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June 1, 2016: Final Reminders About College

posted Jun 6, 2016, 5:04 PM by Kristin Hannon

Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
June 1, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Huskies, Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, and Thunderbirds,

This is the final college readiness newsletter for this school year. I am incredibly proud and humbled to have been a part of this process with you. Summit’s class of 2016 has received over 900 acceptances to about 200 unique colleges and universities across the country, including Brown, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and all 9 UC campuses. You are going on to pursue so many interesting majors and career paths, and we are all excited to see what your future has in store.

Even though you will graduate and leave Summit in just a short week, you will always be an alum and part of the Summit family. We plan to keep in touch! We will reach out from time to time to share opportunities you might be interested in, such as scholarships, internships, and alumni gatherings. We also want to find out about how you’re doing in your life after Summit and share your feedback with us. To ensure that we can get in touch with you, please make sure you complete the senior survey.

Finally, I have a couple of last important reminders about college:

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If you are attending a 4 year college next year, they MUST receive your final high school transcript in July. We will send that transcript for you as soon as final grades are available in mid-June, but we need you to update Navianceso that it accurately shows us the college you’ll be attending next year. Additionally, if you have taken any community college courses that you reported on your college application, you need to have those official transcripts sent as well directly from the community college. Be sure to request them soon so that they arrive in time.

Orientation
New student orientation sessions are mandatory at many colleges, and you could risk losing your enrollment if you do not attend one. Make sure you know your college’s policy on orientation and sign up soon if you haven't done so already.

AP Scores
Your AP exam scores will be available online starting Tuesday, July 5th. Just log into your college board account to see them. Many colleges give course credit for exam scores of 3 or higher, so be sure to send your score report to your college if you did well.

Congratulations, class of 2016! Happy graduation!

Respectfully,


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness
khannon@summitps.org

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
    
July 1 Final Transcripts due to collegesSummit will send your final transcript to your college of attendance in Naviance, but be sure to also request and send transcripts from any community college courses you have taken in high school by this date. 
   

Dreamers Roadmap: A New App to Help Undocumented Students Find Scholarships

A new app to help undocumented students find scholarship money just launched! You can check it out at http://www.dreamersroadmap.com/
 

Scholarship Opportunities

Adam Greenman American Dream Scholarship 
Who can apply: applicants must write an essay on the American Dream
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: Adam Greenman Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Jack and Jill Scholarship 
Who can apply: graduating high school seniors who are African American
Amount of the award: up to $2,500
Information/Application: Jack and Jill Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Keller Resiliency Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who have overcome adversity; applicants must write an essay to explain their situation
Amount of the award: $2,000
Information/Application: Keller Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women
Who can apply: all female students 
Amount of the award: $5,000
Information/Application: Toptal STEM Scholarships
Deadline: 1 winner a month chosen now through November 2016
Changing Education, Changing Lives
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May 25, 2016: Additional Cash for College

posted Jun 6, 2016, 5:03 PM by Kristin Hannon

Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
May 25, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Thunderbirds, Huskies, Snow Leopards, and Bulldogs,

Lately I’ve been talking to some of our recent alumni in the class of 2015 about what they’ve learned in their first year in college and what they wish they’d known back when they were in high school. Many of them tell me that they didn’t fully understand how expensive college would actually be, and that they wish they’d spent more time applying for scholarship money when they were in high school to help out with all the costs of college.

This week’s focus is finding more cash for college.

The majority of college drop-outs in the U.S. cite financial concerns as their main reason for leaving school before earning a degree (Washington Post). It’s important to your success that your academics are your main priority when you go to college in the fall and not worries about money or working too many hours to make ends meet. You still have some opportunities now, over this summer, to find some additional money for college so you don’t have to stress about finances as much. Here are three awesome FREE programs to check out if you’re interested in finding more cash for college:

  • Opportunity Fund

    • Opportunity Fund is a non-profit organization in the Bay Area that has a College Savers program available to high school graduates enrolled in either a 2 or 4 year college. They help you set up a savings account for college expenses. You can save up to $2,000, and they will contribute up to $4,000! Your family’s income must qualify for the program, so check out the income limits on their website.

