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College Career Update

College Career Update

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COLLEGE/CAREER CENTER UPDATE 
 
March 21, 2012College/Career Specialist: Mrs. Judy BrackenRoom D112 (703) 248-5531
brackenj@fccps.org
 
Hours: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
THINGS TO CONSIDER AFTER YOU ARE ADMITTED TO COLLEGE 
 
Compare financial aid packages from the colleges you areconsidering.
www.collegeboard.com/student/payis a calculator thathelps you appropriately compare need-based financial aid packages.
 
Compare the types of financial aid.
What is the proportion of grants,loans and campus employment?
 
 
Compare living costs.
Does the college guarantee to provide housingfor all four years? Off-campus living can be expensive.
 
 
Compare policies concerning financial aid for future years.
Does thecollege guarantee to meet your financial need for all four years, just oneyear, or not at all?
 
 
Compare the bottom line.
How does the total aid package compare withthe total cost of attendance? In addition to tuition, fees, room & board, isthe college considering books, transportation and personal expenses?
 Remember – your key question is NOT how much grant money you receivebut how much your family has to pay and borrow to afford the college.
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) www.fafsa. gov 
SENIORS & SENIOR PARENTS, it’s not too late to fill out the FAFSA, thefederal form that determines eligibility for grants, loans, work-study and insome cases scholarships. Be sure to
request a Personal Identification Number (PIN) www.PIN.gov .
The PIN allows you to electronically sign theFAFSA. Both the student & one parent must request a PIN.Did you know that
FAFSA on the Web 
allows applicants to access their IRStax information and have it automatically inserted into the FAFSA as ofFebruary 1? Just answer a brief series of questions to determine if you areeligible for IRS data retrieval.
TUITION ASSISTANCE GRANT (TAG) 
is a program of theCommonwealth of Virginia, providing annual grants to Virginia residentswho are full-time students at eligible non-profit,privatecolleges anduniversities in the state. For more information go towww.virginiaprivatecolleges.org 
 
 
USEFUL WEBSITES…
www.finaid.org/questions/divorce.phtmlwill help divorced parents figureout how to fill out the FAFSAhttp://nursingdegreeguide.comwill help students who are interested innursing find degree programs in the United Stateswww.HealthManagementCareers.orgis a website to view studentsdiscussing their choice of a career in healthcare management, plussuccessful executives talking about their own careers as leaders ofhospitals and other healthcare organizations.www.collegemajors101.comoffers lots of information about what you cando with dozens of majors, as well as what you can expect academically ifyou pursue these majors.
COLLEGE VISITS 
offers the college bound student a first-hand look atcolleges and universities throughout the United States. Almost everyregion in the U.S. is covered. Go to:www.college-visits.comfor more info.
REGISTRATION FOR 2012 SAT & ACT JUNIORS,
if you are planning to take the ACT, SAT or SAT subject teststhis spring you should sign up NOW in order to insure your test site ofchoice.
SAT I 
atwww.collegeboard.com MAY 5SAT registration deadline:APRIL 6, 2012 JUNE 2SAT registration deadline:MAY 8, 2012
ACT  
atwww.actstudent.org JUNE 9ACT registration deadline:MAY 4, 2012
Make sure to sign up for the ACT writing. Most colleges require it.
For ACT practice questions go to:
http://www.acttestquestions.com  
The first opportunity you will have to take theACTfor the 2012-13 schoolyear isSeptember 8, 2012.The first opportunity you will have to take theSATfor the 2012-13 schoolyear isOctober 6, 2012.You mayregisterfor these tests afterJuly 1, 2012.
FEE WAIVERS FOR SAT and ACT 
There are certain circumstancesthat may allow you to take theSAT & ACTforfreeby obtaining afee waiver. If you feel you may qualify, see your counselor.NOT A GREAT TEST TAKER? Go towww.fairtest.orgto see schools thatdo not use, or place less emphasis on, SAT or ACT scores for admission.

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