October 7, 2015: Paying for College

posted Oct 15, 2015, 10:43 AM by khannon@summitps.org
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
October 7, 2015

Weekly College Update

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

Have you talked to your parents or guardians yet about paying for college? It can be a stressful topic for a lot of families and avoided for that reason, but it’s important to talk about it early and often throughout the college process this year. The more information you have about your family’s financial situation, the better you will be able to explore your options and prepare.

This week’s focus is paying for college!

A great place to start the financial conversation with your parents is bycalculating your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) together. (You can usethis handout to get started!) The EFC is what colleges expect that your parents/ guardians will contribute toward your college expenses. It’s important to know that even though you’ll most likely be a legal adult when you go to college, colleges will not consider you financially independent of your parents except in very special circumstances (such as if you’re married, have your own children, or are legally emancipated from your parents). So, knowing your EFC now will help your family plan ahead and save up for what you’ll need next year.

Another good way to start the conversation is to bring your parents to Summit’s Financial Aid Night next week. We will have expert financial presenters from universities like Stanford, Santa Clara, and UC Berkeley provide an overview of the financial aid process and answer questions in both English and Spanish. From 6:30-7:00pm, there will be a presentation about Summit’s College Readiness program called “Pathway to College.” The financial aid portion will begin at 7:00pm. Financial Aid Night for Summit Prep and Everest students will be held on Tuesday, October 13th at Summit Prep, and Financial Aid Night for Rainier and Tahoma students will be held on Wednesday, October 14th at Rainier.

Finally, if you have concerns about paying for college, know that you’re not alone! There are resources and supports for students of every background and life situation. It’s a complicated topic and one that we’re going to keep returning to throughout the year, but let’s start the conversation now.


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness


Oct 812:15pmLewis & Clark @ EverestLewis & Clark College
Oct 812:15pmPurdue University @ PrepPurdue University
Oct 83:20pmPurdue University @ EverestPurdue University
Oct 9by 9:00pmDeadline to register for the November SAT and SAT IISAT Registration
Oct 92:30pmWhitman College @ PrepWhitman College
Oct 1011:00am-3:00pmCSU Monterey Bay Open HouseCSUMB Open House
Oct 1212:15pmLinfield College @ EverestLinfield College
Oct 123:20pmUniversity of Redlands @ PrepUniversity of Redlands
Oct 123:20pmUniversity of Puget Sound @ EverestUniversity of Puget Sound
Oct 136:30-8:30pmPathway to College and Financial Aid Night @ Prep*this is for both Prep and Everest families
Oct 146:30-8:30pmPathway to College and Financial Aid Night @ Rainier*this is for both Rainier and Tahoma families
Oct 1412:15pmEvergreen State @ EverestEvergreen State College
Oct 143:15pmLewis & Clark @ PrepLewis & Clark College
Scholarship Opportunities

Brian Ohleyer Scholarship Award
Who can apply: high school seniors who demonstrate athletic and academic excellence
Amount of the award: $4,000
Information/Application: Olympic Foundation
*Note- you can't apply directly; someone must nominate you, so talk to your mentor if you're interested!
Deadline: November 3, 2015

Jack Kent Cook Scholarship
Who can apply: Low-income and high-achieving high school students
Amount of the award: up to $40,000 per year
Information/Application: https://application.jkcf.org/login/
Deadline: November 3, 2015

Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Who can apply: High school students involved in volunteer work
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: Prudential Spirit of Community
Deadline: November 3, 2015

Intel Science Talent Search Scholarship
Who can apply: High school seniors who complete original scientific research
Amount of the award: $1,000- $100,000
Information/Application: Intel Science Talent Search
Deadline: November 11, 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, 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
Information/Application: https://secure.apiasf.org/
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

Free College Application Help

Map to College
MAP to College is a free, on-day, annual college-going event for Bay Area 12th graders and their parents held at UCSF. It takes place on Saturday, October 10th. You will be able to attend workshops on CSU, UC, and private school applications as well as financial aid workshops in English, Spanish, and Cantonese. Click here to register

CSU Stanislaus Preview and Early Admissions Day

Wouldn't it feel great to get a college acceptance this early in the year? Last year the first Summit students in the class of 2015 to receive college acceptances attended the CSU Stanislaus Preview Day. If you are CSU eligible and you apply online to Stanislaus between October 1 and October 10, you can receive an on-the-spot offer of admission at their Preview Day on October 17th! 

College Newsletter September Drawing Winner

Congratulations to Audel Contreras, senior at Tahoma, for winning last month's newsletter drawing! Audel gets a free college logo t-shirt of his choice. Look out for another drawing later this month. 

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