  • Students Rising Above

    • Students Rising Above is an organization that supports first generation college students. They have recently made their college and career hub available for any student who wants to sign up for free. On their hub, you can find awesome resources, such as their scholarship list, resume making tool, interview advice, and more. Plus, you can post any college or career-related questions you have and get an answer from one of their advisers within 48 hours.

  • NextGenVest

    • NextGenVest is a free text-based service that helps students manage their financial aid and find scholarships for college. Their goal is to maximize free financial aid for students. To get started, simply text “I want help” to 646-798-1745. Once you’re enrolled, you can send questions about financial aid and receive a response in less than 10 minutes! You can even tell them where you’re going to college and what you’re majoring in, and they will send you links to scholarships you can apply for.

I hope you find these resources helpful.

Respectfully,


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness
khannon@summitps.org

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
    
July 1 Final Transcripts due to collegesSummit will send your final transcript to your college of attendance in Naviance, but be sure to also request and send transcripts from any community college courses you have taken in high school by this date. 
   

Dreamers Roadmap: A New App to Help Undocumented Students Find Scholarships

A new app to help undocumented students find scholarship money just launched! You can check it out at http://www.dreamersroadmap.com/
 

Scholarship Opportunities

FormSwift Scholarship 
Who can apply: applicants must write a two page business plan or create a business infographic
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: FormSwift Scholarship
Deadline: May 30, 2016

Adam Greenman American Dream Scholarship 
Who can apply: applicants must write an essay on the American Dream
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: Adam Greenman Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Jack and Jill Scholarship 
Who can apply: graduating high school seniors who are African American
Amount of the award: up to $2,500
Information/Application: Jack and Jill Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Keller Resiliency Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who have overcome adversity; applicants must write an essay to explain their situation
Amount of the award: $2,000
Information/Application: Keller Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women
Who can apply: all female students 
Amount of the award: $5,000
Information/Application: Toptal STEM Scholarships
Deadline: 1 winner a month chosen now through November 2016
Changing Education, Changing Lives
www.summitps.org

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May 18, 2016: Maximizing Your Summer

posted Jun 6, 2016, 4:03 PM by Kristin Hannon

Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
May 18, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, Huskies, and Snow Leopards,

As we move into the last couple of weeks of the school year, you might be considering how you can best spend the summer before you start college. I have a few suggestions, if you don’t already have a plan.

This week’s focus is maximizing your summer.

There is a lot you can do over this summer to make sure you’re prepared to have a successful start to your college career. Here are a few ideas:

  • Take a class at a local community college

    • Not only will this help you keep your study skills sharp for your classes in the fall, but you might be able to earn credits toward your degree as well. Use the ASSIST website to look up the community college where you want to take classes and see which of their courses transfer to credits toward 4 year degrees.

  • Get a summer job

    • You can earn valuable money that helps you pay for books, food, travel, and other personal expenses in the fall. Plus the work experience is good practice if you plan to do a work study program next year.

  • Keep applying for scholarships

    • Scholarship deadlines won’t end just because the school year is over. There are scholarships that you can apply for all year round. Check out this list of over 100 scholarships with July deadlines to get started.

  • Read

    • The literacy demands in college are huge. No matter what your major is, you are likely to be assigned several hours of reading per week. Just like anything else, the more you practice reading, the more your comprehension, vocabulary, and pace will improve. So check out your local library or get online and find some good reads!

Respectfully,


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness
khannon@summitps.org

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
    
July 1 Final Transcripts due to collegesSummit will send your final transcript to your college of attendance in Naviance, but be sure to also request and send transcripts from any community college courses you have taken in high school by this date. 
   

Dreamers Roadmap: A New App to Help Undocumented Students Find Scholarships

A new app to help undocumented students find scholarship money just launched! You can check it out at http://www.dreamersroadmap.com/
 

Scholarship Opportunities

Foundation for Blended and Online Learning Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who have can explain how online learning has helped them achieve academically
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: Foundation for Blended Learning
Deadline: May 20, 2016

FormSwift Scholarship 
Who can apply: applicants must write a two page business plan or create a business infographic
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: FormSwift Scholarship
Deadline: May 30, 2016

