T NEED TO COMMIT UNTIL MAY 1.
💸💸 Review & Compare Your Aid Award Letters
Colleges provide financial aid award letters that explain their costs, the financial aid and scholarship, as well as loans that students and families are being offered. Unfortunately, sometimes these letters can be confusing and sometimes purposefully deceptive.
💰💰Upcoming Outside Scholarship Apps
I've been updating a list of scholarships on this google page.(scroll down to see the posting of any new scholarship!)
✏ Following Up on Deferrals & Waitlists
If you have heard back and you were deferred or waitlisted, get ready to send more information to the institution. You can update them on academics, internship experiences, and more and reaffirm your interest in that institution!
Continued Interest Letter Formats
As well, if the financial aid award you received is not sufficient -- and your family has a legitimate reason that you think you were not given enough aid (loss of job/change in income, additional unconsidered family circumstance) you can "appeal" for more aid. You can also appeal for more merit income, if the college often offers merit income to students.
Sample Need-Based & Merit-Based Fin aid appeals here:
Sample Financial Aid Formats
Additional tips for appealing here.
💲💲Complete Your TAP Application (NYS Aid)
Many students have still not completed their TAP Grant application (an application for New York State Aid grant, free $ that can be applied to any New York State public or private college). It is recommended you complete the application NOW. If you haven't completed your TAP, you may have received an email notification from HESC, the organization that runs the TAP grant program.
Direct Link to the TAP Application: https://webapps.hesc.ny.gov/hescpin/main
Who should complete the TAP Application: Students considering attending any college in New York City/State (public or private) whose family income is less than $80,000 a year, students interested in the Excelsior Scholarship (free tuition at SUNY + CUNY for families making less than $125,000 a year - TAP is a first step to later complete Excelsior), and students considering Macaulay Honors college.
Tips for completing the TAP:
AGAIN PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAILS + PORTALS FREQUENTLY!
JUNIORS SAT March 2024
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?
Juniors if you need to register for another SAT/ACT see Ms. DiGiorgio next test for you after March's test is JUNE
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 2023/2024
Test Dates: Oct, Nov, Dec, March, April, May, June
Test Dates: Oct. Nov, Dec, March, April, May, June
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.