December 2, 2015: Applying to Private Colleges

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Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
December 2, 2015

Weekly College Update

Dear Thunderbirds, Huskies, Snow Leopards, and Bulldogs,

As of today, 94% of Summit seniors have submitted applications to four-year colleges. Awesome work! Now we can breathe a sigh of relief that the first big deadline of application season is over and CSU/ UC applications are done. From December-February, we can turn our attention to private school applications.

This week’s focus is applying to private colleges.


There are many reasons to consider applying to private universities. Often they are smaller and better funded than public colleges. This means that private school students get smaller class sizes, more access to professors, more availability of the courses needed to graduate, and more student resources on campus. All of this supports students at private colleges to complete their degree requirements and graduate on time in 4 years. Meanwhile, the average incoming freshman at a CSU school will take 5.6 years to graduate.

Additionally, many private schools have strong reputations as well as active alumni networks that can help students with future career opportunities.

However, a lot of students miss the opportunity to apply for private schools, because they think private schools are too expensive or too difficult to get into. Here are some reasons to reconsider:

According to the “Trends in College Pricing” report published by College Board in 2013, the average student enrolled full time in a private nonprofit four year college got enough grant aid to cover 60% of the tuition and fees! Your expected family contribution (EFC) will be the same whether you attend a public or private school. Private schools have a higher “sticker price,” but they give more generous financial aid packages to help make them affordable for families.

As far as being “too hard to get into,” it totally depends on the school. When you hear “private school,” often what comes to mind is a highly selective ivy league school like Harvard or Yale. However, the reality is that there are over 1800 private four year colleges in the U.S. and each one is unique. A few of them are really selective, but there are also many private schools with high admission rates.

So, over the next couple of months, I hope you keep up the application process momentum and add some private schools to your list.


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness


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Scholarship Opportunities

Elks National Foundation Scholarships
Who can apply: high school seniors who are U.S. citizens
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: Elks National Foundation
Deadline: December 4, 2015

CAP Bay Area Scholarship
Who can apply: Low-income high school seniors in the Bay Area
Amount of the award: $5,000 per year + 1:1 college coaching
Information/Application: CAP Bay Area
Deadline: December 15, 2015

AXA Achievement Scholarship
Who can apply: high school seniors who demonstrate ambition and drive
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: AXA Achievement
Deadline: December 15, 2015

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Who can apply: Asian American and Pacific Islander high school seniors
Amount of the award: varies
Deadline: January 8, 2016

Gates Millennium Scholars
Who can apply: African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American high school seniors with minimum 3.3 GPA
Amount of the award: full cost of college education! 
Information/Application: Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Deadline: January 13, 2016

PG&E Employee Resource Groups Scholarships
Who can apply: varies by specific resource group
Amount of the award: up to $3,000
Information/Application: PG&E Scholarship Opportunities
Deadline: February 1, 2015

Northrup Grumman Engineering Scholars
Who can apply: high school seniors who are interested in studying engineering and meet GPA and test score requirements
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: Engineering Scholars Flyer
Deadline: February 3, 2016

PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship
Who can apply: high school seniors who live in a PG&E service area
Amount of the award: $20,000 per year
Information/Application: PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship
Deadline: February 9, 2015

The Dream.Us Scholars
Who can apply: high school seniors who are DACA eligible or approved
Amount of the award: up to $25,000
Information/Application: The Dream.US Scholars
Deadline: February 15, 2016
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