Adam Greenman American Dream Scholarship 
Who can apply: applicants must write an essay on the American Dream
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: Adam Greenman Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Jack and Jill Scholarship 
Who can apply: graduating high school seniors who are African American
Amount of the award: up to $2,500
Information/Application: Jack and Jill Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Keller Resiliency Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who have overcome adversity; applicants must write an essay to explain their situation
Amount of the award: $2,000
Information/Application: Keller Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women
Who can apply: all female students 
Amount of the award: $5,000
Information/Application: Toptal STEM Scholarships
Deadline: 1 winner a month chosen now through November 2016
Changing Education, Changing Lives
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May 11, 2016: Naviance and College Survey

posted Jun 6, 2016, 4:02 PM by Kristin Hannon

Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
May 11, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, and Huskies,

Can you believe that in less than a month now you’ll be graduating from high school? I know it’s a very busy and exciting time of year for seniors, but there are two important tasks college readiness that need your time and attention as we wrap up the year.

This week’s focus is updating Naviance and taking the senior college survey.

Every senior needs to take a few minutes to update Naviance with your college results (accepted, denied, etc.) and the college you will be attending in the fall. You can follow the instructions in this powerpoint, and it should only take 5 minutes to do. The reason this is so important is that we need to send your final transcript to the college you will be attending by July 1st. If your college doesn’t receive your final transcript, your enrollment could be revoked, so please don’t risk it! Update your Naviance account today!

The second task I would like every senior to complete is the senior college survey. This survey serves two purposes. First, it’s your chance to give your feedback on how well we supported you through the college process this year and what we could do better for future classes. Second, we want to get your contact information so we can keep in touch with you after graduation, share opportunities like jobs and scholarships, and check in on how college is going. It should only take 10-15 minutes to complete this survey.

Thank you for taking the time to do these important action items!

Respectfully,


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness
khannon@summitps.org

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
    
May 14 UC Analytical Writing Placement ExamCheck your portal and email if you have been admitted to a UC to see if you need to take this placement test. 
   

Dreamers Roadmap: A New App to Help Undocumented Students Find Scholarships

A new app to help undocumented students find scholarship money just launched! You can check it out at http://www.dreamersroadmap.com/
 

Scholarship Opportunities

James Beard Foundation Culinary Scholarship
Who can apply: students planning to go into a culinary or related career
Amount of the award: $50,000
Information/Application: James Beard Peninsula Scholarship
Deadline: May 15, 2016

Foundation for Blended and Online Learning Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who have can explain how online learning has helped them achieve academically
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: Foundation for Blended Learning
Deadline: May 20, 2016

Adam Greenman American Dream Scholarship 
Who can apply: applicants must write an essay on the American Dream
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: Adam Greenman Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Jack and Jill Scholarship 
Who can apply: graduating high school seniors who are African American
Amount of the award: up to $2,500
Information/Application: Jack and Jill Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Keller Resiliency Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who have overcome adversity; applicants must write an essay to explain their situation
Amount of the award: $2,000
Information/Application: Keller Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women
Who can apply: all female students 
Amount of the award: $5,000
Information/Application: Toptal STEM Scholarships
Deadline: 1 winner a month chosen now through November 2016
Changing Education, Changing Lives
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May 4, 2016: What to Do After You Enroll

posted Jun 6, 2016, 4:00 PM by Kristin Hannon

Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
May 4, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Huskies, Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, and Thunderbirds,

Congratulations on committing to your college choices last week on National College Signing Day! I had so much fun participating in the celebrations at Rainier and Tahoma. Your mentors, teachers, and I are all very proud of you for reaching this milestone and excited for the next steps in your path to college.

   

This week’s focus is what to do after you enroll.

You’ve officially enrolled in a college. Now what? Every school is going to have its own specific set of to-do items for incoming freshmen students, but there are a few general things that will apply to most students.

  • Housing

    • If you plan to live on campus, check for deadlines about when you need to submit a housing deposit and choose the type of housing you want.

  • Orientation

    • Many schools have a mandatory new student orientation in the summer. Be sure to register for an orientation session, and check with the admissions office right away if you have a conflict.

  • Register for classes

    • Find out the deadline and process to register for your fall classes.

  • Early Start Summer Program

    • These are summer courses that may be required for you if you are attending a CSU and did not earn exemption from remedial coursework. You can usually take them at any CSU campus, not just the one you will be attending, but they are required before you can register for classes in the fall.

  • Learn about Campus Resources

    • Be prepared when you get to campus in the fall. Do you know where you can go for tutoring? The financial aid office? Student health services? You can find lots of these answers online.

