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College Planning

College Planning

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A Presentation forStudents and Parents
Suggested Activities and Planning Resources
Six Steps to Simplify College Planning
ACT Test Preparation Information
College Selection Strategies
Financial Aid Facts
AC
COLLEGEPLANNINGGUIDECOLLEGEPLANNINGGUIDE
IC 040203070
 
Counselors who have used the ACT CollegePlanning Guide as a supplement to theircounseling program say that it provides
visibility,
serves as an excellent
parent/student relations tool,
andstimulates
early and better collegeplanning.
The guide has also served as aprimary resource for many college admissionprofessionals who present general collegeplanning information to student andparent groups.The College Planning Guide consists of:
guidelines for making your meeting asuccess
suggested points of emphasis for planningyour presentation
handouts to be duplicated from this bookletand used with the PowerPoint presentationat
www.act.org/ppt/collegeprep/
.The materials in this booklet support a
40–50minute
general college planning presentation.It is most effective when delivered to
highschool juniors (and their parents) in thespring.
It can also be used in the fall withseniors or with sophomores and their parentswho desire an overview of the college planningprocess. The presentation and handouts havebeen utilized successfully:
in the
classroom
college prep English,history, government, etc.
at
special meetings
for college-boundstudents and/or parents
at
college day/night programs
at
PTA
and
other school-relatedmeetings
at
youth group
and
civic organizationmeetings
HOW TO USE THE ACT COLLEGE PLANNING GUIDE
©2007 by ACT, Inc. All rights reserved. 9662
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Options After High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Step 1:
Know Yourself and Your Reasons forAttending College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3High School Courses ACT Recommendsfor All Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4ACT National High School GraduatingClass Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5ACT Test Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Ten Tips for Taking aStandardized Exam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Step 2:
Consider College Characteristics . . . .8
Step 3:
List, Compare, and Visit Colleges . . .9
College Comparison Worksheet . . . . . .10Checklist for a Campus Visit . . . . . . . . . .11
Contacting Colleges/Checklist for aCampus Visit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Step 4:
Apply for Admission and ObserveDeadlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
College Admission and FinancialAid Logs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Step 5:
Develop a Plan to Finance YourEducation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15What Does PostsecondaryEducation Cost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Applying for Financial Aid . . . . . . . . . .17
Step 6:
Review and Finalize Your Plans . . . .18College Success Factors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Checklist for College Planning . . . . . . .20
Glossary of Terms for College-BoundStudents and Parents . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21Suggested Points of Emphasis . . . . . . . .23–24
Pages that may be copied anddistributed to students and parents.
*The September 15, 2007, and September 13, 2008, test dates are available ONLY in AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, IN, MD, MI, MO, NV,NY, NC, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, WA, and WV.**This test date is not available in NY.
2007-2008
September 15, 2007*October 27, 2007December 8, 2007February 9, 2008**April 12, 2008June 14, 2008
2008-2009
September 13, 2008*October 25, 2008December 13, 2008February 7, 2009**April 4, 2009June 13, 2009
NATIONAL TEST DATES

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