As always, check your portal and email often for reminders and talk to your mentor if you have questions about something.

Respectfully,


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness
khannon@summitps.org

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
    
May 14 UC Analytical Writing Placement ExamCheck your portal and email if you have been admitted to a UC to see if you need to take this placement test. 
   

Dreamers Roadmap: A New App to Help Undocumented Students Find Scholarships

A new app to help undocumented students find scholarship money just launched! You can check it out at http://www.dreamersroadmap.com/
 

Scholarship Opportunities

James Beard Foundation Culinary Scholarship
Who can apply: students planning to go into a culinary or related career
Amount of the award: $50,000
Information/Application: James Beard Peninsula Scholarship
Deadline: May 15, 2016

Foundation for Blended and Online Learning Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who have can explain how online learning has helped them achieve academically
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: Foundation for Blended Learning
Deadline: May 20, 2016

Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women
Who can apply: all female students 
Amount of the award: $5,000
Information/Application: Toptal STEM Scholarships
Deadline: 1 winner a month chosen now through November 2016
Changing Education, Changing Lives
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April 27, 2016: National College Signing Day

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:59 PM by Kristin Hannon

Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
April 27, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Thunderbirds, Huskies, Snow Leopards, and Bulldogs,

At Summit this week and at high schools all across the country, we are celebrating National College Signing Day! College Signing Day is a newer tradition that First Lady Michelle Obama is helping to promote. In her words,“If we want to truly lead the world again in terms of young people with a college degree, we should celebrate students going to college the same way we celebrate athletes and celebrities. Education should be that important for every single person in this country.”

This week’s focus is College Signing Day.

College Signing Day is a celebration, but it also marks a very important deadline in the college application process. May 1st is the deadline for students to choose their college and sign their “SIR” (Statement of Intent to Enroll) or Enrollment Confirmation at most 4 year colleges and universities across the country. When students accept their offer of admission, there is often an enrollment fee that goes with it, anywhere from $100 and up. In addition, May 1 or soon after may be the deadline to accept gift aid (grants and scholarships) from the university, sign up for an orientation session, and make a housing deposit.

Each school has a unique policy, so be sure to read your portals very carefully and don’t hesitate to call the admissions office if you have questions. You can read more about campus-specific CSU registration policies here and the UC policy here.  

Please note that you should only accept an offer of admission from ONE college. You risk getting your offer revoked if you accept multiple offers, and you will forfeit your registration fee if you don’t actually attend the school.

Good luck as you finalize your decisions and congratulations on your college commitments!

 
Respectfully,


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness
khannon@summitps.org

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
    
May 1 National College Signing DayDeadline to enroll for most 4 year colleges. 
May 14 UC Analytical Writing Placement ExamCheck your portal and email if you have been admitted to a UC to see if you need to take this placement test. 
   

Dreamers Roadmap: A New App to Help Undocumented Students Find Scholarships

A new app to help undocumented students find scholarship money just launched! You can check it out at http://www.dreamersroadmap.com/
 

Scholarship Opportunities

Frank Merino Award Scholarship
Who can apply: high school seniors with at least 3.0 GPA
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: Merino Scholarship Application
Deadline: April 29, 2016

AMVETS National Scholarships
Who can apply: high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of active military or veterans
Amount of the award: $4,000
Information/Application: AMVETS.org
Deadline: April 30, 2016

PFLAG National Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who identify as LGBT or allies
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: PFLAG Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Foundation for Blended and Online Learning Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who have can explain how online learning has helped them achieve academically
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: Foundation for Blended Learning
Deadline: May 20, 2016

Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women
Who can apply: all female students 
Amount of the award: $5,000
Information/Application: Toptal STEM Scholarships
Deadline: 1 winner a month chosen now through November 2016
Changing Education, Changing Lives
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April 20, 2016: Financial Aid FAQs

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:58 PM by Kristin Hannon

Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
April 20, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, Huskies, and Snow Leopards,

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been getting lots of good questions from you all about financial aid. I am so proud to see how carefully and thoughtfully you are considering this information because it’s very important. I am sharing some of the most commonly asked questions this week in hopes of reaching more of you.

This week’s focus is financial aid FAQs.

  • What if I haven’t received my financial aid offer from a college yet?

    • Unfortunately, some of the CSU campuses have been slow processing aid offers this year and lots of students still haven’t gotten their offers. First, check your email and portal to make sure you don’t have any to-do items that are holding up your aid offer from being processed. You can also call the school’s financial aid office to ask when you can expect to receive your aid package. Finally, you can do your best to guess-timate your offer based on what you received from other schools.

  • Can I appeal my financial aid offer for more money?

    • Yes, you can try to appeal if you think your financial aid offer does not reflect your family’s circumstances or ability to pay. Please note that you may not be successful. You are more likely to get consideration on an appeal if something has changed in your circumstances since you filed FAFSA, such as a parent losing a job. First, call the financial aid office to ask about their appeals process. You may need to complete forms or you may need to write a letter. Be specific, professional, and polite.

  • Should I take out loan money for college? How much is too much?

    • It is extremely common to borrow money to pay for part of your college costs. Approximately 70% of graduating college seniors today have loan debt and the average amount is around $30,000. So, it’s good to be open to borrowing, with caution. You don’t want to borrow so much that you have trouble making loan payments once you graduate. Check out this loan repayment calculator tool to estimate what your monthly payments would be for different amounts you might borrow.  

  • Do I have to accept everything in my financial aid offer?

    • No, you don’t. That’s why it’s important to calculate your actual costs and decide what parts of your aid offer to accept and reject. If you’re planning to cut costs by living at home or planning to work during the summer and save some money, you may not have to accept all of the loan money you are offered.

  • Which parts of my financial aid offer should I accept first?

    • Always accept any gift aid-- scholarships and grant money-- first. That is FREE money that you never have to pay back! Next, I recommend accepting work study because you don’t have to pay that money back and working for a few hours a week on campus can be a good way to meet people and get involved. Then, take any subsidized federal loans you were offered. Those loans are better because they don’t accumulate interest while you’re in school. Unsubsidized federal loans would be next because they have a low interest rate. Parent PLUS loans are usually the last thing you should accept because they have a higher interest rate than federal loans.

  • Is there a deadline to accept my financial aid offer?

    • Yes, schools often do require you to accept at least your scholarship and grant money by May 1st, the enrollment deadline. Otherwise, they may offer it to other students. Check with your specific school on their policy.
As always, if you have other questions, feel free to reach out to me atkhannon@summitps.org.
 
Respectfully,


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness
khannon@summitps.org

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
    
May 1 National College Signing DayDeadline to enroll for most 4 year colleges. 
May 14 UC Analytical Writing Placement ExamCheck your portal and email if you have been admitted to a UC to see if you need to take this placement test. 
   

Dreamers Roadmap: A New App to Help Undocumented Students Find Scholarships

A new app to help undocumented students find scholarship money just launched! You can check it out at http://www.dreamersroadmap.com/
 

Scholarship Opportunities

Frank Merino Award Scholarship
Who can apply: high school seniors with at least 3.0 GPA
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: Merino Scholarship Application
Deadline: April 29, 2016

AMVETS National Scholarships
Who can apply: high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of active military or veterans
Amount of the award: $4,000
Information/Application: AMVETS.org
Deadline: April 30, 2016

PFLAG National Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who identify as LGBT or allies
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: PFLAG Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women
Who can apply: all female students 
Amount of the award: $5,000
Information/Application: Toptal STEM Scholarships
Deadline: 1 winner a month chosen now through November 2016
Changing Education, Changing Lives
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April 13, 2016: Compare Financial Aid Offers

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:58 PM by Kristin Hannon

Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
April 13, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, and Huskies,

Over the next two and a half weeks leading up to National Enrollment Day on May 1st, you all have some very important decisions to make! For many of you, a major factor in that decision-making is going to be the cost of attending college. It’s very important to take time to understand your financial aid packages, which can be a confusing process.  

This week’s focus is how to understand and compare your financial aid offers.

In an upcoming Community Time lesson with your mentor, you’ll break down the different components of a typical financial aid offer, learn about what type of aid you should accept first, and practice comparing two financial aid letters from different colleges. In addition to that lesson, I want to share with you some tools that might be helpful as you work to understand the details of your offer letters:

  • Financial Aid Glossary and Overview

    • Financial aid has a lot of special terminology that can be confusing if you’re not familiar with it. This resource defines a lot of the common vocabulary used in offer letters.

  • Khan Academy Videos

    • This resource is a series of Khan Academy video tutorials on financial aid components, comparing offers, and appealing your financial aid package.

  • Award Letter Comparison Tool

    • This website allows you to plug in numbers from financial aid letters from different colleges and get a detailed breakdown of how the aid offers compare.

  • Loan Calculator

    • This calculator allows you to input the amount of your student loans and interest rates, and it provides you with an estimate of the amount of your monthly loan payments and minimum salary you would need to live comfortably and repay your loans after graduation.

Next week, I’ll continue on this topic by addressing some financial aid FAQs. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to approach your mentor with your questions or send an email to khannon@summitps.org. We know that financial aid is complicated and we’re here to help!

Respectfully,


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness
khannon@summitps.org

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
    
May 1 National College Signing DayDeadline to enroll for most 4 year colleges. 
May 14 UC Analytical Writing Placement ExamCheck your portal and email if you have been admitted to a UC to see if you need to take this placement test. 
   

Dreamers Roadmap: A New App to Help Undocumented Students Find Scholarships

A new app to help undocumented students find scholarship money is launching today! You can check it out at http://www.dreamersroadmap.com/
 

Scholarship Opportunities

LendEDU Scholarship
Who can apply: high school senior with at least 2.5 GPA
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: LendEDU Scholarship
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Frank Merino Award Scholarship
Who can apply: high school seniors with at least 3.0 GPA
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: Merino Scholarship Application
Deadline: April 29, 2016

AMVETS National Scholarships
Who can apply: high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of active military or veterans
Amount of the award: $4,000
Information/Application: AMVETS.org
Deadline: April 30, 2016

PFLAG National Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who identify as LGBT or allies
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: PFLAG Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women
Who can apply: all female students 
Amount of the award: $5,000
Information/Application: Toptal STEM Scholarships
Deadline: 1 winner a month chosen now through November 2016
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March 30, 2016: Spring Break To-Dos

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:57 PM by Kristin Hannon

Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
March 30, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Huskies, Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, and Thunderbirds,

I’m very excited to announce that over 90% of you seniors now have been accepted to college! Also, a huge congratulations to Summit Prep where100% of senior Huskies now have been accepted to college! These are huge accomplishments and I am so proud of you all. We have a lot to be thankful for as we head into spring break.

This week’s focus is spring break to-do’s for college.

I hope that you will all get some good rest over the next week we have off of school. In addition, I hope you will use this time to be productive and do some important college-related action items.

  • Submit FAFSA corrections after your parents file their 2015 taxes.

    • When we filled out the FAFSA back in January, most of you used estimates because your parents hadn’t filed their 2015 taxes yet. That means you need to go back and submit updates and corrections to your FAFSA once your parents have filed their 2015 tax return. Check out this helpful video from UC Merced that walks you through the FAFSA correction process.

  • Get on track in your classes.

    • With all the excitement around next year, it can be easy to forget that you still have to finish and graduate high school this year! Your mentors, teachers, and parents all want to see you walk across that stage in June. This is the last big break you have before then, so use it wisely to get caught up if you’ve fallen behind.

  • Visit college campuses.

    • If you’re trying to make a tough decision between schools, visiting the campuses can be a great way to help you make your decision. Take a tour, talk to current students, and even sit in on a class if possible.

  • Apply for scholarships.

    • There are still scholarships with deadlines coming up this spring! It’s not too late to start applying. Check out this list below in the newsletter or one of the scholarship search engines on this resource.

Good luck accomplishing the things on your to-do list and have a great spring break!

Respectfully,


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness
khannon@summitps.org

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
    
May 1 National College Signing DayDeadline to enroll for most 4 year colleges. 
   
Scholarship Opportunities

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Who can apply: must be of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum 3.0 GPA
Amount of the award: $500- $5,000
Information/Application: HSF General College Scholarships
Deadline: March 30, 2016

SanDisk Scholars Program
Who can apply: seniors with minimum 3.0 GPA planning to major in computer science or engineering
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: SanDisk Scholars
Deadline: March 31, 2016

Lemburg Law "Stop Cellphone Robocalls" Scholarship
Who can apply: any senior planning to attend college
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: Stop Cellphone Robocalls
Deadline: March 31, 2016

NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship
Who can apply: high school seniors with at least 3.0 GPA going into STEM majors
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: NSHSS Foundation
Deadline: April 1, 2016

Project Yellow Light Scholarship
Who can apply: any high school student, must make a video PSA about distracted driving to enter
Amount of the award: up to $5,000
Information/Application: Project Yellow Light
Deadline: April 1, 2016

Asian American Women's Alliance Scholarship
Who can apply: Asian American or Pacific Islander students
Amount of the award: $500
Information/Application: AAWA 2016 Application Form
Deadline: April 2, 2016

LendEDU Scholarship
Who can apply: high school senior with at least 2.5 GPA
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: LendEDU Scholarship
Deadline: April 15, 2016

AMVETS National Scholarships
Who can apply: high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of active military or veterans
Amount of the award: $4,000
Information/Application: AMVETS.org
Deadline: April 30, 2016

PFLAG National Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who identify as LGBT or allies
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: PFLAG Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2016
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March 23, 2016: The Value of a College

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:56 PM by Kristin Hannon

Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
March 23, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Huskies, Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, and Thunderbirds,

We know that a college degree has tons of value-- higher earning potential and more career opportunities over your lifetime. However, how do you pick the college with the best value? Which school is going to give you the most “bang for your buck” so to speak?

This week’s focus is making your decision, part one: determining the value of a college.

There are a few factors that will help you compare the value of different colleges. They are:

  • The cost of earning your degree

    • This is not just the “sticker price” of the school. This is what it actually will cost you to go there after your financial aid package. Some schools give more generous financial aid offers than others.

  • The college’s graduation rate

    • What percentage of students earn their degree on time? Be cautious about schools that have a low graduation rate. This means that lots of their students end up dropping out or taking extra years to graduate.

  • The average salary of graduates

    • How much can you expect to earn after graduating from this school? This will give you some sense of how well they are preparing their graduates for good career options.

Luckily, there’s a great new tool from the U.S. Department of Ed where you can easily compare schools based on these three factors. It’s called theCollege Scorecard.

Let’s say, for example, that a student wants to attend college in southern California and has been accepted to CSU Northridge, UC Irvine, and Pomona College. Which one offers the best value? Often, people would guess the CSU because it has the lowest tuition price. However, let’s compare them on the scorecard:

In this case, the average cost of Northridge for students isn’t much lower than the UC or private school at all. And, their average graduation rate and salary are much lower. Even though Pomona is a private school, they do a great job of bringing down the cost by offering aid and their graduation rate is incredibly high! While you might pay slightly more for Pomona, you’re almost guaranteed to graduate on time, and that makes it a great value.

So, don’t base this important life decision on assumptions! Do the research. Get onto College Scorecard and see how your colleges stack up in terms of value.

Respectfully,


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness
khannon@summitps.org

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
    
March UC admissions decisions timeline 
   
Scholarship Opportunities

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Who can apply: must be of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum 3.0 GPA
Amount of the award: $500- $5,000
Information/Application: HSF General College Scholarships
Deadline: March 30, 2016

SanDisk Scholars Program
Who can apply: seniors with minimum 3.0 GPA planning to major in computer science or engineering
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: SanDisk Scholars
Deadline: March 31, 2016

Lemburg Law "Stop Cellphone Robocalls" Scholarship
Who can apply: any senior planning to attend college
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: Stop Cellphone Robocalls
Deadline: March 31, 2016

NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship
Who can apply: high school seniors with at least 3.0 GPA going into STEM majors
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: NSHSS Foundation
Deadline: April 1, 2016

Project Yellow Light Scholarship
Who can apply: any high school student, must make a video PSA about distracted driving to enter
Amount of the award: up to $5,000
Information/Application: Project Yellow Light
Deadline: April 1, 2016

Asian American Women's Alliance Scholarship
Who can apply: Asian American or Pacific Islander students
Amount of the award: $500
Information/Application: AAWA 2016 Application Form
Deadline: April 2, 2016

LendEDU Scholarship
Who can apply: high school senior with at least 2.5 GPA
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: LendEDU Scholarship
Deadline: April 15, 2016
Changing Education, Changing Lives
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